For guests staying at Paddington Station Hotels, Northwest London is right on your doorstep. Consisting of 7 boroughs, the area of North London has a long history that spans hundreds of years. Each area has its own personality and character, cultivated over the centuries and with parks, museums and festivals to explore, there’s always something to draw in tourists to this quaint and historic region of London.
So if you’re a guest at the Chilworth London Paddington spa looking to learn more about the history of nearby North London, what are the sights and landmarks you should visit? This blog will outline some of the best tourist attractions in the northern regions of the city that will help you learn more about the history and culture of London.
The British Library is home to an estimated 170 to 200 million manuscripts, books and artefacts from all over the world. Originally contained within the British Museum until 1973, the British Library is home to around 6 miles worth of shelf space, dedicated to the research and restoration of literature in all its forms. Located close to Euston Station on Euston Road, the British Library also programmes tours, workshops and exhibitions spanning a range of artistic and culturally themes.
Parliament Hill is located within the historic and expansive Hampstead Heath nature reserve. This northwest London panoramic provides breathtaking views over London, sitting alongside open-air swimming ponds, forest trails and quaint pubs offering Sunday roasts that can compete with even the best restaurants in Paddington London. That’s not what makes Parliament Hill so historic though, the views are one thing but the story behind its name is quite another. Parliament Hill gained its name thanks to the views over the Houses of Parliament and legend has it that if Guy Fawkes assassination attempt on the 5th of November 1605 had been successful, he would have watched the fires burn from this landmark.
The oldest scientific zoo in the world, London Zoo was founded in 1828 and aims to study and preserve its collection of exotic animals. Located in Regents Park, London Zoo provides in-depth explorations of primates, reptiles, big cats and much more. A visit to London Zoo is well worth it, especially for families with animal-loving kids.
The Wellcome Collection
Founded by pharmaceutical businessman Henry Wellcome, the Wellcome Trust’s flagship institution on Euston Road provides 5 floors of galleries, research spaces and libraries containing classical and contemporary art and exhibitions, Medieval artefacts and much more. With its slogan stating that it is a “free destination for the incurably curious”, this is a must-visit for any guest of London Paddington hotel deals looking for a cultural experience that is completely free of charge.
Located in the serene Highgate area of North London, Highgate Cemetery is one of the Victorian “magnificent 7” cemeteries that were built in the 19th century. This cemetery stands out in particular thanks to its famous residents including the likes of Karl Marx and Douglas Adams. Entry to the East Cemetery, where notable figures like George Eliot are buried, is £4.50, whilst the west side of the cemetery costs £10.