Some places in London shared by a Local

Christine’s Corner  

While on the Isle of Wight for a HF Holiday country house walk, I met a lovely woman
at the breakfast table one morning.   Most of the guests were British (I was the only American) and
I chatted with Christine about suggestions for places to visit in London that are not featured in most travel books.    
Below are a few of her suggestions.   As a London resident I hope she will continue to share unique places to add to my yearly visit to London.

Bunhill Fields Cemetery – burial place of Daniel Defoe, William Blake and others.
Abney Park Cemetery – burial place of William Booth. Lots of community activities take place here. Near to Stoke Newington Church Street – lots of nice shops and restaurants.

Kenwood House, Hampstead Heath – stately home bequeathed to the country, managed by English Heritage. Art gallery includes works by Vermeer, Rembrandt, Gainsborough, among many others. Very nice cafe, beautiful vista from the house and, of course, walks on the Heath.

Wilton’s Music Hall – rescued from dereliction- is now a theatre with bars and a cafe (not an actual music hall though!). Near to ‘Battle of Cable Street’ mural depicting locals taking on Oswald Mosley’s  Union of Fascists in the 1930s. Also near to Jack the Ripper museum – a bit grim but very moving biographical information on the victims.

All Hallows by the Tower – very interesting crypt. Also quite near to the above.

St Olave’s Church – very close to above. Samuel Pepys worshipped here. Both churches near to the Tower of London.

Where to Eat
Turkish Restaurants Green Lanes Harringay – lovely cheap fresh food, many restaurants to choose from. Nearest tube Manor House, Piccadilly Line.

Zedel – very reasonably priced, beautiful, art deco restaurant with street cafe, cabaret and American Bar. Bang in the middle of Piccadilly.

Thank you Christine, I look forward to many more posts
More on the HF Holiday stay soon.

Published by Lee Laurino

A traveler not a tourist, searching for experiences not in travel books. Solo traveler who travels as long and far as possible sharing photos of the people and places I discover

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