Best of the suburbs
Posted: Fri Dec 1 2006
Museum of Croydon
6 Biggin Hill airportOpened in 1917, the airport became famous in WWII as a major base for both Spitfires and Hurricanes. Since the RAF moved out in 1992 it has been used for charter flights. It hosts an annual international air show (June 2-3 2007) and private flying lessons are available. Biggin Hill airport, Biggin Hill, Kent (01959 571 111/www.bigginhill.co.uk).
7 Museum of CroydonPart of the Croydon Clocktower complex, which includes a gallery, cinema, café and concert hall. The current exhibition ‘Sunshine in Surburbia’ celebrates the design, fashion and architecture that helped the suburbs burst into life between the two World Wars.Croydon Clocktower, Katherine St, Croydon (020 8253 1030/www.croydon.gov.uk/clocktower) East or West Croydon rail. Open Mon-Fri 11am-5pm. Adm £1.50, concs 50p.
8 Carshalton PondsArtificially created for the benefit of the local aristocracy from the 1630s onwards, these are now part of the local conservation area. A 200-year-old London plane tree here is reputedly the city’s tallest. The Greyhound Hotel is a good choice for lunch, after which you can visit the Honeywood Heritage Centre. Carshalton Ponds, Carshalton, Sutton. Heritage Centre, Honeywood Walk, Carshalton, Sutton, SM5 (020 8770 4297) Carshalton rail. Open Wed-Fri 11am-5pm, Sat, Sun and bank hols 10am-5pm. Adm £1.50, children 65p.
9 Hampton CourtIt boasts some 500 years of royal history, the state apartments of Henry VIII and William II, restored Tudor kitchens and 60 acres of riverside gardens (as well as the infamous maze). Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey (0870 752 7777/www.hrp.org.uk) Hampton Court rail. Open Mon-Fri 9am-9pm, Sat, Sun and bank hols 10am-5pm. Adm £12.30, concs £10, children £8, family ticket £36.40.
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