In this article you will find little-known places, which not everyone knows about, curious and fascinating places that sometimes go unnoticed.
Hindu Temple – Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
The most spectacular Hindu temple in all of Europe: the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir , also known as Neasden Temple, is located right in Neasned. In the middle of the houses you can see this wonderful temple from afar. Admission is free, before entering, they will check the bags, then you will find special rooms where you can deposit your shoes as access to the temple is only allowed without the latter. Very soft rugs and colorful carpets extend throughout the temple, you can go from one room to another, you will find several rooms dedicated to the history of their religion and their beliefs. Access to the public also extends to the upper floors, my brother and I happened to find ourselves in the middle of one of their religious services, they did not exclude us, on the contrary, they integrated us with each other, and they let us participate. to their rituals, an experience that I never imagined living.
Hours: every day from 9.00 to 18.00
Address: 105-119 Brentfield Road, London NW10 8LD.
The Cozy Coffee Corner – Bank –
A hidden gem among the skyscrapers of Bank . You do not immediately notice the presence of this café , it shyly overlooks a small church with golden gates that occupies part of the central Bank intersection with class. Intimate place and home atmosphere welcome you, if you are a lover of real coffee you can’t miss it.
Hours : 7.00 to 16.00.
Address : Lombard Street | St Mary Woolnoth Church , London EC3V 9AN.
Merton Abbey Mills
Located in South West London, walking around Merton Abbey gives the feeling of being in a different era . Following the River Wandle you will reach a still standing and working mill inside which vases are produced, the lessons to learn how to make them are open, moreover Merton Abbey opens its doors on the weekend to a curious market . It deserves to be seen.
The Imperial War Museum can be found in Lambeth North, it was created to encourage the analysis of war conflicts produced throughout history , showing the disastrous and horrendous effects of war on the civilian population . The entrance to the museum is free, it consists of six floors. This visit not only offers the unique opportunity to see an atomic bomb, a missile, cannons and military aircraft up close, but also allows you to get in touch with the experiences lived by the military and civilians who suffered the harsh consequences of military actions.
Hours: Every day from 10:00 to 18:00.
Address: Lambeth Rd, London SE1 6HZ.
The rolling bridge
This bridge located in Paddington , London, was completed in 2004 and allows the crossing of the Grand Union Canal, its project was conceived by the British designer Thomas Heatherwick . We usually think of a bridge as a rigid and straight structure, but this actually spends most of its life curled up near the entrance, totally different from bridges as we know it, it is truly one of a kind. The Paddington Rolling Bridge is operated, only once a week, on Friday noon.
Address : S. Wharf Rd, Paddington, London W2 1NW.
The millennial stone of London
The stone is thought to have been first brought to London for building and sculptural purposes in the Roman period , but also used in Saxon and medieval times . The Stone has traveled through history for millennia, now it is located at 111 Cannon Street. On the upper part of the structure that contains the Stone, a bronze plaque, which dates back to 1962, mentions:
This is a fragment of the original piece of limestone once
securely fixed in the ground now fronting Cannon Street Station.
Removed in 1742 to the north side of the street, in 1798
it was built into the south wall of the Church of St. Swithun London Stone
which stood here until demolished in 1962.
Its origin and purpose are unknown but in 1188 there was a
reference to Henry, son of Eylwin de Lundenstane, subsequently Lord Mayor
Address : 111 Cannon Street, London.