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Staying at our Rydges hotel give you plenty of options for things to do in Kensington

Rydges Kensington hotel in London is located at the heart of exclusive Kensington and Chelsea, and ideally located for guests to explore all the attractions London has to offer.

The hotel is discreetly settled on one of London's historic tree-lined avenues.  The area abounds with magnificent Victorian homes. Very conveniently located, it's just a minute walk from Gloucester Road tube station which puts you within easy reach of London's famous landmarks, royal parks, museums, West End Theatres and various financial and business centres.

Rydges Kensington London is within walking distance of Harrods, the Natural History and Victoria & Albert Museums, and Kensington Palace. Staying at Rydges Kensington means you’ll never run out of things to do in London.

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History

St Pauls Cathedral

Located at St. Paul's Churchyard, London EC4M 8AD, United Kingdom, it is 15 minutes by car from the Hotel. Catching the tube then it is 17 minutes from Gloucester rd underground station to Mansion House Tube Station, then approximately a 5 minute walk

St Pauls Cathedral sits at the top of Ludgate Hill, the highest point of London. Its dedication to Paul the Apostle dates back to the original church on this site, founded in AD 604. The cathedral is one of the most famous and most recognisable sights of London; its dome is framed by the spires of Wren's City churches, and has dominated the skyline for 300 years from 1710 to 1962. At St Pauls you can go on many guided tours including Climb the dome, Multimedia tours, and Discover the Crypt where you can make your way underground and explore the Cathedral’s foremost burial place. 

Royal Observatory, Greenwich

Located on Blackheath Ave, London SE10 8XJ, United Kingdom, it is about a 35 minute journey by car from the Hotel. If you are travelling on the tube it is a 45 minute ride from Gloucester rd underground station to Maze Hill tube station, then about a 5 minute walk.

The Royal Observatory, Greenwich or as the locals call it the RGO (Royal Greenwich Observatory), in London played a major role in the history of astronomy and navigation, It is situated on a hill in Greenwich Park and overlooks the River Thames.

Every year the Royal Observatory attracts visitors from all around the globe, interested in standing astride the line that divides East and West and is the centre of world time.

Imperial War Museum

Located on Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ, United Kingdom, it is only a short 10 minute journey by car from the Hotel. By tube it is about 30 minutes from Gloucester rd underground to London Waterloo East [WAE], then a 15 minute walk.

The Imperial War Museum of London tells the story of those whose lives have been shaped by war from the First World War to the present day. Discover our new First World War Galleries as well as our permanent exhibitions including The Lord Ashcroft Gallery: Extraordinary Heroes and Secret War. Explore stories and key moments from the Second World War in A Family in Wartime and The Holocaust Exhibition.

The Silver Vaults

Located on Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1QS, United Kingdom, it is a short 15 minute journey by car from the Hotel. By tube it will be approvimately 1 hour from Gloucester rd underground to Farringdon [ZFD], then about a 10 minute walk.

The London Silver Vaults first opened in 1876 as a safe deposit for Londoners to store their Silver, Jewellery and personal Documents. The original building was damaged during World War Two; it was then re-built as retail units and opened to the public in 1953 and remains in the same format to this day.  Today it is the largest retail collection of fine antique silver in the world in which Film stars, rock stars and royalty have all shopped here over the years. Most recently, all the silver for the hit show Downton Abbey was purchased from the Silver Vaults and now it houses some 30 specialist shops within its walls.

Any silver item, no matter how obscure, you will definitely find it here at the London Silver Vaults; you can find silver, old Sheffield Plate and silver gilt tableware, cutlery, decorative pieces, gifts, jewellery and watches, as well as collectors’ items such as stamps. All the shops within the Silver Vaults are independent and family-run businesses, some now in their third generation. If you are looking for something unusual, interesting and exciting to explore then this is the place for you.

Retail Therapy

Debenhams

Located at 334-348 Oxford St, London, United Kingdom, it is only 10 minutes by car from the Hotel. Or if you are taking the tube then it's 25 minutes from Gloucester rd underground to London Marylebone [MYB] and then a 16 minute walk.

