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49 BANKSIDE

A Queen Anne house, situated on the south bank of the Thames between the Globe Theatre and Tate Modern, which has a plaque on the wall declaring that both Christopher Wren and Katherine of Aragon lived in it (not simultaneously). Both assertions are false. The plaque is of unknown date. The house is a private residence.

49 Bankside
Southwark
London
SE1
Stuart
Christopher Wren did not live here
Borough, Southwark Cathedral, Globe, Tate Modern
Private - not open to the public
64 BAKER STREET

From 1940 - 1946, 64 Baker Street was the world headquarters of the Special Operations Executive, SOE, a clandestine organisation ordered to be set up by Churchill with the instruction to 'set Europe ablaze' by helping local resistance movements and conducting espionage and sabotage in enemy-held territories. A plaque was unveiled on the building in May 2010 by Margaret Jackson MBE, who was PA to Brigadier, later Major-General, Colin Gubbins, head of SOE from 1943 known by the initial 'M'. Margaret Jackson, herself a remarkable woman, was just 23 years old in 1940; she died in Croydon on 2 June 2013.

London
W1U 7GB
Modern
Madame Tussauds
Private - not open to the public
ALL HALLOWS by the TOWER

All Hallows by the Tower was founded in 675AD - it is the oldest church in the City of London. An arch from this original church remains and, beneath that, a fragment of Roman pavement. The church has looked after the bodies of those beheaded on nearby tower hill, including Thomas More's and, from the tower of the church, Samuel Pepys watched London burn in 1666. The founder of Pennsylvania, William Penn, was baptised here and notable weddings included those of John Quincy Adams, 6th President of the USA, and Judge Jeffries, famous for his 'bloody assizes' in the aftermath of the Battle of Sedgemoor of 1685. All Hallows survived the Great Fire, thanks to the efforts of Pepys' friend Admiral Penn, but was fairly comprehensively bombed during WW2 and rebuilt in the 1950s. A long-serving vicar of the church was 'Tubby' Clayton, founder of 'Toc H', the rest and recuperation centre for troops in Belgium during WW1.

Byward Street
London
EC3R 5BJ
Tudor
All Hallows by the Tower's website
Tower of London
Church authorities
ASPLEY HOUSE

Famously the home of Arthur Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington, victor of the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 and later politician. Lots of grand rooms, fine art and over the top treasures just by one of the busiest traffic islands in Britain. A highlight is Wellington's false teeth in a glass case - along with other memorabilia.

Hyde Park
London
W1J 7NT
N/A
English Heritage
BLOOD SWEPT LANDS and SEAS of RED

Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red was a work of art consisting of 888,246 ceramic red poppies placed in the moat of the Tower of London, between July and November 2014 to commemorate the centenary of World War I. Each poppy represented a lost life from Britain or one of its Dominions, killed in the war. It attracted a huge number of visitors. Members of the public could purchase a poppy and part of the installation then went on tour around the UK organised by 14-18 NOW until 2018, after which it was decided to have permanent displays at IWM London and North Museums. The work was created by artist Paul Cummins and stage designer Tom Piper.

Address is IWM London.

Lambeth Road
London
SE1 6HZ
Modern
14-18 NOW's website
NB This work is no longer at the Tower of London - check with IWM London for the latest information.
HM Government
BOROUGH MARKET

Borough Market claims to be the oldest in London, established in 1014. It has certainly grown in the 21st century to become a riot of colour, noise and produce. It is an astonishing place, mainly selling an enormous range of fresh food - fruit, vegetables, fish, cheese, nuts - as well as nuts, speciality chocolate and drinks. At its fringes are a host of streetfood outlets, serving dishes from all over the world.

And all in the shadow of London Bridge's railway arches and Southwark Cathedral.

8 Southwark Street
Borough
London
SE1 1TL
N/A
Borough Market's website
London Bridge Railway Station, Southwark Cathedral
Other
BRITAIN’S SMALLEST POLICE STATION

Found in the south-west corner of Trafalgar Square, this former police observation post is often wrongly claimed to be Britain's - or the world's - smallest police station. It was never a police station - but it is an interesting curiosity!

Trafalgar Square
London
WC2N 5DN
Modern
The world's smallest police station
Right in the middle of London...
Local Authority
BRITISH MUSEUM

Established in 1753, the British Museum specialises in history, art and culture. It is one of the largest collections in the world, with millions of objects - many of which originated from the former British Empire, though many have also been found in these islands. There is an enormous area devoted to the ancient classical civilisations of the Middle East, Egypt, Greece and Rome.  The British Museum is regularly the most visited attraction in Britain.

Entry is free.

Great Russell Street
London
WC1B 3DG
All
The British Museum - origins, controversy and internationalism
British Museum website
Central London
HM Government
BUCKINGHAM PALACE

Buckingham Palace is the administrative HQ of the Monarchy and has been the Monarch's official London residence since 1837. The Duke of Buckingham acquired a house on the present site in 1698, which he replaced with a new 'Buckingham House'. This was acquired by George III in 1761 as a family residence for his wife, Queen Charlotte, and their children, and extensively refurbished and modernised. George IV commissioned John Nash to turn the house into a Royal Palace. The familiar east wing, with its central balcony, was added during the reign of Queen Victoria.

Visitors can see three aspects of Buckingham Palace.

1) The State Rooms.  The 19 sumptuous state rooms, where guests are received and entertained, are generally open to the public during summer months. They include paintings, porcelain and furniture from the royal collection.
2) The Queen's Gallery, which hosts a programme of changing exhibitions of artwork, mostly from the royal collection, is open most days.
3) The Royal Mews is the stables responsible for the horses that pull the royal carriages as well as where state vehicles are kept and looked after. It is open most days, but closed in December and January.

All three venues have separate entrances on Buckingham Palace Road (the road running along the left of the Palace as you face it).

London
SW1 1AA
Georgian
Nearest station - Victoria main line and underground. St James's Park underground.
Royal Collection Trust
BUNHILL FIELDS Burial Ground

Bunhill Fields is a former burial ground established in the 17th century (though with a longer history than that) and the last resting place for an estimated 123,000 bodies. It is particularly known for its nonconformist connections. Among those commemorated here are William Blake, Daniel Defoe, John Bunyan and Susannah Wesley (John Wesley's mum). The burial area is fenced in, and crowded; there is an open area, primarily used by office workers at lunch times.

38 City Road
London
EC1Y 2BG
Georgian
The bodies at Bunhill
City of London website page
John Wesley's House and Museum, Quaker Gardens
Local Authority