10 Things Most Visitors to London Miss

When visiting London, people generally want to visit the popular spots that have been visited by tourists since time immemorial. There are, however, several hidden places that are as mesmerising and enchanting as the others. If you choose to stay in the centre of all activity, one popular hotel is The Piccadily London West End. It is a few minutes’ walk to the finest stores and eateries in London and is a perfect stay if you want a hotel near Piccadilly Theatre. Once settled in the luxury and comfort of this hotel, you must not overlook to explore the following 10 amazing sites of London.

THE OLD OPERATING THEATRE

Located at St Thomas Street, the old operating theatre is a museum of surgical history. It is one of the oldest operating theatres in London.  The old operating theatre museum is situated inside a church that was built at the end of seventeenth century. During this time, church and hospital were readily built by Sir Robert Clayton, who was the president of the hospital. He had contracted with Thomas Cartwright for the architecture of the church. It is one of the oldest surviving theatres as it was used before anaesthetics and antiseptic surgery came to be used. The theatre has a collection of artefacts that unearths predicament of the people owing to medicine before the advent of the age of science. The collection also includes instruments used for the treatment of bleeding, cupping and childbirth.

THE ALEXANDER FLEMMING LABORATORY MUSEUM

The St Mary’s Hospital in London houses the famous Alexander Fleming Museum. Fleming is a renowned name in the pages life-changing discoveries made by humans. Alexander Fleming made an important contribution to mankind with his discovery of antibiotic penicillin within the St Mary Hospital in 1928.  This was a great discovery that steered the medicinal industry to a new high under the aegis of Fleming and also rewarded him with a Nobel Prize. The conditions under the ambit of the hospital, in which Fleming made his breakthrough -discovery have been restored till date. The museum provides intriguing insights into the discovery of penicillin. The American Chemical Society and the Royal Society of Chemistry declared the Museum as an International Historic Chemical Landmark in 1999.

THE CANALS

There are hundreds of places that are often found in clandestine surroundings but are a latent beauty of London. Its beauty is often lost by the surpassing buildings in the vicinity. But now the canals have become a favourite spot for boaters, cyclists and strollers and for those looking to escape the bustling metro life. In 1812, it was planned to gouge a new canal from the Grand Junction canal’s Paddington Arm to Limehouse, where dock building was proposed. The beautiful scene of barges moving, cutting along the urban landscape was the idea of John Nash , who anchored the construction of the canal. Lately canal has become an important cog in the transportation wheel of southern England.  The eupeptic and healthy surroundings around this canal have played an important part in the lives of several Londoners and visitors who come to enjoy the view. The towpaths around the canal serve as substitute routes to work when anguished by the sluggish traffic of London.  For walkers and cyclists, the greenery gives a sigh of relief due to the fresh air.

 POSTMAN’S PARK

A stone’s throw away from St Paul’s Cathedral, the Postman s Park is a park situated in Central London. It is one of the largest parks in London and is surrounded by King Edward Street, Little Britain, General post office, Aldersgate Street, St. Martin’s Le Grand on the edges. The park was opened in 1880 on the site old burial ground and churchyard. The key elements of the park and the Memorial to Heroic Self Sacrifice were listed to be preserved in 1972. The park saw a surge in its popularity owing to the shooting of two memorable scenes of the movie “closer” in 2004.

SIR JOHN SOANE’S MUSEUM

This museum is located side by side Lincoln’s Inn Fields in Holborn, London. This museum was previously a residence of architect John Soane, famous for his neo-classical designs. The museum showcases several models and drawings of the architecture projects of John Soane. The Museum is also a home to the assemblage of the drawings, paintings, and antiquities garnered by John Soane.  This Museum has now become a national centre for the study of architecture. The famous features of the museum are Colonnade, Dome Area and Museum Corridor. These features are majorly provide an understanding of ideas of the ingenious lighting.

BANK OF ENGLAND MUSEUM

England’s Central Bank has its history housed inside the walls of Bank of England Museum. You can hear the story straight from the horse’s mouth. The Bank of England Museum will tell tales of its impressive history as to how it got the leverage of running the economy of one of the richest nations of the world since its foundation in 1694. The museum displays the gilt-economy in the form of gold bars of ancient times to modern day bars and currency. Interesting objects like pikes and muskets that were used to save the bank can also be found in the museum. The dossiers of famous customers of the Bank like George Washington, the Duchess of Marlborough and the like, are also housed in the museum.

THAMES BARRIER

It is a flood barrier of the River Thames.  The Thames Barrier reins in the high tides and great storms from deluging the floodplains of the city except the boroughs situated in the extreme east of Greater London.  It was brought into commission in 1984.  The scene is great mix of beauty and robust technology for the viewers. Many movies and music albums have picturised the scenes of this barrier in the backdrop.

NOVELTY AUTOMATION

This attraction is an enchanting blend of end-of-pier fun and good artistry. The owner makes machines which are driven by coins. This arcade in London promises to display the art of running machines.

NEASDEN TEMPLE

This temple is also known as Shri Swaminarayan Mandir and is located in Neasden suburb. Known for its beautiful marble construction, it is a one of the largest Hindu temples outside India. When Yogiji Maharaj visited London in 1970, he expressed a wish to build a huge temple in the city. His dream was given a living shape in 1995 by his student, Pramukh Swami Maharaj. The Italian marble and Bulgarian limestones of the temple have been carved to depict the deities and different Hindu themes.

THE BRITISH LIBRARY

It is the national library of United Kingdom. The library has a great collection including the famous historical document: Magna Carta, Lewis Carroll’s most lovable character: Alice, Beatles lyrics amongst others. The library conducts a Paccar gallery exhibition biannually.

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