How many London landmarks and tourist attractions can you name that start with the letter E? Blue Badge Tourist Guide Robert Woolf continues our Guide London A-Z video series and provides insights on the famous and not-so-famous landmarks in London starting with the Letter E.
London landmarks and tourist attractions that begin with the Letter E
This is the Guide London A-Z. I’m Robert Woolf, a London Blue Badge Tourist Guide looking at the letter E; E for extraordinary.
The Statue of Eros
The Statue of Eros at Piccadilly Circus is the most romantic place to meet in London. It is popularly thought to be Eros the God of love although it was intended to be the Angel of Christian Charity.
Epping Forest was once a once huge woodland. The area was taken over by the City of London Corporation in 1878 to manage as a public space. This is one of a number of open spaces outside London managed by the Corporation: an early version of today’s green belt. Today, you cannot hunt in the forest as did kings up until Tudor times, but you can visit the hunting lodge started by Henry VIII and used by his daughter Queen Elizabeth I.
Embankment Gardens were created by engineer Joseph Bazalgette as he constructed London’s first complete sewer system in the 1860s. The land was reclaimed from the Thames and contains the District and Circle lines and the sewers. We can also see a former Watergate – a grand way to step into your personal ferryboat. This is in its original position now some one hundred yards back from the Riverside.
St. Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace
St Ethelburga’s is a tiny church in the City of London and one of the few surviving medieval City churches, first recorded in the year 1250. Although it survived the Great Fire of 1666 and the Second World War, it had to be completely rebuilt after a nearby IRA bombing in 1993. Amazingly, it was found that much of the medieval structure could be saved and it was reopened in 2002 as a centre for reconciliation and peace.
This is a memorial to beloved Queen Eleanor, wife of King Edward I, and was one of a number of so-called Eleanor Crosses, constructed by the distraught king after her death in 1290. They marked the places where her cortege rested on its journey from Nottinghamshire to Westminster Abbey. Until the English Civil War, the final memorial stood at the top of Whitehall. This is a 19th-century replica. Today murals depicting the 13th-century construction work can be seen in Charing Cross Underground Station.
Emirates Cable Car
Emirates Cable Car was completed in time for the 2012 London Olympic Games. It was sponsored by Emirates Airline, hence its name, and is definitely for those who love heights! Connecting the Greenwich Peninsula with Royal Docks it offers a 10-minute flight with spectacular views west towards Canary Wharf and east towards the Thames Barrier.
Eltham Palace is a medieval Manor House. Its Great Hall with a stunning hammer-beam roof dates from the 15th-century. King Henry VIII spent some of his early years here but after the Tudors, monarchs took little interest in the Palace. It gradually deteriorated until a lease was granted to Stephen and Virginia Courtauld, who in the 1930s restored the Great Hall, built a residential wing, and improved the gardens. Their work included stunning art deco interior designs.
These are just some of the tourist attractions you can find in London which begins with the letter E. My name is Robert Woolf. Check out my profile at our website guideLondon.org.uk. Please subscribe to our YouTube channel and join us as we explore the A-Z of Guide London.