You can answer the question of whether these Park Grand hotels are the best located hotels in London for yourself once you have had the opportunity to read below what there is to do, see and eat in each area. What’s your verdict?
Park Grand Heathrow
While Heathrow is not regularly considered a tourism hub of London, it is unquestionably conveniently located. Everyone has their own reasoning as to why they consider somewhere to be in the “best” location, but those who prioritise convenience and travel-links will find Park Grand Heathrow comes out on top. With shuttle and taxi services available 24/7 to Heathrow Airport, if an early flight is on the cards, there is nowhere better. That, however, is not to say that there aren’t things to do, see and eat in the area…
Park Grand Heathrow is on the doorstep of the National Trust’s property, Osterley Park and House. The National Trust is a British natural hallmark: its full name is The National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty, which speaks largely for itself. It is a charity and membership organisation for heritage conservation in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and in the case of Osterley Park and House, it has preserved a neo-classical house designed by Robert Adam, with landscaped park and gardens. A leisurely meander around Middle Lake, taking in the natural vistas and luscious greenery, is just what you need to soothe you before travel, which can be famously stressful.
If you are less partial to walks through the countryside and scenes of Georgian country living, you might be inclined to see what theatre there is to watch in the area. Just 20 minutes by foot and even quicker by bus is the The Arts Centre, Hounslow. Regardless of the time of year, there is always something exciting to watch at this lively community centre, from pantomime at Christmas to Autumnal festivals.
There is plenty to sink your teeth into (literally) in the Heathrow area, but you don’t want to skip over CHATPATTA, an Indian restaurant next to Hounslow East station or a 9 minute walk from Park Grand Heathrow. Known for its high rating, its attentive staff and its delicious food, it is well worth a trip.
Park Grand Hyde Park
Hyde Park is a Grade I-listed major park in Central London, and is widely considered to be a top tourist destination. By staying in Park Grand Hyde Park, you are plopping yourself right in the thick of exciting London activity. Some of those include…
Inside Hyde Park itself, there is plenty to do. You could, for instance, visit the Serpentine Gallery, which are free-entry art galleries hosting world-renowned temporary exhibitions on either side of the lake. If you’re more excited by the idea of a sprawling lake than the gallery, though, look no further than Bluebird Boats, a boat hire service which gives you the opportunity to enjoy the unique view of the park from the water.
Again, without leaving the park itself, there is plenty to see near Park Grand Hyde Park. There are at least 19 statues and memorials to visit, meaning you may need more than one park visit to enjoy. These include: The Diana Memorial Fountain (a memorial to Diana, Princess of Wales), Serenity (the bronze sculpture inspired by the Egyptian goddess of nature), The Hudson Memorial Bird Sanctuary (a carved stone memorial commemorating the 19th century writer and naturalist, William Hudson), The Statue of Achilles (an 18 foot statue of Achilles), and many more.
When it comes to food, Park Grand Hyde Park is arguably the best located hotel in London. In Kensington Gardens, there’s The Magazine, which serves contemporary European dishes made with local produce and located in a futuristic art gallery, as well as Halepi, which serves Greek specialities in a cosy, family-run taverna decorated with traditional fabrics. And that barely scratches the surface…
Park Grand Paddington
Not far from Park Grand Hyde Park by any stretch of the imagination, Park Grand Paddington’s slighty more northern location opens up the city further and offers even more to do, see and eat.
If it’s your first time in the Paddington area, it’s almost a right of passage to get your Paddington Bear fix. There are statues of Paddington Bear dotted around the area, which you can find on the Pawprint Trail. Start the trail at the Paddington statue at Paddington Station. After that, within Paddington Station, you can visit the Paddington Bear statue by Marcus Cornish, which is located next to the Paddington Bear Book Bench and plaque. The trail continues to Paddington Central, Little Venice, Paddington Basin and more…
A great option for Paddington-dwellers with a love for cinema is the Openaire Cinema on Merchant Square. A summer treat, this is known as a “float in” cinema. From a boat on the water, you row to a screen to enjoy film screenings of your favourite films.
Paddington is the perfect area to embrace the traditional British pub vibe. Some stellar choices include The Victoria, The Pride Of Paddington, Lord Wargrave and The Pineapple (which, remarkably, was built in 1868 – talk about traditional!)
Park Grand Kensington
Last but not least when it comes to Park Grand hotels, Park Grand Kensington is another London hotel which is hot in the running for best located hotel in London. Here are some of the influential factors:
When you’re in a neighbourhood which has a road called “Exhibition Road”, you know you’re not going to be short of things to do. Home to The Natural History Museum, The V&A Museum, The National Art Library and The Science Museum, Exhibition Road in South Kensington is arguably one of the most visited streets in London.
Fancy a bit of celeb-hunting? You may well see a celebrity while in Kensington – and not just the royals in Kensington Gardens, either. Kensington is a hub for the rich and famous, and some of the areas’ most well-known inhabitants include: Rowan Atkinson, Robbie Williams, Richard Branson, Stella McCartney, JK Rowling, Paul Smith and more… And that’s just when they’re in London.
From The Ivy Kensington Brasserie to Enoteca Rosso, you’re spoiled for choice in Kensington. So much so, that your best bet is to pick the cuisine you’re after and work from there. Italian? La Fortuna. Modern Indian? Zaika. Fine British Dining? Launceston Place. The sky (and your stomach capacity) is the limit.