When considering a new spin on a popular destination that Ruth & I have often visited, London, England, comes to mind. About 5 years ago just before we went there, a friend in Australia sent Ruth & me a list of 10 lesser known attractions we had never heard of. Having been on the London Eye, to Trafalgar Square and the Tower of London and to other popular haunts, we were ready for something new; and the list that John sent us became a challenge. We made it to 9 of the 10 places and found about 7 of them worthwhile. We have been back to London since and are still discovering many hidden treasures in this inexhaustible city. At the end today are some of the lesser known attractions we will visit when we can make it back to London.
The best attraction on John’s list was the Dulich Picture Gallery that has been around since 1817 and required a trip to West Dulich on a perfect Sunday afternoon. The worst or least liked still exists and is now called the Museum of Brands. On Lonsdale Road, it was quite a hike to get there but that is not what made it less likable. It contained a jumble of products we were not familiar with. The other attractions included a Dickens Museum. At Russell Square, it was in a house Charles Dickens had lived in and contained a lot about the first novelist to make a good living from his writing but required a love of old houses and a huge interest in his life and career. That described us so it was a good fit.
The same goes for the still COVID-closed but exciting Cartoon Museum at 35 Little Russell Street near the exhausting Victoria and Albert Museum. The Geffrye is now called the Museum of the Home. It was remarkable if you like period rooms and decor, but it too is still COVID-closed. The Whitechapel Gallery showcased temporary art exhibits and had nothing that interested us, but that was not their fault. We liked the Museum of London Docklands, the trip to West India Quay to see it, and the area. We appreciated the Wallace Collection on Bond Street near Selfridges Department Store, but it was a place you visit one-time and forget about like the Old Operating Theater Museum and Herb Garret that at least gave us a close up look at The Shard. The Wallace, Docklands, and name-changing Geffrye were free attractions then as was the only one we didn’t make it to, the Horniman Museum & Gardens.
I will write tomorrow about some of the lesser known attractions we have been to or still have not seen but hope to explore one day. They include Primrose Hill, Kyoto Garden, The John Ritblat Gallery, Little Venice, and the Churchill Arms Pub. In the meantime, If you want to tie yourself in knots, try to learn the name of the oldest pub in London.