Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and in London beauty is abundantly available in surprising places. Here are five of our picks for uniquely gorgeous places to visit.
1. Illusionists’ Paradise: Magic Circle Museum
12 Stephenson Way, London
In 1903, a select group of magicians started The Magic Circle as a secretive club where they could share trade secrets. The official Magic Circle Museum was erected in 1998, and today curious magic lovers can come and have a peek inside the group’s collection of illusions and tricks. In order to visit, you must book a show and tour, here: [http://www.seetickets.com/search?q=the+magic+circle&search=]
2. Gorgeously Green: London Array
Port of Ramsgate, Military Road, Ramsgate
This is an image of the world’s largest offshore wind farm, called London Array, that sits in the waters of the Thames Estuary. It currently produces enough energy for a half a million homes. Read more about this beautiful energy conservation project here. [http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/london-array]
3. Underground Railway: The Mail Rail
From 1928 to 2003, London’s mail was shuttled between nine different city post offices via this underground rail system, which exists 70 feet below street level. Each of the trains operated at first on a pneumatic ‘vacuum’ system,’ and in later years were upgraded to computer-controlled motors. Future plans by the British Postal Museum [http://www.postalheritage.org.uk/] will allow visitors to ride through the underground system.
4. Natural Wonder: Parkland Walk
Florence Road, N4, London
Once a railway line, the 41/2 mile Parkland Walk has been a designated nature preserve since the 70s. Running between Finsbury Park and Alexandra Palace, walkers and runners get to enjoy the flora and fauna as well as the occasional graffiti artwork on stone walls along the way. Check out this map for the official path, as well as where to find cafes and small eateries along the way.[https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?msa=0&mid=zmMA2T0PxMAY.kSf4Za4Jlhjc]
5. Royal Greenery: Kensington Gardens
Kensington Palace, London
While you’re taking time to tour the royal abode, remember to head outside for a look at the lush Kensington Palace Gardens. Highlights include the sunken garden, a masterfully designed portion of the royal outdoor space that features a rotating calendar of color ornamentals perfectly arranged around a geometric fountain.