Friends House is surrounded by some of the most popular London attractions. If we tell you British Library, British Museum, Regent’s Park, King’s Cross station, we’re sure they all ring a bell. Step out at the end of your event or during your meeting breaks and enjoy some of London’s most well-known landmarks. Great facilities, great location and plenty to see nearby: that’s one more reason to book your event with us! So, here’s our list of 10 popular London attractions within a 20-minute walk from Friends House.
It’s a mere two-minute walk to reach the Wellcome Collection from Friends House. Our neighbour hosts a great free museum and library. The focus is on health, medicine, and sciences with a connection to the arts too. Inside, you will find installations, permanent and temporary exhibitions. Founded in 2007, the Wellcome Collection is part of the Wellcome Trust, a charitable organisation. The trust supports discovery research focusing on life, health, and wellbeing.
Another great place to visit on Euston Road is the British Library. You will find books, of course, but the library is so much more than that. It really is a collective memory of the country and beyond. It stocks 170 million items in total. Expect exhibitions, lectures, and conferences. The most famous artefact on display is probably the Magna Carta. Find out what’s on now on the British Library website.
The heart of Bloomsbury, Russell Square is surrounded by many universities. The School of African and Oriental Studies and University College are both nearby. Russell Square was also the scene of many novels, including Virginia Woolf’s “Night and Day”. On the western corner of the square, there is a little green hut. This is one of the thirteen remaining Cabmen Shelters in London. This Grade II Listed hut offers warm meals to cab drivers, the only ones allowed inside.
Everybody has heard about the British Museum. You probably won’t be able to explore it in one day, as the collection on display is huge. Maybe one to be explored after an overnight stay after your event?
King’s Cross station went through a massive redevelopment in recent years. The refurbishment included a new concourse designed by the architectural firm John McAslan & Partners. The completed station reopened in 2012. Funnily enough, the same architects also designed The Light, our 1,000-seater auditorium. The Light won a regional RIBA Award in 2015 for its breath-taking architecture. You can read this Archdaily article to find out more about the design and refurbishment process of our auditorium. In King’s Cross station, you will find the famous Harry Potter’s 9 ¾ platform in the concourse. The station’s surrounding area is also going through an important rejuvenation programme. Many new shops and restaurants have opened recently. The perfect place to relax after your event.
One of the most popular London parks, Regent’s Park is close to our venue. Walk 16 minutes and wander in the 395 acres of the park. Go to the top of Primrose Hill to see one of the best viewpoints over the city. And if you look well, you may see our beehives. They were moved to the park during lockdown and will return to our rooftop soon.
You can join Regent’s Canal at Granary Square, just after King’s Cross Station. The canal is 8.6 miles long and can be enjoyed by foot or bike. A few Santander Cycles docking stations are located near our venue. Take a stroll along the canal towards the West and you will head to the Paddington Basin. You will spot the London Zoo and Camden Lock Market along the way. Go East to walk towards the Limehouse Basin and the River Thames. You will end up in the heart of the East End.
A shopping centre and residential building, the Brunswick centre was completed in 1972. Its very distinctive modernist architecture makes it stand out in the area. You can’t miss it! The Grade II Listed ensemble is home to 560 flats and several shops and restaurants. We think it is a great space for delegates to unwind after an event. In the Summer, you can enjoy al fresco dining in one of the terraces.
Located in Fitzrovia, North of Oxford Street, Charlotte Street really is a lovely street. You will find a wide array of restaurants, cafes, and shops, many with terraces. It is the ideal place to for food or drinks after an event. Gather with delegates and enjoy one of the greatest atmosphere this side of the river.
Discover the world of Charles Dickens in this house turned museum where he lived with his family from 1837 to 1839. Objects, letters, books and more are scattered around the house where he wrote Oliver Twist. Head to 48 Doughty Street after your event and find out more about one of the greatest British novelists of all times.
So, if you’re looking for a great venue, with amazing facilities, a central location and surrounded by some of the most popular London attractions (cherry on the cake!), look no further. Contact our Sales and Events team now by email or phone 020 7663 1100.