These are from a place (I dont have my book so cant remember the name) but its a minature of London...
The Warren Street Maze was designed by Alan Fletcher, a god among graphic designers (this is wait the book said so feel I have to note this). Since the average interval between tubes is 3 minutes, Flectcher created a puzzle that would take longer to solve, how lovely and frustrating of him!
Beneath the scholary air that hangs over this collection of Eqyptian antiquities, lurks some very saucy artefacts.One of the artefacts is a marble bas relief of the Egyptian god, Min. Apparently he ate a lot of lettuce which is why his **ah-hem** is horizantal and massive...
The grand Portland Stone edifice of Somerset House is a place of merriment, arts, concerts and sedate riverside dining. But beneath the elegance and grandeur lies a little-known sequence of passages, chambers and vaults. We took a remarkable tour beneath the famous courtyard and into the ‘Deadhouse’, which contains the gravestones of 17th Century courtiers
Well, it turns out I did one of the things without even knowing it!! Kensington Roof Gardens is on the 6th floor of 99 Derry Street and dates back from the 1930s. Its now been turned into a restuarant and nightclub which is a bit of a shame but I have to say the food way great and on the flip side I am pretty sure you wouldnt be able to see the gardens unless they have the restaurant.
Note to those interested in going...book in advance and save your pennies!
This isnt my picture, its from here
1964 saw a new landmark added to the front of the store – the famous Fortnum's clock, with bells from the same foundry as Big Ben. Every fifteen minutes a selection of airs is played on eighteen bells, and once an hour Messrs F&M themselves appear to check that standards are being upkept.
"Pickering Place was notorious for its gambling dens. Its seclusion also made it a favorite spot for duels, although the limited space suggests that folling around with any kind of weapon - let alone pistols - would have been instantly fatal. It is claimed that the last duel in England was fought here."
A Secret Cellar - located at 3 St James Street since 1698, Berry Brothers & Rudd is Britian's oldest wine merchant. A secret tunnel, now blocked by wine bottles, leads to St James' Palace.
"On the South-East corner of Trafalgar Square, surely one of Londons biggest tourist destinations, is Britian's Smallest Police Station." Currently its being used as a street cleaner storage with no markings to note it was once a Police Station. Everyone was there taking pictures of the National Gallery and we were talking pictures of this.
"At the foot of the steps below the National Gallery, well worn by the boots of weary sightseers, a series of small brass plagues mark the standard imperial measures by an inch, foot, two feet and a yard."
The centre of London, located on a traffic island..couldnt think of a safer place for everyone to stand and take pictures. Whats amazingh is that ALL the tourists had no idea and were only focused on the National Gallery and Nelson's Column...crazy whats about without the majority of people knowing.
Longerplayer is inside London's ONLY lighthouse (it is possibly the smallest light house I have ever seen as well!) Its pretty intense listening to it inside a lighthouse...the sounds almost make you feel enclosed inside it and you can actually feel the vibrations http://longplayer.org/what/overview.php After that was Fat Boys Dinner, food under a fiver...thats pretty much all I have to say on that matter : / http://www.fatboysdinerlondon.com/
In the middle of Heron Quays Roundabout it stands flashing different colours at the same time. Traffic Light Tree in Canary Wharf is pretty cool, although if you hadnt driven through Canary Wharf before and wasnt aware of the art installation it could cause a bit of confusion! Was also quite funny running around the streets trying to find it and google maps epically failed me on my iphone today with it not finding any loactions I needed to go to!
I bought a book a few months back called Secret London, An Usual Guide http://www.amazon.co.uk/Secret-London-Unusual-Jonglez-Guides/dp/2915807280 which is written by locals of London telling everyone about the not so known places to go. When my brother came over from Australia we tried to do a few and the book got put back down for the next couple of months. He mentioned when looking at it 'If I lived here I would do all of them'...what a great idea! So, I have decided to attempt to do ALL 337 pages of Secret London and track my progess on the world wide web. Hopefully, I will be able to upload pics along with updates of my travels and if I happen to stumble across something that isnt in there I will most definately put it on here too.