Visitors to London get an opportunity to discover unusual aspects of London’s history during the first ever London History Day on May 31st, when museums and attractions across the city will be showcasing special treasures. From walks to talks, and rare artifacts on view, the range of events is extensive.
Book a stay at Aparthotels London and take a guided tour round the Barbican exploring Brutalist architecture or see a first edition of the Communist Manifesto, which was first published in London. Learn about John Gass, the first man in control of Tower Bridge or see a stunning example of English church embroidery decorated with the spires of over 70 London churches at St Paul’s Cathedral. Take a stroll in the footsteps of the Huguenot refugees who found a home in London’s Spitalfields.
How about discovering what life was like in the 1950’s? The South Bank Centre is providing a fascinating afternoon of activities which include a special screening of a 1952 film about the Festival of Britain, interactive talks and an opportunity to see rare, original 1950’s programmes, diaries and photographs. There is even special tours around the building to discover some of the hidden stories behind the Royal Festival Hall’s stunning Patchwork of the Century quilt which was made in 1951.
The Underground is one of London’s most iconic methods of transport. The famous roundel is recognized world wide. Equally artistically impressive are the mosaics by Eduardo Paolizzi, which decorate the walls of Tottenham Court Road station. The designs are incredibly varied and include mechanization and popular culture.
The Victorians were extremely ingenious and came up with lots of unusual ideas. The Kirkaldy Testing Museum just across London Bridge in Southwark offers an opportunity to see metals being tested to destruction using the world’s first independent commercial materials testing machine created by the Victorians. This is a machine that has tested many of the famous materials and structures we take for granted.
Interested in art? Then visit the National Portrait Gallery which is just a short tube ride from Presidential Marylebone Mayfair, for a lively curator led gallery talk highlighting the portraits of famous Londoners such as Samuel Johnson who wrote the famous words ‘When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life!’
Most visitors today staying in Holiday Apartments London would agree with him, simply because there is just so much to see and do in this wonderful city. Take a look at what is on offer during the London History Day and see something different, something unusual that might not otherwise be possible. It will certainly help make your visit memorable!