Address: 14-16 Craven Hill, Lancaster Gate, London, W2 3DU
So you’ve decided to stay at Park Grand Lancaster Gate Hotel during your time in London. You’ve chosen wisely. This beautiful boutique hotel is one of the finest hotels in the English capital and was officially rated five stars by the AA.
With exquisite, modern guest rooms, this hotel boasts chic, stylish and well-equipped rooms. Not only are guests guaranteed a great night’s sleep, there’s also complimentary Wi-Fi in every room, as well as an LCD TV with satellite channels, tea and coffee-making facilities and an in-room safe.
Located just north of Hyde Park, this unmistakably central London hotel is well linked to Heathrow Airport with Paddington and Lancaster Gate stations just a short walk away, while the West End is close by too.
But what else is there around this fantastic hotel?
This 625-acre Royal Park is one of London’s largest public green spaces and home to many famous London features.
An L-shaped lake at the centre of the park is key to navigating your way around the park. It is separated into two sections: the Long Water, and the Serpentine. South of the Serpentine and close to the walkway that crosses the lake is the Diana, Princess of Wales memorial, an oval stone fountain designed to express Diana’s spirit and love of children. A playground, built in memory of Diana, sits in the the north-west of the park too.
East of the Serpentine is London’s Holocaust Memorial, while the far eastern part of Hyde Park situates a memorial to victims of London’s 7/7 bombings in 2005.
In the north-east corner is Speakers’ Corner, an open-air public speaking platform where anyone and everyone can voice their views on the social and political issues of the day. The idea has been adopted in many other cities around the world but London’s is considered to be the original.
Some of the biggest names in rock and pop music have played concerts at Hyde Park, going back as far as the 1960s with performances from Pink Floyd, Fleetwood Mac and the Rolling Stones. After sporadic events through the 80s and 90s, at least one large scale concert has been held at Hyde Park every year since 1998 so you might be able to coincide your visit with a concert if you’re around during the warmer months.
There’s Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland, which runs for six weeks from mid-November. This free-to-visit event features an open-air ice rink, ice-skating shows, a Christmas-themed circus, a giant wheel, and fantastic bars and eateries.
Strictly speaking, Hyde Park only covers 350 acres, but the 275-acre Kensington Gardens are often considered to be part of Hyde Park and in the day, there’s little hinting that the two are separate. However, at dusk, Kensington Gardens closes while Hyde Park is open from 5am until midnight throughout the year.
Sherlock Holmes Museum
Located at 221b Baker Street – the very address where Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson famously resided – this privately-run museum has been superbly restored and maintained to reflect the life and times of the detective. It is open every day of the year, except Christmas Day.
Madame Tussauds London
The only place in London where you’ll find Kanye West hanging out with the Queen, albeit in waxwork form.
This iconic wax museum presents the opportunity to have your photo taken with life-size wax statues of Justin Bieber, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dame Helen Mirren, David & Victoria Beckham, Usain Bolt, Jessica Ennis-Hill, Mo Farah and Muhammad Ali. Find it on Marylebone Road, near Baker Street Tube station.
Here’s your chance to catch the latest Hollywood blockbusters at one of the oldest working cinemas in the UK.
Located on Portobello Road, the Electric Cinema opened in 1910 and has defied closure numerous times over the decades. It has just 83 seats and when we say ‘seats’, viewers actually enjoy the film from the comfort of an armchair, sofa or double bed.
The Park Grand Lancaster Gate Hotel has some interesting museums within a reasonable walking distance.
The Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising on Lancaster Road is home to more than 12,000 items, covering domestic everyday products, packaging, posters, toys and games from a bygone era.
The Wallace Collection on Manchester Square is a former townhouse that now contains a world-famous range of fine and decorative arts from the 15th to 19th century. Admission is free.
Meanwhile, the Design Museum on Kensington High Street is aiming to be the leading museum of contemporary design in every form from architecture and fashion to graphics, product and industrial.
During your stay at Park Grand Lancaster Gate Hotel, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to places to eat.
With two Michelin Stars, the Ledbury, on 127 Ledbury Road, is considered one of the world’s finest restaurants, serving up innovative French fare in a relaxed and tranquil space.
Just behind Lancaster Gate Tube station is the Island Restaurant & Bar (Lancaster Terrace), which has secured two AA Rosettes due to its fresh and sustainable cuisine.
If fussy fine dining isn’t your thing, Malaysian restaurant Tukdin (41 Craven Road) serves up delicious reasonably-priced food in a cheerful comfortable environment.
Also within a ten-minute walk from the hotel is a Bella Italia, ASK Italian, and Pizza Express.