London is an amazingly diverse city. With its history dating back to Roman times, two millennia ago, makes it a very fascinating holiday destination to visit in the UK. It is an art and cultural hub that has proved a fount of inspiration for numerous creative types. Its atmosphere is conducive to creative types that help them to thrive in a supportive atmosphere. With London, there always is something new and amazing to discover around the corner. With the city sprawling over 1,500 sq. km it should come as no surprise that most locals would have not seen all the city has to offer.
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Some of the lesser-known unique attractions to visit in the city include:
Crystal Palace Park: Located in the heart of S.E. London is Crystal Palace built in the Victorian age with some unique relics and amazing natural beauty. Its eponymously-titled palace that once adorned Hyde Park for the Great Exhibition in 1851, has been relocated to this location. There are some life-size gigantic dinosaur statues as well that add to the quirky charm of the place. There also is a labyrinth and a rather unique sphinx statue in the area.
Epping Forest: It is located towards the end of the Central Line and easy to access from Paddington Station. It is one of the last remaining ancient forests and also the largest of its kind in the country. It stretches for 19 kilometres and is home to wildlife, ponds and ancient trees and lies on the borders of Essex. It is one of the most beautiful natural areas in the UK. It is also among the most significant wildlife reserves of the nation and is an idyllic getaway from maddening noise and crowds of the capital.
Highgate Cemetery: To reach Highgate Cemetery travellers need to board the Northern Line. It forms part of the ‘magnificent seven’ a group of cemeteries that have interesting histories and unique features. It is the resting place for greats of English society like George Eliot and Karl Marx among other British luminaries. It has attracted its own fan following that visit the gravestones almost rendered obscure with natural vegetation.
Horniman Museum: Located in Dulwich, this one-of-a-kind museum has an assortment of oddities, all of which once formed part of Frederick Horniman’s personal collection. He was tea magnate that was passionate about collecting relics from the various overseas trips he made to all corners of the earth. The exhibits include temporary exhibits, ancient instruments, taxidermy and an assortment of paraphernalia, making it one of the quirkier museums to visit in the city.
Richmond Park: Easy to access from Paddington is Richmond Park, one among the eight Royal Parks that lies in the centre of West London. A sprawling 950 hectares, it is a wilderness reserve that dates to the 1700s when it was a royal hunting reserve.