The Central Line represents the stops marked along the red line on the London Underground map, starting in Epping in North East London before terminating at Ealing Broadway and West Ruislip in the west and north-west respectively. There’s some 49 Tube stations along the way, and plenty of stops where some amazing tourist attractions are within easy reach. Here’s our guide to the top sights to see on this branch of your own Tube adventures…
View ‘The Gherkin’ Building
Stopping at Liverpool Street Station brings you close to one of London’s most infamous new buildings, which has split opinion from an architectural perspective. Not only is The Gherkin distinctive to look at, but there’s plenty to see in and around it, too. The ground floor is a busy, bustling hub, while the upper floors are more tranquil, with amazing views over the city. You can try a little of everything culinary here from true fine dining to grabbing a quick bite to eat. Every Thursday there’s street food just outside.
Whitechapel Art Gallery
If architecture isn’t your thing, how about some art? Liverpool Street Station is also close to the Whitechapel Gallery, which is filled with exhibitions whilst also supporting art-house filmmaking, dance and theatre. There’s a packed roster of events for all ages to get involved in harnessing their creativity, too – so it’s an all-round great find while travelling along the Central line from the Hotel Park Grand Paddington.
One of the most popular tourist attractions in London, Shakespeare’s Globe is accessible via the St Paul’s station. The theatre still hosts performances to this day, as well as inspiring plenty of visits from tourists and locals all eager to see this historic piece of British theatre history. Great for visiting before heading back to your Kensington hotel.
In the mood for some shopping? Then alight at Oxford Circus station and enjoy the sheer variety of shops on offer. From some of the world’s top designers, to enormous heritage department stores and much more besides, this is one of the best shopping experiences in all of London. Great for picking up some retail therapy treats before heading back to the Hotel Park Grand Paddington or continuing your Tube trip elsewhere…
One of the most famous palaces in the UK, Kensington is also the official residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. If you’d like to take a look around the palace and gardens, then be sure to stop at Queensway station.
If you’re keen to visit the world of the London 2012 Olympics, then Stratford is the stop you need to look out for. There’s lots to see and do since the park was transformed into parkland, housing, dining and a selection of amusement park rides. If you’re feeling active, you could even try running in the footsteps of your Olympic heroes with one of the park’s running routes and events throughout the year.