London’s best buildings & hidden gems

Come with us as we take a photographic tour around some of London’s best buildings and hidden gems, courtesy of English Heritage book, Images of London Hidden Interiors, by Philip Davies. See our BRITAIN The 2015 Guide for the full feature.

Image credit: Derek Kendall.

Draper’s Hall

A building whose history is linked to The Drapers’ Company, which received its first royal charter in 1364, Draper’s Hall boasts the finest livery hall with a grandiloquent suite of rooms. So much so, that the Hall and Drawing Room have been used as alternatives to Buckingham Palace in various films, including the King’s Speech. The address is Throgmorton Street, London EC2N 2DQ and the nearest underground station is Liverpool Street.

Image credit: Derek Kendall.

18 Folgate Street

The incredible interior of 18 Folgate Street was the life’s work and vision of Dennis Severs (1948-99), an American collector, who acquired the house as a shell in 1979 and is a remarkable, almost dream-like creation. 18 Folgate Street, E1 6BX, can be found near Spitalfields, near Shoreditch High Street station.

Image credit: Derek Kendall.

The Black Friar

With a resplendent interior of pink, green and cream marble, open fires and elaborate panels, The Black Friar pub has a long history. The original pub was built in 1875 but in 1905 the interior was remodelled in high Arts and Crafts style for a publican by the name of Petit, to create a riotous medieval fantasy of ‘Merrie England’. The Black Friar now stands isolated on a wedge-shaped site at the junction of Queen Victoria Street and New Bridge Street, at 174 Queen Victoria Street, EC4V 4EG, just across from Blackfriars station.

Image credit: Derek Kendall.


A little known enclave of medieval and later buildings, Charterhouse and its Carthusian monastery have seen the likes of Sir Thomas More pray here. It can be found hidden away behind high walls and approached through a 15th-century archway under an early 18th-century house. Charterhouse is located near Smithfield, on Charterhouse Square, EC1M 6AN, close to Barbican underground station.

Find the full Hidden Interiors feature in our BRITAIN The 2015 Guide.

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