Most people think of London and their thoughts are immediately drawn to the iconic landmarks and attractions that are in abundance in the UK capital. However, aside from these places, London is also full of well-known buildings and streets where some major events have happened throughout the years. Some of these famous streets and locations are worth exploring the city for to see them for yourself.
The Mall runs from Admiralty Arch down to Buckingham Palace and it is where Britain’s Royal Family parades and is famously where the London Marathon finishes. The Mall is all about parades, power, royalty and regal flair.
Downing Street is another of the most famous London streets and is the main political street in the city. It is a small street off Whitehall and the Prime Minister lives there at the exclusive Number 10. The Chancellor also lives there at Number 11. The famous black door of number 10 has been home to British Prime Ministers for more than 300 years. Due to security, the street is fenced off so you are unable to get up close to these famous London addresses, but you can see from a distance where they are.
Abbey Road is mainly associated with the Beatles as it is where the band recorded their 11th album in the Abbey Road Studios. The famous album cover showing the zebra crossing has resulted in the crossing being given a Grade II listing due to its cultural and historical significance. There are always people trying to stop traffic by re-creating the famous scene of the Beatles crossing the road.
Oxford Street is the most famous Street in London’s retail scene. You will find numerous high-end brands and luxury boutiques on Oxford Street but also some very well-known high street names. Shops such as Topshop, Gap, River Island, Selfridges, Debenhams and John Lewis means a visit to Oxford Street doesn’t necessarily mean you need to be made of money. It is the perfect place to treat yourself while you are staying at the nearby Montcalm Hotel, London Marble Arch. What better way to spoil yourself than with a morning shopping at London’s main retail destination, followed by relaxing in the Montcalm Spa to rest those aching feet and then an evening at the Montcalm bar, Nirvana, sipping cocktails.
The Strand offers an insight into high-class life. It was originally the main road through London, dating back to Roman times. The Strand is home to the Twining’s Teashop which has served teas for more than 300 years. There are many other things to spot on the strand including the Adelphi Theatre, Charing Cross Railway Station and royal banker Coutts.
Baker street is home to the fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes, who lived at 221B Baker Street. Due to his influences and impact on British culture you will also find the Sherlock Holmes Museum and a Sherlock Café. Baker Street is also famous for the Transport for London’s lost property office at Baker Street Station and also for the title of a rock song with the most famous saxophone solo in musical history.