Park Grand London Hyde Park is conveniently located in one of London’s most desirable areas. It sits a few hundred metres from the well-connected travel hub that is Paddington Station, so getting to some of the capital’s biggest landmarks and attractions is very swift and easy.
Guests at Park Grand London Hyde Park can look forward to exquisite guest rooms with all the modern amenities necessary for a comfortable and relaxing stay. But if they want to get out and about, here are some of the best things to do within a reasonable walking distance of the hotel.
Address: London, W2 2UH
As the name suggests, Hyde Park is virtually on the doorstep of the Park Grand London Hyde Park hotel. This 350-acre open space is the largest of eight royal parks dotted around the capital and you can while away many hours here just wandering between its various majestic monuments and features.
Within its gates, you’ll find the memorials to Diana, Princess of Wales, victims of the Holocaust and the 7/7 bombings in 2005.
Near the centre of the park is the Serpentine boating lake. Between April and the end of October, you’ll be able to hire one of rowing and pedal boats or ride on the UK’s first solarshuttle, which glides silently across the lake, powered entirely by the sun. The solarshuttle carries up to 40 passengers, while the pedal and row boats each hold up to six people.
If you are visiting London towards the end of the year, you’ll be able to visit the Winter Wonderland, which sets up the east part of the park between mid-November and the start of January.
Address: Queensway, London W2 4YN
Heading West from the Park Grand London Hyde Park will bring you into the heart of Bayswater, where you’ll come across Whiteleys shopping centre.
Here, you’ll be able to shop, eat, drink, bowl and even take in one of the latest Hollywood blockbusters at the five-screen multiplex. Whiteleys pulls together a serviceable offering of high street names covering men’s, women’s and children’s fashion, as well as jewellery, cosmetics, gifts and antiques.
Address: W11 1BB
Continue walking past Whiteleys and you’ll end in Notting Hill, the setting of the 1999 film, starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts.
This affluent district has a unique charm with everything from amazing restaurants and world-famous events like the Notting Hill Carnival, which takes place every August bank holiday, to cutting-edge galleries such as Vessel on Kensington Park Road and Lacey Contemporary Gallery (8 Clarendon Cross). The area is also home to some charming theatres and cinemas like the Electric Cinema, Gate Cinema and Gate Theatre.
Address: London, SW1A 1AA
Any first-time visitor to London will be keen to pop by the official residence of Queen Elizabeth II. However, there’s no guarantee that she’ll be home as she also spends much of her time at Windsor Castle.
Many of the tourists that make the trip to Buckingham Palace usually just peer through the gates or stick around to watch the Changing of the Guard, which occurs not long after 11.00am on alternate days.
But between July and the end of September, part of the palace is open to the public with guided tours of the throne room, music room and white drawing room. These state rooms are often used by the Queen and members of the royal family to entertain their guests on state, ceremonial and official occasions.
Address: London, SW1A 1BW
Sat just to the North of Buckingham Palace, this 47-acre royal park isn’t packed with as many features as Hyde Park with no lakes, buildings or playgrounds to speak of, but its modesty is part of its charm.
The park is made up almost entirely of mature trees and the only flowers are naturalised narcissus. There are a handful of monuments though, with the Canada Memorial, the Diana Fountain and the RAF Bomber Command Memorial, as well as the grand Canada Gate at the park’s south side.
Address: 87-135 Brompton Rd, Knightsbridge, SW1X 7XL
Walking through Hyde Park and emerging at the south side means you’re pretty close to Harrods – one of the world’s most famous department stores.
This distinguished store brings together designer clothing, luxury gifts, high-end homeware and fashion accessories and top quality food and wine, all across seven floors and 4.5 acres.
Be aware of its dress code though. You’ll be turned away if you try to enter wearing ripped jeans, high-cut Bermuda or beach shorts, swimwear, athletic singlets, cycling shorts, flip flops, thong sandals or any clothing deemed to be dirty or unkempt.