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.
"Does what it says on the box"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Feb 23, 2013
At the price, the hotel was fantastic. Close enough to 3 tube stations and depending on where you need to be, not bad. Front desk staff were fantastic and room was good by UK standards. Only gripe was that if you wanted to shower later in the evening, there never seemed to be hot water. I'd stay here again though. It was perfect at the pricing.
"Good location, great service."
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Feb 5, 2013
This is a well-located hotel, close to many of London's main attractions - the London Eye is practically around the corner! Service was friendly and prompt - nothing seemed too much trouble. For those who want to keep up their fitness routine while travelling, this hotel has an outstanding gym with a large range of equipment. Highly recommended.
"Excellent value for money"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Feb 1, 2013
All excellent but for the almost sauna like temperature of the hotel and room. It was uncomfortably hot and the only way to cool my room down was to turn off the radiator and open the balcony doors (which were only able to be opened by about an inch). In all other respects great value for moeny.
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Jan 15, 2013
I loved the hotel but when I had done the booking I had specifically asked to be on the front side of the hotel. I had also telephoned 2 weeks before leaving to repeat the request. Unfortunately, my request was ignored. So, our room was great and so was the hotel but I wanted to be on the front of the hotel. How hard was that to organise! Therefore my comment is that there is no personal attention at all. For us it was an expensive hotel so I would expect my request to be noted.
Loved the hotel were given an early check in after a long flight from Cape Town and then a late check out the service was faultless and the hotel had an incredible fragrance loved loved loved everything about the hotel felt totally pampered.