Kensington Gardens Hostel is the perfect base for exploring with its close proximity to Paddington Station and 5 tube lines. There are a great many local sights within walking distance or by hire bicycle if you fancy. If you want to go further afield you can hop on the tube or take a black cab if you want the full London experience. Either way you will look forward to coming back to base after a long day exploring.
Kensington Gardens / Hyde Park
Kensington Gardens and Hyde park are adjacent to each other and are full of interest whether it be a short walk to see the Peter Pan statue and feed the Parakeets or to the Victorian grandure of the Albert memorial and the Royal Albert hall. There is something for all ages with the spectacular Diana playground centred around a full size ship, a packed summer schedule of music concerts or a more sedate walk in the grounds of Kensington Palace.
Notting Hill is an elegant corner of London with a rich history and culture. Portobello Road is the most popular destination with its trendy bars, cafes and restaurants lining the busy weekend market selling antiques, fashion and street food. The annual Notting Hill Carnival is a huge draw with parades, music and food reflecting the area's Caribbean heritage.
Oxford Street is England's premier high street with all the major stores. This continues onto Regent Street which joins at Oxford Circus and is home to the Apple Store and the world famous Hamley's toy store. Oxford Street is never dull and there is much to discover off the side streets include the elegant Mayfair or charming St Christopher's Place found via a narrow alleyway opposite Bond Street tube station.
The best shopping
If the bustle of Oxford Street is a bit too much then there is Kensington High Street just a short walk across the park or Marylebone High Street just 5 minutes walk from Oxford Street. Here you will find boutiques and independent shops nestled between charming pubs and restaurants.
World Class Sports Venues
London boasts five English Premier league clubs with Chelsea being a 15 minute tube ride away by Earls Court. Wembley and Wimbledon are also short tube rides away. The home of Cricket, Lords is within walking distance and you can get to the Olympic park directly on the central line from Lancaster Gate. Whether you are touring the venues or watching a game the possibilities are endless.
Museums and Galleries
The V&A, Science Museum and Natural History Museum are within walking distance across Kensington Gardens. A short tube ride will take you to the British Museum, The National Portrait Gallery and the Tate Modern.
London by bike
Our favourite route is to pick up the cycle path outside of Kensington Palace and to ride to Trafalgar Square. It's all on cycle paths so you can take the whole family and for £2 per bike for 24 hours (as long as you change bike every 30 minutes). Download the Santander Cycle App to help you locate docking stations and real time updates on the number of bikes available.