Friday, October 12, 2012

London- Lesser Known Places to Visit

We all know the Top ten places to visit in the main European cities but every city has either secret of less well known places to visit. I live in Dublin and am always on the outlook for new places to discover. But London where I come from is enormous in comparison to the little city of Dubli and will always yield the unknown as long as you keep searching. Here are a few places that even the most seasoned London visitor might have missed.

1.The Photographers Gallery 16 – 18 Ramillies Street, London W1
The Photographers' Gallery is the largest public gallery in London dedicated to photography. From the latest emerging talent, to historical archives and established artists. for opening hours

2.Dennis Sever's House 18 Folgate Street, London E1
Created by Dennis Sever who recreated and lived in the house much as the original 18th century owners would have done.

3.Sir John Soane's Museum 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London, WC2A
A house museum. Soane, Royal Academy architect designed this house to live in, but also as a setting for his antiquities and his works of art.

4.Freud Museum  20 Maresfield Gardens, Hampstead,  London NW3
The London home of Sigmund and his daughter Anna Freud. Now a museum containing Freud's library, and his collection of antiquities.

5.Geffrye Museum 136 Kingsland Road London E2
A museum specialising in the history of the English domestic interior.

6.Sherlock Holmes Museum 221b Baker Street,London NW1
A museum dedicated to the life and times of Sherlock Holmes,. The interior has been  maintained as described in the published stories.

7. Leighton House  12 Holland Park Road, London W14.
Former home and studio of the leading Victorian artist, Frederic, Lord Leighton,  designed to display Leighton's collection of Islamic tiles brought back from Damascus giving the interior a vision of the Orient.

8.Berwick Street Market- Berwick Street (of course), London W1 off Oxford Street
Who doesn't love a market and this long-running London mainly fruit and veg street market continues to serve as a place for lunchtime office workers, tourists and locals alike. Flanked by sandwich bars and coffee shops it is also a spot to just sit and watch the, suprising for it's location, less touristy side of London pass by.

9. Chelsea Physic Garden 66 Royal Hospital Road, London SW3.
Established in 1673 it is the second oldest botanical garden in Britain.

10.Regents Canal -walk from Warwick Avenue (Little Venice) to Camden (or vice versa!)
Many Londoners have never done this walk, rushing in on the tube each day and often only lingering for a quick Friday night work drink of to visit town for the theatre or a meal.
Very good article here

11.Jermyn Street London W1
Just to soak up the finer side of life away from the main drag of tourist taps like the awful Piccadilly Circus wander down this handsome street and window shop the fine quality on show. Don't miss wandering through the beautiful Picadilly Arcade.

12. Inns of Court Middle Temple Lane, LondonEC4 (only open weekdays)
Don't miss the small arched entrance. In the main building you can visit an Elizabethan banqueting hall. Eat lunch after at Fuzzy's Grub at 62 Fleet Street.


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