London spots with great cultural importance

Author: Kim Jacobs | Last modified on: January 3rd, 2023

There is no doubt that London is one of the European capitals with the longest history and cultural importance. So, no wonder why every corner of the city is overwhelmed with spots that are both culturally and historically relevant. They, in some sense or another, shape the vision we have not only about London itself, but the world too. A comprehensive list would be so long that an ordinary blog post would not suffice, so let’s just have a look at some places that are most prominently featured in the landscape of the mind that is evoked when one hears the name London:

  • Big Ben and the House of Parliament. There is literally no film, or even book that takes place at least partially in London that does not feature those two. They have become one of the most enduring symbols of our nation’s capital, and there is little wonder to that fact.
  • 221B-Baker-Street221B Baker Street. It takes a genius to create a fictional address on a real street and make that address one of the most recognizable ones in the world. Well, one can safely assume that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was namely a genius, because the home Sherlock Holmes used as a base of operation in his stories was all in the author’s mind – and despite this fact, there are signs leading to it, and people flocking Baker Street everyday in order to have the chance to relive at least to a certain extent the life of one of literature’s most recognizable characters. Actually, on 221B Baker Street, which was non-existent until the expansion of the block in the second half of the 20th century, is the headquarters of the Abbey National Building Society, which still employs a secretary to answer the fan mail that Sherlock Holmes receives on the address. On the other hand, the detective’s museum is between 237 and 241.
  • Hyde Park is one of the many masterfully maintained open green spaces on the territory of London. It has the privilege of being among the capital’s most recognizable features due to the fact that it is close the heart of the city for starters, and second because it is home to the first Speakers Corner in the world – and the most liberal one for that matter. Thanks to it Hyde Park has become something like a symbol of direct democracy and free speech.
  • The London Underground might not be an exact spot in the city, but rather a web of tunnels that run under it, but it is definitely among the most culturally important things here. When the Tube was introduced in the second half of the 19th century, together with the Overground it became the reason for the rapid urban and suburban expansion of London that made our city what it is today. The reason man and van companies have so much business relocating homes to the far ends of the metropolitan area is that the Tube enables hassle-free commuting, and actually created the commuter’s culture.

About the Author:

Kim Jacobs is a removals coordinator with over 11 years of experience as part of the Get man and van team and other firms in the home and office relocation industry in London. Before joining our company, Kim has worked in various logistical and transportation companies and institutions such as Transport for London, The Removals Ombudsman, and has coordinated moving projects with some of the biggest suppliers of various goods such as IKEA, HomeBase, Amazon, Sainsbury's and others. While working as a chief removals coordinator, Kim also enjoys sharing her expertise with others through writing in our blog.

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