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Places Of Interest in South West London

Places of Interest in South West London Those looking for something different to do in South West London will be spoilt for choice with the large range of unusual places to visit.

On a sunny day there’s nothing better than splashing about on the river and South West London just happens to have two scenic and picturesque water ways. Stay on familiar ground beside the River Thames or head to the River Wandle and enjoy a ride on one of the hire boats available or sit back and relax with a picnic.

If you’re keen to discover the history of this interesting area pay a visit to the close-by Wandle Industrial Museum [map] in Merton and see how the river has helped the village to prosper through the ages.

History buffs will find a range of interesting trails to follow in Wandsworth, Sutton and Wimbledon Common. There’s also some excellent, vibrant and interesting museums, choose from the Wimbledon Museum of Local History [map], Kingston Museum [map], and Wandsworth Museum [map].

South West London is rich in former palaces and historic houses, ranging from little hidden away gems such as Whitehall and Little Holland House [map] to grand and lavish buildings like Hampton Court Palace [map] and Ham House [map].

The National Trust owns a number of impressive properties such as Claremont Gardens [map] in Surbiton and Morden Hall Park [map] in Merton.

Churches also offer an unusual and important insight into a rich past. There’s plenty to see and all offer glimpses into particular architectural eras. Choose from St Michael and All Angels [map] in Croydon or St Marys Church [map] in Wandsworth for stunning buildings.

Long before the tube existed in London, travellers still headed underground with the assistance of the Chislehurst Caves [map] in Bromley. During World War II these enormous caves protected more than 15,000 people against overhead bombings and is a fascinating glimpse into the past. Enjoy an organised tour of this ecological wonder.

Those feeling weary from too much underground interaction should try to enjoy transport of a different variety. Head to Wimbledon Common and Richmond Park where you can hire a horse from nearby stables. For a small price you can also enjoy riding lessons from professional teachers who will ensure that you are in control.

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