A heritage left behind by noted botanist Edward Augustus Bowles who lived at Myddelton House from 1865 to 1954, the Myddelton House Gardens is spread across 2.4 hectares (six acres). The restoration of the certain areas of the garden has brought to life some of the major features that had, in the past, distinguished the garden from the rest. On the grounds you'll find the Stone Garden, the New River canal which dates back to the 17th Century, the Alpine Meadow which is a visual splendor of colorful flowers during spring and summer as well as The Rock Garden. For a budding botanist, the garden is a haven as it presents a display of exotic plants and shrubs, some of which were planted by Mr. Bowles. Walk in for an exciting detour from your regular travel in this part of the country.
One of the best locations for a day outing with the family, Paradise Wildlife Park is among the first interactive wildlife parks of its kind in the United Kingdom. Home to more than 400 animals, what sets this park apart from the regular zoos and sanctuaries is that it provides an opportunity for interaction with animals of all kinds, which includes feeding the wild ones and penguins. Not only this, the wildlife park, which came about during the 1960s, also comprises of an indoor play area for kids as well as outdoor attractions like Safari Adventure Golf, Fantasyland and an amusement park for one and all. Entertaining daily shows like the Animal Olympics Show, Weird and Wonderful Show and Creepy Creatures Show are some of the other attractions that are favorite among kids. Operated by the Sampson Family, the Paradise Wildlife Park is open to visitors throughout the year.
The Globe Theatre is universally known as the place where the great plays of Shakespeare came alive. Today, Shakespeare’s Globe, located on the banks of the River Thames is a reproduction of the original Globe, which burned down in 1613 after a cannon shot set fire to its roof. The theater was built near the site of the original using nearly identical methods and materials, and is believed by historians and architects alike to be very realistic. Since it opened in 1997, The New Globe has been a popular and iconic addition to London theater, and has turned from hosting only open-air summer productions into a vibrant center of Shakespearean drama, education, exhibitions, and tours. The ‘groundling’ tradition is still alive at the Globe, whereby visitors can watch world-class theater from the yard for a low price.
Lord's Cricket Ground is the home ground of quite a few teams, prominent among them being the MCC (Marylebone Cricket Club). The MCC is actually the governing body of the game of cricket. All the big finals are played here, as well as some more off-the-wall games. The best way to see Lord's (and to start learning how cricket is played if you're not familiar with it) is to take a tour of the grounds. This lasts for around an hour and a half, and includes such highlights as the new media center, the museum and the Lord's pub, where many cricket players have enjoyed a pint after a game. Lord's Cricket Ground was also chosen to host the London 2012 Olympic Games Archery competitions.
Opened in July 2006, Emirates Stadium became the home of the Arsenal Football Club, who had previously resided in the Highbury Stadium. Also called Ashburton Grove, the original intended title for the project, the stadium gets its name from Emirates Airlines, who helped support the project. With a capacity of roughly 60,000, this stadium is one of the biggest of its kind in United Kingdom.
Regent's Park offers a variety of facilities and amenities for the public to enjoy, including outdoor ping pong tables, a bandstand, an open air theater, elegant gardens and tennis courts. London Zoo is just next-door. A short walk away is Primrose Hill, a neighborhood that's popular with young and trendy families, actors, artists and other media folk. It is particularly steep and offers a superb panorama of the London skyline. Queen Mary's Gardens is located within the park, and St. John's Wood Church Gardens is also nearby, offering an additional tranquil retreat off of Wellington Road.
England's first equestrian statue built in Renaissance style, the Equestrian statue of Charles I at Charing Cross was cast probably in the year 1633. Designed by Hubert Le Sueur, a noted French sculptor, the statue was commissioned by Richard Weston, Charles's Lord High Treasurer. The statue was originally built for Charles' Roehampton country house garden. It depicts him on horseback, wearing an armor demi-suit, sans a helmet. A scarf is tied across its chest on right hand. The king is portrayed carrying a baton in the same hand while he handles the horse reins in the left hand. This prominent statue is officially termed as London's official center.
Standing in the heart of the buzzing Trafalgar Square, Nelson's Column is undoubtedly one of the most iconic monuments of London. Constructed in the year 1843, Nelson's Column commemorates the death of Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson. French fleet were defeated at the hands of Lord Nelson during Battle of Trafalgar fought in the year 1805. The sculpture rests on a large Corinthian capital. According to legend, this statue was made of Royal George's bronze guns. Royal George was a mighty warship. The bronze casts portray Nelson's triumphs at Copenhagen battle, Nile battle and Cape St Vincent battle.
Built of bronze, the Earl Haig Memorial is an equestrian sculpture of Douglas Haig, a commander in the British Western Front and also 1st Earl Haig. Earl Haig Memorial was built to the designs of Alfred Frank Hardiman, a noted sculptor and its construction was commissioned in 1928 by the British Parliament. It was unveiled on November 10, 1937 by Duke of Gloucester, Prince Henry while King George VI laid a wreath at the statue's foot in Armistice Day. The memorial's construction was a subject of controversy and the commander's uniform, stance, anatomy and riding position were severely criticized.
Completely set apart from the hustle and bustle of the busy city surrounding it, Cecil Court, located in the heart of London, continues to be one of the most historic and serene paths. The go to destination for every book lover, it is barely a moment's walk from the buzzing Leicester Square Tube Station. Only meant for pedestrians, the scenic late Victorian street links Charing Cross Road and the beautiful St Martin's Lane. It offers various antique shops which have continued to retain their structure and aura unchanged since ages. One of the many interesting shops here is Watkins Books, London's earliest bookshop existing here since 1901.
St. James's Park and Green Park lie next to each other to the north and east of Buckingham Palace. The view from the bridge towards Whitehall is particularly pleasing and the lake is famous for its birds, especially the black swans and pelicans. With its well-groomed flowerbeds and summer concerts, the park remains a big favorite with Londoners and tourists alike. Office workers swarm into St James's on summer days to eat their lunch and enjoy the sunshine. Henry VIII acquired the land in the early 16th Century, around the same time as Hyde Park.
Inaugurated by Queen Elizabeth II in the year 2005, Monument to the Women of World War II is a beautiful sculpture by John W. Mills. The bronze structure depicts the working clothes and uniforms sported by women who were a part of World War II. Some of these clothes include Women's Land Army uniforms, a police overall, uniforms of Women's Royal Naval Service, welding mask and a nursing cape. The thought for a dedicated memorial to the war women was brought to attention to Major David McNally Robertson. The UK was yet to have a national memorial to honor women's contribution to World War II while other countries had already built one.