Visiting central London for the first time? How to feel at home when you are far from home

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It is highly probable that you’ve decided to spend some time in London for a relaxing break from everyday life and to take in a slice of culture you’ve rarely experienced before. But how can you do that without straying too far out of your comfort zone?

Quick answer: choose a centrally located hotel in London.

By opting for a well-positioned place to stay, like the Grand Royale Hyde Park Hotel, you have great transport links right on your doorstep, along with plenty of activities and sights to take in without too much travel hassle. You can also get a better informed opinion of what the city is about by being right at the heart of the city.

The Grand Royale Hyde Park Hotel is located on Inverness Terrace (W2 3JP), just off Bayswater Road, which runs along the north perimeter of the world famous 350-acre Hyde Park.

As it is so close to such a well-known park, it has two major Tube stations within a five-minute walk – Queensway on the Central line, and Bayswater on the Circle and District lines.

Easy attractions

Traipsing around a new and strange city can be daunting and very little fun if you have little ones in tow.

However, with easy access to three separate Tube lines, the bulk of London’s best-known and most visited attractions are just a short train ride away on the Underground.

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For example, Trafalgar Square sits just 19 minutes away, while it’ll take less than half an hour to get to the London Eye or Buckingham Palace where you can witness the remarkable Changing of the Guard in front of the primary Royal residence.

Similarly, some of London’s best shopping destinations – such as Oxford Street, Westfield and Covent Garden – are a brief Tube trip away. In fact, if you fancy seeing what Harrods is all about, you’d be better taking a relaxed stroll through Hyde Park; the famous department store is only a 1.5-mile walk away.

Whiteleys shopping centre, which has many recognisable high street names, is just a seven-minute walk away too.

Grubs up

There are some absolutely outstanding eateries surrounding the Grand Royale London Hyde Park too.

The two Michelin star Ledbury (127 Ledbury Road, W11 2AQ) is considered one of the world’s finest restaurants, serving up innovative French cooking with fine wines in a smart, modern setting.

The Island Restaurant & Bar (Lancaster Terrace, W2 3PF) is a short stroll east up Bayswater Road and has secured two AA Rosettes, due to its fresh and sustainable cuisine.

If you fancy something less fancy, there are plenty of chain restaurants in the vicinity with pizza lovers especially well served with a Bella Italia, ASK Italian and Pizza Express all nearby.

Also worth a look is Tukdin (41 Craven Road, W2 3BX), which serves up delicious and reasonably-priced Malaysian food in a cheerful intimate environment.

Getting away

When hometime eventually rolls around, being in a centrally located luxury hotel in London – like the Grand Royale Hyde Park Hotel – makes it easy to begin your return journey.

It is a quick Tube ride without any stops from Bayswater Station to Paddington, and you’re on the right side of the city for getting to Heathrow too. After reaching Paddington, it is less than 20 minutes on the Heathrow Express to the airport.

With such straightforward transport options, you’ll be right at home when trying to get home.