Whether you long to stroll through a gothic Victorian graveyard, or simply to explore a natural wildnerness, Tower Hamlets Cemetery is a hidden gem - not as grand as Highgate, but certainly well worth a visit.
The cemetery is a secret world set in the heart of London's bustling East End. The first internment was in 1841, the last in 1966. Essentially a graveyard for the working class, its 27 acres of consecrated ground are full of interesting monuments, with many obelisks and angels dedicated to trade unionists, and champions of workers' rights, philanthropists, merchants, sailors and shipbuilders.
Some tombs are listed with English Heritage and many are scarred with shrapnel - the cemetery having been bombed 5 times during the second world war.
I love it... an eerie and inspiring place - and only 5 minutes from Mile End Tube.
As the cemetery appears in scenes from my novel, The Somnambulist