London is known for its variety of tourist attractions, which range from the historical to the modern. It is this feature that makes it extremely popular with foreign tourists, who flock in the millions to the city every year. With such a heavy influx of tourists, there are no shortage of hotels and other types of accommodation available, which cater to visitors with all types of budgets.
An area that is rather popular with tourists to stay while in London, are the hotels in the vicinity of Nelson Road. There are a wide variety of hotels here, which offer a very comfortable stay at a very reasonable price. An added advantage of staying in a hotel on Nelson Road – Park Grand London Heathrow is the numerous tourist attractions that are found nearby. Some of the key places that are a hit with tourists are:
The Landmark Arts Centre: This is situated in a 19th century listed building which was earlier a church. The Centre is known to host numerous programmes and events for inhabitants of the area. You can always expect to have a musical performance or concert or even a local arts program on, when you visit the venue.
The Ham House: A magnificent 17th century edifice, it is situated on the banks of the River Thames. With a stunning interior, and beautiful gardens it is a place of great historical value over the centuries. In the early 1600s it came into the possession of William Murray, who was an ardent supporter of Charles I. As a consequence it became the focal point for the politics and intrigues of that period. With a fabulous collection of furniture, textiles, art work and ample greenery including a cherry garden, the place has practically undergone very little change over the ages. What makes the place more fascinating is that it is rumoured to be out of the most haunted places within the country.
Strawberry Hill House: At first look it looks rather intimidating with its gilded ceilings, stained glass windows and turrets, which leave a visitor with a sense of trepidation. It began its existence as an idyllic cottage at Twickenham, until it became the property of Horace Walpole in 1749, who transformed it into a impressive and imposing Gothic manor. Being a rather passionate collector of art and related objects and with a flair for the finer things in life, he made several additions to the place. From adding fireplaces and installing gilded ceilings and having large ornate painted glass windows built, he brought about a profound change in the structure and its appearance. Later in the 19th century Countess Waldegrave got a fair bit of additions made to the place as well. Now its upkeep and maintenance is taken care of mainly by the World Monuments Fund and Heritage Lottery Fund, which have helped to carry out extensive renovation and restoration of the venue. You can visit the place when it is open to the general public in the months of March to November. With a busy calendar of events, exhibitions, tours and plenty of activities it makes for a most interesting visit.
Marble Hill House: It is a posh Palladian villa, built along the waterside bordering The Thames and was a gift to Henrietta Howard, who was a paramour of the Prince of Wales, later to be crowned King George II. It is located within the area that lies between Hampton Court and Richmond and now is owned by English Heritage. With lust verdant greenery spread across 66 acres of parkland, it stands out as one of the finest constructions of its creator Andrea Palladio’s works. With classic Roman architecture being its central theme its symmetry and ornate columns make it a most beautiful sight. Its construction took place in the early 1700s (1724-1729) and it became a tranquil haven for Howard and her social circle from the activity and din of life in London. It gained reputation as being a favourite with writers, scholars and their ilk who were regular guests and visitors to the place. Its interiors are extremely well preserved with its masterpiece being the famous Great Room, whose vaulted ceiling rises an impressive two stories of the home. With some very beautiful and priceless collections of Georgian furniture and equally impressive artwork, it is a visual treat to visit. In the summers its sprawling grounds provide a perfect backdrop for musical concerts.
Twickenham Stadium: When you visit Twickenham Stadium you realise that besides football, rugby also has an ardent fan following in London. It is home to English rugby and also ranks as the second largest stadium in the country after Wembley Stadium. With its uniquely steeped stands it generates an unbelievable experience when rugby matches are played here. In fact the popularity of rugby in this part of London considerably outshines that of football. Visit a local pub in the area and there is a higher likelihood of rugby matches being shown in precedence over football. All of the home games in England are played here and all major rugby events and competitions are hosted at Twickenham Stadium with a total capacity of 82,000 spectators. Besides all the sports activities the venue has also been host to some of the biggest names in the music industry, who have given musical performances here. Another rather interesting fact is that the stadium has for the past 50 years been the venue for religious conventions organised by Jehovah’s Witnesses.