As we reach the end of the roadmap out of COVID-19, and life’s great pleasures return to normal, we’d like to refresh our visitors on how you can get to all the famous landmarks in London from the BDC…
We know that a sizable amount of our event attendees arrive from outside London. So, for those of you that want to see a bit of the city during your stay, here’s a list of famous landmarks in London and how to get to them from our home in Angel.
Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament
Walking from BDC: 54 minutes
Tube lines: Across the road from the Business Design Centre, you can catch the northern line (southbound) from Angel to Bank, where you change and take the Circle and District (westbound) to Westminster. Once you come out of Westminster station, you can’t miss it from any exit!
Bus: You can catch the number 19 or 38 from Angel station to stop F for 13 stops to Trocadero/Haymarket.
Fun Fact: Although never confirmed, the most likely candidate for why Big Ben is called Big Ben, is Sir Benjamin Hall, a Welsh civil engineer who served as a member of the House of Commons for nearly three decades. As First Commissioner of Works, Hall oversaw the latter stages of the rebuilding of the Houses of Parliament following a devastating 1834 fire, and his name is inscribed on the bell hanging in the clock tower.
The London Eye
Walking from BDC: 51 minutes
Tube lines: Across the road from the Business Design Centre, you can catch the northern line (southbound) from Angel to Kennington. At Kennington, change platforms and take the northern line (northbound this time!) to Waterloo. From here, it’s an 8 minute walk to the Thames front, and from there you will see the London Eye to your left.
Bus: You can catch the 341 bus which takes you straight from Angel station (stop F) down to Waterloo Station/Waterloo Road bus stop
Fun fact: Each of the 32 capsules on the London Eye represents a London borough. They are numbered 1 to 12, and 14 to 33, to avoid the unlucky 13!
The Tower of London
Walking from BDC: 52 minutes
Tube lines: Just like the route to Big Ben above, you take the northern line (southbound) to Bank from Angel station. From there it’s a roughly 15 minute walk to the Tower of London
Fun fact: At least 6 ravens are kept at the Tower of London at any time, and are known as the ‘guardians of the tower’. It is thought that King Charles II was the first to insist upon their presence at the tower. It is here where the term ‘If the ravens leave the Tower, the kingdom will fall…’ was first coined. To this day, there is a ‘spare’ 7th raven at the tower for superstitious reasons.
St. Paul’s Cathedral
Walking from BDC: 33 minutes
Tube lines: Just like the route to Big Ben and The Tower of London above, you take the northern line (southbound) to Bank from Angel station. Here, you change platforms at Bank station, to the Central Westbound line and travel for 1 stop to St.Paul’s. Alternatively, you can walk from Bank station for 9 minutes, along Queen Victoria Street and Watling Street
Fun fact: When you visit, you will see two statues on top of the north tower. You may think they are crosses, or some other religious iconography, right? Wrong! It’s actually pineapples, believe it or not! In the 17th century, Londoners were obsessed with the exclusivity of the tropical fruit, and it became synonymous at the time with wealth and status.
Walking from BDC: 65 minutes
Tube lines: From Angel station, take the northern line northbound for two stops to Euston. From here, you take the Victoria line southbound for three stops to Green Park.
Fun fact: When the sitting monarch is at home inside Buckingham Palace, the Royal Standard flag is raised, but when the monarch isn’t present, the Union Jack is raised in its place, so keep an eye out for which one is flying when you visit.
If you are travelling around London, we recommend downloading the Citymapper app onto your phone, to find your way around our beautiful city, and see the most famous landmarks in London. Now that restrictions have eased, keep an eye on the BDC upcoming events page on our website for all of the latest events news as it breaks! If you are an event organiser looking for a venue, you can reach out to our event space hire team on our contact page.