Ten places…

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The Internet is full of sites listing places you must see before you die, and so on. There are also some lists of places worth missing.  All of these listings are usually subjective, as is my current list (in no particular order) of 10 or so places worth avoiding in London north of the River Thames:

1 CAMDEN TOWN

2 BRENT CROSS

3 KILBURN HIGH ROAD

4 OXFORD STREET

5 WESTFIELD AT SHEPHERDS BUSH

6 CAMDEN LOCK MARKET (OR BOROUGH MARKET)

7 PORTOBELLO ROAD ON SATURDAYS

8 COVENT GARDEN

9 KENTISH TOWN

10 WEST KENSINGTON (or KENTON)

I will not explain why any of these is on my list, and I do not expect that all of you will agree with me, but I hope that no one is offended by any of my dislikes!

Just in case this all sounds a bit negative, here is my current list (in  no particular order) of 10 or so places worth visiting in London  north of the River Thames:

1 KENWOOD HOUSE AND GARDENS

2 THE SOANE MUSEUM IN LINCOLNS INN FIELDS

3 THE VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM

4 THE BRIDGE THEATRE

5 TEMPLE CHURCH (OR ST BRIDES CHURCH)

6 LEIGHTON HOUSE

7 BRICK LANE

8 KINGS CROSS STATION CONCOURSE

9 TATE BRITAIN (but avoid eating there)

10 HIGHGATE CEMETERY (or BUNHILL FIELDS)

4 thoughts on “Ten places…

  1. As you quite rightly say Adam your list is subjective, but an interesting one. I actually agree with most of your choices for each list, but there are some I haven’t been to, so perhaps now I should, to see if I agree with those too.

  2. In general, I agree with your ‘underwhelming’ list … although why anyone in their right mind would think that Kilburn High Road should rank on any tourist’s To Do list in the first place is quite beyond me.
    I will add the rider that Camden Lock market does offer some interesting ethnic food options, provided that it’s not too crowded – which probably means virtually never – and is worth adding on if you’re planning to do the fabulous canal barge trip down to Little Venice (which is one of my favourite things to do north of the river).
    I think that both Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square probably deserve at least honourable mentions in this category.

    • I agree about Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square, but they might enter my top 100 list, if I ever bothered to compile it. The canal trips are lovely and interesting, but I do not like Camden Lock or Camden Town.

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