Eel Pie Island lies in the middle of London’s Thames river, but it feels a world apart from the cosmopolitan metropolis that surrounds it. The island is something of an artist’s colony, and crossing the arched bridge of the Thames path to enter its confines feels like passing into an alternate universe. The artist studios on the island reside in battered old cottages or repurposed warehouses with whimsical gardens filled with strange ephemera. Many artists fill their yards with work that no longer fits in their studios, so a stroll on Eel Pie almost feels like a free visit to a museum.
Eel Pie Island’s creative and eclectic environment is an unlikely thing to find in the middle of the Thames, but it’s exactly the kind of discovery that makes exploring London such a wonderful experience. The city is filled with unpublicized or semi-forgotten little secrets just like Eel Pie Island, and there’s no telling what you encounter on a little stroll along the Thames. If you have stories about fun little secrets you’ve found in London or another city, share them in the comments below, we’d love to hear them!
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