London Unveiled

great places to visit off the beaten path.

The Grenadier Pub, London ~ Haunted, Hidden, & Historic

The Grenadier Pub is a wonderful pub to visit and every local or visitor to London alike should try to make it here at least once.  Hidden away on a … Continue reading

October 18, 2014 · 10 Comments

The Viaduct Tavern ~ a Victorian Gin Palace

The Viaduct Tavern in central London has an interesting history for a variety of reasons.  It is a great example of Victorian “Gin Palace” design, a tribute to an architectural … Continue reading

May 14, 2013 · 5 Comments

Valence House ~ a rare surviving partially moated house in London

Only 10 miles east of the City, Valence House Museum is a rare surviving manor house in Dagenham, significantly restored in 2008, partially surrounded by a moat, and within parkland. … Continue reading

February 18, 2013 · 3 Comments

Cockpit Steps ~ a little Grade II listed oddity in London with a ghost story.

Easily missed, but adjacent to St. James’s Park, Cockpit Steps is a small connecting passageway that links Birdcage Walk with Old Queen Street.  The steps are Grade II listed for their historical … Continue reading

December 10, 2012 · 2 Comments

Nell Gwynne Tavern

Eleanor Gwyn or Gwynne (1650-1687), known as ‘Nell’, was a long term mistress of King Charles II.  Samuel Pepys called her “might pretty Nell”, and she embodied the Restoration Period of … Continue reading

July 7, 2012 · 5 Comments

Spaniards Inn & tollhouse.

Built in 1585 as a tollgate inn on the Finchley boundary, the Spaniards formed the entrance to the Bishop of London’s estate – an original boundary stone from 1755 can still be … Continue reading

May 31, 2012 · 1 Comment