Secret Places to discover in London

London has horde of secret places that are worth visiting because of the interesting stories that are associated with them. These are those places that have something to teach about the life of ordinary man as well as about the rulers of the country. Following is a list of secret places that are a pleasure to discover.

Strawberry Hill House
This place was originally a William and Mary abode which was transformed by Walpole into a grand vaudeville of battlements, arches, turrets and antiquities during a period from 1747 to 1792. The refurbished house is known to have set the stage for Victorian Gothic Revival movement.  The furnishings and architecture of the house have a surreal touch and features Walpole’s intriguing collection of historical prints, furniture and art.

Horace Walpole was the son of Robert Walpole who was the first official Prime Minister in the history of Britain. He was a notable figure in the up-to-the-minute society of London. One of the major features of the Walpole’s house was a staircase hall that was designed by Richard Bentley. The staircase hall was drew inspiration from Prince Arthur’s tomb in Worcester Cathedral. Between the period of 1758to1779, Walpole continued to add new rooms to his home.  The Holbein Chamber of these later rooms was famous for housing Walpole’s loose and religious-themed rooms. But the most famous part of the house is Gallery which was designed with gilt vaults and mirrors. The vaulting of the Gallery is based on Henry VII’s Chapel at Westminster Abbey. The house also has star-shaped room called as Tribune, largely modeled on chapter house at York Minister.

Dennis Severs House
Dennis Severs House is an attraction in London which welcomes its guests to lose themselves in a unique form of theatre. This place was originally a Hugenot House and has been redesigned to create snapshots of life in the Spitalfields between the periods 1724 to 1914. The guests are taken through a “still-life-drama” which includes a way through kitchen, smoking room, dining room, bedrooms and cellar. The visitors will see the candles and hearth burning, objects scattered clumsily, obnoxious smells, sound of distant voices, half-eaten plates and unfinished glasses of wine. The scene evokes a feeling that the room had been deserted before a few moments only.  This drama was created by its previous owner as the imagination of what life would have been like inside the family of Hugenot weavers of silk.  The house is situated on the Folgate Street and was lived in By Dennis Severes from 1979 to 1999. Each room in the house is evocative of significant moments in the lives of imaginary residents.

Tea Room at V & A Museum
The tea room housed inside the V & A Museum serves the afternoon tea in fashion that was relished by Queen Victoria herself. The tea room boasts an authentic menu that features sweets and savouries from 1859-1901. The guests enjoy their cup of tea and Prosecco in a sumptuous atmosphere of the graceful Morris Room. The tea room is the first purpose-built museum café. The guests must try the best of selections: Mrs. Beeton’s cucumber sandwich, lemon and seed cake, asparagus, gooseberry tart, fruit sconelets and parmesan. Apart from the food and drinks you enjoy at extravagant Park Grand London Lancaster Gate Hotel, the tea at V & A is a delightful treat.

Wilton’s Music Hall
This music hall transports you to the times of mid-19th century, when a concert hall behind the Mahogany Park was built by John Wilton. This lovely old building survived the wrath of time by the dent of efforts of Methodist Church and John Betjeman.  The exteriors of the hall are clubbed together from five Victorian house fronts are a bit shabby. The paint of mismatched colours is peeling off and long extinguished gas lamps are hung around. So the gem is the hall itself. The building is like a high-ceiling church and has galleries on three sides. There is proscenium arch stage on the fourth side. The building has been recently renovated with the funds raise by a campaign. However much of the place’s state remains intact. The building now has heating, proper ventilation and modern lighting. The building still has the barley sugar cast iron pillars, classical arches and wooden floors.  The building hosts concerts, theatre and other acts.  The hall produces creative work that has its roots in old music hall tradition. Many operas, classical music, dance, puppetry, magic and cabaret are conducted in this hall. It is located in the east end of London and is just 10 minutes walk away from the Tower of London.

Britain’s Smallest Police Station
The Britain’s smallest police station has a rather stealthy location in south-east corner of the Trafalgar Square.  The police station is a peculiar and poignant construction that holds a world record to its name; Britain’s Smallest Police Station. This small box could imprison only two people at a time. The police station was built in 1926 so that the Metropolitan police could stay vigilant on the more troublesome demonstrators.  After the end of First World War, the police station was about to be renovated.  Due to public objection the idea was jettisoned and the police station could not cement its permanent place.

Postman’s Park
The Postman’s Park houses the Watts Memorial that was built by George Frederick Watt in 1900 to pay tribute to the Heroic self sacrifice. This is a shady garden to escape the clutter of city life and spend some leisure time. The park has pathway that runs from east to west. The seats of the park surround the seasonal bedding that is centerpiece of the garden. This park earned popularity because the workers from the nearby Old General Post Office came to this park and had lunch and hence the name Postman Park. There is a Watts gallery in the park. The walls of the gallery have details of heroic acts and tragic tales that are very moving.

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