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5 secret spots in London that local residents visit.

London has a long history. There are many places that tell the story of its history. Of course, it is famous for sightseeing such as. “Palace of Westminster” and “St. Paul’s Cathedral”. It currently used as the Capitol by the British Parliament. But in fact, when you look at it. It is attractive to unexpected places. There are plenty of spots. We would like to introduce such as. The Hardy Tree.

The Hardy Tree

A tree surrounded by countless tombstones. It located on the grounds of St Pancras Old Church. A 10-minute walk from St Pancras Station. Known as The Hardy Tree. The name comes from Thomas Hardy. A writer and lyricist who was active in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Hardy said he studied architecture. Under Arthur Bromfield before becoming a writer. A line pioneered in the 1860s runs through the grounds of the church in St Pancras. Where Bromfield tasked. With dealing with the bodies and tombstones buried there. From which Hardy comes to this task. I did. The myriad of tombstones that surround the Hardy Tree. Said to have moved to this location at that time. And are still part of history. Of London railway development over the years.


St. Pancras Old Church ( MAP )
Pancras Rd, Camden Town NW1 1UL

10 minutes walk from St. Pancras / King’s Cross station

Eleanor’s Cross

The entrance to the railway line at Charing Cross Station. And the perfectly designed monument is one of the “Eleanor Crosses”. It is one of the twelve crosses. That Edward I built to commemorate the death of his wife Eleanor. (Also known as Elena).

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Twelve crosses built between 1291 and 1294, long ago. And only three are extant. The original cross on this Charing Cross has been destroyed. And it said that it is a duplicate that was rebuilt in 1863.

front of the railway exit of Charing Cross Station

Monument to the Great Fire of London

There have been several fires in London over the long history. But the 1666 fire was the biggest, known as The Great Fire of London. The Monument to the Great Fire of London. (Monument, or Monument to the Great Fire of London). Built between 1671 and 1677 to preserve the memory of the fire.

The height of 61 meters (ca. 200 ft feet). Represents the distance from the location of this tower. To the location of the fire, Pudding Lane. You can climb the 311 steps to go up.


・ Summer (April-September): 9: 30-18: 00 (Last entry 17:30)
・ Winter (October-March): 9 30-17: 30 (Last admission 17:00)

  • Closed from December 24th to 26th

Adults £4.5, Children (5-15) £2.3, Student / Senior £3

  • Discount tickets are available with Tower Bridge.

North side of London Bridge. ( MAP )
Fish St Hill, London EC3R 8AH

2 minutes walk from Monument Station

A boy statue in a pie corner made of gold

Another spot related to. The Great Fire of London is the Golden Bo of Pye Corner. The 1666 fire that began in Pudding Lane stopped at the pie corner. Great Fire of London started with pudding and ended with a pie. Underneath this boy statue is the inscription. “Commemorate the fire caused by the sin of eating.”

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5 minutes walk from St. Paul’s station

Cleopatra’s needles towering on the banks of the Thames

A large obelisk on the River Thames near Waterloo Bridge, London. Known as Cleopatra’s. Needle, it created in 1460 BC for Tuthmosis III. The reason for its name, Cleopatra. The needle is that this obelisk brought from the land of Alexandria. He associated with Cleopatra.

The rule states that she gave it. The Egyptian ruler Muhammad Ali in 1819. On the achievements of Nelson and Abercrombie. This appears to refer to one of the wars against Napoleon. The Battle of the Nile (Abu Qir Bay). However, due to problems such as rising transport costs. It only shipped in 1878. This was the forty-second year of Queen Victoria’s reign.

5 secret spots in London that local residents visit.
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