Visitors to this London Guide - Welcome!

We'd like to welcome visitors to the Inside Guide to London. What's this guide about? People who live and work in a city like London, are always Irish Guard in London at the Changing of the Guard Ceremony.closer to visiting tourists than you might think. If you're adventurous - why not try visiting some of the places that tempt local Londoners, as well as a handy guide to the popular sights and attractions? That's where the Inside Guide to London begins.


Visiting London Attractions

There are only two types of visitor in London, right? The global traveller who wants to see the authentic underbelly of every location or city, and the tacky tourist in a shell-suit - visiting restaurants with picture-menus and buying Buckingham Palace snow globes. Wrong! Most people lie somewhere between. They’d like to see the best sightseeing opportunities, and experience some real London flavour too. The Inside Guide to London offers that balance.


London Eye: offers the best view over Central London.We're not listing every attraction in London here - that would take too long to read. We're sifting heavily for you, and our interest, is in presenting the best of what London has to offer. Consequently, there's an element of trust involved. To understand a traveller, you need to have been one, so we’ve included the best of what widely-travelled Londoners, think London does best. Subjective, yes, but we want you to leave London feeling like you've experienced its unique character. There are no renowned critics (so no biased red carpet is extended for reviewers), they see what you see. Rising stars get added, fading stars get pruned. No exhausting listings - just the cream of the crop. You can't buy a listing in the Inside Guide, you just have to be good at what you do - then you get listed for free.


Not-to-be-missed Attractions, Original photos, city sightseeing tips, maps and videos are important, so you’ll find lots here. More importantly however – ‘less is more’. The Inside Guide to London is manageable and readable. You’re not studying for an examination on London restaurants, you just need to eat.

 

Postman's Park

Under a covered gallery in Postman's Park, Little Britain - is a memorial. Erected to the Postman's Park, Clerkenwell, London. The Memorial can be seen in the central backgroundmemory of heroic deeds which ended in fatality. George Watts, a respected painter of the late Victorian era, attempted to garner support through The Times newspaper and many other initiatives, but received little interest. Undeterred, he championed the project over a period of 34 years, completing the memorial just four years before his death.

Postman's Park is so-named, because the site of the central sorting office of the GPO (General Post Office) bordered the former graveyard, and with open spaces within the square mile (City of London) being at a premium, the small patch of greenery was a popular place for local post office workers to unwind. Postman's Park is walled and against one of these walls, under a loggia, are the memorial plaques. The inscriptions are printed on Doulton tablets, with each describing some act that resulted in the person's death. The language employed is succinct, owing partly to the restrictions of space - but also manages to convey in its spare prose, how selflessly they acted.  


The transcriptions of two of the plaques - (with 8 tablets each)


First Plaque:

Top Panel 1

Sarah Smith - Pantomime Artiste - at Prince's Theatre.
Died of terrible injuries received when attempting in her inflammable dress to extinguish the flames which had enveloped her companion. January 24 1863

 

Temple Church - founded by the Knights Templar

Over the road from the Royal Courts of Justice is a black gate with two smaller black doors, go through the ajar door and head down the road (Middle Inner Temple: one of the four Inns of Court.Temple Lane) behind the gate. The Temple Church is signposted, bearing to your left (east).

The church was built by the Knights Templar, the order of crusading monks founded to protect pilgrims on their way to and from Jerusalem in the 12th century. The Church is in two parts: the Round (nave) and the Chancel. The Round Church was consecrated in 1185 by the patriarch of Jerusalem. It was designed to recall the holiest place in the Crusaders' world: the circular Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem (the church built on the site where Christ was crucified).


You're permitted to enter the church and even take pictures - with the proviso that you're considerate to those for whom it is place of worship. It has some beautiful stained glass windows and unusually, interior gargoyles running around the inside of the church.

 
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