Visit London has announced the launch of six video podcasts that give an insider’s view of the best shopping, dining, culture and fun across half a dozen London boroughs.
The short videos – found at www.visitlondon.com/maps/podcasts/ – have been put together by the people who actually live and work in the areas and look set to become an invaluable source of information for anyone looking for the coolest bars, the best value restaurants, the most jaw-dropping sights and hidden gems.
Covering Greenwich, Richmond & Kingston, Hackney, Hounslow, and the area encompassing Bankside, Southbank, London Bridge and Waterloo, the first five videos were funded by the London Councils Work programme, which supports London boroughs in promoting the diverse visitor offer throughout the capital.
A sixth focuses on, and was funded by, London Eastside. Taken together, the video podcasts give visitors a glimpse of some of the most exciting, inspiring and memorable things to do across areas in the north, east, south, west and centre of the capital.
Few cities in the world can offer the diversity of attractions found in London’s boroughs. Here are just a few of the insider’s tips to the best of these six boroughs:
Hackney. Check out the village feel and the hip boutiques of Victoria Village. Soak up the sun and get back to nature in the lush surroundings of Victoria Park. And treat your tummy to some fabulous food at the renowned Broadway market.
Greenwich. Go on an inter-galactic journey at one of the 3D shows at London’s only public planetarium. Step back in time at the world-famous Old Royal Naval College, now a Unesco World Heritage Centre. Learn about our sea-faring history at the ever-popular Maritime museum. And the best bit? You can keep your wallet in your pocket because for most of the attractions there’s no entry charge.
Hounslow. In April unleash your competitive side by cheering on one of the teams in the Oxford and Cambridge boat race from the vantage point of Chiswick pier. Get in tune at the Musical Museum, a gold mine of amazing musical instruments, artefacts and knowledge. And enjoy a little slice of the countryside in the heart of the city at the wonderful Hounslow Urban Farm, home to everything from ducks to sheep, to alpacas!
Tower Bridge, Bankside, Southbank, and London Bridge. Become a culture vulture at the many galleries and theatres to be found in the Waterloo area, including the Young Vic and the Old Vic. Indulge in some retail therapy in the shops of Oxo Tower, home to everything from jewellery makers to weavers, and from wedding dress designers to photographers. And take in some history on board HMS Belfast or deep in the bowels of the eerily fascinating London Dungeons.
London Eastside. Indulge your Peter Pan side at the V&A Museum of Childhood, boasting one of the largest collections of childhood objects anywhere in the world. Zoom back to the modern day at The Whitechapel Art Gallery where you’ll find an amazing range of exhibitions and education sessions. And marvel at Wilton’s Music Hall. Built in 1858, it’s the oldest surviving grand music hall on the planet, while a revival in more recent times has seen it become the heartbeat of the performing arts in east London.
Richmond & Kingston. Take in the beauty of the Thames from one of the many riverside bars, cafes and restaurants to be found in the area. Shop in the historic town centres nestled within stretches of beautiful parks and countryside including the famed Kew Gardens. Picnic amongst wild deer in Richmond Park, take in a game at Twickenham, the home of Rugby, or visit the palace of Henry VIII, Hampton Court.
Sally Chatterjee, Interim CEO, Visit London. “These video podcasts are treasure troves of some of London’s finest attractions and illustrate the depth and diversity of London’s offer. Put together by the people who live and work in these boroughs, they provide invaluable insights into the very best these areas have to offer.”
If you’d like to know more go online and check out the videos at http://www.visitlondon.com/maps/podcasts