Here are some of our favourite hidden gems across London, Kent & East Sussex. From beaches to historic cities, great food and stunning scenery have a peak and see what adventures await you this summer.
Situated in the heart of historic Canterbury, The Marlowe Theatre is a fantastic modern venue for Shakespeare, musicals and stand-up with a studio for contemporary performances. Nearest Southeastern station: Canterbury East/Canterbury West
Thanks to Milagros for this great pic.
St. Dunstan in the East Church
This church ruins filled with vegetation coexists near a busy road and near St Pauls Cathedral. It's a real hidden gem right in the heart of London. Nearest Southeastern station: Cannon St
Thanks to Slavka for this beautiful pic.
Bedgebury near Flimwell
Between Tunbridge Wells and Staplehurst lies this beautiful but not well known forest. A great place to have a bike ride, a picnic or just have a walk and enjoy nature. Nearest Southeastern station: Etchingham
Thanks to Juliett for this great shot.
Enjoy 360 degrees of uninterrupted views across London from its highest public garden. Sky Garden, at 20 Fenchurch Street, spans over three storeys of exquisitely landscaped gardens which include observation decks, an open air terrace, a brasserie, a restaurant and a cocktail pod. Nearest Southeastern station: London Cannon Street
Set in 32 acres of countryside in the heart of East London, Mudchute Farm is a community charity with a working farm, stables, a children’s nursery and a wide range of education activities. A fantastic day out for the family.
Nearest Southeastern station: Greenwich
Punting in Canterbury
Enjoy a relaxing trip along the River Stour, learn more about Canterbury's fascinating history, and check out the hidden sights you can't get to on foot! Nearest Southeastern station: Canterbury East/Canterbury West
Hastings & St Leonard’s beaches
Miles of immaculate beach with a mix of pebbles and sand, and only a short walk from Hastings town centre. Both beaches make for a great day out. Nearest Southeastern station: Hastings
Dover Cliffs walking path
With stunning views of the English Channel and glimpses of the French coastline, you can feel like you're a world away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. Nearest Southeastern station: Dover Priory (40 min walk following the brown walking signs)
Seal Safari Ramsgate
For a truly unforgettable afternoon, board one of the Sea Searcher boats at Ramsgate and head out to watch the local seal colony inside a National Nature Reserve. Nearest Southeastern station: Ramsgate
Hastings old town
Home to a thriving artsy community which feeds plenty of cafés, restaurants and independent shops selling art and antiques, upmarket homewares, flowers, artisan bread and more. Nearest Southeastern station: Hastings
The Goods Shed Market Canterbury
Canterbury’s permanent Farmers Market is well worth a visit. In the restaurant slow proved loaves are drawn from the ovens throughout the day and whole carcasses of meat broken into cuts on the butchery. Nearest Southeastern station: Canterbury West
Greenwich Park & Vintage market
Greenwich Park hosts the Prime Meridian Line and Royal Observatory as well as being part of the Greenwich Maritime World Heritage Site. Don’t miss one of the best covered markets in London with up to 120 stalls showing antiques and collectables on Thursdays and Fridays; and craft and design on Fridays, Saturday and Sundays. Nearest Southeastern station: Greenwich
Canterbury Tower House & Westgate Gardens
Tower House is nestled in the middle of the beautifully landscaped Westgate Gardens. There have been buildings on the site since at least the 1400s. The existing house with its narrow arched windows was built during Victorian times around 1850. Nearest Southeastern station: Canterbury East
St James’s Park London
The oldest of the capital's eight Royal Parks it makes for a lovely day out. Visitors can see the famous residents, pelicans, basking on their favourite rocks and getting fed fresh fish between 2:30 pm and 3:00 pm every day. Nearest Southeastern station: London Victoria