Hogarth Road, located in Earl’s Court, has access to an extraordinary range of exciting things to do during your time in London. From first-class shopping and extraordinary events to plenty of parkland to roam around in, you won’t be short of things to do. If you’ve got plenty of time that you’re looking to fill during your trip to London and you’re staying hotel near Hogarth Road, why not take a look at the options below and get out and about? The western districts of the city are renowned for their classy atmosphere and vibrant attractions – it would be a shame not to experience them to their full potential.
Wander the nearby parks
Considering London’s urban reputation, it’s amazing to consider that this massive city is home to some of the most verdant, beautiful and green spaces in all of England. Earl’s Court, which is, as we’ve already established, the home of Hogarth Road, possesses some of the most extraordinary little green squares, with centres of perfectly kept grass and borders of towering trees.
However, for wide open spaces, you’ll want to head north to Holland Park, one of the most stylish and fashionable places in the city. Its large Victorian townhouses border its eponymous public park, which you could easily spend a morning wandering and discovering Japanese landscape gardens, Jacobean mansions and more. You’ll want to keep an eye out for the peacocks, which have someone of a fanclub and are renowned for strutting their way through the gardens.
While Holland Park is picturesque, if you want true boundless exploration, you’re better off heading east to Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park. Landmarks here include the Serpentine, the Princess Diana Memorial, Speakers’ Corner, the Royal Albert Hall and much more – aspects that will keep the children entertained as well as the adults. It’s easy to dedicate an entire day to exploring Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park, especially if you choose to explore Kensington Palace or visit during the winter when the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland can be found.
If you’re counting on West London to supply you with plenty of shopping opportunities, then worry not. Hogarth Road is but a short journey to Westfield in Shepherd’s Bush, said to be the capital’s largest indoor shopping area. While it’s around 25 minutes on the Tube, it’s only ten minutes by taxi – undoubtedly your preferred method of transport if you’re going to be bringing back bags of shopping. Shop-wise, you’re to be met with an extraordinary range of the biggest high street brands, supported by top designer labels. There are more than 300 individual purveyors under one stunning roof, so it’s easy to spend a whole day bouncing from one designer brand to another. If the thought of dedicating an entire day to pursuing the clothes racks is a bit much, then don’t fear – there are plenty of interesting restaurants serving up first rate cuisine – Italian, Japanese, Malaysian, Spanish and fusion. So your taste buds will be grateful, even if your
bank account isn’t from all the shopping.
If you prefer to browse alfresco, then never fear – Hogarth Road is also within easy distance of Portobello Market, renowned for its extraordinary selection of stalls that boast of selling everything. Vintage clothes, interesting electronics, books and CDs from all manner of forgotten authors and bands, scrumptious food… but the market is especially renowned for its antiques. Every Saturday, dealers from across the land descend on Portobello Road to see what trinkets they can sell. Buyers march from one seller to the next, in search of that one special purchase that will complete a set or merely brighten up their front room. It’s a bargain hunter’s dream, so why not spend an afternoon mooching about, David Dickinson-style?
West London is renowned for its culinary genius and boasts some incredibly fine restaurants and eateries. Head along to Knightsbridge and seek out Amaya, an Indian eatery that goes out of its way to give diners something from the country other than curry. Stylishly satisfying Dinings located in Marylebone is also a fantastic option, with tastebud tickling Japanese cuisine. If you’re lucky enough to be in London on an expense-paid trip, it’s also worth heading to Restaurant Story, where the ten-course meal at £80 is a culinary adventure that all will enjoy.
Of course, if you’re staying at the Park Grand in West London, then there is absolutely no need to leave the building at all if you’re in search of fine cuisine, as there is a perfectly excellent bar and dining area within the venue that offers superb service, beautifully prepared delicacies and a wide range of exciting eatables. How about that, then?
Finally, for those who don’t mind travelling into the centre of London of an evening – a mere 20 minute journey from Earl’s Court Tube station – the capital offers such an exquisite selection of exciting dining options that you won’t know where to look. From all-you-can-eat buffets in Chinatown serving up thick and sauce-soaked soup noodles to classical French cuisine prepared to perfection, you’re going to struggle to choose between the options. A couple of mid-range restaurants that you should put on your list to try include Jamon Jamon (Spanish), Tokyo Diner (Japanese) and Plum Valley (Chinese).
Once you’ve had dinner, you will of course be looking for a way to complete the night out. We’ll start by looking at London’s eclectic selection of bars and clubs, which cater for every taste under the sun. From underground US-style speakeasies serving up cocktails in jam jars and teacups to rooftop cocktail bars with sweeping views of the capital, you’ll find something to suit everyone. Those who love to participate in the LGBT+ scene will find everything they could ever want in Soho, which is the capital’s vibrant and exotic gay district.
Don’t worry if you don’t feel like hitting the bars and clubs after dinner. London’s famous West End scene boasts dozens of theatres that advertise performances six days a week. Enjoy one of the big hits – Wicked, The Lion King, Billy Elliot, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera – or take a chance in one of the diminutive comedy clubs where you might discover the latest star. There really is no end of choice.
Meanwhile, for those looking for things to do during the day, Earl’s Court and Kensington boast two of the largest exhibition centres in the city. The programme of events regularly features bustling markets, buzzing gaming conventions and get-togethers that are literally on an industrial scale. So be sure that you don’t miss out.