Debenhams' flagship store on Oxford Street has a shoe department, lingerie section and a cosmetics hall with all the top beauty brands, and also offers extra services such as a free personal shopper.

Harrods

Located at 87-135 Brompton Rd, London SW1X 7XL, United Kingdom, it is only a short 5 minutes by car from the Hotel. Or if you would like to take in the scenery and walk it is only 20 minutes from the Hotel

Established in 1849 as a modest grocery store, nowadays Harrods offers everything from food, fashion, furniture and sportswear plus multiple restaurants and eateries.

Harvey Nichols

Located at 109-125 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7RJ, United Kingdom, it is only 6 minutes by car from the Hotel or 25 minutes walking distance from the Hotel.

Harvey Nichols brings together an impressive range of designers from around the world,and sell everything from fine clothes, accessories and cosmetics. To name a few you will find are D&G, John Galliano, Space NK, Burberry and Jimmy Choo.

Fenwick of Bond Street

Located at 63 New Bond St, London W1A 1RQ, United Kingdom, it is only 10 minutes by car from the Hotel. Travelling the tube then it is about 15 minutes from Gloucester rd underground to London Charing Cross [CHX], then about a 15 minute walk.

Fenwick is home to five levels of luxury retail shops and located on one of London’s most stylish streets, first established in 1891 as a hair accessories boutique. The cosmetic department is bursting with exclusive products and Carluccio's café is the ideal place to relax and unwind.

Fortnum & Mason

Located at 181 Piccadilly, London W1A 1ER, United Kingdom, it is only 10 minutes by car from the Hotel. If you prefer the tube then it's 15 minutes from Gloucester rd underground to London Charing Cross [CHX].

This Department store is the official grocer to The Queen and has been selling food, luggage, homewares and clothes to London's elite since 1707. Boasting four restaurants with indulgent treats, If you want specialist teas or exquisite hampers then this is the place to go.

House of Fraser

Located at 101 Victoria St, London SW1E 6QX, United Kingdom, it is only 15 minutes by car from the Hotel. If you are travelling on the tube then it is about 1 hour from Gloucester rd underground to London Marylebone [MYB], then about a 20 minute walk.

Featuring top brands such as DKNY, Cath Kidson and Ted Baker, House of Fraser is renowned for its designer brands and exclusive collections. After a long day shopping you can the spoil yourself at the Clarins Spa or take a moment at Cafe Zest restaurant.

John Lewis

Located at 300 Oxford Street, London, United Kingdom, it is 15 minutes by car from the Hotel. Travelling on the tube then it is about 1 hour from Gloucester rd underground to London Marylebone [MYB], then about a 20 minute walk.

A chain of department stores that are loved throughout the UK, their London store stocks nearly half a million products from buttons to beds and cushions to cufflinks. Spread over 7 floors you will find everything from fashion, beauty, home and technology products, plus a new Brasserie and Bistro with a panoramic view of the West End.

Liberty

Located on Regent St, London W1B 5AH, United Kingdom, it is only 15 minutes by car from the Hotel. Cathching the tube, then it's 15 minutes from Gloucester rd underground to London Charing Cross [CHX] then about a 15 minute walk at the other end.

Opened its doors in 1875 with more traditional fair, wander inside and you will find a wide range of designer shops including Vivienne Westwood, Chloé and Dries Van Noten. This department store celebrates fine design and jaw-dropping craftsmanship and is a shoppers' paradise.

Marks & Spencer

Located at 458 Oxford St, London W1C 1AP, United Kingdom which is only 12 minutes by car from the Hotel. If you are catching the tube then it's a 1 hour trip from Gloucester rd underground to London Marylebone [MYB], then about a 15 minute walk.

Marks & Spencer has everything from shops to the mouth-watering aisles of the food hall. You can purchase everything from lingerie and clothing to flowers, furniture and fabrics. There is enough to keep even the most intrepid shopper occupied.

Selfridges

Located at 400 Oxford Street, London W1A 1AB, United Kingdom, it is only 12 minutes by car from the Hotel. If you are catching the tube then it's about an hour from Gloucester rd underground to London Marylebone [MYB], then about a 15 minute walk.

