Most of the famous attractions of London such as Buckingham Palace, Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum, London Eye and many others are well-known throughout the world as they are household names. Tourists in large numbers from across the globe come to London to see these as well as other famous attractions giving the city the distinction of being one of the most favoured tourist destinations of the world. However, apart from the famous historic landmarks and attractions, theatres, museums, art galleries, shopping districts, restaurants and bars, London also has many hidden gems that a tourist can explore in order to be able to fully enjoy all that the city has to offer. The best way for any tourist to be able to explore these hidden treasures is to stay in a hotel in Chiswell Street as most of them will be close by. Just as you would like to visit Windsor Palace and feel royalty, you can visit some of these top hidden gems that are being enumerated below.
Dennis Severs’ House
This is the house having no electricity and other home comforts where American Dennis Severs lived and although it is not a museum but a private house, it is open to the public offering a peep into London’s past. Severs created a Huguenot silk weaver’s home for Mr Isaac Jervis, his family, and their descendants. Although the Jervis family is imaginary, Severs has given detailed attention to historical accuracy.
Bank of England Museum
If you wish to touch something that is very valuable, you can get the opportunity if you visit the Bank of England as you will get the opportunity to not only touch but lift a gold bar weighing 13kg. You will be allowed to put your hand in a hole in a cabinet and lift the bar. However, do not even imagine that you will be able to steal it.
You may have heard of many famous museums of London such as the British Museum and the Tate Modern but there are many others that offer equally exciting attractions such as the Guards Museum where you can dress up in a guard’s tunic and bearskin cap and get yourself clicked as a souvenir. This museum is all about the five Foot Guards Regiment of the Household Division, whose Guards protect the Queen and take part in the Changing of the Guard ceremony daily outside Buckingham Palace. You can get a print of your photo along with a certificate for a small fee. A military tailor is always available to alter the tunics.
Guilhall Art Gallery and Roman Amphitheatre
This Gallery displays paintings and sculpture belonging to the Corporation of London and it was established in 1885 for this purpose. At the gallery you can see portraits from the 16th century to today, plus views of London from the 17th century. The Guilhall Art Gallery is also home to Roman London’s Amphitheatre that was discovered in 1999. It was used for entertaining soldiers and the public with animal fighting and public execution of criminals, as well as religious activities.
Somerset House, a beautiful 18th century neoclassical palace is home to the Courtauld Gallery that has an art collection covering the 14th century up to date. At this gallery, you will be able to appreciate its Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, including works by Monet, van Gogh, and Cezanne. Staying at a City Road hotel you will find it easy to visit these various not so famous attractions.
Located in Covent Garden, central London, Inner Space is a meditation and self-development centre. It has a bookshop and a Quiet Room where you can find peace of mind and complete relaxation. It offers a quiet retreat in the hubbub of this busy city.
If you wish to see artworks collected in the 18th and 19th centuries by the first four Marquesses of Hertford and Sir Richard Wallace, the son of the 4th Marquess, you should head to the Wallace Collection which is a national museum. Sir Richard’s widow, Lady Wallace had bequeathed it to the nation in 1897. The collection includes Hals’s The Laughing Cavalier and artworks by Titian, Rembrandt, and Velázquez, as well as medieval and Renaissance objects, including glass and bronzes, as well as an array of princely arms and armour in Britain, featuring both European and Oriental objects.
Along with all the other things to do in Kensington, London you should also include visiting some of the lesser-known but equally important attractions of the city. Some of the other such attractions are the following.
Sir John Soane’s Museum
This museum is nothing less than a treasure island where you can discover the exhibits which include the sarcophagus of Seti I in the crypt and Hogarth paintings in the picture gallery. The museum was the creation of Sir John Sloane who was an architect and collector of antiquities. He had merged three houses on Lincoln’s Inn Field for creating` his home that he left to the nation in 1837, along with the museum.
Gresham College Free Public Lectures
It is an educational institution of higher learning that has no students or educational courses but it offers free public lectures. It has now been running for more than 400 years.
Grant Museum of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy
The best part of this museum is that it has a laboratory with specimen jars, glass cabinets and skeletons and it allows the public free access for an hour which is sufficient to see everything. It features some freaky stuff including a dugong skeleton (now extinct), an elephant bird egg (also now extinct), and a mammoth tusk which is at least 12,000 years old.