If you own one photography book on London’s most curious places and spaces, it should be this one (maybe this one, too). I’ve been following Londoner Peter Dazeley’s work over the years, he was one of the photographers I discovered who’s spurred my obsession with curious, hidden and obscure places. 

Above: The Blackfriar Pub, Queen Victoria Street
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Entrance Hall, Eltham Palace
St Pancras Renaissance Hotel
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Wilton’s Music Hall

His last book, gave us a backstage pass to places in London almost no one is allowed access to. Places we could only imagine seeing inside, like Battersea Power Station – I mean, who goes in there? No one ever! His new book London Uncovered is a compendium of photographs of 60 places all with grand public profiles, but whose interiors are rarely explored. He snoops around London’s unusual museums, palaces of entertainment, historical homes and remarkable shops most of us might have heard of but have likely never ventured to… to name a few.

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Apsley House
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Wash house at the Charles Dickens Museum
“The common thread throughout is largely the photographer’s ability to uncover a fresh perspective on a special piece of London. The subjects are eclectic, encompassing buildings, monuments in plain sight and walks, with some places famous and others obscure. Two of the museum pictured are free to enter; the others have entrance charges, as sdo the historical homes. At the two pubs described here it is customary to buy a drink. Theatre visits will generally require tickets, although some of them offer pre planned tours. Similarly it’s possible to see more areas of the Inns of Court by making an enquiry and pre booking. It should not be difficult to see inside the place of worship photographed here, while respecting of times and days of worship and observing the protocols required of visitors.”


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Gala Bingo Hall, Tooting
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Palm House, Kew Gardens
Library at The Honourable Society, Temple
Normandsfield Theatre, Teddington
Old clients’ lasts, John Lobb Bookmaker, St James’s
Pickering Place, the smallest public square in London, St James’s
The Ragged School Museum, Tower Hamlets
Flowers in Richmond Park
Rivoli Ballroom, South-east London
Shri Sanatan Hindu Mandir Temple, Neasdon
The Bow Bells, St Mary Le Bow, Cheapside
The Undercroft, Lincolns Inn

London Uncovered is available now for your Christmas list or coffee table collection!

(All the photographs in this post are by Peter Dazeley from London Uncovered, published October 2016 by Frances Lincoln.)


  1. Thanks for the reminder to go to some places that have been on my list for a while, namely the Neasdon temple and Eltham Palace. Fancy a trip to either??

  2. Definitely up for both. I was talking to my dad about the temple the other day. Must go! ps don't know why this came out on email the other day… I didn't ask it to!

  3. Now this is a super awesome post…the ones I truly treasure finding online!! And photography is a true passion of mine. The not knowing>>>then that total thrill of holy cannoli>>>is part of that infatuation throughout life…to see things!! Thanks Ellie!! All now included>>>on my #bucketlist!! Some already were 🙂
    ~Cooks Falls Lodge~

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