Know as the one-stop department store, whatever you need you will find it at Selfridges. You can purchase anything from bags, shoes, cosmetics, soft furnishings, books and even grab a bite to eat at their speciality food hall and cafés. If you are after something a bit more luxury then you can shop at such stores as Balenciaga, Dolce & Gabbana and Stella McCartney. 

Westfield

Located at Ariel Way, London W12 7GF, United Kingdom, it is only 10 minutes by car from the Hotel. If you are travelling by tube then its about an hour from Gloucester rd underground to Kensington Olympia [KPA], than about a 15 minute walk.

Westfield London features over 300 shops with brands such as Tiffany & co, Burberry and Louis Vuitton to name a few. It is also home to The Vue Cinema for the movie buffs so why not catch a flick after spending the day on your feet shopping. With many places to grab a bite to eat, over 60, you will be spoilt for choice of the many cuisines on offer.

 

Sport

Lord's Tour and Museum

Located on St John's Wood Rd, London NW8 8QN, United Kingdom, it is about a 20 minute journey by car from the Hotel. Travelling by tube and it's about 25 minutes from Gloucester rd underground to London Marylebone [MYB], then a 10 minute walk.

Do the names Tim Bresnan, Steven Finn or James Anderson excite you? Then Lord’s is the place for you, it is the pinnacle of every Cricket lover. ‘The Home of Cricket’ guided tour takes you behind the scenes and check out the Pavilion, the legendary Long Room, the Dressing Rooms and even a chance to sit on the seats usually occupied by the England team. Take a look at the MCC Museum which is home to the Ashes Urn and over 400 years of cricket history, then take a walk around the grounds where you take in the magical atmosphere of Lord’s.

Chelsea FC Stadium

Located on Fulham Rd, London SW6 1HS, United Kingdom, it is a quick 10 minute journey by car from the Hotel. On the tube it is about 50 minutes from Gloucester rd underground to Kensington Olympia [KPA], then a 20 minute walk.

Home of the European Champions Chelsea Football Club,  the Chelsea FC Stadium is a great example of the grandeur and importance of the national game. There is a fun and informative tour that you can now experience which enjoyed by sports fans of all ages from all over the world. The fully guided tour will take you behind-the-scenes of one of the world’s greatest football teams, giving you access to areas normally reserved for players and officials and including access to the Chelsea FC museum.

Wembley Stadium 

Located in Wembley, London HA9 0WS, United Kingdom it is a 30 minute journey from the Hotel by car. Travelling by tube it is about 45 minutes from Gloucester rd underground to Wembley Stadium [WCX], then about a 10 minute walk.

The Stadium first opened to the public on 28 April 1923 and was originally named the British Empire Exhibition Stadium, it was then rebuilt and renamed in 2007 to New Wembley Stadium. Up until 1972 this venue was typically a sporting venue hosting events such as the annual FA Cup finals, five European Cup finals, the 1948 Summer Olympics and the 1966 World Cup Final to name a few. In August 1972 Wembley Stadium became a musical venue, famously hosting The London Rock and Roll Show which was an all-star concert and most notably the British leg of Live Aid Concert held at the stadium on 13 July 1985. Until your dream of playing at Wembley comes true, the only way to experience all this and more is to book a Wembley Stadium Tour.

Galleries and Museums

The Natural History Museum of London looks after 70 million natural history specimens and six million rare books and manuscripts. They have a spectacular Blue whale model, Dinosaur gallery and Central Hall that is home to the Museums iconic Diplodocus skeleton. They have a self guided tour which takes you through a state-of-the-art Cocoon where you can see hundreds of fascinating specimens and look into laboratories where you can see scientists at work.

Located on Cromwell Rd, London SW7 5BD, United Kingdom the Natural History Museum is a brisk 10 minute walk from the Hotel. Head east on Queen's Gate Gardens, Turn right to stay on Queen's Gate Gardens then Turn left onto Cromwell Rd/A4 and is only a further 300 meters up the road.

