One of the great things about London is the quality of the transport infrastructure. While you wouldn’t want to take a car into the city centre unless absolutely necessary, the underground system allows easy travel around the city once you’re there, and the over-ground links provide a great means of getting into the capital in the first place…
You can catch a train travelling from Stevenage to Finsbury Park and be there in less than half-an-hour, which makes it easy to cram lots of activities into a single day-trip.
A great deal is made of the city’s more popular attractions: the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, and the London Eye all receive millions of visitors each year. But what about those lesser-known gems? Let’s run through some of the places you might think to visit – but that you really should!
London has no shortage of stately homes, which might make overlooking this one easy. Take the time to visit and you’ll be rewarded with an artfully refurbished 1930s interior, which really shows what the period was all about.
Wimbledon Tennis Museum
Fans of tennis might want to pay a visit to Wimbledon’s tennis museum, where you’ll find just about as complete a history of the sport (and the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club) as you can hope to find anywhere in the world. There are trophies on display, along with a range of other important tennis-related items.
Grant Museum of Zoology
This little museum is a part of the UCL campus. It’ll be closed for essential building works on the first
few Saturdays of September, but otherwise, it’s a must-visit for those with an interest in animals and
what makes them tick.
London is home to many big-name art galleries, and so this one doesn’t often get a look-in on lists of
this sort. But it’s a stunning building, home to some important Rembrandts and Fragonards, along with a smattering of gorgeous furniture and suits of armour. Best of all, entrance is free.
Trinity Buoy Wharf
This little corner of dockland is home to London’s only surviving lighthouse, from whose summit you’ll be able to enjoy magnificent views of the nearby O2, as well as the river itself.
Neasden Temple (or the BAPS Shri Swainarayan Mandir, to give it its full title) is to be found right next to Neasden’s dual carriageway – so it’s surroundings aren’t exactly picturesque. As well as being a place of worship, it’s a stunning piece of architecture that’s sure to tempt fans of elaborate, intricate stonework.
This picturesque little building first came to be in 1816, and it’s in pristine condition thanks to the
restoration and fundraising efforts of the locals. If you want to delve into the history of the capital,
then this attraction offers a unique means of doing so.
Have you visited any of these places?