Amazing Victorian History a Stone’s Throw from the Devonshire London

London architecture

You won’t need to go far in London to discover some of the city’s Victorian history. From ornate architecture to stories of yesteryear that help shaped today’s society, history runs through our capital city like the River Thames, so it’s the perfect getaway for the history buff.

Staying at our accommodation near Paddington station acts as the perfect base to begin our Victorian history tour, so read on to find out where you can go to discover amazing Victorian history just a stone’s throw away from The Devonshire London.

The Ragged Museum

Immerse yourself in the life of a Victorian school child with a visit to the Ragged Museum which gives you an insight into the lives of working-class children of the period.

This is definitely something the children in your group would enjoy as it shows the stark contrast between the clean, practical and technologically advanced classrooms of today compared with the basic amenities used by the children of poor families in the Victorian era.

With reconstructed classrooms and a typical east-end kitchen, this is an excellent experience for the whole family where you can learn more about the broader social history of the Victorian East-End.

The best way to reach the Ragged Museum from your accommodation near Paddington station is to take the Tube from Lancaster Gate which runs every three minutes.

Geffrye Museum

While you’re off exploring the East-End of London, the Geffrye Museum is well worth a visit as it showcases the changing domestic home space over hundreds of years and features a Victorian period room amongst its exhibitions.

Geffrye Museum

Once you’ve taken in the sparse furnishings and general gloominess of this typical Victorian room, you’ll be glad that you get to return to one of our best luxury hotels in London!

Victorian London on foot

London’s Victorian history isn’t just confined to the cities many museums – there is so much to discover by simply walking around if you know where to look.

London walking tour

Notable Victorian landmarks include the Albert Hall, created using the vision of Prince Albert, husband to Queen Victoria who gave the Victorian era its name.

The Victorians were great builders and gave London some of her most iconic structures including Nelson’s Column, the Houses of Parliament and Tower Bridge.

Retail therapy Victorian style

Although not many shops remain from the Victorian era, some of the marketplaces have survived redevelopment and have been lovingly maintained over the years to keep their original character and features.

Leadenhall Market still has its ornate Victorian roof and traditional styled shop fronts where you can browse the array of quality delicatessens, flower stalls or pop into a pub or restaurant to enjoy the fabulous surroundings of this Victorian wonder.

Leadenhall Market

Have a wander around the market and see if you can spot the areas used in the Harry Potter film Diagon Alley scenes.

Leadenhall Market really is a beautiful space, so if your planning a visit to the capital then take a look at some of our best luxury hotels in London for a little opulence that even the Victorian would admire.

Three Romantic Things for Couples to Do in London

couple in london

Paris might have its historical props when it comes to its reputation as a city of romance, but London isn’t any slouch when it comes to special experiences for loved-up couples either.

The image of London might be one of hurly-burly and constant activity, but there are plenty of things to do and places to go that strip away the commotion and give you the time to enjoy each other’s company in peace. So, with this in mind, we’ve come up with three romantic ideas that you can get to with ease from The Devonshire London.

Regent’s Park Open-Air Theatre

London has more theatres that almost any city in the world, from the grandest, old playhouses to modern spaces aimed at contemporary talent.

Regent’s Park

But there’s not much that’s more romantic than taking in a play as evening slides into the night, and that’s just what you can experience at Regent’s Park Open-Air Theatre. Framed by natural elements – trees push right up onto the staging area – Regent’s Park is the perfect place if you love theatre and want to experience great productions in the outdoors. And it’s not far from accommodation near Paddington Station, which makes it even better. Just make sure you bring a coat or jacket, because the British weather is famed for its changeability and it’s no respecter of good theatre either!

Westminster at Dusk

Westminster rightfully has its place in history as the home of parliamentary democracy, but it’s also one of the best sights in London to take in as the sun is setting. It might be a world-famous sight, but the riverside setting also makes Westminster the perfect location to watch the day come to an end.

Westminster at Dusk

The neo-gothic architecture of the Palace of Westminster takes on an even more glorious, awe-inspiring experience during the golden hours of dusk, making it a perfect place to take up station and simply admire the view. It’s the type of place you look back on in years to come and recall fondly, remembering the views across the gentle Thames as the sun disappeared over the horizon. If that’s not romantic, we don’t know what is. And, if you’re peckish after your excursion, you don’t have far to go to The Devonshire Restaurant.

Nomad Cinema

Cuddling up at the cinema with someone you care about is always a treat, but it’s even better when you can do it outside in a unique location – and that’s just what Nomad Cinema offers. If you’ve ever wanted to watch a horror film in a cemetery and cuddle up close, this is the experience for you.

The idea of Nomad Cinema is to stage showings of classic and modern films – September will see Pan’s Labyrinth, The Shining and The Shape of Water on show at various locations – in places like rooftops, hidden spaces and cemeteries. It’s a great chance to wrap up, see a great film and enjoy a romantic night at the movies with a twist.