Central London is awash with historic landmarks and hugely significant attractions that have helped shape the capital.
Here is our guide to the iconic London landmarks that are within easy reach of the central London hotel.
Measuring some 350 acres, Hyde Park is a must for anyone who loves the outdoors and wants to discover more about the famous history of the capital.
There really is something for everyone in the royal park, with the Serpentine Lake separating the park into two west and east sections. There is even a special swimming club that allows people to take a dip in the lake – even on Christmas Day morning.
Hyde Park is also home to Speaker’s Corner, where people gather to discuss and debate any issue they like – there has been a number of famous speakers over the years and it is a great spot to do some people watching.
For a more sedate activity, then the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain, which is built from 545 pieces of Cornish granite to form an oval shape to reflect Diana’s life, is a calm and inviting setting.
Watching the water flow between the fountain’s high points is magical and there is even a special playground in the park created in Diana’s memory for the children to enjoy.
One of the more recent additions to Hyde Park is a permanent memorial to the victims of the 7/7 bombings in 2005. It consists of 52 stainless steel pillars measuring 3.5 metres high, with each one representing someone who died in the incident. It is a very moving and fitting tribute to those who lost their lives and has been international recognised as a work of art.
Close to Hyde Park is Buckingham Palace – home to the Royal family since 1837 – and one of the most famous buildings in the world.
There are 775 rooms in the palace and it hosts a number of official events every year. The majority of rooms are closed off to the public, but during the summer months it is possible for visitors to take a tour of the State Rooms.
The rest of the year, there is the opportunity to see the fascinating Changing of the Guard ceremony.
Taking place every day between April and July, then alternate days for the rest of the year at 11.30am, the ceremony is a great way to sample some of the famous British pageantry.
Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament
One of the other iconic buildings in the capital is the instantly recognisable Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.
Measuring 96 metres high, the tower is right by the banks of the River Thames. It is also a common mistake to call the tower Big Ben, the bell that chimes each hour is actually called Big Ben, while the building was officially renamed as Elizabeth Tower to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012.
The Houses of Parliament – or the Palace of Westminster as they’re also known – is the centre of British politics and is the workplace for the country’s elected MPs.
Visitors can take guided tours of the key areas of the Palace, including Westminster Hall, the Queen’s Robing Room and Commons Chamber.