4 Attractions To Visit in Camden, London

Camden, situated in north London in zone 2 is now a popular place for tourists and locals alike. What once was seen as a slightly “dodgy” and run down area of town is now a bustling part of London.  There is a lot to keep those visiting entertained, it is well worth spending at least a day in the area, to discover all Camden has to offer.

Markets

Camden has 4 markets in its borough, Camden Lock is the most well known right by the canal.  Many people visit the Lock during the day for shopping, to buy vintage fashion, handmade jewellery and other homewares.  There are a number of stalls that sell different foods and drinks.  and to try out the different foods.  The market is open every day except Christmas day from 10am to 6pm.   Camden is also a great place to visit for a night out.  There are many bars and clubs along the canal, ideal for a night out.

Primrose Hill

This is a beautiful park between St John’s Wood and Chalk Farm.  Situated at one of the highest points in London, there are fantastic views of the city.  This area is now one of the new celebrity haunts.  Located very close to London yet it feels as if you are closer to the countryside.  There is also a Primrose Hill Village full of boutique shops and restaurants which is near the park.  The closest tube is Chalk Farm on the northern line making quick and easy to get into the city. As it is a very desirable part of London, buying an apartment however is very expensive. However, it is may be more affordable to rent one of these London apartments if sharing with others.

London Zoo

With more than 12,000 animals, this is one of the largest zoos in the UK and also one of the oldest, built in 1828. London Zoo is open everyday except Christmas Day.  There is a lot to keep visitors entertained, including getting up close to the 650 species of animal and visiting the new “beach”.  Penguin Beach, which opened in 2011 is home to 60 penguins of 3 different species.  It is the largest penguin pool in an English zoo. There is also a walk through enclosure of Meet the Monkeys opened in 2005.  There are no boundaries between visitors and monkeys allowing visitors to get up close to them. Access to the Zoo is via Camden Town on the northern line. Alternatively, take the bakerloo line getting off at Baker street or Regent’s park.  There is also a waterbus service along Regent’s Canal from the zoo.

Jewish Museum

The museum celebrating Jewish history, culture and religion, reopened in March 2010.  There are four galleries consisting of: Welcome Gallery, History: A British Story, Judaism: A Living Faith, the Holocaust Gallery and the changing exhibition gallery.  There is a display of Jewish films, photographs, exhibits and personal stories in the different galleries and some of the changing exhibitions have interactive displays.

6 Top Attractions in Covent Garden

Covent Garden is a famous tourist attraction in London annually attracting about 44 million worldwide visitors. It is well known for its historic market building at the centre of the traffic free square. Located at the eastern edge of the famous West End, it had remained primarily a fruit and vegetable market – London’s largest, until the 1970s. Now it houses some fantastic entertainment and theatres.

There is so much to see and do in Covent Garden you would need at least a few days to do it justice. With the variety of shops, bars, restaurants and theatres you won’t be disappointed. The street performers on the famous cobbled streets make for great entertainment as you dine in the nearby cafes and restaurants or shop along the square.

You can easily lose time people watching and wondering through the unique shops and stalls that sell a variety of produce from antiques, vintage jewellery, and handicrafts under the glass ceiling of the market building.

Starting on the Covent Garden Walking Tour will give you an insight into life at this famous market and you will need to make sure you visit the below attractions:

  1. Royal Opera House – this is home to The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet, The Royal Ballet being Britain’s largest ballet company. The Royal Opera has a reputation as the world’s leading opera companies renowned for both traditional opera and commissioning new works by today’s leading opera composers.
  2. Simon Oldfield Gallery – well worth a visit if you want to stay abreast of up and coming contemporary British artists. The gallery has been in Covent Garden since June 2010 and works with up and coming British artists as well as international artists.
  3. Donmar Warehouse – this is a 250-seat subsidised (not for profit) theatre and is known as one of the UK’s leading producing theatres having hosted many theatrical performances including Chicago. It hosts a minimum of six productions each year in Covent Garden and presents work both nationally and internationally.
  4. Funny Side of Covent Garden – The Funny Side is a stand-up comedy club. There are five in London; The City, Clapham, Earlsfield, Leicester Square and Covent Garden with The Covent Garden club open on Fridays and Saturdays.
  5. London Transport Museum – The collection at London Transport Museum started in the 1920s with the first addition being two Victorian horse buses and one bus submitted by the London General Omnibus Company. The museum changed locations a few times before settling in the Flower Market building in Covent Garden in 1980.
  6. Adelphi Theatre – The Adelphi Theatre’s history goes back to 1806 and it still continues to be a host of West End theatre entertainment today with a capacity of 1500 people. The original building was established on the site in 1806 – the one you see today is the fourth building. When the theatre was founded in 1806 it was called Sans Pareil where numerous musicals, pantomimes and plays were hosted. The current site opened in 1930 on The Strand, and bought by Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group in 1993 when it was refurbished.

