When I was in London, the most peculiar thing I saw is the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir.
This is Europe’s first traditional Hindu temple and it was built in 1995.
Getting there is easy but it takes a little time. I took the Jubilee Line to Neasden Station and walked to the temple. You find more options on how to get there here.
There, be sure to let your bag and cameras at the deposit in the parking lot opposite the temple. It’s free. You can bring your phone and wallet with you, but you’re only allowed to take pictures of the outside of the temple.
Inside, you have to take your shoes off. I suggest you to bring some socks if you don’t happen to wear them. There are carpets, but the sacred part of the temple has a marble ground and maybe you don’t want to walk barefoot where thousands of other people have.
The temple is divided into two parts.
Using 5,000 tonnes of Italian Carrara and Indian Ambaji marble and the finest Bulgarian limestone, it was hand-carved in India before being assembled in London.
The heart of the Mandir temple is the Inner Sanctum. It is located on the first floor and it houses seven sanctuaries for the “Murti”, the hindu deities. For pictures of the inside click here.
Adjacent to the stone mandir is a unique cultural centre intricately designed in traditional Haveli architecture. Exquisite traditional wood-craftsmanship has been combined with modern environment-friendly techniques to create this hub of activity for all who come to learn, worship and celebrate at the Mandir.
I really liked the visit and I suggest you to go and take a look at the temple, if you have time. It is so interesting and it’s something different to see, other than the classical touristic attractions.
Information from: londonmandir.baps.org