• Posted:Monday, August 23, 2010
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Book a London hostel and 'celebrate the history of Florence Nightingale'
History lovers may find that doing an audio tour about Florence Nightingale could be a worthwhile activity in the capital.

This might be the ideal excuse to book a hostel in London for a weekend away and celebrate the life and times of one of the most famous nurses in the world, whose passing was more than 100 years ago.

Sarah Gordon, writing for the Daily Mail, noted that there are a surprising amount of links to the medical icon along the expensive strip of the Big Smoke - where Ms Nightingale resided for the majority of her 90 years.

Ms Gordon admitted she was unsure whether to do the one-hour tour due to having little knowledge about the nurse beforehand.

"But as the sounds of the modern city fade into the background, Florence Nightingale reaches through the centuries to pull me back into Victorian London, a city of glamorous excess for the lucky few and unimaginable hardship for the rest," she added.

The tour takes people around Mayfair, so it may be worth trying to find a London hostel in the area for those who do not want to travel too far away.

It starts on South Street - where the icon, whose name comes from the Italian city where she was born in 1820, once lived - before taking in a number of "Georgian facades and their gothic revival touches".

Moreover, those who have a cheap hostel in London booked for the August bank holiday weekend may like to attend the Film4 Frightfest, which takes place at the Empire Cinema in the West End and is set to feature an array of horror flicks.

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