For over 150 years, the chimes of Big Ben have echoed across London, and were even used as a symbol of resistance during World War II. Now they mark the introduction of the first London History Day on May 31st. This day was chosen deliberately because it celebrates the day when Big Ben first started keeping time in 1859.
For visitors to London probably staying in hotels near wembley stadium, London History Day provides an incredible opportunity to go behind the scenes, see hidden treasures, enjoy talks and discover aspects of London life that might not otherwise be possible.
The range of events is extensive. Over 40 London museums and galleries are taking part by hosting special activities, as well as other organizations such as London Underground. You can download a map from the internet to discover the locations of spectacular mosaics by internationally renowned artist, Eduardo Paolizzi, that decorate the walls of Tottenham Court Road underground station. These are not small scale affairs – in total the mosaics cover over 950 sq metres of wall space and highlight different aspects of London life.
Not all tube stations that were built are still used. Some are abandoned or simply lost! The tale of one such lost station is recounted at the Charterhouse in the City of London, alongside details of the buildings role as an almshouse.
You can also download a walking map that explores Bengali history in and around Brick Lane. The route takes in a range of sites such as Altab Ali Park commemorating the fight against racism, and seeing the thriving streets where the British Bengali community has contributed to contemporary UK culture from music to architecture.
Interested in archaeology? Then book a stay at one of the finest four star hotels in north west london and head for the Thames foreshore just below St Mary’s at Putney Bridge. During the afternoon of May 31, a team of archaeologists will be taking advantage of low tide to explore the foreshore, hunting for artifacts left uncovered by the tide. Visitors can drop by and have a chat with the archaeologists about their finds which, in the past, have even included items related to the Thames’ use in Hindu worship, Georgian wine bottles and Victorian clay pipes.
For something very unusual during the evening, head out for the Kirkaldy Testing Museum in Southwark Street and watch metals being tested to destruction! This is the home of the world’s first independent commercial materials testing house and contains a massive 47 ft long machine that truly destroys metal.
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