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Discover London

Duration: 6 x 44'

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In this fun and compelling travel series we explore alternative areas of the capital, learning more about the cultural history of one of the world’s greatest cities.

Led by one of the famous London taxi drivers we meet historians, local people and visit enchanting cultural centres as we uncover some of the capitals hidden gems.

We stop by the famous celebrity shopping areas of Kensington and Chelsea, before a trip to the Royal Court Theatre and Cadogan Hall.

We explore London’s vibrant East End and try Pie and Mash at the London Docklands before returning to the tranquility of Hampstead Heath where we visit the home of Sigmund Freud. Our last stop is historic Kings Cross where we admire some of the local architecture and learn more about the famous St Pancras station.

Featuring interviews with local historians, this series not only gives you an insight into one of the world’s greatest cities but also into areas and landmarks of key historical significance.

Episode 1
Kensington and Chelsea, famous for shopping and celebrity residents, we find has far more cultural hidden depths. We visit The Chelsea Physic Garden, the Royal Court Theatre and Cadogan Hall. We even find time for lesson in the art of flower arranging!

Episode 2
East London is an under explored expanse of London rich in ethnic and social diversity. We visit the Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood, overflowing with childhood toys dating as far back as the 1600’s. Dennis Severs’ House, a historical recreation or ‘still life drama’ of how the 18th century previous occupants lived and this is followed by a visit to The Royal London Hospital Archives.

Episode 3
The London Docklands has played a key part in the city’s growth and wealth. We discover the history of the docks and the incredible manpower that went into creating them. We also encounter ‘The Good Hotel’ an extraordinary converted barge that now provides it’s guests with a unique experience. Along the way we refuel in the traditional East End manner by visiting a Pie and Mash shop. Then we stopover in The Geffrye Museum, with exhibitions of individual rooms from the home from throughout the years.

Episode 4
Hampstead uncovers some real hidden gems such as the Freud Museum, home of the controversial psychoanalyst, Sigmund Freud and Kenwood House a 17th century mansion on a lush green backdrop. We explore the Heath and Golders Hill Park to learn how the area still maintains its village atmosphere today.

Episode 5
Kings Cross is famous for St. Pancras station with its unique architecture. We meet the station managers to understand why it is the only station in London that is raised above ground level. Just down the road from the station we visit a historian in the striking St. Pancras Old Church. The Victorian building stands on what is believed to be one of the oldest sites of Christian worship in England. The area is also home to the renowned British library boasting over 150 million items from all over the world.

Additional Episode
We finish the series at the Museum of London which guides us from the prehistoric past to the present day. The museum has nine permanent galleries displaying ancient artefacts and items from the bronze age all the way through to today. The museum regularly hosts a special exhibition and this episode features a look into the great fire of London. We meet the Museums curators to understand how each layer of history has contributed to this amazing place we call London.

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