London’s more unique attractions

A visit to London is always a memorable experience. There is so much to see and explore in this city that it is just not possible to take in all the sights and sounds on a single visit. In fact, there is so much of variety in terms of tourist attractions in the city, that even locals may not be aware of certain attractions in and around London.

To make the most of a trip to London, it is best to stay in a hotel that is located in the city centre. One such spot is the Hyde Park area that is popular with visitors to the city. The hotels near Hyde Park London offer convenient access to some of the best attractions within the heart of the city.

Among the many top hotels in the area the Grand Royale London Hyde Park hotel is a great place to stay as it offers the best in luxury at a very affordable price. And you are just a stone’s throw away from some of the finest attractions to be found in the city. If you are done with seeing the major attractions and want to see the lesser known hidden treasures of London, then a visit to the following is recommended….

Sir John Soane’s Museum: The museum used to be the former residence of the architect of the Bank of England, Sir John Soane. It is one of the best public museums although it is not as popular as its better known peers. Its fine collection of antiquities and drawings include art pieces by artists like Canaletto, Piranesi and John Turner and the Egyptian Sarcophagus of Seti among other wonderful pieces.

The Thames Path: One of the best ways to explore London is to hire a Boris Bike and take a ride along the Thames Path which stretches for 40 miles and has many tranquil and beautiful spots waiting to be discovered. You will find many attractions along the way including quaint cafes, bars and pubs with one such pub being Charles Dickens’ favourite haunt – The Prospect of Whitby, along with the charming village of Rotherhithe and other places to explore.

Wilton’s Music Hall: It is one of the oldest halls of its kind in the country that was built in Victorian times and is located in London’s Tower Hamlets. It underwent extensive renovation which has successfully restored its former glory. A great place to spend an evening although it is recommended to book tickets in advance. After the performance visit its stunning Mahogany Bar for a drink or just take time to explore this iconic venue.

The Temple:  To know more about the history of law in London a visit to the Temple area is a must. On either sides of the Temple Church you will see the Middle and Inner Temple. Each of these has their own chambers, libraries, dining halls and gardens. Temple Church was built by the Knights Templar in the 12th century and is recognisable by its classic circular nave. It has even featured in the Hollywood Blockbuster ‘The Da Vinci Code’.

Postman’s Park:  One of the lesser known attractions in the city, it would remain more concealed if it were not for the area being featured in Jude Law’s movie Closer in 2004. It derived its name due to its patrons who visited the area during their lunch break from the General Post Office that lay nearby. Now it houses the Watts memorial, which features a gallery of tablets that commemorate acts of bravery.

Chin Chin Labs: Do you fancy the thought of savouring liquid nitrogen ice cream? If so, then drop in at Chin Chin Labs that is located in Camden. They come in a variety of quirky flavours but are simply delicious with the concoctions coming to life due to the presence of liquid nitrogen. You will get an opportunity to see the entire process while waiting to be served in the laboratory.

Wallace Collection: You will find the Wallace Collection located in a stately old London town house in the Marylebone area of London. The collection includes rare exhibits like porcelain, furniture, paintings etc. And its 28 rooms are adorned with artworks of the Old European Masters which include Rembrandt, Titian, Canaletto and Gainsborough among others along with a splendid ancient armoury. There even is a classy courtyard restaurant worth a visit!

Dennis Severs’ House:  It can certainly be dubbed as being one of the city’s more strange tourist attractions. Dennis Severs’ House appears to have been recently vacated by its residents an 18th century family, with unmade beds and food left uneaten as if they have just stepped out. It makes for an immersive and enjoyable experience!

Fulham Palace: London is home to some of the finest palaces and stately home,s which are managed and are a part of the National Trust properties. One such fine example is Fulham Palace, which offers free admission and house a fabulous collection of architecture, art and historical objects. It also plays host to a number of programmes and events all through the year.

Little Venice: As charming as the name sounds, Little Venice is London’s answer to the famed Italian city of Venice. It is a cool place to hang out with numerous pubs, restaurants and cafes along the waterside. It is especially, popular during the summer when locals hop on to canal boats restaurants for a fine meal or even take a stroll along the waterfront to Regent’s Park or Camden that lies in the vicinity.

 Geffrye Museum: Another one of the many museums that are to be found in the city of London. The Geffrye Museum is housed in a location in Shoreditch, which is famous for its 18th century mansions all around. It showcases the living habits of middle class Londoners from the 1600s to contemporary times.

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