factories & more

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We list here factories, workshops, and other operational places you can visit, such as the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, and the Tower Lifeboat Station. 

OUR OPERATIONAL FAVOURITES

British Legion Poppy Factory. Richmond. Founded in 1922, the Poppy Factory still produces millions of poppies for Remembrance Day. Free to visit. More info. 

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. Rescuing stray dogs and cats since 1860. Visits cost a modest £2 per adult, which we deem to be virtually free. More info. 

Tower Lifeboat Station. Westminster. The UK's busiest lifeboat station, with a crew on station around the clock. Free visits can be arranged by telephone, with dates depedent on volunteer availability. More info. 

OPERATIONAL LIST

FACTORIES

Algha Spectacle Factory. Tower Hamlets. Unchanged in its machinery and methods since 1932, the Algha factory makes luxury spectacles. Visits may be requested, but cannot be guaranteed. More info. See on map.

British Legion Poppy Factory. Richmond. Founded in 1922 to provide work for disabled veterans, the Poppy Factory still produces millions of poppies for Remembrance Day. Free to visit. More info. 

WORKSHOPS

London Glass Blowing. Southwark. Experience the heat and magic of the ancient craft of glass blowing. Watch a gather of molten glass evolve into a thing of value and beauty. Free to visit. More info. See on map.

OTHER OPERATIONAL

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. Rescuing stray dogs and cats since 1860. Visits cost a modest £2 per adult, which we deem to be virtually free. More info. 

Greenwich Power Station. Greenwich. A major London power station built in 1910 to provide power for the London County Council Tramways. Being fitted with new gas engines to provide power to the London tube.  More info. See on map.

Heathrow Airport, Terminal 5. Hillingdon. We recommend a visit to Terminal 5, designed by Richard Rogers. An outstanding airport terminal building. Take the driverless Ultra pod system on a trip to the car park and back. More info. See on map.

London City Airport. Newham. Constructed on derelict dock land in 1987. There are regular flights to Amsterdam, Geneva, Dublin and New York. Dramatically situated alongside the Thames. More info. See on map.

Tower Lifeboat Station. Westminster. The UK's busiest lifeboat station, with a crew on station around the clock. Free visits can be arranged by telephone, with dates depedent on volunteer availability. More info.