The Tate Modern is Britain’s national museum of modern and contemporary art, some might say that a visit to London isn't complete without a trip to Tate. Housing art from around the world in the former Bankside Power Station, located on the banks of the Thames. There Turbine Hall runs the length of the entire building and you can see astonishing work, for free, by artists such as, Picasso, Pollock and Warhol to name just a few.

Located in Bankside, London SE1 9TG, United Kingdom the Tate Modern is only a 20 minute journey from the Hotel by car. On the tube? Jump on at  Gloucester rd underground to London Waterloo [WAT] and it is approximately a 20 minute journey then a 15 minute walk.

The National Gallery opened in 1838 after much deliberation about where the building should go, it was decided that it would be built at Trafalgar Square as this is considered the very centre of London. Today, it displays over 2,000 Western European paintings from the middle ages to the 20th century. Featuring artists like Leonardo da Vinci, Renoir, Rembrandt, and Van Gogh. There are special exhibitions, lectures, video and audio-visual programmes, guided tours and holiday events for children and adults.

Located at Trafalgar Square London WC2N 5DN, United Kingdom, it is approximately a 15 minute journey by car from the Hotel. If you are travelling by tube then hop on at Gloucester rd underground to London Charing Cross [CHX] (approx 15m), then about a 5 minute walk.

The British Museum was founded 1753 and has the largest and most comprehensive permanent collection in existence, numbering some 8 million works. The collections span over two million years of human history and feature some world-famous objects such as the Rosetta Stone, Parthenon sculptures, and Egyptian mummies are visited by up to six million visitors per year.

Located on Great Russell St, London WC1B 3DG, United Kingdom, it is approximately a 20 minute journey by car from the hotel. On the tube you hop on at Gloucester rd underground to London Euston [EUS] which is approximately 20 minutes then a 15 minute walk.

The Science Museum was founded in 1857 as part of the South Kensington Museum, and gained independence in 1909.  It is the most visited science and technology museum in Europe and has over 15,000 objects on display which include the Apollo 10 command capsule and Stephenson’s Rocket. Full of interactive experiences you can see and feel what it’s like to blast off into space on an Apollo space mission in their 3D and 4D simulators or watch a film on a screen taller than four double-decker buses in the IMAX 3D Cinema.

Located on Exhibition Rd, London SW7 2DD, United Kingdom, it is within walking distance of the Hotel being only 15 minutes.

 

The Victoria and Albert Museum is the world's largest museum of decorative arts and design representing more than 3,000 years of human creativity and housing a permanent collection of over 4.5 million objects. It was founded in 1852 and named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Their Medieval Renaissance Galleries include some of the greatest surviving treasures from that period, the awe-inspiring Jewellery gallery and the spectacular British Galleries, illustrating the history of Britain through the nation’s art and design.

Located on Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL, United Kingdom the Victoria and Albert Museum is only a 5 minute walk from the Hotel.

Royal Museums Greenwich consists of the National Maritime Museum, the Queen's House, the Royal Observatory (incorporating the Peter Harrison Planetarium) and the Cutty Sark joined together. Located in the beautiful World Heritage Site of Greenwich, these four top attractions welcome thousands of visitors each year. You can stand in two hemispheres astride the Prime Meridian, touch a 4.5 billion-year-old meteorite, see Harrison's timekeepers and Nelson's uniform, before travelling to the stars in London's only planetarium. There's always something new to amaze and entertain you at Royal Museums Greenwich.

Located on Romney Rd, Greenwich, London SE10 9NF, United Kingdom it is approximately a 40 minute journey from the Hotel by car. Travelling by tube from Gloucester rd underground to Maze Hill [MZH] which is approximately 45 minutes and then only a short 5 minute walk.

All things Royal

Buckingham Palace has served as the official London residence of Britain's royals since 1837 and today is the administrative headquarters of the Monarch. The State Rooms at Buckingham Palace are open to visitors every year, although in use for the many official events and receptions held by The Queen. The last major structural additions were made in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including the East front, which contains the well-known balcony on which the royal family traditionally congregates to greet crowds outside. In total Buckingham Palace has 775 rooms this includes 19 State rooms, 52 Royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms. The Queen's Gallery was built on the site and opened to the public in 1962 to exhibit works of art from the Royal Collection.

