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 Monday, May 16, 2011

Somewhere worth visiting in every London borough

With the summer coming up, you'll no doubt be wanting to go out and do stuff in London. So here's my list of suggested places you could visit, made up from one such place per borough. I've concentrated on proper attractions, not parks and markets and the like. I've tried to avoid the really obvious places, like the Natural History Museum or Tower of London, but hopefully places it's worth crossing London to see. I've aimed for minimal entrance fee or free, not rip-off admission. In some boroughs (like Camden and Hounslow) it's been a really tough choice because there are so many great places to go. But there are a few boroughs (marked with a *) where I'm not convinced there is anywhere worthy of inclusion, so if you've got any better ideas then do let me know.

Barking and Dagenham: Valence House [Becontree RM8 3HT] (moated medieval manor house) <not been yet>
Barnet: RAF Museum [Colindale NW9 5LL] (military aeronautical treasure house) <I've been>
Bexley: Hall Place [Bexley DA5 1PQ] (historic house in gorgeous gardens) <I've been>
Brent: Shri Swaminarayan Mandir [Neasden NW10 8LD] (huge limestone Hindu temple) <I've been>
Bromley: Chislehurst Caves [Chislehurst BR7 5NL] (lantern tours underground) <I've been>
Camden: Highgate Cemetery [Highgate N6 6PJ] (tours of the famous burial ground) <I've been>
City: Guildhall Art Gallery [EC2V 5AE] (includes free Roman amphitheatre) <I've been>
Croydon: Croydon Airport [Purley Way CR0 0XZ] (aviation pioneer, opening monthly) <Ian's been>*
Ealing: Pitzhanger Manor-House [Ealing W5 5EQ] (John Soane's home, plus art gallery) <I've been>
Enfield: Myddleton House Gardens [Bulls Cross EN2 9HG] (now free to visit) <not been yet>
Greenwich: Eltham Palace [Eltham SE9 5QE] (amazing Tudor Art Deco hybrid) <I've been>
Hackney: Geffrye Museum [Hoxton E2 8EA] (the history of domestic interiors) <I've been>
Hammersmith & Fulham: Fulham Palace [Fulham SW6 6EA] (historic bishops' residence) <not been yet>
Haringey: Bruce Castle Museum [Tottenham N17 8NU] (old house and borough museum) <I've been>*
Harrow: Headstone Manor [Pinner HA2 6PX] (open summer weekends, & museum all year) <I've sort-of been>*
Havering: Rainham Hall [Rainham RM13 9YN] (Georgian house, open summer Saturdays) <not been yet>*
Hillingdon: Ruislip Lido Railway [Ruislip HA4 7TY] (waterside miniature railway) <I've sort-of been>*
Hounslow: Chiswick House [Chiswick W4 2RP] (Palladian folly in restored gardens) <I've been>
Islington: London Canal Museum [King's Cross N1 9RT] (in a former ice warehouse) <I've been>
Kensington & Chelsea: Leighton House Museum [Kensington W14 8LZ] (beautiful artist's studio/house) <I've been>
Kingston: Kingston Museum [Kingston KT1 2PS] (small-ish borough museum) <I've been>*
Lambeth: Florence Nightingale Museum [Lambeth SE1 7EW] (tribute to the great nurse) <I've been>
Lewisham: Horniman Museum [Forest Hill SE23 3PQ] (eclectic World repository) <I've been>
Merton: Wimbledon Windmill [Wimbledon SW19 5NR] (a museum on the Common) ><I've not been inside>
Newham: Three Mills [Bromley-by-Bow E3 3DU] (Britain's largest/oldest tide mill) <I've been>
Redbridge: Valentines Mansion [Ilford IG1 4XA] (former country house and gardens) <I've been>
Richmond: London Wetland Centre [Barnes SW13 9WT] (lake-filled nature reserve) <I've been>
Southwark: Dulwich Picture Gallery [Dulwich SE21 7AD] (celebrating its bicentenary) <I've been>
Sutton: Whitehall [Cheam SM3 8QD] (timber-framed Tudor house museum) <I've been>*
Tower Hamlets: Museum of London Docklands [Canary Wharf E14 4AL] (warehouse full of river history) <I've been>
Waltham Forest: William Morris Gallery [Walthamstow E17 4PP] (closed until July 2012) <I've been> (alternative)
Wandsworth: London Sewing Machine Museum [Tooting SW17 7AA] (monthly opening) <I've been>
Westminster: Wallace Collection [Marylebone W1U 3BN] (townhouse-based art gallery) <I've been>

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