One of the best things about London for visitors is the vast Tube network. The London Underground may have opened in 1863 but it’s a modern, high speed and very convenient way to get about the city today. What’s more, it puts most of London and hundreds of attractions, neighbourhoods and historical and culturally significant sites in easy reach.
If you don’t have any particular plans during your Park Grand Paddington London stay, why not head to Paddington Station and jump on the Hammersmith and City line? Picking one line and then making regular stops to see things along the way is not just a fun and inventive approach to being a tourist, it also helps you make the most of your time in the city.
1. Visit Baker Street and the Sherlock Holmes Museum
Fans of literary detective Sherlock Holmes can visit the street he lived on (Baker Street) and head to the Sherlock Holmes Museum by taking the Hammersmith and City Line a few stops from Paddington Station. Located at 221b Baker Street, the museum is packed with memorabilia, including the first floor study faithfully maintained by Holmes’ long-suffering housekeeper, Mrs Hudson.
2. Head to the Wallace Collection
The Wallace Collection houses an art collection and free museum in quintessentially British surroundings. Located at Hertford House in Manchester Square, the Wallace Collection first opened its doors in 1900. Today, it showcases a wide breadth of collectables, from paintings and sculptures to furniture and armour. The Collection also has a number of events and exhibitions through the year, with spotlights on certain artists and guest shows. One such upcoming exhibition focuses on the work of sculptor Henry Moore but the Collection also hosts talks, courses and family days.
3. Visit Madam Tussauds
If you fancy crossing paths with royalty, pop stars, sports stars and famous faces from bygone eras, jump off the Tube at Baker Street and head to Madam Tussauds London. Everyone is familiar with this wax museum, founded by Marie Tussaud – herself a wax sculptor. While there are now outposts around the world, this London location has over 250 lifelike figures with new additions regularly being unveiled. If you’ve saved some money by redeeming one of our London hotels special offers, this is a fun place to splash out, especially if you’re travelling with kids.
4. The Barbican
As a world-class venue for arts and culture, you’re spoilt for choice when planning a visit to The Barbican from the Park Grand Paddington London. Conveniently located on the Hammersmith and City Line, every major art form is on offer here from dance and performance art to classical and contemporary music, film and gallery art.
5. Platform 9 3/4
Harry Potter fans simply must visit Platform 9 3/4s while in London. It might just be a brick wall, but this fictional station is legendary to wizards and witches. Jump off the Tube at King’s Cross and you’ll be able to retrace the steps of Harry, Hermione and the rest of the gang heading to Hogwarts.