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…