London Unveiled

great places to visit off the beaten path.

Saint Mary Woolnoth ~ 1716 ~ A demolished Wren, rebuilt by Hawksmoor

St. Mary Woolnoth is one of six churches designed by the English architect Nicholas Hawksmoor.  This is perhaps his most compact church that has an unorthodox design for a church … Continue reading

January 15, 2017 · 2 Comments

Lock & Co – since 1676. The oldest hat shop in the world.

Lock & Co. Hatters is the world’s oldest hat shop and claims to be the world’s 34th oldest family-owned business.  Over the centuries its hats have graced the heads of … Continue reading

September 3, 2016 · 3 Comments

The London Wall Walk ~ a bit of a treasure hunt!

While most visitors to London (and perhaps locals) only see remnants of the original Roman London Wall adjacent to the Tower Hill tube station or in and around the Tower … Continue reading

July 10, 2016 · 3 Comments

St Olave Hart Street ~ Samuel Pepys’ church & one of six Great Fire Survivors

Located a short walk from the Tower of London is this wonderful church that is one of the few medieval buildings in the City that survived the Great Fire of … Continue reading

February 28, 2016 · 1 Comment

The Ship Tavern ~ 500 years of Ghosts ~ perfect for Halloween!

Dating back since 1549 The Ship Tavern is one of London’s oldest established pubs.   Originally a much smaller pub (about half the size of the current premises) built from … Continue reading

October 29, 2015 · 4 Comments

Duke’s Bar ~ Ian Fleming’s “local” & the inspiration for James Bond’s martini

UPDATED:  With the new James Bond film ‘Spectre’ about to be released, I thought a fresh publishing of one of LondonUnveiled’s more popular articles was warranted. Hidden down a secretive … Continue reading

October 24, 2015 · 15 Comments

The Royal Hospital Chelsea ~ a Wren Masterpiece along the River Thames

The Royal Hospital Chelsea is one of the great architectural gems of central London.  With magnificent buildings designed and built by Christopher Wren, and a purpose and mission that is … Continue reading

July 22, 2015 · 3 Comments