London is a sprawling metropolis which covers several distinctive districts, each with their own unique personalities, so to see as much of the city as you possibly can during your stay, it’s a great idea to get up with the lark to make the most of your time in the capital.
One of the benefits of being an early bird in London is that not only do you get the chance to see the city while it’s a little quieter, but you can also see some sensational sunrises too. Here are our favourite spots for the best sunrises and sunsets if you’d rather stay in bed a little longer at the Grand London Hyde Park.
The London Eye
A purpose-built giant Ferris wheel that became part of London’s skyline when it first opened for operation in 1999, the London Eye offers visitors staying at the Park Grand Hotel a bird’s eye view over the city and the chance to spot a few iconic landmarks from way up high.
A popular tourist attraction with visitors from all over the globe, the London Eye has flights from 10 am to 8 pm every day, so it’s a great activity if you want to see the sunset over the city. Each pod can hold several people at a time, and sunset flights are a popular choice for many visitors, meaning it’s highly advisable to book your visit in advance if you want to see London transform from day tonight.
To get to the London Eye from the Grand London Hyde Park, take the Bakerloo line from nearby Paddington Station, and the Tube will have you at your destination in just under half an hour.
Even on the most overcast of grey London days, the views of the city from Primrose Hill are still spectacular, so it’s well worth leaving the Park Grand hotel early to see the sunrise over this popular beauty spot. Perfect for those who like to get a little exercise before breakfast, a trek up Primrose Hill is an excellent way of getting the blood pumping as you scale the 70-metre high hill. Once at the top, you will be rewarded for your efforts with some of the best sunrise views of the city.
Primrose Hill is nestled within one of London’s many parks, so it’s a beautiful green space that locals and visitors alike can enjoy with many night owls heading over to catch the sensational sunsets before heading off to explore the city after dark.
Better still, it’s completely free to visit Primrose Hill, meaning it’s a great way to save some of your budget when staying at our book now pay later hotels.
The best way of getting to Primrose Hill from the Grand London Hyde Park is via the Tube. Head to Westbourne Terrace station which will deliver you to the nearest station to the park in just over half an hour. Once you’ve enjoyed the sunrise and the beautifully maintained parklands, head back to the hotel for a delicious Indian afternoon tea experience as a reward for getting out of bed so early.
Not somewhere that you’d typically associate with stunning sunset views, what most people don’t know is that the Tate Modern has its very own viewing platform which offers 360-degree views over the city of London.
Once you’ve finished exploring the amazing array of contemporary artworks, head to the tenth floor of the Blavatnik building where you’ll find the viewing platform where you’ll be able to take in some of the sights at sunset. On a clear day, it’s possible to see St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Shard, Canary Wharf and even Wembley stadium, so it’s a great place to be just before the sun sets for the day.
As the Tate Modern stays open until 10 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, why not treat yourself to a leisurely Indian afternoon tea at our book now pay later hotels and head off to the venue a little later in the afternoon? This option will help you beat the crowds and give you plenty of time to catch the sunset from the viewing platform.
To get there from the Park Grand hotel, take the Bakerloo line from Paddington Station, and you’ll be at the Tate Modern in just over half an hour ready to enjoy the awe-inspiring views.
Located just a short stroll away from the Grand London Hyde Park, catching an early morning sunrise at Hyde Park is the perfect start to the day. As this immaculately maintained London parkland is at its quietest in the early morning, it’s possible to feel like you’re the only person here if you get up early enough, and the sight of the sun rising against the leafy trees is a wonderful experience.
With plenty of playful wildlife just waking up for a new day at the same time, expect to meet a plethora of birds and squirrels as they go about their business before the park becomes too crowded.
If getting up early isn’t your thing, then the sunsets at Hyde Park are just as beautiful, so it’s a great opportunity to burn off those few extra calories you’ve enjoyed with our Indian afternoon tea without having to get up early.
To get to Hyde Park from the hotel, it really is as straightforward as leaving the hotel lobby and following your nose as the northern entrance to this popular green space is located a short 13-minute stroll away. If you’ll be travelling with the family, don’t forget to pay the Princess Diana Memorial Garden, water feature and adventure playground featuring a pirate ship a visit too as this an excellent place for the little ones to burn off some energy while the grown-ups sit back and enjoy the amazing sunset.