When visiting London, often people find that there is so much to see in the centre of the city, that they neglect to explore fully what London has to offer in its entirety. Whilst, for example, the London Borough of Wandsworth, located in the South West of the city, may not be as instantly recognisable to a tourist as, say, the Boroughs of Camden or Westminster, it has more than enough attractions to hold its own against them. For people staying in a Heathrow hotel, it is well worth taking the time to explore the area, and see what it has to offer.
Battersea Park and the Thames Path
Those looking for a bit of peace and quiet in the hustle and bustle of London would find Battersea Park ideal. Located right next to Battersea Park rail station, the park is over 200 acres in size and is home to several beautifully kept gardens, a children’s zoo and a variety of species of birds and record breaking trees. The park is located on the Thames, and is a part of The Thames Path, a National Trail that follows the river for over 180 miles from its rural source to the heart of the city.
Tooting Bec Lido
When the hot summer temperature is becoming a bother, a relaxing dip in the Tooting Bec Lido, England’s largest fresh water, open air swimming pool, feels like a dream come true. After enjoying a swim, you can relax under a gazebo, or grab something to eat and a coffee at the on-site café. The Lido is on Tooting Rec Common, just up the road from Streatham Rail Station, and is open to the public from May through to September.
If delicious food of the highest standard is on your menu of things to do when you’re visiting London, then a visit to Chez Bruce should be on your list of priorities. Just minutes from Wandsworth Common rail station, this Michelin starred restaurant was the brain child of esteemed head chef Bruce Poole, and provides the utmost in modern French dining in a relaxed, informal yet professional setting.
The Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race
The area of Putney, in Wandsworth, is home each year to the start of The Boat Race, an annual rowing competition between the boat clubs of Cambridge and Oxford University that has run for over 100 years. The race kicks off at Putney Bridge, and follows the Thames in an ‘S’ shape for four miles. With many local shops, restaurants and businesses running offers on the day of the race, and a great public atmosphere, The Boat Race is a wonderful event to visit whether you are rowing enthusiast or not.
Battersea Arts Centre
For lovers of the theatre, a stay in London would be incomplete without a visit to the Battersea Arts Centre. The Centre has been called “Britain’s Most Influential Theatre” by the Guardian, and is a beautiful Grade II listed former town hall, a short distance from Clapham Junction underground station. As well as ground-breaking theatre shows, the Centre also puts on a variety of discussions and teaching sessions, as well as being available for weddings and dances.