It's slow going-- runners, bikers, and even fast walkers pass on the path that runs along side the canal, but you are relaxing and enjoying the view. No worries, you'll get there eventually...
Time to get from Little Venice to Camden Lock: about 50 min.
average miles per hour: 4
Highgate , once a village outside London, is an attractive suburb of London today. It is known for its cemetery where Karl Marx was buried, for its Georgian architecture, and Highgate school and St Michael Chapel, established in 1565, whose red brick Victorian buildings are in Hamstead Lane and Highgate Hill. Bishops Avenue , named from the Bishop of London's hunting lodge, has very expensive houses.
Highgate was associated with the highwayman Dick Turpin, who robbed unwary travellers approaching London.
Highgate Hill is the steep street linking Archway and Highgate village.
Swiss Cottage is a district in north London between Finchley Road and St John's Wood on the Jubilee line. It takes its name from an old Swiss chalet, now a pub which looks completely incongruous sitting at a junction of two busy roads , with a tall building , Odeon cinema, behind.
A bit of visual stimulation in the unremarkable Holloway Road is is this building designed by Daniel Libeskind. He describes it as "three intersecting volumes with a distinctive presence on the street and unique interior spaces". I havn't been inside, but the exterior is, in my opinion, a good deed in a largely dull area
A beautiful green space in the heart of London that was rural until the 19th c. - a district and a public park in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in west central London. It was formerly the grounds of a Jacobean mansion called the Holland House. It's well known as one of the most romantic parks in London due to its abundant wildlife and secluded hideaways. This area of London, is reputed for it affluence and fashion and for its attractive terraces of large Victorian townhouses, high class shopping, and restaurants. The hotspots are High Street Kensington, Notting Hill, Holland Park Avenue, Clarendon Cross, Ledbury Road, Westbourne Grove. There are no real clear boundaries to the area - but in general its the Kensington High Street to the south, Holland Park Avenue to the North, Kensington Church street to the east, and Holland Road to the west. The north part of the park is semi-wild woodland surrounding the ruins of Holland House. Holland Park holds a famous Orangery, a cricket pitch, tennis courts, a youth Hostel, a Japanese garden, popular playgrounds, peacocks, chickens, and squirrels.
Acquired by Henry VIII from the monks of Westminster Abbey in 1536 as hunting grounds - Hyde park became one of London's finest historic landscapes and open spaces. With over 350 acres of green space - there is something for everyone to do in the park - over 4,000 trees, a lake, meadow, horseback riding, it's a hotspot for Londoners to relax and forget about the big city life. In 1665 during the Great Plague, many citizens camped on Hyde Park in hope of escaping the disease that infested the city and its streets. During the 17th c. William III moved his court to Kensington Palace, he created what is known as "Rotten Row" - through Hide Park - the first artificially lit highway in the country - for purposes of safety when he walked to St. James.
Most people head straight for the British Museum, Tate, V&A... when in london. They are all fantastic, but the Sir John Soanes Museum in Holborn is a completely wacky little museum, perfect if you dont feel like getting lost in the vast halls of the big museums. Sir John was a victorian (i think!?) architect and a total packrat, the house is preserved in the condition he left it, stuffed full of random knickknacks from all over the place, egyptian sarcophagi, bits of greek temples, paintings...Staffed by friendly guides and guards this is the coziest museum ive ever been to and has lots to see. It also provides a food for thought regarding victorian attitudes and the ethics of private collection material culture. Get off at Holborn tube and look out for little sign posts leading the way.
A very special day trip -- during my last stay in London I took a "Gentle Journeys" bus trip to Jane Gladstone's garden and to Sissinghurst. It was wonderful, however Gentle Journeys appears to be going out of business. But the good new is EvanEvans runs a day trip which is similiar to Sissinghurst. I would highly reccomended it.
Check out more photos in my "Kent Gardens" travelogue.
Unsure about driving on the left, want to see something the train or bus lines will not bring you too? My husband and I have used a wonderful gentleman twice to get to places like Blenheim, Kelmscott, Avebury, Dyrham Park and Wells. He has pre-planned day itineries or will work with you on incorporating distinations of your choice.
Just outside the Crossharbour DLR station you can find Lotus Restaurant. I t is an ideal place if you are visiting the canary wharf area. The food is quite good and the service staff quite friendly. However, the best attraction of this restaurant it is its location. Placed in a boat, the canal gives the restaurant a very romantic atmosphere.
Before and after the meal, I suggest visiting some of the bar around the area. A lovely place to visit in the summer!!!!!
Nope, I do not mean that there is some kind of wildlife park at Canary Wharf! Although the place is already massive, with all of its buildings and office blocks, they are building even more office blocks and big money apartments there. I'd love one of the apartments that will be looking straight onto Canary Wharf. I only hope that they won't ruin the ambiance and the beauty of the buildings that are already there though.
Morden Hall Park was beautiful when I visited in late June. The River Wandie had birds; the deer park was nice and shady, while the rose garden was in glorious bloom. The Riverside Cafe provided a place for some mid morning refreshment.
The tram to Phipps Bridge Station leaves you off right by the Park.
A fanastic excursion, just 21 miles north of London, and easily reached by train -- 25 minutes out of Kings Cross, Hatfield Station is directly opposite the entrance to Hatfield Park.
Hatfield House is still home to the celebrated Salisbury line. Built by the First Earl, Robert Cecil, who was given the old Royal Palace of Hatfield in a "house exchange" with James the First.
Guided tours of the house give you a chance to enjoy the rich collection of historic mementos acquired by this political family and to admire the stateliness of the building's Jocobean arcitechure.
There are lovely gardens to explore, a gift shop and restaurant & tea room.
The old hall is not open to the public during the day (they want you to book one of their evening Elizabethan banquets) but you can walk right up to it despite barriers and get photos while you image it as the nursery of the young off spring of Henry VIII.
On the River Thames, east of London, is a historic site called Tilbury Fort. Originally built by King Henry VIII in the early 16th century, this fort served until 1950. It was here, in 1588, that Queen Elizabeth I reviewed her fleet as it left to do battle with the Spanish Armada. Most of the present structure was built under King Charles II in 1672. During the World Wars, it served as an administrative and supply base.
This is the best existing military fort of its kind. If you like the Imperial War Museum, the National Army Museum, and the HMS Belfast, then it's worth the trip.
The fort is an English Heritage property, free to members. Located ½ mile E of Tilbury off A126.
Located in the borough of Waltham (or Walthamstow) is this pleasant house/gallery devoted to the life and work of William Morris. And admission is free.
See my travelogue of the lovely gardens behind the house which were full of blooming bulbs when I visited in April 2002.
The concierge was fabulous, the hotel very grand, and despite the rooms being small they were...more
Junction A1/A66 Richmond, near Darlington, Scotch Corner, North Yorkshire, DL10 6NR, United Kingdom
Good for: Families
When walking in the centre I saw there was an Ibis hotel right there. I haven't stayed at this one...more