Westbourne Terrace is situated in the heart of the City of Westminster’s Bayswater district and anyone planning a stay there will find that the area has excellent transfer links to central London for those wanting to venture to the metropolis without too much difficulty.
However, don’t just plan to leave Westbourne for London every day during your trip, as there is lots to do in the vicinity too. Let’s take a look at some of the best attractions on offer, whether you’re travelling as a couple, a family or even enjoying a few days’ solitude.
Lord’s Cricket Ground
Every cricket fan will know of this revered ground and it would be a sin to miss out on a trip there if you’re staying on Westbourne Terrace. It has been the backdrop to many a dazzling England victory – and plenty of defeats too – and hosts a Test match during nearly every international tour.
Even if there’s not an England or Middlesex County Cricket Club game on, you can enjoy your visit with a guided tour that incorporates the dressing rooms and honours boards, all the while imparting you with knowledge about the history of the game.
Other highlights include the museum, the Victorian-era Pavilion and the state-of-the-art media centre.
A quick walk along the pedestrian subway below Edgware Road and Harrow Road is all it takes to get to the Subway Gallery, which was established in 2006 and is situated in an old kiosk with glass walls. It’s the perfect place to showcase contemporary art by local artists and is the ideal attraction for culture vultures.
Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground
Within ten minutes’ walk of Westbourne Terrace is the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground and this is a must for families with young children. Under-12s can run and jump around in the fresh air amid a replica pirate ship and a tepee camp, allowing them to play imaginative games and get plenty of exercise at the same time. It’s also a place for parents to reflect on the legacy of the woman who became known as the People’s Princess.
Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising
Just 15 minutes’ walk or a short bus ride away is the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising, which will be a nostalgic treat for anyone born in the 1980s or before. See advertising campaigns you had forgotten all about and look at the packets to products that once took pride of place in everyone’s cupboards. This attraction is sure to spark lively conversation and plenty of happy memories, but it also includes a history of consumerism from the Victorian era and beyond.
Head to Little Venice and you’ll be able to enjoy a ride down Regent’s Canal on board a charming 100-year-old barge called Jason. It lasts 45 minutes and takes passengers right the way to Camden, so you’re sure to see lots of sights as you sit back and enjoy the view.
Kensington Palace State Apartments
Within 15 minutes’ walk of your accommodation is this beautiful palace, the birthplace of Queen Victoria and Princess Diana’s home until her death in 1997. Now open to the public, a visit will give you the chance to wander around the fabulous paintings in the King’s Apartments, admire the Cupola Room where Queen Victoria was christened and be dazzled by the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection, which includes gowns worn by our own queen.
As you can see, there is lots to do in the vicinity of Westbourne Terrace, so do take the opportunity to walk or travel around on public transport and see what attractions you can discover.