Have you got a trip to London coming up? Whether it be for business or pleasure, you are in for a real treat. London is a city that is packed to the brim with iconic sites, wonderful experiences and awesome shopping opportunities which promise to entertain, inspire and intrigue visitors of all ages. If you’re anything like us, then you will want to plan an itinerary for your trip so that you can maximise the fun time when your there, and spend less time In your Chilworth Hotel Paddington Spa trying to figure out where to go first. Of course, you will know the major spots to go already and we are sure that your list is filling up rather fast. However, we recommend that you take the time to visit some of the fantastic examples of historic architecture that London has on display. Read on to discover 3 of the oldest buildings in London.
London is a city with a long-standing history and it is over 2000 years old. Despite the notorious Great Fire of London, there are glimpses of this city’s rich history scattered around, often neighbouring some of the most modern architecture in the country – making a walk along the street a fascinating experience in itself. Westminster Hall is a great example of this. The oldest part of the Palace of Westminster, and is impressively one of the only spots in this stunning landmark that remains largely untouched by refurbishments. This hall was built during William II’s reign in 1067, and was the largest residence of the time. Today, this is a great spot to explore and experience a little bit of London’s history, before booking a Chilworth Spa Paddington experience.
Now, we are sure that the iconic Westminster Abbey will be included on your to-do list already. However, after taking the obligatory selfie outside this royal wedding venue, we recommend that you head to the east cloister of the church, where you will find the most historic part of this Abbey – The Pyx Church. Dating all the way back to the 11th century, the Pyx Chapel gives you a unique glimpse into 11th-century life, as some of the tiles that you will see on the floor are originals! This was once considered one of the most secure places in London, and it was used for a time to store gold and silver pieces which were being authenticity tested. Following this experience, we recommend that you head over to Paddington, where you can experience the quintessentially British experience – the Chilworth Afternoon Tea.
The Temple of Mithras
Last but not least, we have the Temple of Mithras. The oldest structure in London, this is one of the few remnants of the Roman Empire and has been dated back to 240CE. This can be seen today as a ruin, but it is a fascinating reminder of London’s rich heritage and the stories that it has to tell.