If you’ve explored all the main attractions, walked the most popular streets and treated yourself in the busiest shops, perhaps you’d like to seek out the hidden gems that are buried in Piccadilly. Here are a list of secret spots that you can explore.
Fortnum and Mason
This historic food store, holding a royal warrant by the Queen, sells the finest in luxury food items such as hampers, teas, wines and specialist goods. On the upper floor, you can find a variety of unique designer fashion and homeware.
London’s oldest bookshop, Hatchards is a must-visit for any literature lover. This prestigious bookshop offers a selection of hardbacks, mostly in travel, history and a variety of biographies. It’s said that customers included Kipling, Byron and Wilde; this shop exudes historical value and luxury.
Another gem hidden in the street of Piccadilly, is this more than a century old chocolate shop, selling the finest in handmade chocolates, made with the best fair trade cocoa. It is also rumoured to be where Roald Dahl bought his confectionary treats from; if the author who wrote Willy Wonka shopped there, it’s a sure recommendation for some excellent sweet treats!
St James’s Church
Designed by architect, Sir Christopher Wren, and said to be his favourite church, this church underwent restoration after severe damage during World War II. There are notable wood carvings done by Grinling Gibbons, at the altar and the organ.
Originally a private Palladian mansion, it is one of the last grand houses situated in Piccadilly. Being the grand home to five learned societies, it has had many a great mind walk through its doors, including Charles Darwin, who first read his paper on The Theory of Evolution, in this house.
St Martin’s Window
Situated in Trafalgar Square, this unusual window, designed by Shirazeh Houshiary, is inspired by the movement of water and how its ripples reflect and distort images.
Norwich Union Building
Situated on the corner of St James Street, is a masterfully crafted sculpture; The Figure of Justice by Hibbert Binney. It features a man and woman, harvesting corn and looking out into the distance, at their future.