4 unusual things to do in London

As you know I live and work in London. I am offering the following 4 activities to do on a trip which you might not know about, or find out about easily from the hotel.


Located to the north of London in the very nice suburb of Hampstead. It is located on the edge of Hampstead Heath where you can go walking in a great grass and forested area if you seek fresh air. The house is located on top of a hill in 210 acres of its own land. The building was once the home of Lord Mansfield made famous by the recent movie Dido, the life of Dido Elizabeth Belle.
The rooms have recently been restored and there are a number of activities held at different times of year in the house and grounds. Click on the title above to go to the English Heritage site for the property.

Kenwood Library

Located to the west of the centre, it is formed of 22.5 hectares (54 acres) of land under the management of the local authority, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. It used to be the grounds for a stately home built in the early 17th century. The park is teaming with trees, shrubs and flowers as well as associated wildlife. It also features the Kyoto Gardens, given to the park in 1991 by the City of Kyoto, Japan. Featuring waterfalls wonderful trees and shrubs, you can get an idea of what you can see in this YouTube video:

If you have an interest in (and the credit card for ) Rare Books then I would recommend a visit here. Located in New Dover Street, walking the posh streets of Mayfair is a treat in itself. With Christmas in mind they have a First Edition First Printing of Miracle on 34th Street for £300 and a First Edition First Impression of The Secret Garden (from 1911) for £2,500.

Peter Harrington Rare Books

A Regency Townhouse converted to a Scottish restaurant it concentrates on food from different parts of Scotland. However, their range or rare malt whiskies is a revelation of you have a love of a wee dram. They have live music every evening and it can remind you of New Orleans on a warm summers day. They now have locations in Canary Wharf and Bishopsgate.
Boisdale of Bayswater