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Unique Things to do in North London

Unique things to do in North London

London is a hub of attractions of all kinds, and many tourists converge on Central London as a first port of call. Yet some of the city’s best sights and finest hotels are in North London, and London’s north is a region of the city that’s not to be missed.

If you’re looking for an outing with a difference, the area surrounding hotels in North London has some unique and eclectic things to offer. Here are just a few…

The Lee Valley White Water Centre in Waltham Cross, further north of central London, is a large white-water adventure park which was a London 2012 Olympic Games venue. Well worth the trip, visitors can enjoy kayaking, canoeing, white-water rafting, no matter what your level of experience. The venue also runs corporate and team building events, as well as aquathons and canoe polo. There is a licensed cafe bar onsite for those who prefer to relax and watch from dry land. Note that all who participate in rafting must be aged over fourteen years.

2 Willow Road, located in Hampstead, is a unique Modernist-style residence that was designed by Erno Goldfinger in 1939. It is today a National Trust-managed tourist attraction offering small guided tours, and houses the Goldfingers’ collections of innovatively-designed furniture and modern art (including works created by Max Ernst, Man Ray, and Bridget Riley). Intriguingly, when the house was constructed, a number of quaint cottages were demolished to make way for it, and many local residents opposed this heartily. One of these was none other than James Bond author Ian Fleming. Is it a coincidence that he named a ruthless villain “Goldfinger”? We think not.

Head to the Canals of Little Venice via the Warwick Avenue Tube Station, 20 minutes from Palm Hotel, the finest of hotels near Wembley in North London, and visit the Puppet Theatre Barge. This intimate little theatre on water presents puppet shows by touring puppet company Movingstage. The barge theatre has a capacity of just fifty-five audience members and plays are suitable for everyone over age three. Between now and mid-March 2016, the Punch and Judy show “Joey’s Fireworks” is playing, with bookings recommended. It will be followed from mid-march by “Town Mouse and Country Mouse”.

The Royal Air Force Museum on Grahame Park Way in Hendon, minutes from Best Western Palm Hotel, incorporates a vast collection of more than one hundred iconic vintage aircraft, housed in historic hangars. See feather-light bi-planes and bombers; helicopters and flying boats, before enjoying a picnic. There is also an exhibition dedicated to the Cold War as well as a film on The Battle of Britain. Admission is free.

North London has so very much to offer, and the abovementioned attractions are but the tip of the iceberg. Stay tuned; in future articles we will explore more of what the region near the Palm Hotel, the finest of all 4* Best Western hotels London, has to offer…

Canal Boating in London

London might be one of the world’s busiest capital cities, yet there is a surprising array of places in the heart of London where you can feel like you are far removed from the hustle and bustle. London’s many parks are one example of this; another is London’s system of canals.

Britain has a canal system of water transport that was very important during the Industrial Revolution; the canal network operates nationwide and offers a unique way to travel the countryside. As an important port situated on the River Thames, London was connected to the national network of canals via the Oxford Canal, the Grand Junction Canal, Regent’s Canal, and the Limehouse Cut, as well as some other canals that are no longer in existence. Now that road, rail, and air transport are so much better, London’s canals are more a haven for recreational boaters and those who choose to reside in canal boats.

Canal Boating in London

Visitors to London, when staying in hotels near Wembley Stadium, can enjoy a beautiful day out exploring London’s canal network – either via a boat trip or a stroll on the towpath. There is a range of service operators, and boats are also available for private charter and self-drive hire.

Additionally, London Canal Museum operates a range of tours and trips, including Children’s Halloween Tunnel Trips (adults must be accompanied by a child!) and summer Islington Tunnel trips.

The most popular boating route is that along The Regent’s Canal which links the Thames at Limehouse with Little Venice. An important industrial route when it opened in 1820, it is now a picturesque recreational route that showcases the best of the London Canals.

For a lovely day out, catch the underground to Paddington or Warwick Avenue, or alternatively catch a bus. Hop aboard a canal boat here at Little Venice and cruise one way to Camden, where you can enjoy the famous market (which was originally a hay market). Shop here and sample some delicious street food. Then stroll along the Grand Union Towpath to King’s Cross, where you can either turn back or catch the train to return to your start point.

Another great and relaxing day out is to travel the historic Regent’s Canal, through Regent’s Park, to the London Zoo, which is the world’s oldest scientific zoo, open since 1828. Arriving by canal boat is a novel way to avoid queues at the front gate! Parts of the zoo can be seen from the canal.

Alternatively, rather than actually going on the canal, walk by it. There is a network of canal-side paths extending six miles in total – there is no lovelier way to get out and about to just enjoy walking in London.

London’s canal network is easily accessible from hotels in North LondonStep out on a bright day and explore this haven in the heart of London.