London is home to some of the most beautiful parks and gardens with Hyde Park among the most visited and popular parks in the city. It is home to many memorials and installations that attract visitors in large numbers. It sprawls over 350 acres with plenty to see and do, so much so, one could spend an entire afternoon without being able to cover all the attractions in the park.
Those staying at the Park Grand Paddington Hotel are a stone’s throw from Hyde Park along with many other landmarks that are worth exploring such as:
One of the two royal residences in London, Kensington Palace is where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge live with their young family. Apart from visiting the State Rooms, make it a point to explore the beautiful Kensington Gardens adjoining the palace.
Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground:
For those visiting with family, this is an ideal spot to visit and spend some time. Very popular with kids the playground area is home to a large pirate ship moored on white sand. For the younger ones clambering aboard the vessel is an exciting adventure and also where they get to pretend to steer the wheel imagining they are sailing the high seas. In the summer the kids can cool off in the waters of the mermaid shaped fountain and frolic around. An added attraction is the camp of tepees and even a treehouse area with ladders and slides for the kids to have a blast.
A visit to London would not be quite complete without at least a tour of Oxford Street, irrespective of whether you make a few purchases or not. Stretching almost a mile with over 300 stores and the best of high-end shopping make it one of the classiest shopping venues on the planet. Of course, one needs deep pockets if they plan to shop here because the prices can be really steep!
The Serpentine Galleries:
Located in the stretch between Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens is the popular Serpentine Gallery. It showcases the best of contemporary art done by British and international artists. It was created in 1970 with a new section added relatively recently in 2013, which was designed by the legendary Zaha Hadid.
The Wellington Arch:
London is crammed with memorial and installations with the Wellington Arch one of the most spectacular. Located in front of the former home of the Duke of Wellington, it celebrates his resounding military victory at the famous Battle of Waterloo. The most striking feature is the magnificent bronze statue and the statue of Peace.
One of the finer architectural gems in the city, is stately Dartmouth House with its ornate staircase and magnificent interiors and grand painted ceilings.