There are so many things to do in Middlesex, but here are the top 10.
1. Stroll through amazing Gardens
Just across the river from Syon Park, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is London’s largest UNESCO World Heritage Site. Climb the newly-renovated Dragon Pagoda, step inside the Temperate Glasshouse and view the largest and most diverse collection of living plants in the world.
2. Explore the home of cricket
Steeped in over 200 years of history and tradition and home to Middlesex County Cricket Club, Lord’s is the most famous cricket ground in the world. Tours give visitors the opportunity to go behind-the-scenes and explore the Grade 2-listed Pavilion, legendary Long Room, Players’ Dressing Rooms with the Honours Boards, award-winning JP Morgan Media Centre and MCC Museum, home to the iconic Ashes Urn.
3. Discover the beauty of poetry
Visit the home of one of the world’s most famous romantic poets, John Keats. Now a museum and literary centre the house, in Hampstead, is open Wednesday to Sunday.
4. Trace the history of aviation at the Royal Air Force Museum
See real aircraft and have a go at interactive exhibits at this extraordinary museum near Edgeware.
5. Have a picnic on Hampstead Heath
Boasting some of the best views from some of the highest points in London, the heath was voted London’s best picnic spot in 2018. Make your way up Parliament Hill for a breathtaking view of the city’s skyline.
6. Watch a game at Wembley Stadium
Another one for sports fans, whether football or rugby is your thing, depending on what season you visit, be sure to catch a game, if fixtures allow. If not, then you can always sign up for a tour.
7. Visit Europe’s first Hindu Temple
Popularly known as the ‘Neasden Temple’, the Mandir is a traditional place of Hindu worship. Designed and constructed entirely according to ancient Vedic architectural texts, using no structural steel, this beautiful temple was hand-carved in India before being assembled in London.
8. Have tea at Syon Park
Okay so you can’t actually have afternoon tea in the house but once you’ve had a tour of this historic building and its enchanted woodlands, pop to the garden centre next door, where there is an excellent Garden Kitchen Restaurant offering tea, cakes and other light refreshments. Alternatively, Hilton Syon Park, also situated within gorgeous surroundings of the Duke of Northumberland’s estate, offers a decadent afternoon tea, complete with Champagne.
9. Shop ‘til you drop at Brent Cross
Hailed as North West London’s premier shopping destination Brent Cross Shopping Centre is home to over 2,000 leading and designer brands and 120 stylish stores including Fenwick and John Lewis, as well as a selection of restaurants. Take advantage of free parking, great family services and enjoy free family, food and shopping events throughout the year. Alternatively, take a little time out to relax with a great range of beauty brands and treatments on offer throughout the centre.
10. Feed the animals at London Zoo
Over 190 years since it first opened, this famous zoo, situated in Regent’s Park, welcomes over one million visitors a year.
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