Of Interest in London
|| Have fun discovering
some beautiful and unique hidden gems around every corner
In North London you could spend a few hours getting lost
in one of the area’s museums.
Perhaps wander around Freud’s den of antiquities
or the house that inspired Keats to write some of his
best work; amongst the life size aircraft of the RAF
Museum or the home of cricketing history and
the Ashes at Lords Cricket Ground.
On your travels you may come across Hanover Terrace where
novelist, journalist, sociologist, and historian H.G.
Wells once lived, and the Royal Academy of Music
the oldest such institution in England. If you venture
further into central London, you can also stumble across Wimpole Street [map],
where Arthur Conan Doyle wrote two Sherlock Holmes stories.
Golders Green Crematorium [map],
NW11, is one of the oldest in Britain, and is the final
resting place of many notable figures namely Charles Rennie
Mackintosh, Peter Sellers and Sigmund Freud.
You can get two places of interest for the price of one
in North London when you go to the London Canal Museum
[map] because here you can find out about canals and ice cream
under one roof. The main purpose of the museum is to give
visitors an insight into the history of London’s
canals and how they evolved into what they are today.
The ice cream part comes in because the museum is housed
in a former 19th century ice warehouse where ice cream
used to be stored.
The Docklands Museum [map] in East London entices visitors with the promise of an
insight into the area’s rocky social and economic
history. The Docks itself also plays a part in the feast
of interests the east side has to offer. St Katherine’s
Dock was one of the first to be restored and now houses
shops, restaurants and a marina. Nearby, Tobacco Docks
dates back to 1811 and has been converted for social entertainments,
and Execution Dock near Wapping Old Stairs is where pirates
faced the ultimate punishment for their career choice.
For a five senses education in the social history of the
East End go to Brick Lane [map].
The street is alive with the sights, smells and sounds
of the areas past originally as a brick manufacturing
area (hence the name) and over the years has become a
haven for waves of immigrants. Today the area is known
for its Bangladeshi community and gives you the perfect
opportunity to taste the culture in one of the many curry
South West London is rich in former palaces and historic
houses, ranging from little hidden away gems such as Whitehall
[map] and Little Holland House to grand and lavish
buildings like Hampton Court Palace [map] and Ham House. The National Trust owns a number
of impressive properties such as Claremont Gardens in Surbiton and Morden Hall Park [map] in Merton.
Long before the tube existed in London travellers still
headed underground with the assistance of the Chislehurst
Caves in Bromley. During World War II these enormous
caves protected more than 15,000 people against overhead
bombings and is a fascinating glimpse into the past. Enjoy
an organised tour of this ecological wonder.
Why not head to Central London for some far more famous
landmarks? A delightful walk down the tree lined Mall
in SW1 brings you to the doorstep of the magnificent Buckingham
Since 1837 Buckingham Palace has served as the official
residency of the Monarchy and has only in the last few
decades been open to the public. Tours around Buckingham
Palace prove to be in the top 10 of must peoples’
itinerary and crowds flock to the Palace during the annual
summer opening in August and September. For more information
visit Buckingham Palace’s official website.
If you’re hoping to spend a few lazy days in some
fresh green space head to West London and the beautiful
area of Holland Park [map],
Abbotsbury Road, W1. This beautiful place is bursting
with secluded pavilions, wooded walks, a Japanese rock
garden, an adventure playground and plenty of space for
kids and the young at heart to run around in.
Go eco-friendly with a visit to The Lookout Environmental
Centr [map], Rangers Lodge, Hyde Park, W2. This is
a great place that makes looking after the environment
a fun notion and you’ll find plenty to keep little
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