Here’s my list of favourites
1. Kilburn library – This little gem has been lovingly restored and used by the whole community, the staff are tremendous and always on hand to assist. On a hot summers day they even bought me a nice refreshing drink from the local shop!
Open Monday – Saturday
2. East London Museum – Even though school is out this east London museum is worth a visit.
Bringing to life what school was like 150 years ago. And it’s not about how rich kids were tutored, but Dr Barnardo’s ‘ragged school’ – which offered free basic education for less privileged children. On the first Sunday of each month children and adults can dress up and experience a Victorian class for themselves. Open every Wednesday and Thursday, and the first Sunday of each month.
Free (£2 donation for class)
3. Camley Street Natural Park – In two acres of wilderness just north of St Pancras, Camley Street Natural Park is like a corner of countryside in Zone 1. Created from an old coal yard and sitting alongside the Regent’s Canal, it’s a wonderful space for seeking out birds and butterflies, croaking amphibians and even bats, then reporting back on your wildlife sightings, which helps the work of the reserve.
4. Kenwood House Hampstead – Simply stunning, a former stately home, in Hampstead, London. It served as a seat for the aristocratic Murray and Guinness families and had various tenants before it was left to the nation under the care of English Heritage. Kenwood house is filled with paintings and other collections from The Guitar Player by Johannes Vermeer to Self Portrait with Two Circles, a late Rembrandt self-portrait. Notably Kenwood House was also featured in the true story of Dido. To say the grounds are spectacular is simply an understatement. Kenwood House must be seen to be appreciated !