London Unveiled

great places to visit off the beaten path.

World Rugby Museum, Twickenham, London ~ the largest rugby museum in the world.

On the 2nd October 2013, the World Rugby Museum in Twickenham officially reopened after a substantial makeover.  In addition, the tunnel and England changing room were refurbished and have enhanced … Continue reading

November 23, 2013 · 7 Comments

The Other Football Venues in London ~ including VIP options.

With the return of the Premier League many visitors to London will be trying to acquire tickets to see the big London clubs – Chelsea, Arsenal, Fulham, West Ham, Tottenham … Continue reading

August 11, 2013 · 9 Comments

London’s only Battlefield ~The Battle of Barnet: 14-Apr-1471

Arguably the only historic battle site in Greater London, the Battle of Barnet was a decisive battle in the War of the Roses. It was significant because Edward IV’s victory … Continue reading

August 5, 2013 · 3 Comments

Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar ~ home to Spitfires & a Hurricane.

While I generally try to write about places you can go year round, this particular post is about things you’ll have to make an effort to see – but it’s … Continue reading

June 20, 2013 · 4 Comments

Upminster Windmill ~ one of only nine surviving windmills in Greater London.

Not long ago much of what is now Greater London was working farmland.  While little remains to remind us of those days it is still surprising to see a windmill … Continue reading

June 2, 2013 · 6 Comments

Three Mills Island & House Mill: the world’s largest tidal mill.

Located just south of the Olympic Park is Three Mills Island – home to the largest tidal mill in the world and also home to London’s largest film studio.  The … Continue reading

May 8, 2013 · 19 Comments

Surrey Street Market ~ the oldest in the country

In Croydon, Surrey Street Market has traded since 1236 making it the oldest known street market in all of Britain.   But even with this legacy, Mary Portas (aka Mary Queen … Continue reading

March 10, 2013 · 14 Comments

The Nelson Trail ~ a walk that provides insight into Nelson’s life.

While most visitors to London see Nelson atop his column, a small journey outside central London to the Borough of Merton can provide a more meaningful glimpse into Nelson’s life. … Continue reading

March 2, 2013 · 7 Comments

London Motor Museum ~ an eclectic collection including the Batmobile!

Only 15 minutes from Paddington Station, this overlooked museum is essentially the private collection of Elo – an individual who not only loves cars, but builds/modifies them for celebrities (especially … Continue reading

February 21, 2013 · 5 Comments

Valence House ~ a rare surviving partially moated house in London

Only 10 miles east of the City, Valence House Museum is a rare surviving manor house in Dagenham, significantly restored in 2008, partially surrounded by a moat, and within parkland. … Continue reading

February 18, 2013 · 3 Comments

Welsh Harp (aka Brent Reservoir) ~ birding or boating in London

Brent Reservoir offer visitors a broad expanse of outdoor space, including open water, marshland, walking trails & bird hides.  Given that it is close to Wembley (easily seen from almost … Continue reading

January 25, 2013 · 2 Comments

Lauderdale House ~ arts & education in North London

Built in 1582 and set in the beautiful Waterlow Park (a topic for a future post perhaps), Lauderdale House is now a hub of community activities.  They provide a range … Continue reading

January 11, 2013 · 1 Comment

Kew Bridge Steam Museum ~ part of the European Route of Industrial Heritage

We make take our access to water for granted but it has to come from somewhere.  For many years the west of London had its water supply pumped from the … Continue reading

January 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Queen’s Head Pub ~ since 1565 and Darwin’s ‘local’?

While an unlikely destination in and of itself, many individuals visit Downe Village to see Down House – the home of Charles Darwin for many years (see info below).  Combining … Continue reading

January 4, 2013 · 4 Comments

Eastbury Manor House ~ c.1570

If you’ve never been to Eastbury Manor, there are only 2 weeks to go before it closes for a few months (on 19-Dec-12).  Prior to then there are two events … Continue reading

December 2, 2012 · Leave a comment

Rainham Marshes ~ an RSPB Nature Reserve

There are very few ancient landscapes remaining anywhere in the Greater London area, but Rainham Marshes is one of them.  This landscape was untouched for centuries as it was set … Continue reading

November 24, 2012 · 5 Comments

The Crystal Palace Dinosaurs ~ the first of their kind in the world

Located in a corner of Crystal Palace Park is a display that was revolutionary and groundbreaking in its day.  In 1854 an exhibition of life size sculptures was unveiled to … Continue reading

November 18, 2012 · Leave a comment

The Royal British Legion Poppy Factory Ltd

Given that today is Remembrance Sunday, it seemed appropriate to repost this from earlier this year. In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row…  (excerpt from a … Continue reading

November 11, 2012 · Leave a comment

Croydon Airport Visitor Centre

This is one of the most historically significant airports in the world given it role in the history of international aviation, and its involvement in WWI & WWII.  The Visitor Centre provides insight into Croydon … Continue reading

November 5, 2012 · 3 Comments

Merton Abbey Mills ~ a great excursion for arts, shopping, eating and strolling

A short tube ride takes you to this Arts & Crafts community on the river Wandle where there is daily shopping & dining, a bustling weekend market and various activities throughout the year – … Continue reading

October 1, 2012 · 3 Comments
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