Lined with sumptuous, pillared Georgian houses, with the vast green expanses of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens on its doorstep, Bayswater is one of London's most exclusive and beautiful neighborhoods. With the tranquil canals of Little Venice winding between office blocks and the scent of Middle Eastern food wafting off the Edgware Road, it's easy to see why it's on any London visitor's to-do list.
From the fashion boutiques of Carnaby Street to the decadent drinking dens of Old Compton Street, this part of London is synonymous with indulgence and excitement. There are restaurants to suit everyone, whether you're after mahogany-hued crispy duck in Chinatown or hearty pasta dishes in one of Charlotte Street's many restaurants. And if it’s your mind that needs feeding, where better than the British Museum?
One of London's culture-crammed districts, Kensington makes a great day out. Kids will be blown away by the dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum, while lovers of vintage cool will relish the V&A. And let's not forget the Science Museum, a short stroll away. There's always something happening at the Earl's Court Exhibition Centre, and if all the activity makes you thirsty, try the Victorian pubs on Kensington Church Street.
Delicious cheeses, freshly made paellas and the odd kangaroo burger await at Borough Market, one of the highlights of Southwark. Once you've gorged to your heart's content, you can take a wander along the Thames and take in sights like Shakespeare's Globe and St Paul's Cathedral. The London Eye offers gobsmacking views of the capital, while works by everyone from Warhol to Picasso await at Tate Modern.
St Pancras may be best known for its snappy rail connections to Brussels and Paris, but there's plenty of fun to be had in this area too. King's Cross has pubs galore, but things get even livelier when you amble over to Upper Street. The nightlife here has to be experienced by anyone visiting London, with cocktail dens, dive bars, quaint restaurants and a great arthouse cinema all on offer.
"Perfect spot to see it all"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Mar 18, 2014
I wish there were an option on reviews for leisure AND business. Regardless, this hotel was spot on for what I needed. It was near Waterloo Station-- turn right out of the exit from the tube from Heathrow and you're one block away. The check in was friendly and the check out even more so! Each time I entered the hotel, I was greeted with a smile. Room was a decent size and the bathroom was clean and modern. Only drawback was my view of the parking area, but that's just luck of the draw sometimes. Breakfast was pretty comprehensive. Decor is modern and pragmatic. Business area based on an open plan, which I like. All in all, a total "win" in light of London's expensive lodging. Gave me the extra quid to splurge on dinners :)
"Affordable and great location"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Feb 10, 2014
Rooms are small, but you hardly spend any time in there when exploring London. Very affordable and close to the subway. Very friendly service. Will definitely recommend to other travelers for short stays.