The banks of the River Thames offers some surprising sights for curious visitors to London. How about visiting the home of Benjamin Franklin, an eighteenth century American statesman and inventor; or the oldest operating theatre in England, a garden museum or finding out how Tower Bridge works?
A tidal river, the Thames has played a major part in London’s history with kings and queens being rowed up and down this river connecting the various royal palaces. Taking a ferry across or down the river was more common than attempting to cross London Bridge. You may see people walking on the mud flats at low tide – don’t be tempted to join them. They are the traditional mudlarks who have the right to search the area for items thrown up by the waters of the river.
Book a stay at budget hotels in north London and enjoy the views of some of the most stunning buildings in London such as St Paul’s Cathedral, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and the Shell Mex Centre with its iconic 1930’s architecture.
There are certainly plenty of places to visit while a resident at hotels near wembley stadium. In fact it can be hard to choose. There are well known places like the Tower of London, the London Dungeon, Tower Bridge Experience. Contemporary art lovers can choose between the Haywood Gallery with its changing exhibitions and the equally varied art on display at Tate Modern, located in the former Bankside Power Station.
Relax and watch the buskers on the South Bank, browse the books for sale in the Parisian style book stalls, or drop into the Anchor pub near Shakespeare’s Globe for a drink or two.
A trip into Shakespeare’s Globe is not to be missed as it highlights the world that would have familiar to this world famous playwright, and shows the type of stage on which his plays were first performed over four hundred years ago.
Make sure to book few days in capital with Best Western Palm hotel and discover the delights of eighteenth century London at Benjamin Franklin’s house which acted as the de facto first American embassy. Enjoy a guided tour of the building in the company of Polly, his landlady’s daughter and find out about his life and times. This was no ordinary statesman – he was also a philosopher and inventor creating the first bifocal spectacles and a new type of fuel-efficient stove.
If your tastes are a little more gory, head for the Old Operating Theatre in St Thomas Street. This 1821 women’s operating theatre is a harsh reminder of how painful and difficult childbirth as well as any other operation could be. This is the oldest operating theatre in the country. Not far away is the Florence Nightingale Museum where you can find out about this woman who revolutionized hospitals and nursing care in Victorian times.
A little further on is the delightful Garden Museum, adjacent to Lambeth Palace. This relaxing environment highlights how gardens have played a major role in the development of the UK. Apart from displays of garden tools through the ages and other garden related curiosities, it has a very beautiful reproduction garden set around the tombs of the seventeenth century plant hunters, father and son John Tradescants.