The tourist track in London can lead to seeing the same places in London over and over again. Instead of succumbing to the mundane and samey tourist hotspots, maybe it’s time that guests at hotels such as the Montcalm Brewery Hotel on Chiswell Street London explore further afield. As we all know, London is a city of many different parts, all with their own character. With this in mind, it’s definitely worth exploring further afield and seeing some of the places that make London so unique.
The Old Operating Theatre
The Old Operating Theatre is one of the oldest museums dedicated to the medical profession that there is in operation in the country. Part of the London Museums of Health and Medicine, this old operating theatre gives you a great glimpse into what it was like to be operated on with the primitive methods of the 17th century.
Highgate Cemetery is based in North London and is part of the “Magnificent 7” group of large and beautiful cemeteries in the city. Here, guests can find amazing tombs in a densely forested woodland area. Tombs and graves in the cemetery include those of Socialist thinker Karl Marx and modern novelist Douglas Adams.
The Fan Museum
With over 4000 fans, you’ll definitely become one. Located in a Grade II listed building dating back to the 1720’s, the fan museum houses exhibits on fan history as well as more unusual forms of the cooling device. These include a fan with a built in ear trumpet as well as Japanese style gardens and murals.
The Royal Observatory
Commissioned by King Charles II back in 1675, this observatory is located on a hill in Greenwich Park. Incidentally, this old observatory is located in the same place as the Greenwich Meridian, the line at which British clocks are set. Although the observatories scientific functions have been moved elsewhere, the century’s old observatory is still open to the public as a museum.
Ham Polo Club
Comprising of three Polo fields, a stick and ball field and an exercise field, Ham Pol Club is among the oldest of Polo Clubs in England whilst also being the last surviving one in England. The high society and niche sporting club is located in the affluent Richmond area of London. One of the most spectacular things about this historic sports club is its prime location, overlooked by both Ham House and the River Thames.
The Thames Barrier has been in use since 1984 and is used to make sure that the River Thames doesn’t flood. It is quite a spectacle to behold, especially when keeping in mind that these huge pieces of modern machinery stop East London boroughs from being flooded when storms batter the North Sea. The Barrier can be found just under 2 miles east of the Isle of Dogs.
Dennis Sever’s House
Dennis Sever’s House is located in the Spitalfields area of London in a Grade II listed house. This unique piece of art and history hybrid, uses still life to recreate the living rooms of several generations of a fictional family. Using sound and light, we are absorbed into several generations of the Jervis family from 1725 to 1919.
For a glimpse into the world of medical marvels, the Hunterian museum has a unique collection of specimens donated by John Hunter. Here guests can see the skeleton of the “Irish Giant” Charles Byrne as well as many examples of surgical equipment and paintings, all focused on the medical profession. Why not pair this with a visit to the Old Operating Theatre for an informative glimpse into London’s medical history?