Magical places and where to find them

For seekers of colour in unexpected places, these hidden hues may surprise even the most inquisitive Londoner. So whether you’re visiting from overseas or in town for a long weekend, pick up a travel card and track down these five little-known spots.

Seeing Stars

Leadenhall Market (Image: AnthonyZ Photography)

Nestled in London’s bustling financial district is Leadenhall Market, a hidden pocket of colour amongst the limestone lanes. Look up and you’ll find a rich teal ceiling peppered with stars (if you can tear your eyes off the artisan bakes below, that is). This is a must for Harry Potter fans as the Grade II listed market appeared in the first of the films. Spellbound? Perhaps try Farrow & Ball’s Bumble Bee for a touch of gold.

Nearest tube: Monument (District and Circle lines) 

A bone to pick

Grant Museum of Zoology

Grant Museum of Zoology (Image: UCL)

Home to the endangered and the extinct, the Grant Museum of Zoology is brimming with dark corners and moody hues set against the bleached bones of fantastic beasts. Though not for the faint-hearted, this rare heritage find is a brilliant example of how warm and earthy pigments sit so well together.

Nearest tube: Warren Street (Victoria and Northern lines) 

In ruins

St Dunstans-in-the-East

St Dunstans-in-the-East (Image: Pinterest)

One of the capital’s most surprising open spaces is the garden of St Dunstan-in-the-East. This gothic church struggled against devastation in the Great Fire of London and again during the Blitz. But what remains is an enchanting Portland stone ruin brought back to life with greenery and the leafy colours of regrowth. 

Nearest tube: Monument (District and Circle lines)

Little wonder

(Image: The Northbank)

Trafalgar Square (Image: The Northbank)

On the corner of Trafalgar Square is Britain’s smallest police station, a spot that never fails to delight! Tucked in a hollowed-out lamp post, it’s easy to see why this little marvel is so often overlooked. Though it’s now home to the brooms of Westminster City Council, in days gone by the light would flash to warn nearby officers of trouble. With a door close to Farrow & Ball’s Pitch Black, this is one for lovers of daringly dark shades.

Nearest tube: Charing Cross (Northern and Bakerloo lines)

Lost & found

Wilton's Music Hall (Image: The Times)

Wilton’s Music Hall (Image: The Times)

In the historic East End of London you’ll find the long forgotten Wilton’s Music Hall. An eerie time capsule from the 1800s, years of dereliction have helped the hall retain many of its original features. Today there’s puppetry, cabaret and magic shows within plus a weathered red exterior.

Nearest tube: Aldgate East (Hammersmith & City line)


So hop on the tube and tick off all five if you can. Tag #TheChromologist and @TheChromologist so we can follow your journey!

Illustrated map of London (Image: Pinterest)


Joanna Spindler


After studying classics and archaeology at the University of Exeter, Joanna quickly fell for the interiors world and has been writing about homes ever since. She recently swapped her London flat for a little cottage in the Dorset countryside. At the weekend, you’ll find Joanna eating her way around the local foodie spots or trying not to fall over during yoga.

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