London is a great destination to visit all year round. While summer and spring are popular with tourists, visitors travel to London all through the year. If you are looking for the best hotel and travel discounts the off-season is the best time to visit London.
It is the time when you can get the best London Hotel Offers, which is a great way to save on accommodation expenses. London is an expensive city and anywhere you can save on expenses is a bonus.
One of the best venues to stay in the centre of London is the Park Grand Central Paddington London hotel, which is comfortably priced and with excellent amenities and facilities. It is also close to some of the best attractions in the area, including the famous Madame Tussauds, among other popular tourist spots. If you have visited Madame Tussauds and are keen to explore other tourist sites in the area, there are quite a few including the following:
The Auditorium: Formerly home to the London Planetarium, it is located on Marylebone Street, adjoining Madame Tussauds. While it was popular with the public earlier its demand gradually diminished. Therefore the management decided to give it a new name as well as play host to a new event about celebrities. It now forms part of Madame Tussauds with a show that is projected onto the ceiling of the dome. It is a unique experience and offers a 360 degree view of famous legends of our times.
Royal Academy of Music: It is a museum dedicated to music and houses a fine collection of musical instruments and related objects, dating from the 16th century to contemporary times. It is the oldest conservatoire in the country. There is a guided tour that showcases the history of the academy. Some of the popular exhibits found here include correspondence of Liszt and Mendelssohn, original musical scores of the Mikado and several other interesting items. They also have a priceless collection of instruments including violins made by the legendary Stradivari, along with very rare images, prints etc. There is a fascinating piano gallery with pianos in excellent condition with even an assistant to play them. The museum plays host to various events and temporary exhibitions all through the year.
The Sherlock Holmes Museum: It is a relatively new addition on the museum scene of London, having opened in 1990. It is located in a home from the 18th century keeping in tradition with the description of the 221B Street home, as per Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. All of the exhibits are displayed in a period setting and feature Holmes paraphernalia. The place retains its authentic looking Victorian era appearance.
The Wallace Collection: The collection can be seen at Hertford House that is situated at Manchester Square. The house was built in 1776, and later was used as the French Embassy in London, till 1836. In 1850, the Marquess of Hertford took over the home and it came to be known by his name. It was used to house the vast art collection of the Marquess and was dedicated as a public museum in 1897. The collection includes Napoleon III’s collection of art. The museum does not charge an admission fee to visit. There also are free tours of the museum available.
Regents Park: Like with other Royal Parks in Britain, it was formerly a royal hunting ground and was a part of then what was Middlesex Forest. King George VI commissioned John Nash to create a park in the area, during the early part of the 19th century. There were plans to build multiple villas although just eight were built. Of these three still remain. Move to the east of the park and you will find Cumberland Terrace, which is the finest of its type built by Nash. There were plans to route Regent Canal through the park that failed to materialise. Modern day Regents Park houses playgrounds, a lake and tennis courts among other attractions. It is very popular with Londoners as well as visitors especially, during the summer.
Selfridges, Oxford Street: London is one of the most famous shopping destinations on the planet. A large share of its fame is attributed to Oxford Street, which is the premier shopping destination in the city. It stretches from Oxford Circus to Marble Arch and is one of the most visited shopping venues in the world.
Selfridges was established by American born Harry G Selfridge, who spend a quarter century of his life working with a retail company, where he became a junior partner. He then decided to try his luck overseas in Europe, and arrived in London in 1906. He was not satisfied with the retail stores in the city and decided to venture into the retail business. He invested a princely sum of £400K and bought a store at the west end of Oxford Street.
Harry G Selfridge is the one who came up with the adage, “The customer is always right”. This belief of his and his perseverance helped him to become a resounding success in the retail business in London. He was highly innovative and pioneered many new techniques of marketing. This included the display of produce instead of keeping it concealed behind the counter. The concept proved such a hit that other department stores adopted it across the world.
Selfridges now is considered to be out of the premium department stores on the planet. It houses a massive collection of products that are eclectic in variety. These range from established brands to brand new products that are launched in the market. It also has fabulous eateries and restaurants for shoppers to dine at on every level, once they are done with shopping at the store.