In London on May 31st? Then take advantage of a range of special activities and rare displays highlighting the first ever London History Day.
Over 40 London museums and galleries are set to take part in the event which celebrates the date when Big Ben first started keeping time in 1859. Many of these events offer unexpected insights into the heritage of London. Maps for individual events can be downloaded from the internet.
The range on offer is incredibly extensive. How about discovering the spectacular mosaics by Eduardo Paolozzi at Tottenham Court Road? They cover a massive 950 square metres of walls on the Northern and Central Line platforms with designs that reflect the local area, and Paolozzi’s interest in mechanization and popular culture.
Book a stay at one of the elegant hotels in Bloomsbury London and head for the Charterhouse and find out about a lost tube station as well as the building’s role as an almshouse in the heart of the City of London.
Perhaps you prefer finding out about the eighteenth century pleasure gardens where the wealthy and fashionable set dined, entertained and listened to music. With your beautiful, spacious bed and breakfast in gower street, you will be located a short tube ride to the Foundling Museum that offers the opportunity to see artifacts such as one of the very few remaining tickets for the masquerade which opened the Vauxhall pleasure gardens season in 1792. Alternatively follow in the footsteps of the Huguenots and refugees who found a home in Spitalfields.
Much more recent are the activities of Jimi Hendrix in London. Visitors to Handel & Hendrix in London at Brook Street, Mayfair will be able to see extremely rare items dating back to when Jimi Hendrix lived in London. His flat at 23 Brook Street represented what he called his ‘first home on my own’.
Ever wondered how materials are tested to destruction? The Kirkaldy Testing Museum in Southwark Street provides an amusing evening event where visitors can see the world’s first independent commercial materials testing house and the 47 ft long machine that has tested many of the famous structures of today. This is where you can truly see, smell and discover Victorian ingenuity at work, watching it test metal to destruction!
Even famous buildings like St Paul’s Cathedral are offering something slightly different in support of this special occasion. Children can enjoy craft activities based on the stunning Jubilee Cope, on display for the occasion. This amazing piece of embroidery made 40 years ago is decorated with the spires of seventy three London churches – as well as that of St Paul’s Cathedral itself.
So, book a stay at Regency House Hotel London and celebrate London History Day with your family!