Buckingham Palace is located just of Constitution Hill, London SW1An1AA, United Kingdom and is only a short 7 minute journey by car from the Hotel.Cathching the tube? Jump on at Gloucester rd underground to London Victoria [VIC], approximately a 10 minute journey and then a 10 minute walk.

Kensington Palace is a royal residence set in Kensington Gardens, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in London, England. It has been a residence of the British Royal Family since the 17th century, and is the official London residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke and Duchess of Kent and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent. Today, the State Rooms are open to the public and managed by the independent charity Historic Royal Palaces, a not for profit organization that does not receive public funds. 

Kensington Palace is located at Kensington Palace, Kensington Gardens, London W8 4PX, United Kingdom and is approximately a 10 minute journey by car from the Hotel. No car? Then it is a short 15 minute walk from the Hotel.

The Guards Museum is located near Buckingham Palace and first opened in 1988, it is home to the  five regiments of Foot Guards (the Grenadier Guards, Coldstream Guards, Scots Guards, Irish Guards, and Welsh Guards). The museum is open seven days a week and tells the story of the regiments it represents, from the 17th century to the present day.

The Guards Museum is located at Wellington Barracks, Birdcage Walk, London SW1E 6HQ, United Kingdom and is only a short 7 minute journey by car from the Hotel. Cathching the tube? Jump on at Gloucester rd underground to London Victoria [VIC], approximately a 10 minute journey and then a 10 minute walk.

Westminster Abbey welcomes over one million visitors who want to explore this wonderful 700-year-old building, thousands more join us for worship at daily services held at the Abbey. The Abbey is located in the heart of London and construction of the present church was begun in 1245 by Henry IIl who selected the site for his burial. Kings, queens, statesmen and soldiers; poets, priests, heroes and villains - the Abbey is a must-see living pageant of British history.

Westminster Abbey is located at 20 Deans Yd, London SW1P 3PA, United Kingdom and is a short 10 minute journey from the Hotel by car. On the tube then you go from Gloucester rd underground to London Charing Cross [CHX] which is approximately a 20 minute ride and then 15 minute walk.

Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress, also known as the HM Tower of London, is a castle located on the North bank of the River Thames in Central London. This historic building was founded in 1066, used as a prison from 1100 until 1952 although not being its primary purpose as it also served as a royal residence. The tradition of housing the Crown Jewels in the Tower of London probably dates from the reign of Henry III. The Jewel House was built specifically to house the royal regalia, including jewels, plate, and symbols of royalty such as the crown, sceptre, and sword. You could join an iconic Beefeater on a guided tour and hear their bloody tales, stand where famous heads have rolled, learn the legend of the Tower's ravens, storm the battlements and get to grips with swords and armour and much more!

Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress is located about 20 minutes by car from the Hotel. If you are travelling by tube then hop on at Gloucester rd underground to London Fenchurch Street [FST] which is approximately 30 minutes, then a quick 5 minute walk.

Dining Out

Sketch: The Gallery is a unique gastro-brasserie conceived by Turner Prize winning artist Martin Creed, pushing the boundaries of art and functionality. A marble floor with 96 different marble tiles from around the world, adorn the floor. The menu is devised by French Master Chef Pierre Gagnaire, and award-winning wines will ensure a magical dining experience.

Located at 9 Conduit St, London W1S 2XG, United Kingdom, Sketch is only a 10 minute journey by car form the Hotel. Travelling on the tube? Gloucester rd underground to London Charing Cross [CHX] is approximately a 1 hour journey, then 20 minute walk.

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal  is inspired by historic British gastronomy, first opened in 2011 it is quirky and typically British. In the past, the main meal -dinner-was eaten at midday, before it got too dark.  But affordable candles and, later, gaslight saw dinner shift.  By the mid-1800s people were dining later.  People working in the cities were taking a 'lunch' to work and having their main meal at 5.00pm when they got home, while in rural areas the main meal was still taken at midday. This made 'Dinner' the natural choice of name for its typically British quirky history and linguistic playfulness.

Located at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA, United Kingdom, it is a short 5 minute journey by car or brisk 30 minute stroll from the Hotel.

