Saturday, January 19, 2013

Northwest London - An Underrated Tourist Hub

Wembley

Wembley is the national stadium and home of th...
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A name synonymous with football, Wembley is a great place to connect with sport. The newly constructed Wembley Stadium and recently renovated Wembley Arena are great attractions to visit for the atmosphere they provide and the memories they invoke. The GBP 35 million Wembley Arena renovations were eventually completed on 2nd April 2006. As well as this strong sporting tradition, the venues are also famously involved with popular artists such as Abba, Barbra Streisand, The Cure, and many more.

Wembley Stadium

The second largest football stadium in Europe, narrowly beaten by FC Barcelona's Camp Nou, the new Wembley Stadium is worth a visit just for the stunning architecture. This was built to replace the Empire Stadium demolished in 2003, and is now the national stadium of England.

Cricklewood

When moving from the bustling Cricklewood Broadway to the Victorian era residential streets you could be forgiven for believing that you've suddenly stepped back in time, since the gorgeous Victorian buildings are a throwback to a time before this former rural village was enveloped by gigantic London. Due to the presence of Cricklewood Studios, opened in 1934, Eric Morecambe famously said that "life's not Hollywood, it's Cricklewood!".

Hampstead

A gorgeous 790 acre heath within the expanse of London provides a breath of fresh air when driving through the urban sprawl. Hampstead heath contains a variety of water features to provide a reservoir for wildlife and interest any hill walker. The assortment of water features allows a perfect space to relax.

Little Venice

Little Venice, situated where London's Regent's Canal meets the Grand Union, accommodates a large amount of water-borne activity from all over London. The picturesque views across the tree lined waterways can be enjoyed from one of the caf'es or restaurants along the edge of the canal. The canals spurting from Little Venice are all as gorgeous as the location itself, making the area perfect for evening walks.

Maida Vale

Among the redbrick mansions and Edwardian apartments, Maida Vale is home to a BBC Studio, running since 1946. This studio was used by John Peel, the longest serving BBC Radio One DJ, in his early career and is now the location of a wide range of classical music recordings.

St. John's Wood

London's NW8 area, of which St. John's Wood is a part, is an especially affluent area and a popular celebrity residence. The Lord's cricket ground is found in St. John's Wood, and well known artists such as Cliff Richard, The Beatles and Pink Floyd have recorded at the historic Abbey Road Studios.

Abbey Road Studios

After recording their album at this iconic studio, the Beatles snapped the Abbey Road album cover at the crossing nearby, naming the famous album for this road. Tourists are often seeing snapping similar pictures to try and mimic the Beatles' efforts.

Willesden

Home to the Willesden Cycling Club, London's largest cycling club, host to a large Irish population, the setting of Zadie Smith's novel White Teeth, and receiving more and more investment every year, Willesden has been described as an up and coming area of London.