While most tourists tend to focus on central London one area many miss out on is Greater London, which itself has some fabulous tourist attractions worth exploring at leisure. In fact, choosing to stay close to Heathrow airport has its own unique advantages apart from, of course, avoiding the crowds and noise of central London. With excellent transport connectivity to the city centre from Heathrow getting to the centre of London is never a hassle.
The hotels near Osterley Tube Station are a good choice of accommodation offering a diverse range of hotels catering to all kinds of travellers.
The Park Grand Hotel Heathrow offers excellent facilities and elegant surroundings at a budget-friendly price, making it a popular choice of accommodation among business travellers and visitors to the city.
Some of the best spots to visit with the family nearby include:
One of the most well-known and beautiful gardens in the city, Kew Gardens was established in 1759. It houses one of the largest and most diverse collections of plants including some very rare species. It was declared a UNESCO heritage site in 2003. There are more than a million species of flowers and plants found at Kew Gardens, that make it a very interesting place to visit for nature lovers.
The gardens are home to a large apiary named “The Hive”. It was set up to study the behaviour of bees and their interaction with nature. Some of the other interesting places to visit at the gardens include an art gallery, which has numerous artworks with a nature theme. There also is a historically important cottage that once was a summer retreat for the Royal Family.
Among the man family-friendly attractions in this part of London, Legoland draws the largest number of visitors. The venue opened in 2006 and since then draws over two million visitors annually. There are plenty of family activities and a range of thrilling rides. One of the highlights is the recreation of a scaled-down model of actual cities from all parts of the globe. Pirate Shore that offers a ship ride is one of the top attractions that the kids enjoy exploring.
The Ascot Racecourse:
Britain with London in particular, has long held a fascination with horses and the sport of horse racing. Of the many racecourses found in the UK, Ascot Racecourse organises one of the most prestigious derbies. Located close to Windsor Castle it has always been a favourite with members of the Royal Family including Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. The first race held at Ascot was in 1711 and since then it continued the tradition to contemporary times. The Ascot Racecourse at present organises 13 races of Group I every year. Racing season is when celebrities, royalty and other well-known public figures can be seen in their best attire at Ascot.
It has been continuously occupied from the 11 century and is one of the largest working castles in the world. It stretches over 13 acres and was built using the Georgian and Victorian architectural styles and is an excellent example of Medieval era construction.