London is often branded as a shopping destination, and with its many famous luxury department stores- Harrods and Selfridges but to name a couple, it’s not difficult to see why. However, the city has much more to offer than the commercialism so often associated with it. There’s another side to the city that is much more cultured and diverse, and whilst being a little more urban than the shiny window displays of Oxford Street, is no less exciting for sure.
Art exhibitions, Street art and museums are often also prime locations for visitors to the city to head to, however if you are a sporting fan, and fancy something a little more dynamic and unique, then perhaps you should schedule in a trip to the Arcelor Mittal Orbit observation tower which overlooks the site of the 2012 World Olympics. It’s a steel sculpture of 115m high which cost in the region of £20million to install. A striking red structure in the midst of a grey sea of buildings, the orbit is London’s answer to the Eiffel Tower, featuring a restaurant inside the viewing tower for an eating experience you won’t soon forget. Even if you’re not really into sports, the Orbit is well worth a visit for the sheer fact that it is the UK’s largest public art display.
Alternatively, a visit to Madame Tussaud’s will captivate and excite both music and sports fans alike, as the wax works of famous faces are poised and waiting for you to saddle up next to them. If it’s a great photo opportunity you’re after, then you’ll be sure to find just that amongst the sporting hero models, such as Mo Farah, Tom Daley and Usain Bolt.
After a day of exploring London’s sports connections, you’ll no doubt have used up the majority of your energy and be in need of a place to rest your weary legs. That’s where the 5 star hotels in London’s West End really come into their own- they’re a mix of decadent luxury and excellent value for money, there’s really no other option when it comes to staying in London. The central location also means that there are a variety of options available to you when it comes to dining out too, not to mention the theatres and bars that are also in close proximity.
Another great thing about the London hotels near Paddington station is that they are conveniently located next to both the underground and over ground travel networks, meaning that getting around the city is easy and stress-free, making all of the major tourist attractions easily accessible. Travelling is made easier still when using a travel Oyster card to pay for fares, as it means that you won’t need to ensure you have the right cash on you when hopping on and off trains and trams. In the unfortunate event that your card got stolen, the remaining balance would also be protected, so they really are worth looking into.