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Author: Visit the Goldfinger house

6th January 2012

Visitors to luxury London hotels may be interested in touring the city's top destinations as highlighted by author Tom Jones.

Taking inspiration from the famous saying "to be tired of London is to be tired of life", the author's new book Tired of London, Tired of Life: One Thing A Day To Do in London and the blog of the same title hopes to lure people into the city to discover its cultural highlights.

Those on a romantic London getaway indulging in a walk through the world-famous Hampstead Heath may want to stop off at 2 Willow Road - the house of renowned architect Erno Goldfinger, which is open to the public.

Goldfinger, who lived at the residence during the 1930s, left a distinctive mark on the building, which the author says gives insight into some of his most iconic designs in the capital.

"Willow Road was created by Goldfinger a simple family house, facing onto Hampstead Heath, and is kept exactly as it was when the Goldfingers lived there, open to the public with the help of National Trust," Mr Jones enthused.

The modern looking structure was very controversial when it was built and led to a falling out between the architect and James Bond author Ian Flemming - leading to the creation of the eponymous villain Goldfinger.

Mr Jones remarked: "It is now celebrated as an example of the style, and was one of the first modernist buildings acquired by the Trust."

Other iconic modernist buildings that the designer contributed to the capital include the Trellick and Balfron Towers as well as the Alexander Fleming House, beside the Elephant and Castle Roundabout.

Hampstead Heath is one of the city's most popular green spaces, which officials describe as an "island of beautiful countryside".

It is situated just six kilometres away from Trafalgar square, making it easily accessible to those in central London hotels.
 


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