If you can’t afford to spend a few days in Covent Garden, try and grab a bite to eat here where you can soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the street performers as you dine on fine English cuisine.

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The South Bank and London Bridge

The South Bank in London has undergone a big transformation in recent years. The area around Waterloo used to be known as cardboard city.  Now it is a bustling part of London for locals and tourists alike.

London Eye

One of the most popular and newest London attractions of the city, it sits at 135 metres high on the banks of the River Thames.  The London Eye was built for the millennium and since then, it has attracted 3.75 million people on average each year.  Visitors can book tickets in advance or take their chances with queuing, some days there is not a long line and it can take as little as 15 minutes to board.  Tickets are £18.50 for adults and children under 4 are free.

Southbank Centre

The Southbank Centre attracts more than 22 million visitors each year and is home to the Royal Festival Hall, the Hayward Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Salson Poetry Library.  The Southbank Centre is the largest single run arts centre in the world.  During the summer months, the banks of the river Thames have many activities for the people of all ages.

The Tate Modern

Walking away from Waterloo towards London Bridge, visitors will come across what was a former warehouse.  It is now the Tate Modern, a free art museum housing modern and contemporary art from 1900 until today. There are often special exhibitions taking place which charge a small fee.  The Tate Modern is one of the most visited modern art galleries in the world, with 4.7 million tourists each year.

Shakespeare Globe Theatre

Opened in 1997, this new theatre was built just 200 metres from the original Globe Theatre, made in the same way as the theatre was in Shakespeare’s time.  Tours are available all year round but the theatre season is only during the warmer months as there is no ceiling at the Globe.  There is a circular stage in the middle of the building with three tiers of seating.  There is a 1,300 person capacity and for those who are after a cheaper ticker, there is room for 700 people to stand.

London Bridge

The area that was once outside the city walls and an undesirable part of London is now a bustling and trendy part of town.  There is plenty to see around London Bridge including Borough market, Southwark Cathedral, Clink Prison and the most recent addition is the Shard which is the tallest building in Europe. From the 72 nd floor visitors can see amazing views of London. For those feeling flush, they can rent one of the many new London apartments in this exclusive building.

Westminster Abbey

Founded in the seventh century and dedicated to Saint Peter, Westminster Abbey is of major historical importance to the British Isles, for this is where all English Kings and Queens have been crowed since 1066. The only surviving depiction of the original abbey is in the Bayeux Tapestry, the current Abbey dates from the 13th Century (although it wasn’t finally completed until 1517) and is in the sumptuous Gothic Style. The famous towers on the western entrance were added in the 18th Century as part of the Gothic rival. [Read more…]

Buckingham Palace

Residence of the British Sovereign, Buckingham Palace stands proud at the climax of the The Mall which runs from Trafalgar Square to the Palace gates. Despite being the administrative home of the monarchy since 1837, as well as the current Queen’s residence, its technically not the official ‘Home of the Sovereign and Court. Through the peculiarities of British law, tradition and custom, the official residence is at St James Palace, which also remains the official home of the Royal Court – which is why British Ambassadors hail ‘from the Court of St James’, despite everything of significance taking place down the road in Buckingham Palace. [Read more…]

The London Eye

On the bank of the River Thames, stands one of the worlds tallest ferries wheels and the best view of London. Standing at 135meters, the London Eye is no ordinary ferris wheel, its the largest in Europe! With thirty two (one for each of London’s Boroughs) sealed, air-conditioned capsules you won’t be locked in to seat here, rather you are free to move about the cabin and experience the breathtaking views in excess of twenty five miles, from all angles. [Read more…]

St Paul’s Cathedral

Occupying the highest natural point in cetral London is the magnificence of St Paul’s Cathedral. The fourth ‘St Paul’s’ to occupy the site, it has been the central place of Christian Worship in central London since 604AD. The current cathedral was built by Sir Christopher Wren between 1675 and 1710 after its predecessor, a Norman Cathedral (also St Paul’s), was destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666. There had been plans to re-build St Pauls since 1661, but it was the Great Fire that provided the ultimate excuse. The St Paul’s of today is an English Baroque masterpiece, and has endured in spite of many a calamity. During the Blitz of World War Two it was repeatedly bombed. Once a time-delayed bomb hit the Cathedral, thankfully it was, at extreme risk to the Royal Engineers Bomb Disposal Team, diffused and removed before it could detonate. Had it, the Cathedral would have been completely destroyed, beyond recovery. Due to its continued survival throughout the war, remarkable due to it being the highest point in Central London and such a visible landmark, it became an icon of the Blitz spirit that kept morale so high when everything looked so bleak. [Read more…]