London Unveiled

great places to visit off the beaten path.

Michelin House & Bibendum restaurant

In anticipation of Dunlop losing control of the tyre market with the loss of patent protection, Michelin Tyre Company Ltd commissioned the building of Michelin House as their first permanent British … Continue reading

June 30, 2012 · 2 Comments

The Freemasons Arms ~ the birthplace of football?

The Freemasons Arms, in Covent Garden, claims a unique place in soccer history – that it was here in 1863 that the Football Association was founded.  This claim is debatible as some … Continue reading

June 29, 2012 · 3 Comments

Banqueting House ~ the surviving portion of the Palace of Westminster c.1622

The Palace of Whitehall was the primary home of the Monarch from 1530 until 1698.  In 1698 the Palace (except for the Banqueting House) was destroyed by fire. Prior to … Continue reading

June 28, 2012 · 1 Comment

Down House ~ home of Charles Darwin & his research.

Down House was the home of the Victorian scientist, Charles Darwin (1809–82) from 1842 until his death 40 years later. Situated in the rural Kent village of Downe, but still … Continue reading

June 27, 2012 · Leave a comment

The Chase Nature Reserve & the Millennium Centre

The Chase Local Nature Reserve covers 48.5 hectares and offers a diverse mix of habitats. Shallow wetlands, woodland, grassland and the River Rom support an abundance of wildlife.  The Chase … Continue reading

June 26, 2012 · Leave a comment

St. Stephen Walbrook ~ a Christopher Wren church of significance.

By the second century A.D., the Roman Temple of Mithras stood here on the banks of a steam.  A Saxon church was built on the foundations to convert this heathen site to … Continue reading

June 25, 2012 · Leave a comment

Bushy Park ~ the 2nd largest Royal Park

Certainly not a park that always comes to mind when thinking of Royal London Parks, but Bushy Park, at 1,100 acres (445 hectares) is the second largest Royal park in … Continue reading

June 24, 2012 · 2 Comments

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