London’s Best Kept Tourism Secrets

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Considering that London is one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited capitol city, it’s not surprising The Old Girl still has some secret places tucked away among her thousand year old streets. But, some of them are right out in the open. Here are a few that maybe even the Old Town’s residents don’t know about. Although, it’s not bloody likely…
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St. Martin’s Window

Located in Trafalgar Square, this window atop St. Martin’s is a reminder that Londoners have had a trippy sense of humor for centuries. Hello Dali?
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Cockney Cash Machines

Located in various spots in East London, Cockney ATMs display instructions translated into the arcane dialect. But, if you’ve made a mistake and want to start over in proper English, just “Press cancel any nickle and dime to exit from this Cockney rhyme.”
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John Snow’s Water Pump

Still standing in the middle of of Broadwick Street, this is the very pump John Snow traced the outbreak of cholera from in the 1854 epidemic. The discovery led to the mandating of sanitary fresh water supplies in London and cities all over the world.
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Number 10 Adam Street

Tourists who can’t get near the real thing often stand in front of this replica in The Strand which is nearly identical to one of the most famous front doors in the world.
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Isabella Plantation

Located in Richmond Park, Isabella Plantation is one of the few remaining “English Gardens” left in the old city. It’s a refreshing way to escape the pressures of the modern world, even if only for just a few minutes.
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Whitechapel Bell Foundry

Located, appropriately enough, in Whitechapel, this still standing foundry is the site where not only the bell of Big Ben was struck for the first time, it’s also the very spot the Liberty Bell was cast.
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World’s Smallest Police Station

This one-man booth in Trafalgar Square is only pressed into service during emergencies. But, it’s still a place where a bloke can spend a night in the pokey if he’s had one too many…
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Chislehurst Caves

Underneath the streets of Chislehurst is a quaint, old cave structure that draws tourists still. Just watch out for the Trolls!
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Big Ben Bell Tower

Sitting atop the tower in Parliament at Westminster, the bell has been ringing on the quarter hour for more than 150 years. The only catch? The site is open to UK residents alone. Sometimes, it pays to come from Wales…
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