There is no end of sightseeing options to fill your days while staying in London, England. In addition to the standard London must-see sites, there are plenty of lesser-known attractions that are just as fascinating. While staying in the capital in a Hyde Park hotel, London is sprawled before you, and these attractions, while not as well-known as others, are well worth investigating.
Eltham Palace is one of the very few medieval palaces that remain relatively intact. It was originally acquired by Edward II in 1305 and was used often by Henry VIII until he moved his court to Greenwich Palace. In the 1930s it was purchased by a wealthy family who augmented the home and grounds, and today it features some of the best Art Deco architecture in Europe.
Conveniently close to your Hyde Park Hotel London is an area that plays host to one of the city’s most vibrant traditions. Every Sunday morning at Speakers’ Corner, for more than 150 years orators have come to the corner of the park closest to Marble Arch to speak their mind. Today you will find speakers pontificating on many a subject – from the environment to religion, politics and everything in between. Londoners are well known for their gift of the gab and you will not be disappointed as you wander from speaker to speaker, eavesdropping on their spoken word. Often providing food for thought and always entertaining don’t miss this!
Chelsea Physic Garden
The Chelsea Physic Garden is one of the city’s best-kept secrets and is very near if you are staying in a Hyde Park hotel. London’s only apothecary garden was founded in 1673, hidden behind high walls near the Chelsea Royal Hospital. There are more than 5000 different plants nestled together in the altogether charming and tranquil space. It is the perfect place to kick back and enjoy a quiet afternoon tea.
It may seem a little ghoulish, but a visit to the Highgate Cemetery is a fascinating glimpse into London’s past. Not all the cemetery is open to the public, but parts of it are open with a guided tour that will take you to some of the graves of its most famous inhabitants such as Karl Marx, Douglas Adams and Charles Dickens’ wife Catherine.
The Foundling Museum is an intriguing place to visit and highlights the exceptional social work that was begun by Thomas Coram, a retired sea captain, when he established the Foundling Hospital for the children of unwed mothers in 1741. The babies were usually orphaned or left by unwed mothers who could not look after them. The exhibits and displays showcase a fascinating aspect of the city’s past. From your Hyde Park Hotel London, you take the Victoria Line from Green Park to St Pancras station.
There are so many different things to do in London that you will never experience a dull moment. There are countless well-known sites, but scratch the surface and you will find some truly rich attractions that are not on the typical tourist itinerary.