London has so many marvellous attractions spread all over the city, which makes it the ideal holiday destination. It offers visitors a glimpse of its glorious past with edifices that date back hundreds of years ago, while also housing some of the latest path breaking modern structures.
With millions of tourists visiting the city every year, there is a great demand for accommodation. There are a wide variety of places to choose from to stay ranging from boutique hotels to B&Bs.
Most of the regular travellers to the city prefer to stay at hotels near Lancaster Gate. They offer a very comfortable stay with fine amenities and facilities. If you book well in advance you could also get some handsome discounts and special offers depending upon your time of travel. An added advantage of staying at hotels near Lancaster Gate is the numerous tourist attractions, which are just a short distance away.
The Serpentine Sackler Gallery
The famous art gallery, The Serpentine considerably increased its size when a former gunpowder depot was included in its expansion plans in 2013. It is a short distance away from the original at Kensington Gardens. The new addition known as The Magazine is a villa built in the classic Palladian style in 1805 and was used as a repository for arms storage. The brain behind the restoration project is the renowned and prize-winning architect, Zaha Hadid who converted it into a stunningly modern 900 metre square gallery. It is within walking distance and lies across the Serpentine Boating Lake a little distance away from the original gallery. What sets it apart is its undulating roof that adds a modern touch to the historic structure. The gallery has been named after a famous couple Dr. Mortimer and Theresa Sackler, who were great patrons of art. In fact it is there Foundation that made this project a reality. The gallery is open daily and admittance is free. You will get to see a diverse display of contemporary design, art, music, dance, literature, and lots more.
The Albert Memorial
This stunning Victorian bronze gilt statue stands 180ft tall and can be seen in Kensington Gardens. It was built as a tribute to Prince Albert who was Empress Victoria’s consort after he died of typhoid, when he was 42 years old. It commemorates the love and closeness that the couple shared along with the grief felt by the Queen, as well as public at the time of his untimely death. It reflects the life and passions of the Prince’s and his achievements in that era. It was commissioned for creation by Sir Gilbert Scott in 1872 and was finally dedicated to the public in a ceremony by Queen Victoria in 1876. During that era The Albert Memorial was out of the costliest and one of the most famous granite creations in Britain, which took intensive labour in its construction. It faces the Royal Albert Hall which was also built to commemorate the Prince’s life and times and is a prime attraction overlooking Kensington Gardens. You could either explore the memorial yourself or join a guided tour of the area which is generally organised on the first Sunday from March to December.
Speaker’s Corner at Hyde Park
While it cannot really be described as being a venue for entertainment, it none the less does offer visitors a rather intriguing and absorbing experience. Speaker’s Corner celebrates the right to free assembly and free speech. It is situated at the corner of Park Lane and Cumberland Gate, which lies opposite the Marble Arch tube. Any citizen who wants to express his views on any topic from political, social, cultural or even the metaphysical can come to the place and give vent his views. This tradition cam being from 1872 onwards, when the right to free assembly was given recognition and since then people from all strata of society have gathered to speak, listen and even heckle speaker’s here. The topics are eclectic to say the least, ranging from business to religion to everything that can be spoken about and there have been some really lively and fascinating debates here. We have had world renowned thinkers and celebrities expound their views here from George Orwell, William Morris to Karl Marx along with average citizens expressing their thoughts. The atmosphere becomes theatrical and can be rather entertaining when the general public pitches into any debate or discussion that is on at the time. You will find speakers at the place all through the week with Sunday morning being the most suitable.
The Mark Jason Gallery
The Mark Jason Gallery is named after its founder who previously was employed with Christie’s. He has undertaken the task of patronising young and upcoming artists and showcasing their artistic skills to the world. Mark Jason specialises in Modern and Impressionist Art and he has earned a reputation of picking and promoting some of the best artists around in contemporary times. If investing in art is something you do and find something here that catches your fancy and within your budget, buy it! There is a very strong likelihood of it increasing manifold in worth over time. If nothing else you can spend a leisurely afternoon admiring the artistic creations of some of the finest contemporary artists around at the moment. It is a favourite haunt of art aficionados to the city of.
Hotels near Lancaster Gate
Park Grand London Paddington Hotel – 4 min (0.4 mi) via Lancaster Gate and Queen’s Gardens by car
Park Grand London Kensington Hotel – 17 min (2.3 mi) via A402 and A4204 by car
Park Grand London Hyde Park Hotel – 3 min (0.6 mi) via A402 and Westbourne Terrace by Car
Park Grand Paddington Court London – 3 min (0.4 mi) via Lancaster Gate and B410 by car