Australian women are sharing their favourite parts of London. Here are some of their top suggestions. Enjoy!
Countryside England near central London. Ponds, hedgerows and giant trees support an array of wildlife including foxes, squirrels, hedgehogs and deer. Londoners adore Hampstead Heath and it draws a crowd on weekends. Visit anytime of the year but autumn and spring are especially good. Take a dip in The Ladies Bathing Pond. Enjoy sweeping views from Parliament Hill. Admire the gentle art of kite flying. Hampstead appeals to everyone from picnickers and ramblers through to joggers and scrumpers.
A stately home with a beautiful garden and a surprising collection of world class art. Kenwood House is a mere stumble from Hampstead Heath and an overlooked gem for visitors to London. Kenwood House captures English elegance in a landscaped garden setting. It houses works by Gainsborough, Turner and Rembrandt. Coffee, art, tours, history, gardens and a cafe - there is plenty to love about this stately home.
Abney Park Cemetery
Abney Park is a relatively small cemetery that is not part of the typical tourist trail. Abney Park Cemetery is a cool, dark space abounding with wildlife - a place where death and growth co-exist. It offers audio tours, activities and events. Entry into the woodland is free and it is one of the "Magnificent Seven" cemeteries in the UK.
Liberty combines English tastefulness, beautiful design and approachable staff with terrific product knowledge. Housed in a Tudor Revival building with timbers taken from ships, Liberty cannot be regarded as a typical department store. Liberty London flows through a series of wooden rooms spread over four floors. Homewares, haberdashery, accessories and clothing are lovingly displayed and illuminated. Buy a signature perfume, find a greeting card for your friend or purchase some iconic Liberty Print fabric.
Natural History Museum
A gorgeous museum dedicated to Natural History. The Natural History Museum sits alongside the V&A Museum and The Science Museum. This beautiful Romanesque building houses thousands of precious artefacts: bones, stones, fossils, gems, stuffed animals and countless other specimens. The permanent exhibitions are free and you can purchase tickets to special exhibitions like The Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Giant squids, tiny eggs and a dodo - this museum treasures the unique, extinct and surprising. © Image: The Trustees of the Natural History Museum, London . All rights reserved.
Stunning productions, stellar casts, superb staging and outstanding direction. Located on London's Southbank, the National Theatre is one of London's premier theatres - and a favourite of many Australian women. Theatre buffs will be familiar with its classics such as 'War Horse' or 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time'. Apart from intimate and comfortable seating, the theatre offers a selection of eating and drinking facilities and a great riverside bar with music to help you watch the world go by. Check out the backstage tours, Travelex tickets and NTLive broadcasts.
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An ever changing landscape that is a joy to behold. Kew Gardens offers art galleries, cottages, cafes, historic and modern glass houses, padogas, tree top walks and it's newest bee inspired prize-winning feature, The Hive. Visitors can wander through numerous immaculately kept and well designed garden beds and displays.
An abundant cultural precinct along the Thames river. Visiting Southbank is a regular treat for Londoners and there is always something new to do. The precinct hosts countless celebrations, events and festivals and it's also home number of leading film, theatre and musical institutions and centres. Many Londoners walk along the Thames from bridge to bridge and enjoy the views. There are numerous bars and eateries. Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, The London Eye, St Paul's Cathedral, Borough Market or the Tate Modern are within easy walking distance. Dinner or drinks at The Oxo Tower is also recommended!
A modern art gallery overlooking the Thames. This modern art gallery, housed in a former power station, holds a superb selection of Modern Art. The gallery has been expanded with the addition of a new pyramid tower called the Switch House. Visitors will enjoy countless floors of modern art pleasure with panoramic views of London and great cafes and bars. If you like live performance, art, sculpture, video or installations then this is the place for you.
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A huge glass dome offering panoramic views of London. 20 Fenchurch Street, dubbed the Walkie Talkie, is a commercial skyscraper with a public garden. You need to book ahead for tickets but it's well worth the visit. What does Sky Garden offer women? Apart from a tiered garden, coffee and restaurant, the real star of the Sky Garden is London. You can see for miles and miles. We suggest you visit at different times of the day and night to enjoy London's full glory. Sky Garden great spot for visiting Australian relatives!
A restful oasis close to the city. Named after Prince Regent, this is one of London's eight royal parks. It offers gorgeous rose gardens, rowing boats and memorial fountains. Remember to check the listings for The Open Air Theatre and please consider a walk along the nearby Regents Canal. The Regents park is also home to London Zoo.
Photographer: Mark Laing
Credit : The Royal Parks