Melrose House - Local Information & Attractions


While central London offers tremendous history and a wide variety of attractions, we at Melrose House are proud of our local history and encourage our guests to take note of some local highlights.

Melrose House is located on the boundaries of two quiet southeast London suburbs, Beckenham and Penge, in the London Borough of Bromley - London's largest borough. Close to home, Penge features The Royal Watermen's Almshouses, which were built around 1840 to house retired Thames ferrymen, and London's oldest working police station, built in 1872.

Just a 10 minute walk from Melrose House is the famous Crystal Palace Park and National Sports Centre. The Crystal Palace was a London icon for more than 80 years until it burned down in a massive fire in 1936. Visitors can still imagine the huge scale of the Palace by visiting Crystal Palace Park, as well as admire the impressive collection of full-sized replica dinosaurs that were created for the site in 1854. The park also hosts a series of outdoor summer concerts each year.

A little farther afield is Down House, the home of Charles Darwin, as well as a host of other great sites. For more information on these and other local sites, be sure to visit the South London Guide.

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The Crystal Palace, which was located not far from Melrose House from 1854 until it burned to the ground in 1936. (Copyright-free photo courtesy of Wikipedia.)

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Central London requires little introduction to most travelers, although deciding what to do and where to go in a limited amount of time is often a challenge. With Melrose House located only a 15 minute train journey from the centre of London, it's easy to maximize your time in our beautiful city.

While sites like Fodor's Online Guide to London can help visitors prioritize their sightseeing lists, we highly recommend taking advantage of one of the many great walking tours hosted by The Original London Walks. Or, if you prefer to ride in comfort, buy a ticket for a sightseeing tour with The Big Bus Company.

For more information on travel in London by train, bus or underground, visit the Transport for London web site.

In autumn 2007, London will
host the first regular season
American National Football
League (NFL) game to be
held outside the Americas.

The White Tower at the Tower of London


Melrose House is also quite close to Kent - known for very good reason as The Garden of England. In addition to an abundance of bucolic English villages, Kent is also the home of a great many well-known historic locales, such as the Port of Dover, Canterbury and its famous cathedral, and Leeds Castle.

Some famous historical residents of Kent include Henry VIII's second wife, Anne Boleyn, whose childhood home, Hever Castle, is beautifully restored and open to visitors, and Winston Churchill, whose former home, Chartwell, is also open to the public.

Nearby Rochester offers visitors a wide variety of attractions - from 12th century Rochester Castle to a Victorian High Street filled with vintage book shops, jewellery stores, craft boutiques and souvenir shops - something for everyone.

And the list goes on and on. For more about what to do and see in Kent, visit the Kent Tourism Site.

Rochester Castle


If your trip to London allows at least one full day, we recommend taking a day-trip to one of the many destinations that can be reached from London within just a few hours.

Bath is, of course, one of the most popular such day-trips, particularly since the entire city is a World Heritage Site. Although the Roman Baths are a must-see, Bath offers a great many other diversions, including excellent examples of Georgian architecture and the River Avon. Tour operators like Golden Tours offer guided coach tours of Bath and other destinations outside the London area.

To the south of London are Southampton, famous for its maritime history, and Winchester, England's ancient capital city. Both are easily accessed in under two hours by National Rail train.

Dozens of other destinations within a few hours of London can be accessed by coach via National Express or by train via BritRail.



The Roman Baths at Bath


Our guests may also benefit from the following links:

Eurostar - The fastest way to get from London to Paris, Brussels, or any number of other European destinations.

The National Trust - Preserves and manages hundreds of historic properties and places of natural or historic interest in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

English Heritage - Preserves and manages historic buildings and properties in England.

The Official Site of the British Monarchy


A view of the River Thames and the London Eye from St. Paul's Cathedral


All photos on this page (except those noted otherwise) are copyright 2005 T. Martnez
and may not be reproduced without consent.

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