Tag Archives: Greater London

Kingston upon Thames

Kingston upon Thames, also known as Kingston, is the principal settlement of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames in southwest London. It was the ancient market town where Saxon kings were crowned. Kingston is situated 10 miles (16.1 km) southwest of Charing Cross and is one of the major metropolitan centres identified in the London […]

Kensington

Kensington is a town and district of west and central London, England, within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Its commercial heart is Kensington High Street. This affluent and densely populated area contains the well-known museum district of South Kensington. To the north, Kensington is bordered by Notting Hill; to the east, by Brompton […]

National History Museum

Historic building in Kensington. 1873-81. Alfred Waterhouse. Buff and grey terracotta, pitched slated roof. Twenty seven bays, three and a half to four storeys. Centrepiece of three bays, set forward with two spired towers on either side of entrance. Two end bays to each side topped with octagonal towers with steep pavilion roofs. It is […]

Camden

Camden Town is named after Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden. His earldom was styled after his estate, Camden Place near Chislehurst in Kent (now in the London Borough of Bromley), formerly owned by historian William Camden. The name, which appears on the Ordnance Survey map of 1822, was later applied to the early 20th century […]

Rainham

Rainham is a suburban town in northeast London, England, and part of the London Borough of Havering. Located 13.6 miles (21.9 km) east of Charing Cross, it is one of the locally important district centres identified in the London Plan and is surrounded by a residential area, which has grown from the historic village, to the […]

Hampton Court Palace

Listed royal palace. Walls of brick, with freestone dressings. Roofs covered with lead, tiles and slates. Begun by Cardinal Wolsey, in 1514,  much of whose work survives particularly the ranges around the Base Court, the Clock Court and the Kitchen Court. King Henry VIII made extensive alterations between 1529-40, including the rebuilding of the Great […]

Southwark

  Southwark (/ˈsʌðərk/ SUDH-ərk, Br [ˈsʌðɨk]) is a district of Central London, England, and part of the London Borough of Southwark. Situated 1.5 miles (2.4 km) east of Charing Cross, it forms one of the oldest parts of London and fronts the River Thames to the north. Southwark is home to Southwark Cathedral. Southwark historically formed […]

Bolton

Bolton (ˈboʊltən) is a town in Greater Manchester, in the North West of England. Close to the West Pennine Moors, it is 10 miles (16 km) north west of the city of Manchester. Bolton is surrounded by several smaller towns and villages which together form the Metropolitan Borough of Bolton, of which Bolton is the administrative […]

Brentford

Brentford is a suburban town in west London, England, and part of the London Borough of Hounslow. It is located at the confluence of the River Thames and the River Brent, 8 miles (13 km) west-southwest of Charing Cross. Its former ceremonial county was Middlesex. The name is recorded as Breguntford in 705 in an Anglo-Saxon […]

Clerkenwell

Clerkenwell (/ˈklɑrkənwɛl/) is an area of central London in the London Borough of Islington. From 1900 to 1965 it was part of the Metropolitan Borough of Finsbury. The well after which it was named was rediscovered in 1924. The watchmaking and watch repairing trades were once of great importance. Clerkenwell was once known as London’s […]