Charing Cross is a junction located in Westminster, London. Home to some of London’s most notable icons such as The Savoy, The Mall and the National Theatre, Charing Cross is amongst the top sightseeing parts of the city. Keep reading to discover some of London’s best-kept secret gems.
Benjamin Franklin House
Did you know that one of the leading Founding Fathers of the United States, Benjamin Franklin, had a home in London? Well, if you head down to 36 Craven Street in the heart of Charing Cross, you’ll find the world’s only surviving home of Benjamin Franklin.
The Savoy Cocktail Museum
Amongst London’s most hidden gems, is The Savoy Museum. Quietly tucked away inside the grand hotel, the museum which showcases a collection of paraphernalia from the hotel’s history is free to the public.
Victoria Embankment Gardens
Located just outside of Embankment Tube station, the Victoria Embankment Gardens is an oasis in the city. Whether you’re strolling through or you’re relaxing in a deck chair during the summer heat, one thing’s for sure, you’ll leave the gardens a lot more calmer and peaceful.
The National Theatre
Since its launch in 1963, the National Theatre continues to commission some great theatrical productions. From classics, such as Romeo and Juliet, to the more modern Lehman Trilogy. This is the place to go if you want to enjoy some top-quality theatrical entertainment.
A world-renowned public square, Trafalgar Square is a significant landmark at the heart of London. To the South West of the square, is the Mall, leading directly to Buckingham Palace. The Strand is to the East and Whitehall to the South, with St Martins-in-the-Fields church to the north.
Institute of contemporary arts
As one of London’s leading spaces for contemporary culture, The Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) is the place to see music, film and performance by some of today’s most progressive artists.
You may recognise the scene from “real-life productions,” such as the royal weddings, the Queen’s Jubilee and funeral. The Mall continues to play important parts in official British ceremonies and will definitely occupy yet another vital role in the upcoming coronation of King Charles.