Features of Important London Boroughs

There are 32 boroughs within Greater London plus the City of London that were created on 1 April 1965. Out of these there are twelve Inner London Boroughs and twenty are Outer London Boroughs. Three of the boroughs are designated as Royal Boroughs while one of them has City status.  Each of these boroughs offers plenty of cultural attractions and activities through which visitors can get the feel of the true spirit of the city. Besides being the capital of England, London is an influential city that also has a high status from the cultural standpoint being home to 200 museums, 123 historical monuments, 108 music halls and 857 art galleries. However, in order to get the true feel of the cultural scene it is essential to take a walk through the various boroughs instead of going round the city in double-decker buses. Some of the important boroughs and their features are being described below.

Soho: Located in the West End of London, this district which is still considered to be a part of Westminster, offers a lot to the tourists although a few years ago it was considered a “sin area” being home to a plethora of pubs, clubs and the local red light district. The situation has changed over the past 100 years because of the rising jazz craze that has given a different hue to its nightlife which is distinctive in its character. However, during the day, visitors can experience its Chinatown and visit the Hare Krishna Temple. It is now predominantly a fashionable district being home to upmarket restaurants and media offices with only some sex industry venues remaining. This small multicultural area of central London is home to commerce, industry, culture and entertainment as well as being a residential area where both the rich and poor stay. It is home to clubs, including the former Chinawhite nightclub, bars, restaurants, a few sex shops and late night coffee shops. Its streets are vibrant throughout the night especially at weekends.

Bloomsbury: Located in the London Borough of Camden in central London, between Euston Road and Holborn, it is notable for its garden squares and parks that are a role model for many English gardens. It is also a fashionable residential area and is distinguished by its literary connections and numerous cultural, educational and health-care institutions. The area is home to the University of London’s central bodies and departments as well as to the University of Law and New College of the Humanities. There are numerous health care institutions such as the British Medical Association, Great Ormond Street Hospital, and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. The London Contemporary Dance School and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art are also located in the area. The book publisher Bloomsbury that produced the Harry Potter series and books like Eat, Pray, Love and The Rum Diaries is also located here.

Greenwich: This area is distinguished by its architecture and classical buildings especially Zero Meridian signifying the origin of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time). It can easily be described as the current centre of the planet. This is also the most famous Borough in London because Greenwich was inducted as a UNESCO world cultural heritage site. It is famous for its maritime history and the town has served as a site of a royal palace, the Palace of Placentia and the birthplace of many Tudors, including Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. It was rebuilt as Royal Naval Hospital for Sailors and finally the buildings became the Royal Naval College in 1873. The historic rooms within these buildings remain open to the public; other buildings are used by University of Greenwich and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

Guests at London Premier Notting Hill Hotel can get the advantage of being located in a posh and sophisticated area of London, close to most attractions of the city. Moreover, they can easily explore the various important London boroughs and stay in a comfortable accommodation at a reasonable cost.

London Bridge: This tourist area has many historic places such as the legendary inn pub where Shakespeare got drunk, hundreds of years ago. At a place close to where Chaucer started writing his famous Canterbury Tales, there was the Tabard which was demolished in the 19th century. The bridge stands at the western end of the Pool of London and both its ends are marked by St Magnus-the-Martyr on the northern bank and Southwark Cathedral on the southern shore. Its cultural importance can be felt in the nursery rhyme “London Bridge is Falling Down” and its inclusion within art and literature.

Brick Lane: This is predominantly a Bangladeshi area whose influence can be felt in its various curries and an international ambience. It is home to a wonderful and colourful market where visitors can stroll, do window shopping and even buy plenty of things. A large number of fabric traders and producers who came here from Bangladesh can be found here. Earlier this area was known as Whitechapel which has the infamous reputation of being the location of Jack the Ripper murders in the late 1880s. This street in east London in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets runs from Swanfield Street in the northern part of Bethnal Green, crossing Bethnal Green Road, passing through Spitalfields and being linked to Whitechapel High Street to the south by Osborn Street.

Shoreditch: It is an inner city district in the historic East End of London and modern central London within the London Borough of Hackney, lying immediately to the north of the City of London. This up and coming district which now attracts hipsters, is an ideal place to sit in a cool pub as it is home to many cool, quirky and exciting bars and pubs. It has become a popular and fashionable part of London since 1996. It has been subject to considerable gentrification over the past twenty years that has also resulted in rises in land and property prices.

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