Sometimes one really wonders as to how many sides there are to London’s facades as besides its world-famous historic landmarks, its attractions, shopping options, foodie places, markets and cultural centres, there are many other features of the city that are not so famous and yet are worth seeing or experiencing. Given below are five such things to do that will show you an immensely interesting face of the city.
Artisan du Chocolat:
There is hardly any person on this planet, irrespective of age, who can resist the temptation of relishing chocolates. Even diabetics are now able to enjoy these wonderful sweet fantasies, albeit made from sugar-free ingredients. Located in the middle of Selfridges department store in Oxford Street, Artisan du Chocolat is a niche chocolate store where you can satisfy all your chocolate-cravings and even skip breakfast for a chocolate session. You will be transported to another world when you sip hot chocolate in the tranquil corner of the store cafe and relish this ultimate breakfast beverage that will sweeten you from head to toe. On select days, you can take advantage of Chocolate 101 and enjoy tasting of caramel, ice creams and cocktails for a reasonable charge in a 90-minute session. You will find the staff to be extremely amiable as they will be only too glad to let you try various chocolates before you select the ones that you want. Their most famous and popular creations are the Salted Caramels. It is a very modern and well-decorated store with clear pricing and displays while offering comfortable seating. They offer excellent ganaches and the tobacco-flavoured ones are the tastiest.
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This famous department store on Great Marlborough Street in the West End of London sells luxury goods including men’s, women’s and children’s fashion, cosmetics and fragrances, homeware, furniture, jewellery, accessories, stationery and gifts and a fantastic textile choice especially its floral and graphic prints. There is unique old-school refinement that you can see at this iconic black and white department store located just off Regent Street. Tourists are simply over-awed by the range of fabrics available at the peaceful fabric floor where they can find rolls of trademark Liberty prints. For the creative mind, it provides the Make Your Own Knocksers Patterns to get the ideal frills and furbelows. It had a turnover of about £145 million in 2015 and it believes in having many collaborative projects.
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National Portrait Gallery:
London has 857 galleries and one of the best is the National Portrait Gallery that is home to a collection of some fantastic portraits of historically important and famous British people. It opened in 1856 and at that time it was the only such gallery in the world, It is located at St Martin’s Place, off Trafalgar Square, adjoining the National Gallery. The selection of the portraits for display is on the basis of significance of the subject and not of the artist. Its collection consists of photographs and caricatures, paintings, drawings and sculpture. Some of the best exhibits include the Chandos portrait, the most famous portrait of William Shakespeare. You can also see self-portraits by William Hogarth, Sir Joshua Reynolds and other famous British artists. The gallery offers an exhibition, Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon, which is worth seeing. At the Porter Gallery, you can see a major exhibition of rarely seen images, family photographs and Howett Conant’s incredible Breakfast at Tiffany’s series.
This is expected to be the most dangerous show in London that will take place at the Noel Coward Theatre, in which an award-winning illusionist and mind reader Chris Cox will appear. It will be an amazing melee of awesome stunts, trickery, illusion and magic that is meant only for the strong-hearted people. You will enjoy seeing the impossible actually happen.
The Sky Garden:
This is London’s highest public garden that provides awe-inspiring and spectacular views of the city, without any entry charge. You can enjoy walking through the beautifully landscaped gardens, observation decks and an open air terrace located at 20 Fenchurch Street. It is a unique public place that is spread over three storeys and from the top it offers panoramic 360 degree uninterrupted views of the city. You will be able to get a different viewpoint of London as a fantastic open and vibrant space has been created for leisure. The space is limited and as such, you need to book online through its website. The award-winning landscape architects Gillespies have designed it as a series of richly planted terraces and dominating the planting with drought resistant Mediterranean and South African species. The choice of individual plants has been done on the basis of the quality of light found under the roof canopy. There is a riot of colour and flowers at the roof garden throughout the year. The flowering plants at the garden include African Lily, Red Hot Poker and Bird of Paradise in the midst of fragrant herbs such as French Lavender and Rosemary. Each floor of the structure has a unique structural layout that was created after the structural engineer had developed a master geometry 3D model to decide the final shape of the cladding, the final column positions and framing solutions.