Many guests at the Park Grand Paddington Court Hotel London will find themselves attracted to the main sights and attractions in the centre of London, whether you’ve visited the city before or not. The problem is, these sights are often completely jam packed, especially in the upcoming summer holiday season and so it’s always a good idea to find some alternatives. And you never know, you might be surprised at what lies in store with that hidden gem.

Vertical Chill

Owned by Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports, Vertical Chill is a Covent Garden based climbing centre with a real ice wall. This means that unlike other artificial climbing walls, you’re given 8 metres of vertical ice between the temperatures of -5°C and -12°C. Make sure you wear some warm clothes.

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City Bike Tours

Travelling through the city has never been so easy and environmentally friendly. With the cycling super highways being developed from East to West and South to North of the city, you can see the sights and keep fit at the same time. The iconic Boris Bikes are available around central at cheap prices via Oyster Cards for you to pick up when you need them.

London Underground Tube Tour

The London Underground Tube tour takes you from the first ever tube station to the future of the underground network. Over two hours, you’ll enter and explore one of the most famous subway systems in the world, seeing abandoned “ghost stations” and learning how the 150 year old London Underground was made by hand.

Royal Opera House Tour

Live the glitz and the glamour of one of the most prestigious opera houses in the UK on this one hour tour of the backstage and interior of the Royal Opera House. On these varieties of tours, you can leanr about the architecture of the Royal Opera House and stories about famous Opera singers who have performed, or you can take a tour of the backstage and find out how it all works.

Highgate Cemetery

Highgate Cemetery is one of the magnificent 7, a group of large cemeteries in the city of London. Here you can find the graves and tombs of many influential political figures such as Karl Marx, Douglas Adams and Daniel Faraday.

Boating on the Serpentine

The Serpentine Lake based in Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens is the perfect place to rent a paddle boat or rowing boat. Here you can see the iconic park from its lake, which was created for Caroline of Brunswick and plays host to various types of water birds. This is a great way to work up an appetite before heading to the great range of Restaurants near Paddington Station, just a short walk away.

Kayaking on the Thames

For the more adventurous adrenaline junkies, renting out a kayak for the River Thames is sure to get the heart pumping. This is a great way to see the city from the river whilst also keeping fit.

Thames Barrier River Cruise

There are many varieties of cruises along the River Thames, all of which come with their own unique perks. One of the most brilliant sights to see on the River Thames is the amazing Thames Barrier, which makes sure that the city doesn’t flood.