Unusual London Book

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Want to explore London but feeling uninspired? 

Unusual London is the insider's guide to discovering London's quirky and secret spots. 

Uncover a different side to the city... because who wouldn’t want to get beyond the well-known landmarks to discover the London few people know? 

From the hidden square where duels were fought in days of yore, to the memorial dedicated to Londoners who died doing heroic acts, London is full of unusual places for you to unearth. 

  • Where can you find the secret court that's said to have inspired Diagon Alley? 
  • Have you explored the medieval burial ground that's just around the corner from London Bridge? 
  • Or the noses put up around Soho as a protest against the growing intrusion of CCTV? 

Explore a different side of London with over 190 pages of hidden treasures, written by born-and-bred Londoner, geeky explorer and creator of the site London x London Julianna Barnaby.


You love exploring London, you want to scope out the city’s secret treasures but you don’t know where to find them. 

The problem is, you search for stuff like ‘things to do in London’ and it comes up with suggestions like Buckingham Palace and the London Eye *yawn*. No-one has ever had that idea before. 

This secret London book covers 115 of London’s lesser-known gems, split up into different areas of the city. Each entry walks you through the history, curious facts and practical tips for visiting. There are also plenty of photographs so you can have a sneak peek at places before you go. 

All that’s left for you to do is go forth and adventure! 

Imagine if the next time you have some free time you went and discovered someplace new instead of sitting about and scrolling on your phone or going to the same old places AND you had a book about London that you could go back to again and again for inspiration, information and a few snarky lols about this straight-up weird and wonderful city. 



  • A 194-page paperback crammed with London’s hidden spots with full colour photographs.


    Looking for a digital version instead? Buy the digital guidebook or digital and paperback guidebook combo.


    What They're Saying About the Unusual London Book 

    "After exploring the many streets of London for 10+ years, I considered myself quite knowledgable about all of the hidden gems of the city. How wrong I was! This book is full of exciting new finds, old friendly places and fascinating stories. It's written with wit and a genuine love of London, which makes it a real pleasure to read. What a joy to discover London has even more to offer than I thought." Kathryn L. 

    "Such a beautiful, well-presented and useful book. Can't wait to get out and explore all of the sights featured in the book - I've already made plans with friends using the recommendations" Jessica B

    "As a Londoner, I’m aware there is so much more to this city than the known tourist attractions. However it’s surprisingly tricky to find a guide that brings the unusual gems to life…. until this book! There’s a bit of quirky for every occasion, whether you’re looking to explore street art in places you wouldn't expect, get lost in a lesser known market, picnic in a secret garden, or sip a gorgeous cocktail at a hidden basement bar. The book’s stunning photography will have you wanting to see it all with your own eyes." Vanessa M.