Planning a visit to London in the New Year? If you are wondering which part of town to call your home away from home, then look no further than Westbourne Terrace.
A stone’s throw away from Paddington train station for quick airport transfers via the Heathrow Express, Westbourne Terrace is a fantastic base from which to explore the capital. There are plenty of sights to visit and things to do too, making this postcode an extremely popular destination with tourists from all over the world.
Hotels in Westbourne Terrace
When it comes to finding somewhere to stay, you are absolutely spoiled for choice. There are many hotels in Westbourne Terrace, from ‘no frills’ alternatives to suit tight budgets to lavish accommodation that will provide all the comfort you need for an unforgettable holiday.
Popular tourist attractions near Westbourne Terrace include Madame Tussauds, Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens.
If there is one place where you will always see queues of excited tourists and locals, it is Madame Tussauds. Home to the waxworks of contemporary and historical figures, you will find life like models of celebrities, sports stars, musicians, artists, the beloved Royal family and much, much more.
Despite the wait to get in, a trip to Madame Tussauds is definitely worth it. You get to feel up close and personal with famous people around the globe, and the place boasts a fun and jovial vibe. To minimise your queuing time, just make sure you get to museum early. Of course, this wouldn’t be much of a problem if you are already staying at a nearby hotel in Westbourne Terrace.
One of the most frequented Royal Parks in London, Hyde Park is always buzzing with a hype of activities, regardless of whether you go in winter or summer.
You can expect plenty of joggers, outdoor festivals and theatre when the weather is warm, but when it starts to get cold, Hyde Park gets a makeover and turns into a winter wonderland. As long as rain stays away, there will be roller-skating lessons, yoga classes, running groups and heaps of other events for anyone who loves being outdoors.
At 350 acres, Hyde Park is a vast urban oasis. It includes several locations that both residents and tourists love, with the most popular and well-photographed spot being the Serpentine, which is a large lake set right in the middle of the park. Just about the most romantic spot for a date or to spend quality time with your partner, you can hire paddle boats, feed water birds and simply enjoy some people watching while sipping a warm cup of coffee.
South Kensington is famously known as a museum quarter of the capital and includes major names like the National History Museum, the Science Museum and the Victorian & Albert Museum. The area is quaint and pretty, especially as you get away from the enthusiastic museum crowds.
Not far away are the Kensington Gardens, where you will find many locals and tourists relaxing and exercising around the park. At 242 acres, Kensington Gardens is smaller than Hyde Park but it is jam packed with charming points of interests. You can easily spend an entire afternoon wandering around the park, checking out sights like the Kensington Palace, the Italian Gardens, Albert Memorial, Peter Pan Statue and the Serpentine Galleries.
Art lovers’ paradise
Aside from the many parks and museums, there are also a number of independent art galleries near Westbourne Terrace.
The Royal College of Art is only a 20 minute walk away and features works of postgraduate students who are bursting onto the art scene. The Michael Werner Gallery on Upper Brook Street on the other hand, is a New York gallery that has a small but fantastic collection of paintings from seasoned and burgeoning artists alike. The Wallace Collection at Manchester Square and the newly opened Gallery Elena Shchukina are also worth visiting.
Notting Hill and the Portobello Road Market
One of the most attractive areas in London, Notting Hill has beautiful streets, lovely cafes and many boutique shops. It is worth visiting in its own right, but those who are in the area often combine a stroll in the borough with a trip to the Portobello Road Market, one of the biggest and most famous antique markets in the world.
The Portobello Road Market is a great place to pick up bargain souvenirs to take home, and although it is most well-known for its vintage stalls, there are many other market stalls selling produce, clothing, homewares, giftwares and much, much more.
The market is busiest on Saturdays but if you can only drop by on a weekday, you will find a number of stalls open anyway. While you are there, sample the street food on offer – there are many delicious bargains to be had!
The Porchester Hall
A grand old building right in the heart of Paddington, the Porchester Hall is a fabulous opportunity for those who love London architecture to take a few more snaps of the constructions that you can find in the capital.
London Central Mosque
Beautiful and grand in a completely different way, the London Central Mosque near Regent’s Park features a huge gold dome which seemingly rises out of the green canopy of Regent’s Park. The building is incredibly ornate, and would impress whether you are religious or not.