Perfect Paddington: why it’s ideal for visitors to London

Located just slightly north-west of the heart of the city, Paddington is perfectly placed to prove the ideal base for anyone’s stay in the UK capital. Just a short walk away or a short hop on the Tube (London Underground) are some of the most renowned attractions, retail destinations and parks anywhere in the world…

So very much to see

Yes, we’re talking the elegant, irresistible tourist trap that’s Covent Garden (home not just artisan shops and street entertainers but the Royal Opera House); the medieval majesty of Westminster Abbey and the Neo Gothic magnificence of the Houses of Parliament in Westminster; the ritzy, glitzy cinemas, casinos, restaurants and eateries of Leicester Square (the piazza of so many blockbuster movie premieres); the neon-fuelled radiance of Piccadilly Circus with its iconic Eros statue; the grandiose splendour of Trafalgar Square with Nelson’s Column, the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery; the exotic exuberance of Chinatown and the alternative culture-rich and fine dining of Soho. Yes, for the sights, sounds, aromas and excitement of the West End, you’re perfectly placed by staying at one of the Park Grand Paddington Court London hotel, all right.

Globally renowned retail options

Quite simply, the shopping never stops in the capital; wherever you go, retail opportunities are all around you. And should you choose to stay in Paddington-based hotel accommodation London you’re right at the very heart of it all. A short walk to the south-east and you come across Oxford Street; one of the most famous retail thoroughfares on the planet, it’s blessed with high-street names, brand outlets, restaurants, coffee shops and more. A little further (and very easy and quick to reach by Tube) is the high-end shopping experience offered by Knightsbridge’s iconic luxury department store Harrods, while to the west lies the stylish, modern, awesome retail adventure that’s the Westfield shopping mall, where more high-street shops rub shoulders with exclusive brand outlets and a multiplex cinema. Plus, for something a bit different, head up to the perimeter of Central London where lies the alt-culture haven that’s Camden, with its eccentric outlets and fascinating and snack food-tastic indoor and outdoor markets.

Hyde Park in London

The green lung

The ‘green lung’ refers to the five major Royal Parks that run right through the heart of Central London. Should you choose to stay in Paddington, you’ll be mere minutes away on foot from the elegant charms of Kensington Gardens (including the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain and the magical Peter Pan statue) and its neighbouring, glorious expanse of green fauna and fantastic flora that’s Hyde Park (which features fascinating statues and sculptures, art galleries and horse-riding and boating opportunities on the Serpentine lake). From here, it’s not far at all from the majesty of Buckingham Palace and, on either side of the Mall, Green Park with its quiet solitude and plethora of deckchairs and the exotic colours and pink flamingos of the truly exquisite St. James’s Park. But that’s not at all – take the Tube a little way north and you reach Regents’ Park; famed for its flower displays, boating, sports amenities, superb open-air theatre and being home too to ZSL London Zoo.

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