Places of interest around Charlton
The Thames Barrier
The Thames Barrier is the name given to the second biggest movable water flood barrier in the world. It can be raised and closed according to the water tides, preventing the city of London from being flooded, in case of danger. The barrier was originally built to protect Charlton from flooding. The construction of Thames Barrier commenced in 1973. The design is attributed to Greater London Council by Rendel, Palmer and Tritton and was inaugurated by H.M. Queen Elizabeth II on 8 May 1984. Thames Barrier is also a tourist attraction in Charlton. The visitor centre near the Barrier gives multi-media presentations of why and how the structure was built.
The Maryon-Wilson Properties
The Maryon-Wilson family owned the The Manor of Charlton from 1767 to 1923. It was in 1829 when the family decided to acquire the village green located in front of the house and added it to the The Manor grounds.
The village green was host to the annual Horn Fair. The Horn Fair is an ancient gathering described as notorious and lascivious. Right after the village green was transferred to the ownership of the Maryon-Wilson, the event was moved to the nearby Fairfield Grove.
Charlton has four parks. Charlton Park, Maryon Wilson Park, Hornfair Park and Maryon Park.
The main park features the magnificent Charlton House. It is the finest and best-preserved Jacobean mansion in London. The Charlton House was designed by John Thorpe, one of the earlisest British architects in London. An old mullberry tree is also frequently visited, planted near the House grounds. The locals believe that it is the first mullberry tree in Charlton. The Charlton House is not open to the public, but is available for wedding ceremonies and other functions.
Maryon Wilson Park
Opened to the public in 1926, the park has a number of small streams passing through it and an impressive sparse of towering willow trees. Although most of the park has remained undisturbed, there is a small zoo for the children. Unfortunately for visitors, and possibly, fortunately for the animals, the tours are limited to the first 50 people who sign up for it per day. The park is a favourite place for afternoon picnics.
The Maryon Park is like a combination of Maryon Wilson and Hornfair. The lush green park is heavily wooded with a central activity ground surrounded by thick vegetation. It features bowls green, children playground, tennis courts and a perfect place where you can lie down lazily and watch the blue skies on a sunny afternoon.
The Hornfair Park was opened in 1935. It offers a variety of activities that an urban park usually offers. The park is flat, unlike Maryon, and has playing fields, tennis courts, playgrounds, a swimming pool as well as an outdoor lawn bowls area.
The Horn Fair
The Horn Fair has been taking place in Charlton since medieval times. This fair was very vibrant and brought people from other areas to Charlton for fun, food and drink. However, it was banned in 1874 due to drunkenness and disorderly behaviour also adding to the entertaninments on show. In 1973, this practice was revived and now takes place in the manor and grounds of Charlton House. But undeniably, it is much less rowdier and more of a family event than the earlier incarnationrlton.
This football club, started in 1905 by the amalgamation of several youth clubs, has just been promoted to the championship last year. Having won two FA cup finals was an achievement from this club, even though they only won one of them. The club is also known locally as The Addicks and the stadium used by them is called The Valley.
Charlton Athletic has often played in several different grounds, but their permanent mainstay is now The Valley. The club is supported mostly by Londoners from the neighbouring boroughs. The team colours are red and white and the club crest is blue and white.
Considering that football is a mainstay of British culture, Charlton Athletic FC is an important part of the local culture and history of Charlton.
However, Charlton also has a strong sports association with both Rugby and Cricket. The Blackheath Club is the oldest Rugby Club in the world, founded in 1958, has its home in Charlton. Likewise, the Kent Cricket Club also has a historical association with the area, though not actually located there.
Great Pubs, Bars and Restaurants
Aside from the vast expanse of lush green vegetation and several activity grounds, Charlton also offers cheaper accommodations compared to those in central London. There are numerous dining outlets that serve excellent food and drinks. Charlton bars, pubs and clubs are a delight to young professionals and commuters. Some of the best are Bugle Horn, Rose of Denmark, The Antigallican, The Pickwick and the White Horse. For Chinese food lovers, the Dragon & Phoenix at Charlton Church Lane has some of the most delectable Oriental food choices you can find in the area. For exotic Indian dishes, head to The Village to sample The Viceroy culinary offerings.
While we cannot boast that your visit will be a exiting as the places above we have a wonderful ranges of glasses and sunglasses for some great retail therapy.