Staying in West London places you right in the centre of the action. With much of the city’s best tourist attractions located in and around the West End, you’ll find it easier than most other areas of the city to traverse, explore and enjoy it by foot. Whether you’re visiting for business or for pleasure, the city’s many attractions are often localised across the city centre and are easy to reach by foot if you’re staying in the Hyde Park, Paddington or Kensington area.
The Park Grand Hyde Park Hotel accommodation available to London visitors spans at least six hotels. This gives guests more than enough options for comfortable rooms in the area, and with the most famous of the royal parks so close by, many of the city’s favourite tourist attractions have been pulled into its orbit. From historic monuments to entertaining nights out, here are the best.
The Science Museum is just 1.5 miles from our luxury accommodation in London’s Hyde Park and is well known for being one of the best museums in the world for accessible science. There’s something for everyone here in this unique Museum Row institute, and the friendly staff offer everything from late-night entertainment for adults and hands-on experiments for the kids.
Natural History Museum
Second on the Museum Row list, is the Natural History Museum. Just next door to the Science Museum, this unique institution dates back to 1873 and was originally designed to hold the taxidermy collections of Charles Darwin from his voyages on the HMS Beagle. Alongside major exhibits exploring the world of the dinosaurs, the museum holds fragments of intergalactic rocks, as well as beautiful exhibits of marine life and earth geology.
Victoria and Albert Museum
This unique and eclectic museum is the third of our free to visit Museum Row trio and explores the world of design and craft. With a massive collection of decorative arts from throughout history, the Victoria and Albert Museum also explores the practical designs and works of famous artists such as Frida Khalo and Christian Dior, alongside innovative exhibits that shift from retrospective to forward-thinking.
Royal Albert Hall
Sitting opposite Hyde Park, the Royal Albert Hall was built as a music hall in memory of Queen Victoria’s late husband, Prince Albert. With its beginnings as a high-class music hall, the Royal Albert Hall became the home of the Central School of Speech and Drama where famed dramatists and actors such as Harold Pinter and Judi Dench trained, as well as being the home to the Wine Society. This was all as the hall, made from parts left over from the Great Exhibition, staged music events from some of the most famous classical and contemporary pop musicians in the world.
Just 2 miles from the Par Grand Hyde Park, the walk to Buckingham Palace is one of the most pleasant you’ll find in London, taking you right through the heart of Hyde Park. the palace itself is a sight to behold, it’s gilded gates setting the official household of the queen apart from the huge fountains and red-clad royal guards patrolling the area. A must for those with an interest in British monarchic history, Buckingham Palace still functions today as a bastion of the royal family and a headquarters for its administrative duties.
Based on the opposite side to Hyde Park to Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace sits at the head of Kensington Gardens and acts as the official residence of Prince Harry and Princess Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Opened in 1605 but bought by the royal family in 1689, the palace was the childhood home of Queen Victoria, which is the subject of one of the publically open State Rooms exhibitions.
The Serpentine Gallery is one of the main cultural attractions in Hyde Park. Consisting of two free to visit exhibition spaces, the Sackler and Pavilion galleries are free to visit and showcase some of the leading talents in the contemporary art world. The Sackler Galleries have premiered the work of many revolutionary artists, including Grayson Perry and Marina Abramovich.
Whilst only open to non-members of the swimming club throughout the summer months of May to September, the Serpentine Lido is an open-air and freshwater swimming pool and a cut off section of the Serpentine River. If you’re visiting around Christmas however, you can watch the Christmas Morning Peter Pan Cup swimming competition, which has been running since 1864.
Based in the Northeast corner of Hyde Park, Speakers Corner is an area open to members of the public to debate and orate, giving a platform to new ideas and philosophies. Speakers Corner has become famous since its development in the 1860s’ for being one of the only places in the city where people can stand and speak on any subject. When socialism was illegal or frowned upon during the late 19th and early 20th century, Speakers Corner attracted many famous speakers to what is now a commemorated concrete staircase and platform, including George Orwell, Karl Marx and William Morris. If you’re passing through Hyde Park, why not stop at Speakers Corner for a few minutes, whether it’s to learn something new or to heckle.
Diana Memorial Playground
If you’re visiting the Park Grand with children, then make sure not to miss the Diana Memorial Playground where you could catch a little rest whilst the kids you’re with play. Opened in 1997 after the famous princess’s death, the Diana Memorial Playground was built on the former Peter Pan’s Children’s Playground to commemorate Diana’s love for youth. Whilst it took over from the JM Barrie inspired predecessor, it is still inspired by the Peter Pan works, and its wondrous shapes and constructs are still used to promote the use of imagination in children’s play.
St James’s Park
Part of the central belt of royal parks, St James’s Park is an idyllic oasis overlooking the ICA and St James’s Palace. With plenty of green space and a small lake, the park is located close to the best bars near Hyde Park and Central London and is the home of unique water birds like pelicans and Egyptian geese.