London has so much to offer tourists that many consider it to be one of the finest cities in the world for a holiday break. Whether you are after fine food, history, open spaces, nightlife or all of the above, the capital will not disappoint.
Often, the trickiest part of planning your visit to London is deciding upon a place to stay. The main things you should consider are the attractions you want to see, how close you want to be to them and the transport links in the surrounding area.
Queens Gardens is located right in the heart of central London and gives you a great platform from which you can explore the surrounding area. If you are looking for hotels near Queen Gardens then the Park Grand London Paddington is perfectly placed to provide your accommodation needs.
Here are just a few of the things you might want to get up to in this part of London.
What’s on near Queens Gardens?
There are a number of events coming up in nearby Hyde Park, which is a great place to see a performance of any kind. In June, legendary rockers The Who will be headlining the Barclaycard British Summer Time festival which promises to be a full-blooded musical affair. For something more mellow, BBC Proms in the Park will also be taking place here in September.
If you’re fascinated by the monarchy you may wish to head over to Kensington Palace State Apartments where you will be able to see the Fashion Rules display until July. This splendid exhibition will take you through the marvellous dresses of the royals, from Victoria through to Diana with many a fabulous garment on show.
For art, head to the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in Kensington Gardens. Not only does the gallery host some incredible exhibitions but the building itself is worth a look. Until February you will have the chance to see the works of Julio le Parc and Reiner Ruthenbeck but there is always something on show here if you miss these.
If you are after some live performance the intimate Gate Theatre is a wonderful alternative to the vast crowds of the West End. Be sure to check the venue’s programme, you might catch a real gem here.
Close to Hyde Park
When you stay at Queens Gardens you are right on the doorstep of Hyde Park, one of London’s most famous and impressive expanses of parkland.
There are multiple options in terms of transport, but walking or bus (or a combination) are the easiest options to use.
To get to the bus stop, leave your hotel and head west down Queens Gardens until you get to Leinster Terrace. Here, turn left and follow the road south until you reach the edge of the park. From here you can either walk until you find a suitable place to enter Hyde Park or catch one of the buses from Leinster Terrace (Stop LF) to a more central part of the park.
You can take one of the 94, 148, 390, or the N207 buses to Hyde Park Street (Stop D). From here, simply walk into the park on foot.
As well as its pleasing green scenery, the park offers a number of incredible monuments of historical and cultural importance. Achilles, Diana’s Fountain and the London Bombing memorial are some of the more profound and interesting works on display.
You can also cruise across the still waters of the Serpentine Lake before enjoying some refreshments at one of the park’s cafes or restaurants.
Entertainment in the area
As well as Hyde Park and the events mentioned above, there is plenty of entertainment available in the Queens Gardens/Paddington area to keep you occupied during your stay in London.
A twenty minute walk away on Marylebone Road, you will find Madame Tussauds; one of the capital’s most iconic and popular tourist attractions. As well as rubbing shoulders with some of Hollywood’s elite, you will also get the chance to come face to face with a few of the most
important figures in contemporary history. From Becks and Brad Pitt to Kate and Wills, you’ll have the opportunity to take many a selfie with the stars here.
If you are after a trip to the museum during your stay then look no further than the South Kensington Science Museum, an establishment that boasts one of the most impressive science collections in the world. It’s very much a hands-on experience with a number of interactive displays in place. The exhibitions range from explanations of scientific principles to the development of science through time – it also has an IMAX cinema if the kids need something incredible to keep their attention in the afternoon.
Another top venue for all types of entertainment is the Royal Albert Hall, also in South Kensington. Upcoming events include live jazz, classical music, Cirque du Soleil, Madame Butterfly and many more unique and charming performances. For more information about what’s on, head to the Royal Albert Hall’s official website for a full rundown of listings.
As well as the live performances that are regularly put on here, you can take a tour of the wonderful grounds which is a worthwhile experience in itself.
A little further afield but still in the vicinity you will find two incredible venues that are legendary in their own genres. Any music lovers visiting the capital will want to book in a table at Ronnie Scott’s, one of the most iconic and important places to see jazz in all of the UK.
Regularly hosting some of the biggest names in the genre, this is the place to see world-class music. Keep an eye on upcoming shows to see who is playing here. As the venue is open to all kinds of different music styles there will also be non-jazz performances here as well.
If you prefer laughter to live music then the Comedy Store might be the ideal place for you to spend an evening. For stand-up, there is no place better than this venue. The schedule is packed full of comedians every night of the week, so you are always guaranteed a joke or two!
London is renowned for its incredible array of shops and places to indulge in a little retail therapy. There are huge shopping centres, vintage boutiques and some of the most lavish places to splash the cash around – if you fancy a shopping trip in the capital, you won’t ever have to go too far.
Close to Queens Gardens you will find a number of quaint little establishments that sell all manner of wares and items. The Dresser is a second-hand clothing boutique with a difference – it is said that Eric Clapton regularly donates his clothes here. ME & EM and The Girl Can’t Help It are other examples of fabulous clothes shops in the vicinity while the Porchester Spa and the Markus Coffee Company are the perfect combination for a relaxing afternoon.
Of course, if you really want to see the higher-end of London’s shopping scene then you must visit Harrods, which is also located on the other side of Hyde Park and is easily reachable by public transport.
To get here from your hotel, simply walk to Leinster Terrace (Stop LF) and take the 148 towards Camberwell. Change at Dorchester Hotel (Stop S) and take the 10 towards Hammersmith. Alight at Knightsbridge Station Harrods (Stop KE) and walk to the store.
You are also very close to Harvey Nichols if you find your thirst for retail has not yet been quenched.