London isn’t known for being the cheapest city, but there are still ways to sample a piece of luxury without blowing your budget during your time in the capital.
There’s plenty to see and do around hotels near Bayswater tube station, so pick up a package deal and follow our advice to limit your spending while still having a great time.
Marvel at London from above
If you want panoramic, jaw-dropping views of London but are travelling on a budget – fear not, the rooftop of 20 Fenchurch Street has you covered. Atop this soaring skyscraper is the botanical Sky Garden which offers 360° views of London. Entry to the garden is completely free but must be booked in advance via their website, usually about three weeks prior. Whilst you’re applauding the view, a glass of wine from the bar is optional but encouraged to add a splash of luxury and enhance the experience.
Pick up antiques at London markets
You’ll feel like Aladdin in the Cave of Wonders as you mooch around the markets of London, and you can pick up some quirky treats and antiques at decent prices – perfect for treating others or yourself. Portobello Market is open Monday to Saturday and gives you the chance to ogle the cute houses in the neighbourhood around all the hotels near Bayswater tube station.
Best of all, it’s a lovely stroll and only a mere thirty minutes’ walk from the Park Grand Hotel Paddington!
If you visit London on a Sunday, the Marylebone Farmer’s Market is a foodie’s delight and you can collect some tasty produce back home. Covent Garden market is open daily, but for arts and crafts go at the weekend. Camden, Greenwich and Old Spitalfields markets open for trade daily.
Chocolate Tours and Cheese Crawls
If you’re craving sugar, enlist yourself in The London Chocolate Tour where your professional guide will take you to artisan chocolate shops of Mayfair where you can sample to your heart’s content (look away, teeth). If you’re more of a savoury snacker, then the London Cheese Crawl might be the answer – beginning in Mayfair you will chew your way through stilton, prosecco cheese and baked camembert.
Book either tour via events company Funzing for a bargain price.
Dine with finesse
Eating out doesn’t need to break the bank, the hotels near Bayswater tube station put you in easy access to a whole host of restaurants and cafes, where you relax in the harmony of this peaceful area. Park Grand Hotel Paddington itself offers both a tempting, authentic Indian and gourmet European menu. To be luxurious, order your meal to your room.
A night at the movies causes such a feeling of nostalgia and classic charm. During London’s summer, dozens of open-air cinemas pop up and give you the opportunity to revisit classics such as Dirty Dancing and Back to the Future, as well as brand new releases out this year. Our recommendation has to be Somerset House, where you bask under the starry skies within the Neo-classical courtyard. The evenings commence with a live DJ set based on the film’s soundtrack and you can lie back with a glass of wine.
Have a picnic with Royalty
Now, we can’t guarantee that the Queen will join you, however, we can guarantee you that packing up a picnic and spending a long afternoon luxuriating in one of the Royal Parks of London will make you feel like royalty.
London has eight huge, open green spaces which are free to visit and maintained to the highest standard, so you can enjoy rose gardens, duck ponds and springy grass. Prepare yourself a hamper of treats from one of London’s department stores or supermarkets, and take a day to bask in the sunshine. For views of Buckingham Palace, head to Green Park or St James’s Park.
Shakespeare under the Stars
Enter Shakespearean London by taking in a production at the Globe Theatre, a reconstruction of the original Elizabethan Globe Theatre in which William Shakespeare worked. Every day during their summer performance season, the theatre put 700 tickets on sale at £5. You’ll need comfortable shoes, as these are the standing tickets – so you can experience the act like a true thespian! If standing doesn’t appeal, you can also find reduced seated tickets in the lower, middle and upper galleries priced around £20.
Henry V, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and As You Like It are this season’s offering of performances, running until early October. Treat thyself.
Revel like a bohemian
All of the major museums in London offer a terrific Late programme. Usually, these events are scheduled for the final Friday evening of the month. But none compare to the Royal Academy’s programme.
For each exhibition, the Academy host a one-off night in which they bring to life the current exhibition with live music, themed drinks, immersive activities and the chance to wander around the exhibition in fancy dress. Tickets generally cost around £40, which isn’t too bad when you consider the entertainment value. The next event is stylised as A Summer’s Night in Montmartre and is scheduled for 31 August.
Potter around a palace
In keeping with its royal history, London has plenty of posh palaces that you can explore. Kensington Palace rubs shoulders with the hotels near Bayswater tube station and is the official residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. You can venture further afield to Hampton Court Palace and make it a full day trip. Admiring tapestries and historic works of art will add a drop of luxury to your time in the city.
Spend the night in a boutique hotel
Booking a few nights in a luxurious hotel is made simple with Park Grand London Paddington – take advantage of our special offers and treat yourself to a few nights of decadence at a rate that will leave you with plenty of money to spend on the rest of the suggestions in this list. Book now!