NW1:Regent's Hill; NW8:St John's Wood; NW3:Hamstead; N6:Highgate Hill


Regent’s Park           
UK LONDON regent's park band standRegent's Park [www.royalparks.gov.uk/the-regents-park], in the north west of London, was once a hunting park for Henry VIII. It wasn't until the 19th century that the park began to be sculpted into its present form by architect John Nash. It covers 410 acres and its grounds hold London Zoo, Queen Mary's Gardens, the Open Air Theatre, a boating lake, as well as children's playgrounds and sporting grounds.
 
Madame Tussaud’s       
Madame Tussaud's [Marylebone Road, +44 8718943000, www.madametussauds.com, Adults prices vary from £14.40-£43.80] has been shaping celebrity likenesses for over 200 years. Figures range from movie stars and royalty to sports stars, singers, and historical personalities. The Chamber of Horrors is one of the earliest themed rooms and it contains the original guillotine blade used to decapitate Marie Antionette.

London Zoo           
UK LONDON Going to the zooLondon Zoo [Regent's Park, +44 20 77223333, www.zsl.org, Adults £16.60-£18.60] opened in 1828 and today has around 17000 animals from 755 species. It has been extensively remodelled in recent years to create better habitats for the animals, resulting in rainforest enclosures, a naturalistic gorilla habitat, and a penguin beach among others. The aquarium at the London Zoo was the world's first and the first to be called an 'aquarium'. Before that, the term 'aquatic vivarium' was used to describe an enclosure for fish.


British Library           
The British Library [96 Euston Road, +44 1937 546060, www.bl.uk] was part of the British Museum until the 70s and only moved into its own space in 1997. The library receives a copy of every book produced in the UK, totalling an additional 3 million items every year. There are frequent exhibitions and the library's permanent collection features some impressive titles, including Shakespeare's First Folio, the Gutenburg Bible, and Leonardo da Vinci's notebook.

UK LONDON Camden Market SunglassesCamden Town           
The district of Camden Town is known for its alternative style, its market, and its pubs, which are popular venues for watching live music.

Camden Market       
Camden Market is not the alternative haven that it once was, nor is it likely to yield such great bargains, but it is still an impressive sight and great place to shop for souvenirs. Get out at Camden Town Tube station and wander up the High Street towards Chalk Farm Road, stopping by all the different markets along the way.

           


 

 

           

 



St John's Wood became a fashionable place to live in the 19th century because of its spacious villas and it still has an exclusive air about it. Lord's Cricket Ground is here as are the Abbey Road Studios where The Beatles recorded Abbey Road. 

MCC Museum & Lord’s Tour   
Lord's Cricket Ground [St John's Wood Road, +44 20 76168559, www.lords.org, Tour of Lord's Adults £15] is famous across the world as the home of cricket. It is the grounds for the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), which seeks to promote cricket and guard the game's rules. The tour of Lord's takes around 100 minutes and takes in the MCC Museum with the legendary Ashes trophy, the Long Room which holds art related to cricket, the Dressing Rooms, and the futuristic J.P. Morgan Media Centre.

Abbey Road Studios
The Beatles recorded their final album together, Abbey Road, at these studies in 1969. Abbey Road Studios [3 Abbey Road, +44 20 72667000, www.abbeyroad.com] are now a place of pilgrimage for Beatles fans, who come to walk across the famous zebra crossing and write on the wall around the studios.

 


UK LONDON Hamstead Heath view of city Flickr PhillipCHampstead, known for its intellectual and cultural associations, is a beautiful part of north London that is dominated by its ancient heath, an area of natural parkland that is almost rural in feel.

Hampstead Heath       
Hampstead Heath is 790 acres of ancient parkland. It is one of the highest points in London and indeed the view from Parliament Hill, which stands at 98.1 metres, is protected. The heath is an oasis of unspoiled countryside with woodland, meadows, and over 25 ponds, two of which are reserved as single-sex swimming ponds.

Keats House           
John Keats, the Romantic poet of melancholy, lived here from 1818 to 1820. Keats House [Keats Grove, +44 20 73323868, www.keatshouse.cityoflondon.gov.uk, Adults £5] and its charming garden have been carefully restored to UK LONDON Home of Sigmund Freudreflect the Regency period. The museum collection includes many letters from Keats to his love Fanny Brawne, some of her personal possesions including the engagement ring he gave her, and books from Keat's personal library.

Freud Museum           
The Freud Museum [20 Maresfield Gardens, +44 20 74352002, www.freud.org.uk, Adults £6] was the home of Sigmund Freud from when he and his family fled the Nazi occupation of Austria in 1938 until his death in the following year. The house remained part of the family estate until 1982. Freud continued his practice at the house and his study is still filled with his books, the antiquities he collected, and with his famous couch.

 

 


       
UK LONDON Karl Marx grave Flickr Bryce EdwardsHighgate is an affluent area in the north of London that is famous for its cemetery.

Highgate Cemetery       
Construction began on the Highgate Cemetery [Swain Lane, +44 20 83401834, www.highgate-cemetery.org, Tours of West Cemetery Adults £7, Access to East Cemetery Adults £3] in the late 1830s. In the Victorian era, many wealthy families planned ostentatious monuments in London's new and very fashioinable cemetery. Some of these are so beautiful that they have been listed for protection by English Heritage. One of the most equisite of these monuments is the Egyptian Avenue, heralded by an obelisk and lotus-flower columns.