Bel Canto brings French cuisine and Opera together for London’s best unique dining experience. From Thursday to Saturday a quartet of young talented opera singers accompanied by a professional pianist perform every 15 minutes. Most of the artists come from the famous Guildhall School of Music and have also presented at the English National Opera and at the Royal Opera House.

Located at Corus Hotel Hyde Park, Lancaster Gate, London W2 3LG, United Kingdom, it is a short 5 minute journey by car or brisk 30 minute stroll from the Hotel.

Circus is an innovative combination of cocktail bar and cabaret restaurant set in vibrant Covent Garden, in London's West End. The stylish surrealist interior transports guests into a fun and decadent world of glamour and escapism from the moment they enter. As evening falls, the venue springs to life and the spectacle begins as diners sip exotic punches and cocktails.  West End London is synonymous with theatre and drama, so it is fitting that Circus hosts complementary cabaret style entertainment at the venue. 

Located at 27-29 Endell St, London WC2H 9BA, United Kingdom, it is a short 15 minute journey by car from the Hotel. Travelling on the tube? Gloucester rd underground to London Charing Cross [CHX] is approximately a 1 hour journey, then 20 minute walk.

Dans Le Noir is located in the charming Clerkenwell area and is, in every sense of the word, a unique dining experience like no other. You will eat and drink in pitch darkness, this idea might seem a little strange at first, but by suppressing the dominant sense of sight, you will enter a whole new world in which one is uncertain of their surroundings.It also has a lit bar and a private lounge serving fine wines and delicious specialty cocktails before and after a meal.

Located at 30-31 Clerkenwell Green, London EC1R 0DU, United Kingdom, it is a 20 minute journey by car from the Hotel. Travelling on the tube? Gloucester rd underground to Farringdon [ZFD] is approximately a 1 hour journey, then a 5 minute walk.

Medieval Banquet takes you back in time to the middle ages, experience a show like no other in London. Join Henry VIII and his court of knights, troubadours, contortionists, magicians, jugglers, minstrels and medieval tumblers and enjoy a four course feast like no other. Drink and be merry with ale and wine brought to your table throughout the meal by our dancing wenches, it is truly a unique experience.

Located at 50 St Katharine's Way, London E1W 1LA, United Kingdom, it is a 20 minute journey by car from the Hotel. Travelling on the tube? Gloucester rd underground to London Fenchurch Street [FST] is approximately a 1 hour journey, then a 10 minute walk.

Sightseeing

The Palace of Westminster, or commonly referred to as the Houses of Parliament, is located on the banks of the River Thames and is the place where Britain's House of Lords and House of Commons convene. In the 10th century the royals paid an interest in the site and when Edward the Confessor came to power in 1042 he moved his court to Westminster and had a Benedictine abbey and royal church built. Take a guided tour and go down the same route taken by the Queen at State Opening of Parliament; from the Queen’s Robing Room, through the Royal Gallery and Prince’s Chamber, into the majestic Lords Chamber. Then move on through Central Lobby, Members’ Lobby and one of the voting lobbies before entering the Commons Chamber, scene of many lively debates. Passing through St Stephen’s Hall, the tours end in 900 year old Westminster Hall.   Located in Westminster, London SW1A 0AA, United Kingdom, it is approximately a 10 minute journey by car from the Hotel. Travelling by tube? Jump on at Gloucester rd underground to London Charing Cross [CHX] (approx 15m), then about a 10 minute walk.

Big Ben was completed in 1858 and is located at the north end of the Palace of Westminster, It stands at 96 meters tall and you can climb the 393 steps to the belfry. Located in the belfry there are five bells, four of those strike the Westminster Chimes every 15 minutes and the largest bell, Big Ben, strikes on the hour. Big Ben holds the largest four-faced chiming clock in the world and is the third-tallest free-standing clock tower. In 1916 the bells were silenced and the clock face darkened at night for two years, during World War I, to prevent attack by German Zeppelins. Most recently, on 17 April 2013, the bells were silenced as a mark of respect during the funeral of Margaret Thatcher.    Located in Westminster, London SW1A 0AA, United Kingdom, it is approximately a 10 minute journey by car from the Hotel. Travelling by tube? Jump on at Gloucester rd underground to London Charing Cross [CHX] (approx 15m), then about a 10 minute walk.

