Historic Sites to Visit in London

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Historic Sites to Visit in London

For those staying in accommodation around Bayswater London, you will have noticed the collection of tourists who gather and wander the surroundings of central to North London every day. But what are they there to see?

Before we take a short historic tour around North London, let’s first remind ourselves of the presence of ancient and traditional architecture across the city, from the hotels near Oxford Street London to the townhouses in Kensington and the arches of the railway stations around central London. The fact is, much of London is built on history with many of the stories and historical tales coming from buildings which are still standing today.

Here are some of the best sites to visit in and around North London.

London Zoo

A stone’s throw from the Bayswater Inn Hotel Hyde Park, ZSL London Zoo presents an exciting and immersive day out for guests of all ages. But did you know that London Zoo is in fact the oldest scientific zoo in the world, and was opened in 1828?

British Library

British Library

Home to around 200 million manuscripts and books, the British Library is on Euston Road – very close to the popular tourist hotels near Madame Tussauds – and boasts an endless array of educational and historically important documents which are contained within around 6 miles of shelf space.

Highgate Cemetery

Highgate Cemetery

This Victorian cemetery isn’t just historic in terms of its many residents from days gone by – it also boasts some spectacular scenery and is particularly renowned for being the final resting place of figures like Karl Marx.

The Wellcome Collection

Like many of the galleries and exhibition spaces in London, this site is popular with tourists and locals alike and was founded as a free destination for those who are truly curious about their surroundings and the history that lies within and behind the city.

And to head a little further into central London for a few of the big historical sites and attractions you should visit….

Tower of London

Tower of London

Whether you opt for a guided tour or not, the Tower of London – and neighbouring Tower Bridge – boast a history of their own with royal imprisonments, executions, and too many stories to share in one blog. Visit the tower for yourself and pass under Prisoners Gate – then return to your hotel near Madame Tussauds and read about the immense history that lies within the tower walls.

Marble Arch

Marble Arch

A popular meeting place which sits opposite the array of hotels near Oxford Street London, Marble Arch is an icon which appears on many postcards and was once the state entrance of the Buckingham Palace site.

The Palaces

Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, and Westminster Abbey are all up there among the most iconic historic buildings in London – combining incredible architecture with a vast history, to make these sites the top of every tourist to-do list in the city. 

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