Overview : This walk presents you with the charm of London's parks and other green spaces as you journey to the tranquil oases of Primrose Hill... more »
This walk presents you with the charm of London's parks and other green spaces as you journey to the tranquil oases of Primrose Hill... more » and Regent's Park and along the Regent's Canal to Little Venice.
Enjoy an elegant drink in any of the jolly cafes or pubs of Primrose Hill before taking in a spectacular view of London’s skyline from Primrose Hill. A short skip across the road and you can take a walk in the magnificent Regents Park, home of London Zoo. Returning to the canal you follow the peaceful waterway, exiting to explore the landmarks of Lord's Cricket Ground and Abbey Road. The final destination is Little Venice, a meeting of canals and a fine place to stop for lunch or dinner and watch the world go by. less «
Tips: Wear good walking shoes. Take an umbrella as you may find yourself far from cover when out in the parks. Take a camera for some shots ... more »of buildings and animals. less «
Camden's interlinking markets include Camden Lock Market and the Stable's Market. This is the ideal place to satisfy your rummaging urge. Souvenirs, vintage clothing finds, rare records and a fine array of affordable world food dishes are on constant display. Jumbled, chaotic and terribly fun, the market runs all week but really comes to life on... More Saturday and Sunday. The locale attracts a mixed crowd from teenagers on a mission to get their first tattoo to homeowners looking for an unusual piece of furniture or some quirky bric-a-brac.
Camden from Camden Lock Bridge to Chalk Farm Road
Weekends 11am-later evening
Open: 11am to 6pm each weekday and later on Saturday andLess
This fashionable neighborhood is sheltered from the hustle and bustle of the surrounding areas by a railway line and is blessed with relatively quiet streets and a lingering legacy of a bohemian past. It was once the home of famous literati such as poets W.B. Yeats and Sylvia Plath and now is home to politician David Milliband and actress Gwyneth ... MorePaltrow.
The main point of interest here is its chic shops and cozy cafes: Try the Russian caravan tea in Troika or the sublime apple cake in the Primrose Patisserie. There are plenty of traditional English pubs here, too, to whet your whistle: the Landsdowne at or the Engineer are particularly good.
Then take a walk up the hill itself and on a clear day take in a stunning view of central London to the southeast: a panorama peppered with landmarks including St. Paul's Cathedral, the BT Tower, the Gherkin and the Millennium Wheel.
90 Gloucester Ave.
66 Gloucester Ave.
Troika, 101 Regents Park Rd.
Daily 9am until late
136 Regent's Park Rd.
Daily 8am until lateLess
This stunning park that stretches from central London north to Camden was originally appropriated by Henry VIII for use as a hunting ground. Then renowned architect John Nash was famously commissioned by the Prince Regent at the beginning of the 19th century to design Regent's Park and the imposing surrounding curved terraces.
The design for the ... Morepark was geographically much as we see it today, as are the lake, inner roads and "circuses" (circular areas). It houses stunning swathes of green playing fields, rose gardens and a boating lake where you can serenely dabble with the ducks.
Regent's Park has a number of restaurants and snack bars in its grounds, including the Boathouse Café with views over the lake from the large terrace seating area and the Honest Sausage, purveyor of organic sausage sandwiches.
The prime attraction within the park is London Zoo, where there are more than 650 different species of animals to discover, including camels, tigers, giraffes, sloths, pelicans, bird-eating spiders, pythons, seahorses and lions.
Sir Stamford Raffles, the founder of Singapore, set up the Zoological Society of London in Regent's Park in 1826 and... More the much-anticipated zoo launched in 1847. The Victorian public were wowed by exotic animals, including a hippopotamus and an elephant. Today the offering is no less awe inspiring.
ZSL London Zoo
Until Sept. 4, 2011
Sept. 5-Oct. 29, 2011
Lord's is the spiritual home of cricket and is famous for safeguarding the rules of the great game. As well as playing host to some of the best cricket in the world, the sports ground is also the setting for the state-of-the-art MCC Cricket Academy, the unrivaled MCC Library and the informative MCC Museum, whose exhibits include the Wisden Trophy ... Moreand the Ashes urn.
Traditionalists and modernists alike are fans of the Media Centre, erected in 1999. This stunning raised pod floats 60 feet above the playing area and is recognized as one of the architectural wonders of modern London.
Saint John's Wood Road
The Abbey Road zebra crossing is famous worldwide as the spot captured on the Beatles' "Abbey Road" album cover. Fans of the fab four come from across the globe to write on the wall nearby and pose for photographs imitating the image of Paul, John, George and Ringo strolling across the road.
Little Venice is the point where the Grand Union canal meets the Regent's Canal. Here you can stroll along the canal footpath. It's a tranquil spot with colorful houseboats docked all along the towpath and Londoners lazily enjoying its charms.
There are several places to stop and watch the world go by. Waterside Cafe is on a barge overlooking... More Browning Island, serving paninis, pasta and soup for reasonable prices. The Bridge House Pub is a charming refuge where you can enjoy good beers, wines, traditional English food and perhaps a bit of entertainment at its upstairs theater.
The Bridge House Pub
13 Westbourne Terrace Rd.