Park Grand London Paddington is well placed for anyone visiting London who wants to be in the heart of the action.
Being close to London Paddington station means it is easy to travel to the best attractions in the capital. Here are just a few you should make sure you add on to your must do list.
Built as part of the millennium, the London Eye has become one of the most recognisable sights of London. It is popular with those visiting the city, as well as local residents who are intrigued by the views on offer of their home.
The giant Ferris wheel was designed by architects Frank Anatole, Nic Bailey, Steve Chilton, Malcolm Cook, Mark Sparrowhawk, Julia Barfield and David Marks.
Overall, it measures 135 metres (443 ft) tall and the wheel has a diameter of 120 metres (394 ft). When it was built it was the tallest Ferris wheel in the world, but has since lost this title to the High Roller wheel in Las Vegas.
However, it remains the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe and is described by its operators as “the world’s tallest cantilevered observation wheel”.
In total, the wheel has 32 air-conditioned passenger capsules, with each one capable of containing up to 25 people.
A trip on the London Eye takes around 30 minutes as it rotates at a sedate 0.6 mph so that people can have a chance to enjoy a splendid view of the capital.
In 2013, one of the capsules was renamed the Coronation Capsule to mark the sixtieth anniversary of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. There are also special events on the London Eye, with some people choosing to tie the knot while up in the air!
Visitors can save money by booking tickets in advance as they are cheaper than buying on the day. Tickets also include free entry into the London Eye 4D cinema experience. This makes use of various special effects to give you a chance to get a unique view of London before boarding your London Eye capsule.
Shopping in Harrods
Harrods is the most famous department store in the world and can be found in the upmarket area of Knightsbridge. The store was created by Charles Henry Harrod in 1824 was originally a small market stall selling various goods.
Nowadays, the retailer makes use of seven floors and has around 330 departments, selling a real variety of items. There are also nearly 30 restaurants – so plenty of options to relax and get something to eat following a hard day spent shopping.
Catch a show
London’s West End is the place to head if you enjoy a bit of live theatre. Over the years, the theatreland has seen performances from some of the world’s leading stars.
You can get tickets for all different types of shows, including hits such as Cats, Billy Elliot, the Lion King and Jersey Boys.
How to get to Paddington
The London Underground is one of the easiest options for anyone planning journeys to the area. Travellers are advised to buy an Oyster card to make it even easier to travel across the network.
Local tube stations serving the Paddington area include:
Paddington (Bakerloo, Circle, District and Hammersmith & City lines)
Bayswater (Circle and District lines)
Queensway (Central line)
Lancaster Gate Station (Central line)
Marble Arch Station (Central line)
Edgware Road (Bakerloo, Circle, District and Hammersmith & City lines)
Warwick Avenue (Bakerloo line)
Royal Oak (Circle and Hammersmith & City lines)
Paddington also has strong mainline railway services from Paddington and Marylebone. There are also plenty of bus routes that cover the area – remember though London bus services no longer offer cash payments, so make sure you have an Oyster card.
If you have opted to hire a car that there are a number of car parks within the Paddington area of the capital, including
Paddington Station Public Car Park
Colonnades Car Park
Queensway Car Park
NCP Car Park London Arthur Court
Bell Street Car Park
Bilton Towers Car Park
Bayswater Road Car Park