Kensington Gardens: Kensington Gardens, one of the capital’s eight Royal Parks, is one of central London’s prettiest open spaces. It forms a westward extension of Hyde Park, and was once the private gardens of nearby Kensington Palace. The Palace was the birthplace of Queen Victoria, and was also home to members of the Royal Family including William III and Mary II, and Diana Princess of Wales. The park’s landmarks include the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Playground, the Italian Gardens, a statue of Peter Pan, the Round Pond and the Albert Memorial.
Notting Hill: This area of west London is famous for its annual carnival which takes place every August and is Europe’s largest street festival. But there’s plenty to keep visitors amused throughout the rest of the year. Portobello Road is home to one of London’s most famous markets – a great place for browsing for antiques, vintage clothes, records and books. There are also plenty of pubs, restaurants and shops in the area to suit all budgets.
Marble Arch: This area takes its name from the white marble monument, completed in 1833, which was originally located at Buckingham Palace. The arch was later moved to its current location at the western end of Oxford Street. From here it’s a short journey to Edgware Road, with its Middle Eastern restaurants as well as the upmarket streets of Mayfair.
Little Venice: Little Venice, where Regents Canal meets the Grand Union Canal is an area of white stucco houses and pretty houseboats. There are a number of pubs and cafes in the area and even a floating puppet theatre. You can take boat trips along Regents Canal from Little Venice to London Zoo and Camden Lock. Hyde Park is easy to reach for those staying in The Grand Royale London Hyde Park Hotel.
Royal Albert Hall: Opened in 1871, the Royal Albert Hall is the venue for a wide range of events including classical and popular music concerts, an annual ATP Champions Tour tennis event and the BBC Proms. Built in Italianate style, the Royal Albert Hall is one of London’s most distinctive buildings, with its famous round shape and dome particularly stunning when lit up at night.
Oxford Street: Oxford Street is one of the most famous shopping streets in the world. The largest store in Oxford Street is the department store Selfridges, while other well-known outlets include John Lewis, House of Fraser, Debenhams, Marks & Spencer, Gap and Topshop.