London’s District Line is one of the city’s most popular lines, being home to more stations than any other tube line in London; it has sixty in total. Although technically one line, District actually splits into four covering Richmond, Ealing Broadway, Edgware Road and Wimbledon making it the perfect line to hop onto if you want to explore some of the fabulous areas in leafy West London.
Here are just some of the attractions you can visit when taking a ride on London’s District Line:-
Get off at Tower Hill station and you can explore two of London’s most iconic landmarks; the Tower of London and Tower Bridge. The Tower of London is one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions and is a real must-visit for anyone with an interest in the city’s history and heritage. It has been standing for over 1,000 years and during that time has been used as a palace, a fortress, a prison, a place of execution and even a zoo. Nowadays it is home to the Crown Jewels and a whole heap of history just waiting to be discovered. The Tower Bridge is pretty impressive all on its own, especially if you are lucky enough to see the bridge when it is raised. It is also home to the London Tower Bridge Exhibition where you can learn about the construction of this famous bridge and how it was built as well as taking to the glass walkway which is situated directly above the River Thames. Tower Hill tube station is a good place to begin your journey on District Line, especially if you are staying at a Montcalm Hotel London.
For a great view across the city then disembark at Monument and head to the very attraction the station is named for. The Monument is a memorial designed and created by Sir Christopher Wren to commemorate the Great Fire of London in 1666. It is just a short distance away from Pudding Lane which is where the fire is said to have broken out and stands at 202ft tall. Climb the 311 spiral stone steps to be rewarded with an impressive panoramic view across the city of London.
A few stops along from Monument and you will have reached Westminster; home to attractions such as Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. The Abbey is probably the most striking landmark here and there is little wonder why it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site; step inside and be inspired by the stunning and ornate interior, visit the resting places of famous names from British history such as Charles Dickens, Mary Queen of Scots and Sir Isaac Newton, and stand in the place where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (aka Prince William and Kate Middleton) tied the knot. The Abbey has played a significant role in the history of the British Monarchy for hundreds of years and has been the location of many coronations, weddings and burials.
St James’s Park
Keep going west (don’t worry if you are staying in East London, perhaps at a Shoreditch hotel, it’s very easy to get back again) and one stop along you have St James’s Park. Although it is one of the smaller parks in the city, it is the oldest of the eight Royal Parks and offers a stunning view across to Buckingham Palace as well as being home to resident pelicans. It might be nice to take a walk through an open green space and breathe in some fresh air after being on the tube for a while; perhaps it might even be the right time to enjoy a picnic with the official London residence of HM The Queen in the background.
Kensington is home to what is known as the ‘golden triangle’; three of London’s best museums. Here you will find the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and the V&A Museum all within walking distance of one another. A stop here might be better either first thing in the morning or just before the museums close for the day if you don’t fancy battling through crowds of tourists to get up close to the exhibitions and artefacts on display. This part of Kensington is also home to the Royal Albert Hall; home of the BBC Proms.
Choose to follow the Wimbledon line and you could check out the Lawn Tennis Museum and discover some of the history of the sport and what makes this annual tennis championship so popular. Taking place over two weeks every summer, Wimbledon is a firm fixture in many people’s calendars and you could walk in the footsteps of some of the sport’s legendary heroes, get up close with some of the trophies and even have a go at playing yourself. It is also possible to book a tour of the tennis courts and see where the games are actually played during the tournaments.
Follow the line towards Richmond and hop off at Kew Gardens for the chance to Royal Botanic Gardens located here. These world famous gardens are home to a number of attractions including a treetop walkway, an exotic Palm House, glasshouses, and hundreds of different species of plants, flowers and trees. Whether you have an interest in the botanical or you simply want to explore and discover the wonderful colours, sights and sounds of this fantastic attraction, Kew Gardens are well worth a visit.
Finally, for a real taste of West London, carry on one stop further and head into Richmond. This leafy London suburb is situated on the banks of the River Thames and has many wonderful restaurants and coffee shops as well as being home to Richmond Park. The largest of the Royal Parks you can discover Red and Fallow Deer, Pembroke Lodge and the Isabella Plantation here too. Although just 13 stops from where you first began you will easily feel as though you are a million miles away from the city of London.