London is one of the major capital cities in the world and attracts millions of visitors every year. It goes without saying that there are thousands of hotels, hostels and guest houses scattered all over the city whether it is on the outskirts or right in the heart of it. Price and distance of attractions is a major factor in those deciding where to stay in the city; if you stay in the heart of London you are closer to major attractions but you’re paying a hefty price for the privilege whereas you can stay further afield but you will need to travel a further distance to get where you want to be. It is near on impossible to find a hotel that combines a good price, comfort and easily accessible to some of the major city sights, isn’t it?
Well the short answer to that is no, there are a few hotels which can give you the best of both worlds including the Hyde Park International Hotel which is a hotel near Bayswater. This luxury hotel offers beautiful rooms, breakfast in the morning and nearby parking at the Arthur Court NCP with major sights situated within walking distance to the hotel but, if you feel a destination is just that little bit too far, Bayswater tube station is seconds away. It is one of the best hotels in the area and, with a great rate, breakfast and a touch of luxury all in one place, it seems like a no brainer.
Because it is in such a great location, the hotel is only a short walk away to some of the most famous places in London. Kensington Gardens is less than 10 minutes’ walk away and it was used as a hunting ground during the reign on Henry VIII. It was separated from Hyde Park in 1728 and now part of the Serpentine runs through Kensington Gardens, it is known as The Long Water, ending at the Italian Gardens. Near this divide lies some of the most famous statues in London, The Albert Memorial, Physical Energy Statue and the Peter Pan Statue, as well as the Serpentine Gallery which holds some of the best contemporary art pieces in the world. The must see part of the gardens is, of course, Kensington Palace which was built in 1605 and expanded in 1689 at the request of King William and Queen Mary. It has been the home of many royals such as Queen Anne, King George I, King George II and Princess Diana. In 1997, after the tragic death of the People’s Princess, the grounds of the palace were inundated with over one million flowers as a sign of grief, loss and remembrance. Today, the palace is home to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte and Prince Harry.
From Kensington Gardens you can choose to either leave the gardens and take a trip through Knightsbridge and visit Harrods, the biggest department store in Europe that contains a plethora of floors and rooms containing treasures such as designer clothes, toys, beauty, food halls, pet shop, a bank and a barbers, or you can take a trip through Hyde Park. Attached to Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park is one of the most famous parks in Britain, mainly due to it hosting festivals, concerts and Winter Wonderland every year. A walk through the park will allow you to explore the Serpentine and the legendary Speakers Corner where many a protest and Freedom of Speech has been exercised in its entirety.
When you head out of Hyde Park you can walk through the Wellington Arch and head to Apsley House, the Duke of Wellington’s abode which has now been transformed into a museum in his honour and showcasing his fine art collection. However, if that doesn’t take your fancy you can walk south throw Hyde Park and take a look around the three-world famous and free museums; the Natural History, the Science and the V&A Museum. These will certainly take up a good few hours of your day with the Natural History Museum being jam packed full of amazing specimens, dinosaur bones and reconstructions and gems and minerals that will have you in awe at how amazing our planet is. The Science museum allows you to be hands on and play, create and experiment with different contraptions as well as taking a look at the history behind machinery and processes that we couldn’t be without today such as trains, cars and even medicine. The V&A museum holds treasures from all over the British Empire as well as delights from the famous Crystal Palace Exhibition that was held in the 19th century, it really gives an insight into the strength on the empire in its day.
By the iconic Marble Arch, placed in the corner of Hyde Park, is the beginning of one of the most famous shopping streets in the world. Oxford Circus gives was to Oxford Street and shopping on Oxford Street with the large Topshop store, Primark store and the world-famous Selfridges, it is an experience in itself and it doesn’t fail to cater to everyones needs. It is guaranteed to take up most of your morning and, if you aren’t worn out from your shopping workout you are only minutes away from Regent Street, which is home to Hamleys, the world’s oldest toy shop with 7 floors of sheer delights, and Piccadilly Circus. Piccadilly Circus is another iconic sight to see due to it being featured in many films and television programmes. It is deemed the centre of the city and from here the choice you could walk on to Leicester Square to take in a film and maybe witness a film premiere with the red carpet filled with celebrities, or you could head down Shaftesbury Avenue where you could watch one of the many, many musicals in the West End.