How can you know where you’re going if you don’t know where you’re from? The annals of London’s history are filled with some of the most interesting and momentous tales in British history, with the legend of Jack The Ripper, The Gunpowder Plot and The Battle of Britain all taking place in our beloved capital.
With such a rich and varied past, it’s easy to see why London is one of the world’s must-visit cities for history lovers all over the world. You won’t have to venture far from your comfortable room at the Hotel Grand Royale Hyde Park to lose yourself in London’s past either, because there’s some brilliant historical spots near Hyde Park that attract thousands of avid tourists every year.
RAF Bomber Command Memorial
Situated a short walk away from our Hyde Park Hotels London lies the RAF Bomber Command Memorial. If you’re a lover of World War 2 history then this memorial should be the first on your list. The stunning bronze statue was unveiled to popular reception by The Queen on her Diamond Jubilee in 2012.
The piece is made up of a group of proud servicemen dressed in World War 2 fighter pilot gear, and was created to commemorate the crews of the RAF Bomber Command who embarked on missions during the war. It was also built to mark the sacrifice of the 55,573 aircrew from the Commonwealth nations who died during the saga, and stands as a tragic reminder of the horrors of war.
Natural History Museum
If you’re a true history lover, then no trip to the capital would be complete without a visit to the Natural History Museum. This massive building is home to an eye-watering 80 million animal, plant, fossil, rock and mineral specimens, making it the most varied and comprehensive place to learn about history in the whole of London. You won’t have to travel far to see them either; the Natural History Museum is located just south of Hyde Park and within walking distance of our Hotel Grand Royal Hyde Park.
Unless you’re staying at one of our Hyde Park Hotels London for quite some time, chances are you won’t be able to see the whole 80 million specimens the museum houses. Don’t worry; you’ll still be able to see some of the museum’s most famous attractions during your visit, including a titanic blue whale skeleton, a stunningly realistic painting of the extinct Dodo and casts of the unfortunate Romans caught in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD.
Animals in War Memorial
Many people aren’t even aware of the fact that animals were used by our forces during World War 1, which is why The Animals in War memorial is once of the most interesting statues in London. Built to commemorate the lives of all the animals who fought alongside British forces in our history, this tear-jerking memorial depicts two mules carrying supplies towards a gap in a 58ft portland stone wall. The wall displays carvings of animals and ahead of the mules, two statues of a horse and a dog trek solemnly away into the distance.