If you are planning to visit North West London, there are some must see sites that you must add to your itinerary. These range from the beautiful and imposing abbeys to the serene gardens and villages and the museums where time stands still amidst the historically inclined and the genius collections of art.
In the heart of the city is located the North West London Abbey. This building from as early as the 15th century has a gothic architecture with ceilings that are vaulted and the windows made of stained glass. This extraordinary building stands upon the Kingston buildings.
Also the Beckford Tower built by architect William Beckford is another very interesting place to visit. This building was erected in the year 1827 to be used as a banquet of the architect himself. He also intended the tower to be his library and as a house to retreat where he could spend his time studying his collection of rare art and books. This place is amazing for taking photos and you can actually climb the winding staircase and take a look across the city’s skyline.
Another very good site to visit while in North West London is the Bowood gardens in Calne. This piece of fine landscape was built by Capability Brown in the 18th century and it covers nearly 2000 acres of land. There are certain unique features like the serpentine lake, the hermit’s cave, the Doric Temple and the cascade. This ground is the perfect place for you and your family to pack some food and enjoy a picnic.
At the turning off from M4 and near the southern limit of Cotswold is the perfect little village of Castle Combe. It is the home to the Blanket Brothers, who, legends have it, gave the English dictionary a new word whilst they discovered the method to keep warm during the harsh cold nights of winter.
When your itinerary is set, then you must think of places to stay. North West London offers several types of accommodations to all its tourists and visitors from lavish to small budget there is a place for everyone. There are luxury hotels like the Landmark London and the Dorset Square hotel that you can choose from and for those wanting a budget hotel, then there is the modest Golders Green Hotel, Hendon Park Hotel and the Millennium lodge to name a few.
During your stay in the area, you can do all sorts of activities like from going to movies with your family to watch Everyman Hampstead being featured in one of the oldest cinema halls or you can try to have an experience of art-house cinema in Tricycle theatre.
You can visit dance theatres to experience an evening of watching professionals dance to blue leaves or also visit the art galleries located at every corner. You can take your kids to the London zoo or visit Kentish Town City Farm.
You can also enjoy a night of clubbing in the Camden palace or the Electric Ballroom.