London is full of one-of-a-kind attractions, historical sights, and memorable experiences. So many, in fact, that it is nearly impossible to see and do it all during a single visit. But the good news is that one trip to The Big Smoke, as this city is affectionately still called, and you'll likely find yourself returning year after year. Whether this is your first trip to London or your 20th, there are some must-see attractions that you've probably never even thought to check out before. Thus, to ensure your trip itinerary is jam-packed with only the best of the best, here are eight top-rated attractions in London you never thought of visiting but absolutely should.

8 Saint Dunstan In The East

A truly hidden gem in London that visitors should check out is none other than Saint Dunstan In The East. Built in the 11th and 12th centuries, this medieval church is a stunning site full of rich history and lore. Though it was partially destroyed during WWII, the church wasn't restored. Instead, it was left as is and, as a result, is a stunning display of historic ruins with a well-maintained garden that sprung up through the church's cracks. A tranquil and green oasis with park benches, Saint Dunstan, is a great attraction to visit, especially if you are looking to escape the hustle and bustle of London's busy streets.

7 Spitalfields And Brick Lane

Street art and murals adore this area of London and make for some of the most fantastic Instagram posts. What's more, this area is a multicultural foodie haven with delicious smells from the legendary curry houses, unique delis, and more—all reminding visitors it is absolutely time for a light snack or a spot of afternoon tea. Spitalfields And Brick Lane Markets also offer shoppers some of the finest handcrafted goods and a chance to check out some of the most eclectic shops found in various alleyways, making for some amazing shopping. An added bonus, right around the corner is the infamous area where Jack The Ripper unleashed terror in Victorian London—so don't forget to explore the darker side of this city while there.

6 The Vaults

Often referred to as The Waterloo Vaults, this semi-hidden attraction is yet another fantastic display of the local artistry of London. Located in the back of Waterloo Station, a collage of colors and graffiti art is a welcoming feast for the eyes. An ever-changing art exhibit, lovers of raw and gritty art should add this attraction to their London bucket list. The Vaults are also used regularly as venues for concerts, performance artists, parties, and other one-of-a-kind pop-up events, so make sure you check out this happening scene whenever you're in town.

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5 Sky Garden

Located at the top of 20 Fenchurch Street, in the Walkie Talkie Building, Sky Garden is the perfect mix of urban and outdoorsy. Here, visitors can enjoy picturesque bird's eye views of London. But that's not all; the Sky Garden is also a fantastic little spot for a quick bite to eat or a chill spot for rooftop drinks. This urban oasis also has a lovely botanical garden that is a must-see. So, if you are looking for London countryside vibes and an incredible city rooftop to lounge in, then Sky Garden is definitely for you.

4 Sir John Soane's Museum

A museum that often gets overlooked is Sir John Soane's Museum. Though it isn't the beloved British Museum with its collectibles from all over the world, Sir John Soane's is an architectural dream come true. Often described as cool, crazy, incredible, extravagant, and fascinating, his home is now the site of this extraordinary museum. For those of you who have never heard of Sir John Soane, he was an architect and art collector in the early 1800s who tested the limits of his own home with all kinds of unheard-of architectural ideas at the time. So, what are you waiting for? Add this top-rated attraction to your itinerary asap.

3 The Postal Museum And Mail Rail

Another museum worth checking out for history buffs and lovers alike is The Postal Museum and Mail Rail. Here, visitors can take a trip to the past and learn more about Britain's postal service and communications history over the past 500 years. According to The Postal Museum, the underground Mail Rail (an underground railway of Royal Mail) itself was one of London's best-kept secrets of the 20th Century and was fully operational until 2003. So, if you are into unique experiences, then this London special attraction is sure to suffice.

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2 Columbia Road Flower Market

Visiting a flower market may not be at the top of most travelers' lists, but the Columbia Road Flower Market is truly a sight worth seeing. Just around the corner from the buzzing Brick Lane, this East End flower market is nestled in one of London's most expensive housing areas, which means you can marvel at stately homes, gorgeous flower arrangements, live music from busking musicians, and more. The market itself is open for business every Sunday from 8 am to 3 pm. Plus, more than a few independent shops service market-goers, including several excellent cafés, so make sure you grab something to eat while enjoying this market scene.

1 The Dickens Inn

With a great pub on almost every corner, you might think if you've been to one in London, you've been to them all. Well, think again. There are your standard run-of-the-mill pubs, eccentric pubs, and every writer's favorite—literary-themed pubs—enter The Dickens Inn. This particular pub has everything one could want on vacation, with its beautiful look, an abundance of heritage, intriguing history intertwined with Charles Dickens, two huge balconies covered in flowers, delicious bar food, and flowing ale. The Dickens Inn isn't too far away from Tower Bridge and The Tower of London either. Thus, overall, this pub is yet another conveniently located and top-rated attraction to check out during your London travels.