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Best Hidden Gems in London

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Davenports Magic Shop

Located in the heart of London, Davenports Magic is one of the most popular magic shops in all of London. Opened way back in 1898 by Lewis Davenport, the shop continues to be owned and operated by the Davenport family, making it one of the oldest shops of its kind in the world! The Guinness World Record holding place stores thousands of quirky and amusing magic toys and products for both kids and adults. Davenports Magic also frequently conducts magic classes and magic shows at the Davenport Magic Studio located within the facility.

Londres, Royaume-Uni
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Fleet Air Arm

Nestled between the River Thames and Ministry of Defence's main building in Victoria Embankment is the Fleet Air Arm memorial of the Royal Navy. The beautiful bronze idol of Daedalus, a Greek mythological legend who lost his son in the sea was sculpted by renown sculptor James Butler in an ode to more than 6,000 naval officials who had sacrificed their lives since World War I. The winged Daedalus stands tall at 2.5 metres (8.20 feet) with a plinth that lists all the wars and campaigns where the Royal Navy lost its members. It is a beautiful memorial for all the lives lost at the cost of war and a reminder of their sacrifice for the homeland.

Londres, Royaume-Uni
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James Smith & Sons

With more than 175 years under its belt, James Smith & Sons displays a wide array of umbrellas at its store. Rain or shine, use one of James' colorful designs and make an all new style statement. From large to small and cheap to expensive, this shop has a shade for all. Whether it is taking a romantic walk with your love on a bright, sunny day or dropping your kids off to school when it is pouring, James Smith & Sons deserves to feature in all sweet memories.

Londres, Royaume-Uni
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Mandara Spa

As you step through the doors of the Mandara Spa, you will find yourself transported to an oasis of peace and tranquility, far removed from the hustle and bustle of the city outside. The spa features a distinctly contemporary ethos, blended together effortlessly with an Asian-inspired decor of bamboo forests, hand-blown glass and babbling fountains. Rejuvenate your body and mind with the help of Mandara's experienced therapists and indulge in luxurious, signature treatments. A selection of Bliss nail and waxing services, and skincare by Elemis completes the offer, promising you an experience that is pure indulgence. A fitness center, furnished with a heated pool, steam room, sauna and exercise equipment, completes the picture of perfection that is the Mandara Spa.

Londres, Royaume-Uni
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Garden Museum

Located in the once abandoned St Mary’s Church, the Garden Museum is where you can learn all other things horticultural, including the history of English gardens and famous gardeners. The museum's churchyard contains a re-creation of a historic knot garden and the graves of many famous people, including six Archbishops. The museum has a coffee shop, and a gift shop selling a range of souvenirs and books.

Londres, Royaume-Uni
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Grant Museum of Zoology

A museum dedicated to preserving and sharing information about past and present members of the animal kingdom, the Grant Museum of Zoology is home to about 68,000 specimens. The collections here have priceless preserved skeletons and bones of now extinct species like the dodo, the Tasmanian tiger and the quagga. The museum is also home to other invaluable items like the glass models of animals by Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka and the bisected animal heads of Sir Victor Negus. With a rich history dating back to 1828, the Grant Museum of Zoology is worth a visit for any inquisitive visitor.

Londres, Royaume-Uni
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The Gardener

The Gardener is a bronze, life sized statue on a white stone pedestal by Karin Jonsen. It shows a man in his working clothes, tending to something on the ground. Tucked away in the tiny garden of Brewers Hall, the statue was authorized in 1971 by the Trees, Gardens and City Open / Spaces Committee of the Corporation of London. It is an ode to all the gardeners who made the city a beautiful place to be.

Londres, Royaume-Uni
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Old Operating Theatre Museum & Herb Garret

Above Saint Thomas Church in Southwark is London's oldest surviving operating theater. Built in 1821, it was the scene of many amputations carried out with a saw and no anaesthetic. Blood would drip - or probably pour - off the wooden table and get soaked up by three inches of sawdust. One wonders what the congregation below would have thought of the screams emanating from upstairs, with the odd drip of blood seeping through the ceiling. With anesthetics unavailable, patients would often awake from their drunken state (they had a choice of passing out from either alcohol or pain) in the midst of an operation. Fortunately, the National Health Service's operating theaters have taken a leap forward, and medical students don't have such a frighteningly free reign.

Londres, Royaume-Uni
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Crystal Palace Spa

Immerse yourself in the tranquil oasis that is the Crystal Palace Spa and savor the unforgettable experience of a Turkish Hammam or Moroccan Bath. The treatments offered at this fabulous spa are designed to work with what nature has bestowed upon each of us to achieve a harmonious balance between body and mind. Besides indulgent spa treatments, the Crystal Palace puts at your disposal the services of a team of experienced stylists who will help you find a look that is just right for you. Special grooming services for men are offered as well. What sets the Crystal Palace Spa apart from the rest is a dedication to the satisfaction of each guest and a focus on individualized attention.

Londres, Royaume-Uni
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Ironmonger Row Baths

A stone's throw from the City, Ironmonger Row is home to more than just a swimming pool. The Turkish baths here include a steam room, a series of hot rooms and, to finish up, an icy plunge pool. If that sounds like too much of a shock to the system you can have a lie down in one of the relaxation rooms and have a snooze, watch TV or enjoy an optional massage. Other facilities include a gym, sunbeds and a laundry service.

Londres, Royaume-Uni
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HMS Belfast

The HMS Belfast is one of Europe's largest preserved warships. She was launched in 1938 to serve in both World War II and the Korean War. She is the last surviving example of the great warships built for the Royal Navy. In her day she was one of the most powerful vessels of her type with complex machinery and equipment. During World War II, she was home to almost 1000 men who had to live in cramped conditions. She retired from service and from protecting the Empire's trade routes in 1965 and has now been converted to a floating naval museum with seven decks for visitors to discover. Children under 16 are allowed in for free.

Londres, Royaume-Uni
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Physical Energy Statue

Physical Energy is a magnificent statue by sculptor George Frederic Watts, that is located in Kensington Gardens. The statue is of a man perched upon a horse looking beyond. Physical Energy Statue is a dedication to Sir Cecil Rhodes, a pioneer in the establishment of Zimbabwe. You can also contact the park at +44 300 061 2000 for further information.

Londres, Royaume-Uni
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