Interesting places to visit when in Westbourne Terrace

Are you planning a trip to London this summer? If so then you would be like millions of others who visit the city every year to admire and explore its myriad of tourist attractions. With an illustrious history of over 2000 years the city has a unique blend of the ancient with the modern that makes it all the more attractive.

When choosing a place to stay in London, select a central location like any of the hotels near Westbourne Terrace which will offer easy access to other parts of London. There are plenty of things to do in Westbourne Terrace.  With a variety of places of tourist interest and a lot of fun events near Westbourne Terrace you will never have a dull moment in the city. You could go in for some great shopping near Westbourne Terrace as there are some fine shops and retail outlets in the area. Some of the popular attractions worth visiting are:

The Print Room: It is a non-profit venue that was established by Anda Winters and Lucy Bailey, specifically to provide a platform for experimental music, dance and theatre. They had a common objective to establish themselves as art patrons in the district. Prior to moving to the Coronet in 2014 it had already established itself as an avant-garde of fringe and experimental theatre in Notting Hill where it was established in a 1950s warehouse. Its new venue the Coronet was formerly a cinema in disuse and the coming of the Print Room revived its former glory. They have staged some great productions which include “Fabrication” directed by Pier Pablo Pasolini, which was highly acclaimed and also the recipient of two West End Awards “the Offies” in 2012.

The Cockpit Theatre: When it comes to fringe theatre they do not get any better than the Cockpit Theatre in Marylebone, which was designed by Edward Mendelsohn and built around 1970.  It earned recognition as the first purpose built theatre in the round in the city since the Great Fire of London, with seating arrangements for up to 220. It now is part of the city of Westminster College and is well known as a venue for classic works, international plays, children and family shows, home-grown provocative theatre and of course the yearly Camden Fringe festival.

Lord’s Cricket Ground: This hallowed turf is home to the game of cricket from where it spread to all corners of the British Empire. This revered cricket ground besides being seen as the “home of cricket”is also the game’s spiritual headquarters. Not just relying on its venerable past it plays host to many important matches, with a mandatory Test match for every international tour. It is the home of the Middlesex County Cricket Club, the ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) and also the MCC Museum. You could take an excellent guided tour, which will update you with its glorious history. Its owners are the highly regarded Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) who is known to be the official guardian of the laws of cricket. Any Test Match at Lord’s is out of the most highly sought after in tickets due to its prestigious location. Here you can witness a Test Match of the traditional series of the Ashes (England vs Australia) which is thought to be out of the biggest games in cricket. With a capacity of 28,000 and a perfect combination of the old and new, it has its classical Victorian-era Pavilion that faces the stylishly futuristic Media Centre. It was host to the Olympic Archery Competition during the 2012 London Olympics. You could sign up for a professional guided tour which will take you to the Dressing Rooms and the Pavilion along with a tour of the ground and the Museum.

Royal Albert Hall: It has played host to rock, jazz, pop, classical music, galas, sporting events, balls and banquets among a host of other events. In terms of versatility it is absolutely amazing with performers ranging from Jose Carreras to Kylie Minogue having performed at this iconic venue.  It also hosts the Seniors’ tennis circuit where you will see greats like McEnroe and Becker battling it out for supremacy. It was conceived by Prince Albert Queen Victoria’s consort who derived inspiration from the phenomenal success of the Great Exhibition. Sadly he passed away a decade before it was opened in 1871. Its architecture reflects the influence of ancient amphitheatres and of the ‘Empire and the arts’. Its oval terracotta structured walls have external decorations with a frieze depicting the “The Triumph of Arts and Sciences”. From its gas lighting to acoustics all have undergone replacement over the years and made it into an awe-inspiring venue that it is now. It is a testimony to aesthetic, architectural and technological achievements of both the past and the present. It has the largest pipe organ to be found in the British Isles. It is a Grade I listed building, with a capacity of over 5000 is most generally sold out in the summer months when the Promenade concerts are held. They first began to be held here in 1941 and still remain a major draw with music lovers.

The Electric Cinema: If you want a cinema experience like none other, The Electric Cinema is the place to visit. With its plush leather armchairs, wine coolers, comfy footstools and small tables that store snacks and drinks, it is one of the most attractive places to watch a movie in London. Its location is in the trendy district of Notting Hill’s, Portobello Road and it offers a cinema experience quite unlike anything experienced elsewhere. It shows a mix of quality mainstream cinema, current blockbusters, art house and classics which make it definitely worth a visit.

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