Getting to know West London is easier than you might think. If you are staying at the Grand Royale Hyde Park London, then you’re already incredibly centrally located and will find that many of the city centre’s attractions are well within half an hour either by public transport or even by walking. With so many draws to the city centre, it can often be easy to let West London fall by the wayside.
West London represents some of the most sought-after qualities of the city. With its large open spaces, a wide range of city sites and a rich history dating back millennia, West London holds the heart to the city. Whether you’re visiting hotels near Hyde Park for a night or a week, it’s well worth watching out for these events, giving you a heady mix of history, entertainment and excitement.
Based very close to the Grand Royale London Hyde Park, this famous royal park of London spans over 350 acres in the centre of the city. This park includes lakes, art galleries and thousands of different plants and trees. With a wide range of famous monuments dotted around alongside great picnicking spots, Hyde Park is the perfect place to start your Bayswater and Paddington experience.
Based in Hyde Park, the Serpentine Gallery is made up of two different exhibition areas, both of which explore the world of contemporary artists. For the likes of Man Ray, Marina Abramovich and Grayson Perry, the Serpentine Gallery promises some of the most innovative art from a wide range of different mediums.
Based right next to Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens are some of the most beautiful examples of terraced gardens in London. Originally created as the private gardens for Queen Caroline of Brunswick in the 18th century, the gardens are now public. Once used as the private gardens of Kensington Palace, these gardens are adorned with water features, rock gardens and beautiful flower beds.
Based just off of Kensington Gardens, Kensington Palace is the official residence of the Duke and Duchess Cambridge, as well as Gloucester, Sussex and Kent. The house’s state rooms are open to the public and allow for a wide range of visitors every day. Whether you are visiting the interior or merely walking past, this house has been in the royal collection since the 1600’s.
Puppet Theatre Barge
The Puppet Barge Theatre is in Little Venice and is one of the best puppet theatres in the UK. With a wide range of plays for both children and adults every year, the theatre has hosted a wide range of theatre companies and writers from across the world.
Notting Hill’s Portobello Road hosts a street market every weekend. With a mile’s worth of stalls, customers can pilfer through antique furniture, jewellery and trinkets, alongside special sections focused on vintage clothes and accessories. This is one of the most famous markets in London and attracts many locals and tourists alike.
Madame Tussauds is one of the best known waxworks in the world, bringing a wide range of lifelike replicas of celebrities and iconic historical and fictional figures. Based very close to Baker Street Station, Madame Tussauds is one of the best spots in the UK for that celebrity selfie.
St Sophia’s Cathedral
Based in Bayswater, St Sophia’s Cathedral is a Greek Orthodox church located on Moscow Road. Opened in 1882, the church has become synonymous with the areas large Greek community and hosts Saturday and Sunday services, alongside Byzantine dance lessons and a polyphonic choir.
Paddington Station is one of the cities largest train stations, serving many parts of West London as well as the larger area of West England. with 13 platforms and a tube serving the Circle and Hammersmith and City lines, there’s plenty of transport links in Paddington. Paddington is especially famous for it being the namesake for Paddington Bear, the Michael Bond children’s story character who has since grown into an international franchise.
The Mitre Pub
Located between Paddington and Bayswater, the Mitre Pub is one of the most popular pubs in West London. WIth its beautiful terrace and a grade II listed building dating back to 1850, the Mitre Pub serves up a wide range of pub grub, Young’s affiliated craft beers, lagers and ales, making for a classic London experience.
The Magic Hour
With magic shows being performed at hotels across the city, award winning magician Tony Middleton is one of the most popular performers in the city. If you are looking for a great way to explore the dazzling world of magic, then Tony MIddleton’s shows will inspire and stun you, giving you the perfect mix of entertainment and mystery.
All Star Lanes
With an art deco inspired bowling hall, this White City based bowling experience brings a wide range of 1950’s Miami inspired aesthetics to the centre of West London. This bowling alley pairs fun with classiness, being a cut above the average bowling alley with its great DJ’s, drinks and food menus. whether you’re a bowling baller, or it’s your first time on the lanes, All Star guarantees all round fun.
This VR experience gives you the chance to play up to half an hour games using full body VR suits. These games are some of the most sophisticated in the world, giving you an all encompassing sensory experience. Whether you are looking for a zombie shoot em up or a magical quest, this Whiteley shopping centre based VR experience is one of the most innovative VR experiences in the world.
Diana Memorial Playground
If you’re visiting London with the kids, then you’ll no doubt want to find some great spots to let them blow off some steam. The Diana Memorial Playground was inspired by the JM Barrie penned Peter Pan books. The playground encourages using your imagination with its deconstructed pirate ship and huts, ensuring that kids can play, but on their own terms.
The Coronet Notting Hill
One of the most iconic cinemas in London, the Coronet was a theatre, then cinema dating back to 1894. After its long history as a mid-century cinema, a company named The Print Room have returned the building to its former glory as a theatre. Here you can see a wide range of theatre shows and entertainment, focussing on experimental and cutting edge theatre. Having performed the likes of Howard Barker and TS Eliot, the Print Room company have taken over The Coronet and are now showcasing international dance, theatre and music talent. If you’re looking for a cultured night out, then the Coronet is the perfect spot for you.