London's hidden cultural hotspots uncovered

by Eche Egbuonu

London, one of the multicultural, political and business capitals of the world, is home to nearly eight million inhabitants who between them speak over 300 different languages. Readily available are activities and attractions for a wide range of tastes and personalities. There are many attractions that are synonymous with London such as the Tate Modern and Madame Tussauds. Here are some lesser known but equally rewarding experiences, so that you can enjoy a special city break in London.

Kyoto Garden

In Holland Park, West Kensington you will find the Kyoto Garden, a beautiful garden which was created in 1991 to celebrate the Japanese festival. The serene setting will provide you with a small but fascinating taste of Japanese culture and for that moment you just might forget that you are in London. The highlights of Kyoto Garden include Japanese style shrubbery, red maples and a stone washbasin. With the sounds of the flowing waterfall augmenting the rural sense that the garden provides, it’s easy to forget you’re in the middle of West Kensington. For the best city break in the UK make sure a visit to Kyoto garden is high on your list.

The Loft Project

For a leading gastronomy getaway in London, you should look no further than the Loft Project. This is no ordinary dining experience; it can be classified as an experiment in food and people. The Loft Project was initially conceived to be a temporary dinner club and private test kitchen. What it has evolved into is a showcase of culinary excellence by the next generation of talented chefs around the world. A maximum of 16 guests dine on one communal table, where the residential chef will prepare a tasting menu. The small group of people encourage mingling and forms a crucial part of the Loft Project experience. Evening bookings are made on Thursday, Friday and Saturday every week.

City Golf

Of all the possible attractions and activities you could be undertaking in London, there is a good chance golfing did not appear as a viable option. City Golf is an exclusive and modern golf club that mixes state of the art indoor golf facilities, with excellent entertainment and a stress-free atmosphere. The club was founded in 2005 and has seen its stature and reputation grow remarkably since then. All levels of golfers are embraced, from complete novices to those with years of practice under their belts. You do not have to be a member to take advantage of the full golfing experience just drop by and hire a simulator. You also will have access to the club room and bar where you can watch your favourite sports on multiple plasma screens. At City Golf you can enjoy special city golfing holiday in London.

Design Museum

If you view design as a fundamental of facet of life and a key to understanding the world around you then, visiting the Design Museum in south London is a must. Founded in 1989 the Design Museum covers architectural, graphic, fashion, product and industrial design. The Design Museum’s ground-breaking series of exhibitions, educational schemes and its collected works have made it the ultimate voice for contemporary design. You have to visit the Design museum as a part of your special city break in London. If you are looking for a hotel that provides leading city accommodation in London, as well as catering to the art connoisseur, then the Rookery hotel is a great option. The Rookery is a conventional English style hotel featuring unique guestrooms which contain genuine antiques and original works of art.

Wilton’s music hall

Wilton’s music hall is the world's oldest existing Grand Music Hall and is one of London's best kept secrets. This spectacular structure is led by Frances Mayhew and produces a thrilling line-up of inspired, varied and unique entertainment including music, theatre, cabaret, cinema and comedy. Years of negligence has taken its toll on the building and its structure. The Wilton’s music hall trust who own the building do not want to meddle with the extraordinary atmosphere, which unquestionably stems from its degraded state. If you are more interested in the history of this remarkable building, then you can attend one of the regular guided tours. However if you want to experience the magical atmosphere that this building produces, then it would be advisable to find out what is playing and attend a show.

Where to stay?

In order to enhance your experience of some of the best hidden hotspots in London, staying at the Landmark London hotel is highly recommended. This hotel combines Victorian grandeur with modern technology. Built in 1899 the hotel still preserves the brilliance of gothic architectural design with original working fireplaces, stained glass windows and beautiful wall murals. Great transport links ensure that you will have no trouble getting around and making the most out of your luxury city break in London.

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