Hatton Garden: 10 Things To Do Whilst You're Visiting
Hatton Garden's chic surroundings have no end of things to do for visitors, which is why an average of one million tourists pass through its streets each year.
This luxurious part of London has become a popular destination for day-trippers thanks to its reputation as the world’s biggest jewellery hub, with over 300 jewellery businesses, and the site of some of history's most infamous heists.
Whether you’re visiting Hatton Garden to buy a new gold belcher chain from Hatton Jewellers or just dropping by to enjoy one of the area's many tourist-friendly attractions, we believe it’s always worth making a day trip out of it!
In this blog post, our team shares their favourite things for visitors to do in Hatton Garden.
Street Food At Leather Lane Market
If you’ve ever been to Leather Lane Market, you’ll know exactly why this is top of the list. Found in the street parallel to Hatton Garden, this historic market is home to over 100 street food stalls and is open on weekdays from around 10am to 2pm.
With flavours from all over the world, you’ll have no problem satisfying your favourite craving whether you’re after a juicy burger, a kebab or a steaming bowl of pho. As the oldest street market in Camden, vendors in Leather Lane have been serving London for around 400 years.
Shopping At Oxford Circus
If you’re still in the mood for some shopping, why not take a quick 10-minute Tube ride down the Central Line to London’s fashion hotspot, Oxford Circus? From luxury clothing shops such as Flannels or Selfridges to footwear stores like Doc Martens, JD Sports and Foot Locker, this shoppers’ paradise really does have it all.
Enjoy A Few Drinks
Refresh yourself with a few drinks at one of the many historic pubs near Hatton Garden. Top of many visitors’ lists due to its incredible history is Ye Olde Mitre, based just off Ely Place. Built in 1546 for the Bishops of Ely, this beautiful pub has won many awards in its time, even being voted London Pub of the Year in 2013.
If you’re after more of a contemporary-style pub then The Argyle is the place for you. Based just around the corner from Leather Lane, visitors can enjoy its friendly atmosphere and charming roof terrace.
Stroll Along The River Thames
There’s nothing quite like experiencing the views of the River Thames to remind yourself just how beautiful London is. Take a short 15-minute walk south from Hatton Garden and you’ll find yourself at Blackfriars Bridge, just round the corner from the pedestrian-only Millenium Bridge. If you have a spare 20 minutes we’d recommend sitting down and appreciating the views, you certainly won’t regret it!
The British Museum
Ever heard of the Rosetta Stone? The Statue of Ramesses II? The Mummy of Katebet? As home to some of the most famous historical artefacts ever discovered — eight million of them to be precise — the British Museum is one of London’s most popular tourist attractions, with over six million visitors in 2019. Just 15 minutes away on the Central Line, it’s certainly worth a trip if you’re spending the day in Hatton Garden.
Take In Waterhouse Square
Now home to commercial office space, Waterhouse Square is a beautiful red terracotta Victorian building that was built in the 19th century. Just a five-minute walk from the centre of Hatton Garden, it’s definitely worth taking in this impressive Grade II-listed building, even if it’s just to appreciate the architecture.
Hop On A Tour Bus
From Big Ben to the London Eye, there’s no better way to see London’s most iconic landmarks than hopping on an open-top tour bus! This unique way to see the city has always been popular with tourists, so if you haven’t already enjoyed a trip we definitely recommend setting aside time for a ride. Even better, if you pay for a “hop-on, hop-off” pass then you can use it as a make-shift taxi to get around London for the day.
Visit St Paul’s Cathedral
Take a step inside, look up, and we guarantee you’ll be left in awe. The St. Paul’s Cathedral that we know today has been around for almost 400 years, with the historical origins of the site dating as far back as 604AD. With its peak reaching 111m, St. Paul’s was actually the tallest building in London until 1963, although in 2020 it’s not even in the top 70. Nonetheless, this incredible piece of architecture is definitely worth a visit if you’re nearby, just a 15-minute walk from Hatton Garden.
Football Stadium Tour
Although Premier League games are currently closed to fans, you can still go on a tour of one of the many football stadiums of London. The closest to Hatton Garden is Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium, just a 25-minute ride via the Central and Piccadilly Lines. Of course, there’s also the London Stadium of West Ham, Stamford Bridge of Chelsea and Craven Cottage of Fulham, to name a few.
Walk To Covent Garden
Last but certainly not least, why not take a short walk or Tube ride to Covent Garden? Home to all sorts of craft stalls, high-end cafes, restaurants, museums and street entertainment, this bustling area of London is always a favourite with kids. Whether you arrive in the afternoon or evening, you’re bound to find something fun to do in Covent Garden; even if it’s just being captivated by a street magician for five minutes.
It goes without saying, but what’s a trip to Hatton Garden without visiting some gold jewellery stores too? Based in the heart of Hatton Garden, our luxury jewellery store offers some of the best prices in London, with an extensive range of new and second-hand solid gold jewellery. Whether you’re looking for a heavy curb chain, an iced out Miami Cuban bracelet or a diamond engagement ring, we have you covered here at Hatton Jewellers.
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