As summer starts to draw to a close, things are just beginning to heat up in London!
A city where there’s always something going on no matter the weather, there are still plenty of things to do in the capital even after the summer holidays have come to an end.
From live sports and high-end fashion to major cultural events, London does come alive as autumn comes calling.
For those thinking of booking a stay at the Park Grand Hotel Paddington this September, here is a quick rundown of some of the best events on offer. Whatever your interests, you’re sure to find something that you can’t wait to experience.
Something for the sports lovers
For anyone with an interest in sports, London is playing host to the World Para Swimming Allianz Championships at the London Aquatics Centre. The event runs from the 9th to 15th of September.
The largest disability swimming competition outside of the Paralympic Games, the World Para Swimming Allianz Championships sees competitors from all over the world compete for medals and a place at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
With over 600 world-class swimmers from over 60 countries visiting London to take part, this event is a real once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see some of our best Paralympic talents compete against their counterparts from further afield.
This is set to be a big event on the sporting calendar this September, so it’s a good idea to book a room at the Park Grand Hotel Paddington sooner rather than later if you are hoping to be able to cheer on our British hopefuls during the seven-day competition.
To reach the London Aquatics Centre from the Park Grand Hotel Paddington, simply hop on the Tube at Lancaster Gate station using the Central line and disembark at Stratford station. From there, the centre is just a five-minute walk away, so you’ll need to set aside around forty minutes for your total journey.
Shop ’til you drop at London Fashion Week
Fashionistas rejoice! London Fashion Week is back once again with high-end couture, designer labels galore and even a few celebrity faces worth spotting between the 13th and 17th of September 2019.
With catwalks filled with weird and wonderful fashions, the looks that we’ll all be wearing next year and some amazingly inventive designers from up and coming fashion talent, those with a love of fashion and design won’t want to miss out on this iconic fixture.
Jamie Wei Huang, Amanda Wakeley, House of Holland and Bvlgari Serpenti Seduttori will also be showcasing their latest designs over a period of five days, and Victoria Beckham will be there presenting her newest line too, so you might even get to spot a few A-list celebrities hanging about the place.
You can additionally expect an abundance of catwalk shows, plenty of creative installations and the brand new DiscoveryLAB, an experiential space where fashion meets art, technology and music, so there is plenty to see and experience during your visit.
If art and design is your thing, then you might also enjoy a quick visit to the Victoria and Albert Museum which showcases the very best in contemporary design. There’s usually a display from major fashion houses such as Vivienne Westwood too, so it’s well worth a visit if you have a little extra time to spare.
For those who want to splash the cash on a little luxury retail therapy, then there are plenty of shopping opportunities to be had close by so pack light for your trip to our Park Grand Hotel Paddington as you’ll most likely pick up some wardrobe must-haves to take home after you’ve enjoyed your visit to London Fashion Week.
Getting to the event couldn’t be easier thanks to the convenient location of our hotels near Paddington Station. The best way of getting to the Strand where the event is held is most definitely via Tube, so take the short stroll to Paddington Station, which takes just a few minutes to reach. Take the Bakerloo line which runs from the station every three minutes, and you’ll reach the event in just under half an hour.
Japan Matsuri 2019
If you were thinking of staying at our hotels near Paddington Station close to the end of September, then a visit that gets you into the city for the Japan Matsuri on the 29th September 2019 is a great idea if you’re looking for a totally new experience.
Taking over the iconic Trafalgar Square for the day, join this celebration of all things Japanese and enjoy a real taste of Japanese culture in the heart of the city.
Why not try a little authentic Japanese cuisine, get yourself a beautiful kimono or just drink in the atmosphere with plenty of musical and dance activities to take part in? There’s also the opportunity to try your hand at a Manga cartoon creation with the best attempts being displayed on a gigantic Manga wall of fame!
This is a great, free admission festival that has gained in popularity over the years with couples, families and groups of friends looking to try something completely different. Make sure you book a room at the Park Grand Hotel Paddington in advance if you don’t want to miss out on all of the fun!
Reaching Trafalgar Square from our hotels near Padding station is really straightforward too, so you can leave your hotel whenever you feel like it to take part in the all-day event. Just head to Paddington station On-foot and hop on the Bakerloo line to Trafalgar Square which leaves every three minutes. The total journey takes less than twenty minutes, so you’re free to pop back to our hotels near Paddington Station for a rest before returning to all of the action later on.
Just don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes as you’ll soon be swept up in all of the excitement and amazing live music that’s planned for the day.