Guide to a local's London
By Kacey Thompson
May 3, 2006 | For many years London has been a major
tourist destination. Sites like Big Ben, Westminster
Abbey, St. Paul's Cathedral and Buckingham Palace draw
throngs of tourist daily. But in a city the size of
London there are many worthwhile, fasinating places
to visit that tourists seldom find. It takes a true
Londoner to give the inside scoop on the best places
to see in London. Here are a few suggestions from people
who know the city best.
The Wolseley is a café and restaurant is located in
Piccadilly Circus. To arrive there by the London Underground,
use Piccadilly Line to Piccadilly Circus Station. The
Wolseley is designed in baroque style with marble and
mirrors. It opened three ago and quickly became very
popular. The Wolseley is open Monday thru Friday 7.00am
to midnight, Saturday 9.00 to midnight and Sunday 9.00am
to 11.00pm. They offer an a la carte menu for lunch
and dinner and many menus throughout the day such as
Breakfast, Morning Pastries, Afternoon Tea and an all
day menu of traditional European food. The Arlington
Royale (an eggs Benedict variation with smoked salmon
and a spoonful of caviar) is an especially great way
to start the day.
At 2,500 acres, Richmond Park is a the largest Royal
Park. To use the Underground, ride the District Line
to Richmond Station. This will get you within walking
distance of the park. Richmond is a picturesque park
with hills, woodlands, ponds, gardens, and grassland
with horse trails, walkways, and cycling paths. The
park provides a clear view all the way to St. Paul's
Cathedral, 12 miles away. The park become a refuge for
Charles I. He stayed there to escaped the plague that
had taken over London and the park gave him a place
for his deer to roam. The place continues to be the
home for 650 free roaming deer. Beside the beautiful
scenery, Richmond Park offers a broad range of facilities
including a playground, a school for those with special
needs, bathrooms and a selection of cafés and lodges.
Also the park provides an excellent area for all kinds
of sports, from horse riding to rugby. You can easily
spend a day in Richmond Park.
Not far from Richmond Park is Wimbledon Village. For
visitors using the Underground, use the District Line
until Wimbledon. There is much more to see in Wimbledon
Village than world famous tennis courts. The Village
has a golf course, shopping center, museum, war memorial,
Buddhapadina temple, and many traditional English pubs.
The High Street has a long-established bakery, delis,
traditional fruit and vegetable stores. Wimbledon Village
has something for everyone whether you want to shop,
eat or ride a horse around the beautifully landscaped
After spending time in London's beautiful outdoors,
try some of London's intellectual havens. The British
Library is the national library of the United Kingdom
and one of the world's greatest libraries. The Library
is only a block away from King Cross Station, Victoria
Line. The Library is open seven days a week and offers
more than just books. There is a free exhibition gallery,
a bookstore and several cafés and restaurants. Starting
next month the exhibition is Front Page: Celebrating
100 Years of the British Newspaper 1906-2006. The
exhibition will examine the growth and development of
British newspapers in the last 100 years. The highlight
will be an interactive virtual newsroom where visitors
can experience the excitement of being a journalist.
Visitors will be able to compile their own front page
by selecting stories, headlines and images. Visitors
may print out the front page and take it home as a souvenir.
Guided tours of the British Library are available most
days of the week for £6.00. Audio guides are also offered.
Sir John Soane's
This museum is found on the north side of Lincoln's
Inn Field, one of the oldest and largest garden squares
in London. If traveling by tube, use the Piccadilly
Line until Holborn. The museum is free. It is opened
Tuesday thru Saturday 10am-5pm. The Sir John Soane's
Museum has been open since the early 19th century. After
being Professor of Architecture at the Royal Academy,
Sir Soane wanted to open his house to students to allow
them to use his books and models following his lectures
at the Academy. In 1833, Soane negotiated an Act of
Parliament to preserve the house and collection for
the benefit of "amateurs and students." Upon his death
in 1837, the Act came into effect. Ever since, Sir John
Soane's Museum has been open to the public.
This market is a beautiful area with its cobbled walkways
and glass roofs. To get to Leadenhall Market, take the
Central Line to Bank Station.Trivia for Harry Potter
fans: In the Harry Potter films, this market was used
as Diagon Alley and the Leaky Cauldron. Leadenhall Markey
is located between Gracechurch Street and Lime Street.
The market started as a meat and fish market in the
14th Century. In 1881, the city's architect designed
the wrought iron and glass roof. Today, the market is
a thriving retail center. It is a great place to shop,
eat or just relax.
The British Museum is a wonderful collection with
more artifacts than one people can see in a week. The
museum is located near Russell Square Station, Piccadilly
Line, on the opposite end of square. The museum is free
to the public and is open from 10am-5.30pm. 90 minute
guided tours are available everyday for £8.00. The museum
also offers a array of audio tours for £3.50. Some of
the current exhibitions at the British Museum are Michelangelo
Drawings: Closer to the Master, Rembrandt: The
Three Crosses, and The Sainsbury African Gallery.
The museum is definitely worth a trip if you have any
interest in history whatsoever.
If you are looking for a some authentic English food,
try the Royal Oak. To get there, take the ZZZ line to
ZZZ station. The Royal Oak is located on Tabard Street.This
traditional English pub has won several London Pub
of the Year awards. The pub is cozy and friendly
and the food is tasty and reasonably priced. One of
the best dishes is the sausage and mash (£4.95). Five
Harvey's beer and a seasonal beer are available (£2.30-
£2.70). The Royal Oak provides a good English meal and
a chance to talk to some true Londoners.
Of course, the best part of visiting a new place is
to discover your own favorite places to go to and see.
Be sure to keep our eyes open as you travel around the
great city of London. You just may find yourself a new