Top outdoor activities in London

  

Top outdoor activities in London

London may be popular for its entertainment offers, but you don't always have to pay to have a good time in London. Boasting beautiful parks, the river Thames and precious walks, there's more to London than tours and museums. When it's not raining, there are plenty of outdoor activities to do in London.

Richmond Park (photo)
Although there are many parks in London, and there are all worth visiting for many different reasons, Richmond Park stands out for being the largest of the Royal Parks, spanning 2,500 acres. This is a great place to see wildlife, particular red and fallow deer that roam free across it. You don't have to go far to visit the Palladian splendour of White Lodge and Pembroke Lodge, which is the childhood home to philosopher Bertrand Russell and now a café. You have also admire the St Paul's Cathedral from the park's highest point.
Globe Theatre
For only £5 you can access a first-class theatre in a Elizabethan setting. The original Globe Theatre was built in 1599, and at the time, it was at the heart of London's entertainment district. During William Shakespeare's time, productions here were out on by the Lord Chamberlain's Men, including the company of Bill himself. Unfortunately, the theatre was destroyed by fire in 1963, and although it was rebuilt, it was torn down in 1644, which is why London's entertainment centre moved wes.
The Globe was recreated near its original site in 1997 following a decade-long campaign run by American actor Sam Wanamaker. Efforts were put into using as much historical detail as could be found when designing the building to make it as much an authentic Shakespearean experience as possible. Apart from its historical authenticity, productions here are among the best in London.
Gods Own Junkyard
Located in Walthamstow, Gods Own Junkyard is a psychedelic junkyard is a neon lover's paradise. Apart from neon lights, the junkyard also boasts vintage signs, which are hidden inside a modest warehouse.
This junkyard was founded by Chris Bracey, the ‘Neon Man', who started out by making signs for Soho's strip clubs and brothels. Then it's when he was discovered by Hollywood, so he started creating props for directors like Stanley Kubrick, Tim Burton, and Christopher Nolan.
Some of these props can be found all over the junkyard, along with religious statues, disco balls, and retro signs. Thousands of these signs can be found all over the walls and on the floor.
There are so many signs that might you need the whole day to see them all. Fortunately, there's a café on site should you get hungry.
Hindu temple
Believe it or not, there's a colourful and stunning Hindu temple in London. Located in Neasden (105-119 Brentfield Road, NW10 8LD), this traditional temple is one of the most remarkable buildings in London, standing some 70 feet high, and carved out of stone. This temple should be on every tourist's to-see list, even if you are on a budget as it is free to visit.
Although this temple was built using traditional techniques, its construction, which started in 1993, was completed in only two years. This fact is particularly impressive considering that for a time, it was the largest Hindu temple outside of India. It was constructed out of 8,000 tonnes of Indian and Italian marble and Bulgarian limestone, while 650 artisans carved the carved the stone into 23,000 different pieces.

 

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