Comfort Hotel Harrow
Northwick Park Road
London, EN HA1 2NT
Phone: (44) 20 84272899
Fax: (44) 20 88632314
Arts & Museums
Harrow invites all the art lovers to Usurp. Showcasing contemporary art exhibitions of renowned and amateur artists. They also display work by experimental artists, musicians, composers and other performers. Check their website for more updates.
Located at the Headstone Manor, Harrow Museum features a collection of exhibits that highlight the local history. Dating back to the 17th Century, the museum comprises a total of four heritage buildings. It is at the Headstone Manor where a collection dating back to the 14th and 17th-18th centuries is on display. The Tithe Barn exhibits equipment used for agricultural purposes. The smaller barn is where prehistoric collections are on display; these include archaeological findings. And lastly, the granary where a collection highlights Harrow's industrial scene.
Bentley Priory was originally built in 1766, however the structure has undergone a number of changes and extensions over the years. It has variously been used as a private residence, hotel and a school before coming into the ownership of the Royal Air Force in 1926. After the RAF relinquished the property in 2008, most of the property has been converted in to a private residence and housing development, however the Grade II listed officer's mess, with its fabulous Italian gardens, has come to be the Bentley Priory Museum. The museum focuses on the history of the priory in relation to its role as a RAF base during the Battle of Britain and Cold War. The museum chronicles the various influences and people who shaped the events of the historic battle, eventually leading to victory. Exhibits include a number of artifacts taken by the RAF during World War II, the preserved offices of Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Dowding and numerous Royal Portraits. A spectacular illustration of one of Britain's most significant victories, the Bentley Priory Museum is a great place for history buffs. Apart from regular opening times, the museum is also open on the third Saturday of every month, and group or school tours may be booked on other days as well.
With over 150 motorcycles on display, and a knowledgeable staff, the London Motorcycle Museum offers visitors a unique museum experience. Classics such as a 1902 Ormonde, 1903 Clyde, 1959 Norton Dommie 99 and more can be seen here. Not only are the bikes on display but some are even used for shows, meets, events and exhibitions around the world. Learn the history and gain a new insight on the world of motorcycles through a trip to this museum.
The Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture is located in Colindale, Barnet and is a part of Middlesex university. It features a comprehensive collections of interior designs for homes developed in the 19th and 20th century. The Domestic Design collection features thousands of books, catalogues and magazines on the subject of home design and decoration. Tours of the museum can be arranged by appointment only. However, one can view some of the collections on their online website and exhibitions. The museum welcomes student, lecturers and researchers of interior design as well as the general public who have an interest in the topic.
At the RAF Museum, you'll be treated to a dramatic retelling of the story of the Air Force - and the history of flight in Britain and around the world. You'll see real planes, jets and bombers, as well as engines, weapons and other vehicles integral to any serious war. You'll see uniforms, medals and other awards, photo galleries and informational archives. The museum also lets out its premises for private events. See website for complete visitor details.
This museum was made to acknowledge and cherish the varied contributions of the British Jews towards the Armed Forces of the British Government spanning from 18th century to present day, and to erase contradictory misconceptions which wrongly assume that Jews did not play a major role in the activities of the Armed Forces. Henry Morris was the person who came up with the plan to build this museum. The collections displayed cover various historical events, but the major focus is on the two World Wars. The museum also offers genealogy data, which consists of a huge collection of names of all the Jewish people who participated in the Second World War.
The Bushey Museum and Art Gallery is a hidden gem in the city of Hertfordshire showcasing local history and culture. On display is a wide collection of archaeological artifacts, historic documents, maps and census materials of the city from the past century. But the main attraction is the gallery dedicated to Sir Hubert von Herkomer whose School of Art in Bushey was a famous destination for art students all over the world. Another renowned works on display are of Lucy Kemp-Welch who was famous for her illustrations in the novel, Black Beauty. There are also many other paintings by major artists who were drawn to Bushey by its reputation. The museum is run by a charitable trust and is free of charge but donations and funds are encouraged, required for further expansions and maintenance.
If you're on the lookout for something different, then it might be worth checking out this Russian art specialist in North London. Like many other companies who have recently started selling directly to the public, this unique gallery is only open for free viewing on Sunday. On the ground floor is a huge stock of Oriental rugs imported directly from the East, and hand-knotted rugs from the former USSR are a specialty. The upstairs art gallery offers a range of framed and unframed oil paintings, and Russian art is best represented with key names from the 19th century to modern day.
Previously owned by the renowned British architect John Soane and a former Britain Prime Minister's daughter, the PM Gallery and House oozes history. Since its public ownership by the Ealing District Council, the building housed the Public Library until 1985 when it became the site of the Soane Museum and PM Gallery. The museum includes original parts of the architect's home and Soane's diaries and drawings. The PM Gallery houses the largest collection of contemporary art in West London and is worth a visit.
Southall has had a locomotive shed ever since the year 1859. Southall Railway Centre is the sole railway heritage center in London. It contains an engaging historical assemblage of diesel and steam locomotives. The AEC Shunter, a truly unique locomotive, can also be found at the Southall Railway Centre. It also houses several BR and GWR wagons apart from coaching stock. Several of these wagons have been restored wonderfully to their original make and condition.
If you're ever at a loose end, head down to Gunnersbury Park. Besides the boating pond, the pitch and putt golf course, playground and cafe, there is a Victorian museum, which is well worth the trek. Once the home of the Rothschilds, the museum holds a wealth of Victorian material as well as various, changing exhibitions. Workshops ranging from the Romans and the Tudors are hosted and make an enjoyable hands-on history lesson. The museum also hosts monthly special activities like "Kitchen Capers", which invites children to dress up in Victorian costumes and play-act and take part in with good old-fashioned parlor games. Another fun event is the 'Too Many Cooks' day, which comprises cooking demonstrations in the large Victorian kitchen, followed by a cream tea. Check website for details.