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Places of Interest in Greater London Have fun discovering some beautiful and unique hidden gems around every corner of London.

In North London you could spend a few hours getting lost in one of the area’s museums. Perhaps wander around Freud’s den of antiquities or the house that inspired Keats to write some of his best work; amongst the life size aircraft of the RAF Museum or the home of cricketing history and the Ashes at Lords Cricket Ground.

On your travels you may come across Hanover Terrace where novelist, journalist, sociologist, and historian H.G. Wells once lived, and the Royal Academy of Music [map], the oldest such institution in England. If you venture further into central London, you can also stumble across Wimpole Street [map], where Arthur Conan Doyle wrote two Sherlock Holmes stories.

Golders Green Crematorium [map], NW11, is one of the oldest in Britain, and is the final resting place of many notable figures namely Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Peter Sellers and Sigmund Freud.

You can get two places of interest for the price of one in North London when you go to the London Canal Museum [map] because here you can find out about canals and ice cream under one roof. The main purpose of the museum is to give visitors an insight into the history of London’s canals and how they evolved into what they are today. The ice cream part comes in because the museum is housed in a former 19th century ice warehouse where ice cream used to be stored.

The Docklands Museum [map] in East London entices visitors with the promise of an insight into the area’s rocky social and economic history. The Docks itself also plays a part in the feast of interests the east side has to offer. St Katherine’s Dock was one of the first to be restored and now houses shops, restaurants and a marina. Nearby, Tobacco Docks dates back to 1811 and has been converted for social entertainments, and Execution Dock near Wapping Old Stairs is where pirates faced the ultimate punishment for their career choice.

For a five senses education in the social history of the East End go to Brick Lane [map]. The street is alive with the sights, smells and sounds of the areas past originally as a brick manufacturing area (hence the name) and over the years has become a haven for waves of immigrants. Today the area is known for its Bangladeshi community and gives you the perfect opportunity to taste the culture in one of the many curry houses.

South West London is rich in former palaces and historic houses, ranging from little hidden away gems such as Whitehall [map] and Little Holland House to grand and lavish buildings like Hampton Court Palace [map] and Ham House. The National Trust owns a number of impressive properties such as Claremont Gardens in Surbiton and Morden Hall Park [map] in Merton.

Long before the tube existed in London travellers still headed underground with the assistance of the Chislehurst Caves in Bromley. During World War II these enormous caves protected more than 15,000 people against overhead bombings and is a fascinating glimpse into the past. Enjoy an organised tour of this ecological wonder.

Why not head to Central London for some far more famous landmarks? A delightful walk down the tree lined Mall in SW1 brings you to the doorstep of the magnificent Buckingham Palace [map]. Since 1837 Buckingham Palace has served as the official residency of the Monarchy and has only in the last few decades been open to the public. Tours around Buckingham Palace prove to be in the top 10 of must peoples’ itinerary and crowds flock to the Palace during the annual summer opening in August and September. For more information visit Buckingham Palace’s official website.

If you’re hoping to spend a few lazy days in some fresh green space head to West London and the beautiful area of Holland Park [map], Abbotsbury Road, W1. This beautiful place is bursting with secluded pavilions, wooded walks, a Japanese rock garden, an adventure playground and plenty of space for kids and the young at heart to run around in.

Go eco-friendly with a visit to The Lookout Environmental Centr [map], Rangers Lodge, Hyde Park, W2. This is a great place that makes looking after the environment a fun notion and you’ll find plenty to keep little hands busy.

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