A suburb on the northern outskirts of London, Hendon is particularly famous as the site of London’s first aerodrome, which is now home to a renowned Royal Air Force Museum. The town has a lively performing arts scene and is a good base from which to explore the northern parts of England’s capital.
Located at Hendon Aerodrome, the Royal Air Force Museum is the pre-eminent aviation museum in the country. Featuring more than 200 perfectly preserved airplanes from all over the world, 100 of which are selected to be exhibited at a time, the museum is a must for any aircraft enthusiast as well as being educational and rewarding for people of all ages. Highlights include the legendary Spitfire fighter and Lancaster bomber. All exhibits are under cover, so the museum is suitable to visit no matter what the weather conditions are.
Church End is the highlight of historical Hendon, with the 13th century St Mary’s Church being the showpiece. However, the soaring towers of the church are not as famous as its haunted graveyard, rumored to be the basis for the fictional Kingstead in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Other historic districts worth strolling around include Parson Street and Holder’s Hill, where you can enjoy observing the manors and immaculate gardens of 18th and 19th century homes.
Hendon has a lively arts scene as well as dozens of places where you can dine on sumptuous cuisine or sip a refreshing pint of ale. Particularly well known is the Hendon Music Society, which has a varied annual program of tasteful concerts. The new chic shopping, dining and entertainment district of Brent street is the place to head if you can’t find what you are looking for in the old town center on Hendon way, which has plenty of specialty shops, international restaurants and lively nightlife.