16 Places that will make you fall in love with London!
Check out places that you will certainly fall in love and never leave these places in London.
ISABELLA PLANTATION – RICHMOND PARK
Isabella Plantation is a picturesque woodland garden that just popped out of a fairy tale! Watching south-west Londoners mistake chugging around Richmond Park in their 4x4s for a day in the country isn’t everyone’s idea of fun, but the traffic-free Isabella Plantation is a real oasis. Established during the 1950s, the ornamental woodland garden consists of clearings, ponds, streams and is planted with ferns, exotic trees, shrubs. It’s particularly striking during April and May when the azaleas and rhododendrons put on their annual show.
ST DUNSTAN-IN-THE-EAST -DUNSTAN
St Dunstan-in-the-East was a Church of England parish church on St Dunstan’s Hill, halfway between London Bridge and the Tower of London in the City of London. The church suffered some damages during the Second World War and the infamous London Blitz. It is now one of London’s secret gardens. One of the last Blitz-damaged buildings left in the United Kingdom, overgrown with trees, ivy, and wall climbing flowers growing amongst the ruined arches, it’s a poignant living memorial to the horrors of the Blitz and a testament to the resilience of the City of London which survived it.
KENWOOD HOUSE – HAMPSTEAD
Kenwood House is nestled on top of the hill of Hampstead Heath, a beautiful ancient wood in North London. A graceful former stately home, Kenwood offers a tranquil respite from the bustle of the capital in its landscaped gardens and grand interiors. Our range of stylish gifts – created exclusively for English Heritage – evokes this graceful ambiance, and includes beautifully packaged confectionary, elegant chinaware and fine leather goods inspired by Kenwood’s breath-taking architectural beauty.
DAUNT BOOKS – MARYLEBONE
Calling the book lovers! Daunt Books in Marylebone will make Belle turn green with envy!
The Marylebone branch of the famous Daunt Books chain will make you step back in time and get lost through the wooden interior and floors of books.
Are we still in London?
Yes! Welcome to the Barbican Conservatory: the second largest conservatory in London. It’s the house more than 2,000 species of plants, trees, terrapins and koi carps. Your way out of the traffic of London to find your corner of tranquility.
HIGHGATE CEMETERY – HIGHGATE
Wind your way up the snaking path through the looming trees to the Highgate Cemetery and see the immense gothic tombs and memorials. Highgate is one of the most famous monumental cemeteries of London and shows some of the most impressive masterpieces in the funeral industry. Here you will find the mortal coils of famous people, including Karl Marx, Malcolm McLaren and more.
It’s dead good.
Cruise the canals as you were in Venice.
This tranquil area, just north of Paddington, is romantic as the Italian city we all love. You can enjoy a tour through the canals with a narrowboat that will lead you straight to Camden Locks, a spot of water-borne theatre on the Puppet Theatre Barge, or eat on one of the many fish restaurants, cafes and deli dotting the docks.
LEIGHTON HOUSE MUSEUM – KENSINGTON
East and Wets meet each other in this opulent house in Kensington. The painter Frederic, Lord Leighton commissioned the architect and designer George Aitchison to build him a combined home and studio. The result is this stunning abode combining Oriental and aesthetic interiors. The House is today a museum, displaying works of art by various members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, including John Everett Millais, Edward Burne-Jones, and George Frederick Watts, as well as 81 oil paintings by Leighton himself.
LEE VALLEY WHITE WATER CENTRE – WALTHAM CROSS
The Lee Valley’s White Centre is a white-water slalom center, that was constructed to host the canoe slalom events of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Today is the must go place for extreme sports lovers: from wacky white water rafting on the Legacy Loop to playful paddling on the lake, there’s plenty to keep both the little kids and big kids entertained all year round.
RUISLIP LIDO – RUISLIP
Who needs to go to the Caribbean when you have the seaside in London?
Ok, maybe you will not find the golden beaches and the tropical breezes, but you can still find your spot in the sun without leaving Zone 5. The lido is set on Ruislip Wood and boasts a 60-acre lake, sandy beaches, and even a miniature railway. On sunny days, this little secret lido will offer you breathtaking panoramas, sunbathes, picnics areas and much more. For your furry friends, there are also areas dedicated to dog walking.
KYOTO GARDENS – HOLLAND PARK
One of the most interesting things about London is the melting pot that this city can create. Influenced by so many cultures, it’s not surprising to find several spots dedicated to different countries in the world. Known for its colorful blossom trees, the Kyoto Garden is also home to a rock waterfall, a pond with some pretty koi carp, and of course, Holland Park’s famous peacocks.
The Kyoto Garden was donated by the Chamber of Commerce of Kyoto, in recognition of the Japan Festival held in London in 1992 — including the first international sumo wrestling competition at the nearby Royal Albert Hall.
MUSEUM OF BRANDS, PACKAGING & ADVERTISING – NOTTING HILL
Tucked just off Portobello Road, the museum of brands, packaging & advertising stored over 12,000 objects we all are very familiar with. You will find wrappers, toys, posters and general collectibles arrange in date order to nicely guide you through a trip down memory lane.
NEAL’S YARD – COVENT GARDEN
One of the most colorful street in London where buildings are sporting all of the colors. This pedestrian square is in Covent Garden and is a favourite for residents for a pick-me-up or a lovely lunch.
ROMAN BATHS – BILLINGSGATE & THE STRAND
London was founded by the Romans and we can still find many traces of their remains, including these beautiful baths just next to the Strand.
Lower Thames Street is home to one of Roman London’s most fascinating remains. The Billingsgate Roman Bathhouse was discovered in 1848 and is now open for public inspection. It’s remarkable how the baths managed to survive despite bombings, wars, and developments. The foundations were also used to support a Victorian bath that was regularly frequented by Charles Dickens.
BATHING PONDS – HAMPSTEAD HEATH
Hampstead Heath is definitely extraordinary and also hosts some ponds where you can swim.
There are 3 ponds in total: two for single sex and one for mixed bathing. These ponds are fed by the headwater springs of the River Fleet, and three of them are now large freshwater swimming ponds — two designated single sex, and one for mixed bathing. The swimming ponds are three out of some thirty ponds in total on Hampstead Heath. They were originally dug in the 17th and 18th centuries as reservoirs and now grants some fresh entertainment to Londoners during the hottest days.
WILTON’S THEATRE – EAST END
Wiltons is the oldest surviving hall in the world still is still operating. Several performances, films and photo shooting are actually finding their stage in this decadent and sometimes melancholic theater every year. You can find the Wilton’s Music Hall in London Borough of Tower Hamlets.