London is an amazing place. Whereas it presents some of the most famous landmarks of the world that most people know of, such as the London Eye, the Buckingham Palace, Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum and Westminster Abbey, there are many more unusual things to see and to do that you may not be aware of.
The Attractions in Richmond Park
You will find an unusually wild environment in this Royal Park, which is definitely the best of all Royal Parks and is also the biggest. It has a diverse presentation as you will find the Royal Ballet School being housed here while hordes of deer can be seen running wild. You can also catch pro cyclists undergoing training in this park which is the farthest from the centre than most others and it offers rolling hills and hefty oaks. You can also find a spot from where even St Paul’s is easily visible. As per legend, this was the spot where Anne Boleyn was brought by King Henry VIII for his honeymoon and also where he got the signal telling him about her death.
Speakers’ Corner, Hyde Park
This is a favourite outspoken spot in London where you can speak whatever you like and about whatever is not right, according to you. It is located in Hyde Park which is in the heart of London in the midst of all the action, being flanked by Park Lane, Marble Arch and Kensington Palace where Queen Victoria and Diana, Princess of Wales had once stayed and where Will and Kate have their official residence. Speakers’ Corner is a place in the park where anyone from any part of the world can express his concerns regarding whatever is bothering him such as about race, religion, war and satire. This is the place where you have complete freedom of speech and the liveliest crowds are noticed here especially on Sunday afternoons and you can see the best and worst of stand-up speakers trying to make their point.
Visitors to London would find it convenient to stay at Shaftesbury Hyde Park hotel as it is located in the heart of the city at a few steps from Hyde Park and close to most of the other attractions of the city.
Canal Boats in Maida Vale
These unusually slow canal boats at this leafy area of northwest London are easy to hop on to for getting to other places by gliding through the smaller waterways of the city. You can reach Camden Lock easily, if you start at Little Venice gliding past the London Zoo and the edges of Regent’s Park. The ease of this journey will give quite a competition to the Tube.
Roman History Unravelled Through Buildings
In the heart of London, you can discover Roman history through the buildings that exist between the Tower of London and the Gherkin. By exploring this area, you can get to know more about 2000 years of history and you can explore Victorian markets, medieval relics and crumbling walls since the time that the Romans had occupied them. You can explore the area on your own or you can take the help of a guide to get more information and to ensure that you do not miss anything.
If you wish to enjoy your weekend breaks London, it would be best to see the various unusual attractions as that would give you an idea of the diversity of offerings of the city.
The Florence Nightingale Museum
One of the most unheard of places, this small, yet info-packed museum is housed in a Victorian promenade of Big Ben. By visiting this museum, you will be able to travel back in time and retrace the steps of one of the symbols of sacrifice who is credited with establishing the modern nursing profession, Florence Nightingale.
The Well-Made Greenwich Market
This busy market at the foot of the hill and towards the east of the city presents handicrafts and food from around the world that you will find interesting, once you have explored Portobello Road Market, Covent Garden and Notting Hill. Moreover, the Greenwich Observatory offers the centre of time and space.
Travel in a Mini Cooper
If you have had your fill of the London Underground and the Black Cab, you can go retro and zip around London in an Austin Mini Cooper with peak caps and gold bars that are available on request. You will enjoy being unusually retro
Afternoon Tea at the Montcalm
This is one activity that is typical of London and most of the luxury hotels in the city provide this facility. However, you can have a wonderful time at the Montcalm Hotels, such as at the Montcalm located at the top of Park Lane in the heart of the city being close to the shops of Oxford Street, where the Afternoon Tea facility is available. The hotel has a grand ambiance being located in a row of town houses in Georgian Crescent and it has a fresh, contemporary design while maintaining its heritage values. The dining room is quirky and modern and afternoon tea is served in an environment of stunning ceiling display of suspended lights, smoothly burnt orange leather and glitzy mirrored pillars. The Grill at the Montcalm serves modern afternoon tea.
Chiswell Street Dining Rooms also offers afternoon tea at the Montcalm at the Brewery and along with tea guests are served an assorted selection of finger sandwiches, homemade scones with Preston Hall jam and Devonshire clotted cream along with a selection of afternoon sweets and cakes. Guests can also avail of Champagne afternoon tea, served with a glass of Joseph Perrier Champagne.
Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club is an ideal place to enjoy jazz. It is located in the narrow streets of Soho and it has hosted many Jazz superstars over the years. It is an edgy, fun place for enjoying a night out in London as it attracts plenty of up-and-coming talent.