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7Feb

Off the Beaten Path in London

You’ve seen all the popular tourist sites in London, England? Then step off the beaten path and treat yourself to these 7 unique sites.

7. White Chapel Bell Foundry:

Established in 1570, the foundry is Britain’s oldest manufacturing company still in operation. It produced the Liberty Bell (1752) and Big Ben (1858) and was brought into service to make cannons during war time. Tours of the foundry must be pre-booked, but museum displays are open to the public during the week.

6. London Glassblowing:london_glassblowing

This studio and gallery established in 1976 is one of the first hot glass studios in Europe. Visitors can experience the ancient craft of glassblowing by artistic glass makers. Delight your inner artist by taking a class and creating your own unique masterpiece. (You’ll need to register in advance for this.)  Purchase a beautiful piece of decorative glasswork; the gallery will even set you up with an interest-free loan!

5. The Roof Gardens:

This space with a bird’s eye view of London opened in 1938 and offers 3 distinct gardens. The SpanishGarden has a Moorish flavour, with a mixture of Mediterranean trees and English plants and flowers. The TudorGarden has 3 Tudor-style courtyards which are covered with a marquee during winter months. The English Woodland features thousands of crocus, snowdrops, and bluebells, trees such as mulberry and Japanese maple, and a quaint pond which is home to imported wood ducks and flamingos.

4. The National Maritime Museum:

Visit the world’s largest maritime museum, filled with stories of maritime history and exploration. Board the Cutty Sark, the world’s only surviving 19th century tea clipper. If you are traveling with your family, this is the place for you. Kids will love the exhibits and interactive displays evoking the sights, smells, and sounds of life at sea over 100 years ago.

3. TempleChurch:temple_church_ecbc

The round nave consecrated in 1185 was built by the Knights Templar and featured in the film The Da Vinci Code. Visit the library at MiddleTemple and view the fascinating collection of antique maps and books. Attend a concert by the Temple singers and Temple players. The church is a must-see for history and classical music lovers.

2. GrantMuseum of Zoology:

This museum established in 1827 houses over 67,000 jarred specimens, skeletons, and stuffed extinct animals such as the Dodo bird and Tasmanian tiger. A backlit cavern holds wall-to-wall slides of microscopic and tiny creatures. Don’t miss the brain collection, the wax museum and the Negus collection of bisected heads!

1. London Dungeon:

Part historical museum, part haunted house, the London Dungeon features 18 interactive shows recreating such local horrors as London during the Black Plague, Sweeney Todd’s barber shop, the Guy Fawkes’ bombing plot, and the Jack the Ripper murders. Visitors with a stout heart are invited to take the Drop Dead Drop Ride, an exhilarating vertical free fall drop ride.

 

Whether you travel by train or plane, ecbc will make it easy for you. All of our luggage and back packs feature multiple organizational compartments for clothing, accessories, and electronics. Our unique FastPass® system allows you to go through airport or train station security without removing your electronics from you bag. So go ahead and enjoy everything London has to offer without worrying about security check point hassles. Cheerio! 

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