The London Eye was the world's tallest Ferris wheel when erected in 1999 and is currently Europe's tallest Ferris wheel, offering the highest public viewing point in London until it was superseded by the 245-metre (804 ft) observation deck on the 72nd floor of The Shard. The London Eye was designed by architects Frank Anatole, Nic Bailey, Steve Chilton, Malcolm Cook, Mark Sparrowhawk, and the husband-and-wife team of Julia Barfield and David Marks. While up in the sky you can enjoy an interactive experience with Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 devices which includes information on landmarks that can be seen from the London Eye as well as a 3D view of each sight.  Located at Riverside Bldg, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd, London SE1 7PB, United Kingdom, it is approximately a 15 minute journey by car from the Hotel. Travelling by tube? Jump on at Gloucester rd underground to London Waterloo East [WAE] (approx 30m), then a brisk 5 minute walk.

The shard was officially opened in November 2012 with the open-air observation deck, located on the 72nd floor, opened up to the public on 1 February 2013. It is nicknamed The Shard of Glass by the locals, is an 87-storey skyscraper which forms part of the London Bridge Quarter development. Standing at 306 meters, it is currently the tallest building in the European Union and is the second-tallest free-standing structure in the United Kingdom.   Located at 32 London Bridge St, London SE1 9SG, United Kingdom, it is approximately a 20 minute journey by car from the Hotel. Travelling by tube? Jump on at Gloucester rd underground to London Bridge [LBG] (approx 1hour), then a brisk 5 minute walk.

Hyde Park is one of the largest parks in London and spans over 5,000 acres of parkland located in the heart of London. Originally created in 1536 by Henry VIII for hunting, it now features hundreds of buildings, statues, and memorials, giving a fascinating insight into London's heritage. You could take a walk, enjoy a picnic, and take part in the many community or education projects it makes a perfect day out with something for everybody. Let yourself be heard in the Speakers’ corner where open-air public speaking, debate and discussion are welcomes, it is located in the northeast corner near Marble Arch. Hyde Park is also home to South of the Serpentine, the Diana, Princess of Wales memorial, it is an oval stone ring fountain opened on 6 July 2004 and was designed to express Diana's spirit and love of children.     Located along S Carriage Dr in Westminster, London W2 2UH, United Kingdom, it is a short 5 minute journey by car from the Hotel or a brisk 20 minute walk.

Royal Albert Hall is located on the northern edge of South Kensington in London, it was first opened by Queen Victoria in 1871. It was built to fulfil the vision of Prince Albert, it would be used to promote understanding and appreciation of the Arts and Sciences. Originally, the Hall was supposed to have been called The Central Hall of Arts and Sciences, but the name was changed by Queen Victoria to Royal Albert Hall of Arts and Sciences as a dedication to her deceased husband. Each year Royal Albert Hall plays host to over 350 events including classical concerts, ballet and opera, rock and pop, sports, award ceremonies, school and community events, charity performances and banquets.   Located at Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP, United Kingdom, it is a very short few minute journey from the Hotel by car or a very short 15 minute walk.

The West End is located in an area of Central London that features many of the city’s major tourist attractions, retail outlets, businesses and Entertainment venues, including the commercial West End theatres. The use of the term 'West End' began in the early 19th century to describe fashionable areas to the west of Charing Cross; the West End is the main commercial and entertainment centre of the city. You could spend the day or night seeing the sights of London's entertainment district around Leicester Square and Covent Garden or get some retail therapy at one of the many retail shops or department stores along Oxford Street, Regent Street, and Bond Street. On any given night there is no shortage of shows to see like the lion King, Wicked, Le Miserable or Billy Elliot so there is sure to be something to keep you entertained.     Located near Leicester Square in London, the West End is a short 10 minute journey by car from the Hotel. Travelling by tube? Jump on at Gloucester rd underground to London Charing Cross [CHX] (approx 15m), then about a 10 minute walk.

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