Walking is by far one of the best ways of getting around the city of London. Tour buses are great for seeing the main sights, but you often miss some of the hidden gems that the city has to offer if you’re flying past on the top of a bright red tour bus.
If some of the walking tour itineraries you’ve seen don’t really tick all of the boxes for your interests, then it’s simple to create a route of your choosing, leaving directly from the entrance of the Park Grand Paddington hotel.
Here are a few of our top tips for designing your own walking tour of the city.
1. Make a list of potential attractions
The first task you’ll need to do before planning your walking tour of London itinerary is to make a list of all of the attractions that you’d like to see during your stay. Mark them up on a map so you have a sense of their proximity to one another.
Using the Park Grand Paddington hotel as a starting point, map out your closest potential points of interest in the surrounding area to see how much walking you’d need to do to visit them all in one day.
Remember, you’ll want to spend a little time exploring everything on offer on your tour, so leave yourself enough time at each location.
2. Be realistic
Although you’ll want to cram in as much as you possibly can during your stay at our Park Grand Paddington suites, you have to be realistic about the amount of time you have available each day for sightseeing.
Don’t forget to take into account stops for lunch or drinks – you can always rely on a great breakfast at our Paddington hotels to give you plenty of fuel for your walking tour.
3. Pack for comfort
If you’d rather use your legs than any other form of transport, be sure to pack for comfort and bring along a pair of shoes or two you know you can walk in for your stay. The weather in London can be changeable all year round, so make sure you pack closed-toe shoes too and a brolly just in case it rains.
There will be plenty of room at our Park Grand Paddington suites for your luggage, so don’t be afraid to pop in a few extra items should you need to.
4. Talk to the rest of your group
If you’ll be visiting our Paddington hotels with friends, make sure that everyone is happy with the places you’ll be visiting before you finalise your plans or buy any tickets for attractions.
You may all have different ideas of what makes a walking tour enjoyable, so ensure that everyone gets a say on where you visit to avoid any members of your group feeling that their interests haven’t been considered or them getting bored.
5. Create a theme
A great way of making your walking tour a stand-out feature of your stay at the Park Grand Paddington hotel is to create a themed walking tour.
For example, you could choose to create a historical walking tour, a celebrity or movie tour or even a tour of some of London’s lesser-known attractions such as Kenwood Park or Primrose Hill, to enjoy spectacular views over the city.
6. Don’t be afraid to cheat
Walking tours are just that, walking. However, London is a large city, so don’t be afraid to hop on the Tube from time to give your aching legs a little rest.
There are plenty of tube stops and bus routes that connect you to must-see attractions all over the city and can deliver you back to our Park Grand Paddington suites if you’re completely worn out after your day exploring everything London has to offer.
If you feel like taking a ride in one of the capital’s most iconic methods of transport, then hail a black cab and chat to a London cabbie as you see the landmarks flash by.
7. Talk to your concierge
Each of our Paddington hotels has a friendly and knowledgeable concierge who has a wealth of information about the city, so make sure that you seek them out as they could help you uncover a few hidden gems that you might not have otherwise heard about.
Not only that, but the reception team at our Park Grand Paddington suites will also be able to book tickets to any attractions you would like to see and recommend the best times to visit to avoid the crowds.
8. Think about timing
If you’ll be visiting our Paddington hotels during the weekend or school holidays and want to beat the crowds, then it’s essential that you think about timing.
Setting off straight after breakfast from our Park Grand Paddington suites is an excellent way of beating the crowds of tourists that flock to the city every day, but if you want to see the city in a whole new light, then the evening is a great time to get out and about on foot.
Certain attractions stay open much later into the evening during the summer months, so you won’t miss out on any of the best bits of London. The city also looks amazing lit up at night, so it’s a great opportunity to get some twilight photos before heading back to our Paddington hotels for a well-earned rest.
9. Make sure you make time to relax
With so much to see and do in London, you can certainly wear yourself out with all of that walking!
Make sure you take a little time to relax and rest those weary legs during your stay with a few cocktails in our Park Grand Paddington hotel bar or even book a spa treatment at one of our Paddington hotels so that you can return home fully refreshed and full of exciting tales of your walks around the city.
After all, you are on a break to London, so a little rest and relaxation is all part of having an amazing experience in our nation’s capital.