Places you mustn’t miss near King’s College, London

King’s College London or KCL is popular and public research university for students in London and abroad and is a constituent college affiliated to the famous University of London. The area surrounding the college is a wonderland for not only students, but also tourists owing to several landmarks close by. Built in the 19th century, by the Duke of Wellington and King George IV, this college was awarded with the royal charter in 1836(the same year it was established).

So, for tourists like you, who prefer to travel to places which are characteristically unique and classy, this is the destination for you. For, you would tumble over an array of places to hop in, explore and cherish. Among the countless things to be done near KCL, the following cannot be missed. Hence, wait not and start planning to visit the following places. But wait, before that look for hotels near Paddington station so that you have no trouble in finding accommodation.

Somerset House: Embankment Galleries
The Somerset House and its embankment Galleries cover a sprawling area of about 750 square metres for the purpose of exhibition. It is only a minute away from the King’s College London Students’ Union or KCLSU and was opened for the masses on 24TH April, 2008. This place is marked for the unique and striking exhibitions they arrange for along with the riverside with the vaulted arches in the building. From fashion to photography, antique jewellery to fine arts as well as architectural displays, the exhibitions hosted here take the tourists to a marvellous tour of wonder and contentment.

Two Temple Place
The Two Temple Place is also quite close by from the KCL for it would take only about 2 minutes from there if you chose to walk. It has a semblance with castles and is architecturally intricate. It hosts a lot of private and corporate events as well as exhibitions. Besides, they also arrange for  museum exhibitions bringing collections from abroad with an intention to raise general awareness among common people.

The Courtauld Institute of Art
This place is a haven for art lovers as they showcase bout 7000 drawings, 530 paintings along with 15,000 prints. The collection ranges from Van Gogh’s self portrait to Manet’s Bar at the Folies-Bergeres. This place is close by the Somerset House and hence, is at a stone’s throw from the KCL. Other mention worthy paintings include that of Monet, Degas, and so on. This grand institute has been pleasing and surprising people all over the world since ages.

Inns of Court and Royal Courts of Justice
The Inns of Court and Royal Courts of Justice are a colossal architectural beauty that emanates a Gothic aura of the 14th century. This is the traditional practice institution for aspiring lawyers and barristers of London and is parted into several sections as: Gray’s Inn, Inner Temple, Lincoln’s Inn and the Middle Temple. Each of these inns sprawls over acres of area and the entire house a grand hall along with library, chapel, gardens and chambers.  Access inside the inns is prohibited for general mass; however, you can sever the beau of the lush green gardens and grounds during the weekdays.

Middle Temple Hall
Built in 1574, the Middle Hall Temple is a Gothic wonder with captivating beam room that is double-hammered, Minstrels’ Gallery, stained glass windows, oak panelling etc. Middle Temple Hall also has a intricately carved and designed screen which was mercilessly damaged during the World War I between 1914nd 1918 and was restored the parts the survived the destruction. This place has staged several significant events like the first theatrical production of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Middle Temple Hall is only 5 minutes away from the King’s College of London.

British Optical Association Museum
You would reach the British Optical Association Museum on foot within 9 to 10 minutes from the KCL and would be amazed at the range of collection of spectacles they maintain. Nevertheless, they belong to great personalities like Ronnie Corbett and Dr Johnson, along with specimens of glasses worn during different phases of English history. Moreover, they also showcase exquisite collection of eyeballs, contact lenses and artificial eye sets. If you are staying at the Park Grand London  Paddington hotel you will find these tourist attractions nearby only.

London Transport Museum
The London Transport Museum takes its pride for the 200 years of history, it has witnessed, concerning the means of transport. It has served during both the World Wars with transport facility and is cherished as one of the most famous buildings in London. It is both traditional and contemporary in style and operates with a cafe and a two- storied shop. For tourists who love to collect memorabilia from friends and family back at home, they would get to choose from a wide range of knick knacks like posters, stamps and uniforms.  You would reach this place by taking a stroll for about 5 minutes from the KCL.

London Eye
The London Eye is one of the most spectacular tourist spots near the Kings College of London and can be reached within 10 minutes from the KCL Union. It is 135 metres tall and offers a 360 view of the cityscape of London. This giant wheel has see through pods of glass, allowing the riders to relish bird eye view of the river, Thames along with the Big Ben, Windsor Castle, Castle Wharf and several others. The London Eye should not be struck off the itinerary of any tourist. You must enjoy the slow but steady revolving pace of the arc offering a 30 minute ride. The London Eye is an adventurous experience that is sure to make happy both kids and adults.

In a nutshell:
There is an array of options for lodging near by the King’s College London, especially in the hotels near the Paddington Station. You may make reservations with the luxurious and unforgettable boutique hotel, Park Grand Hotel Paddington for the ‘unique’ experience they offer you with. It is only 8 minutes away from the station of Paddington and provides with complementary Continental and English breakfast with your stay. The hotel has many packages at the convenience of the different tastes of the visitors.

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