Situated on Bayswater Road in the heart of London’s City of Westminster, should you be staying at one of the hotels near Lancaster Gate station, you will not only find yourself in one of the most scenic and wonderful parts of London, but you will also be close to some of the best places to visit in the capital.
Lancaster Gate station is located close to the Marlborough Gate entrance of Hyde Park, which is not only one of London’s largest parks, it is also one of the most famous ones throughout the world.
There is so much to see and do in Hyde Park that you can easily spend a whole day wandering through it – especially in the summer when the weather is a little warmer. There is a plethora of memorials and statues commemorating some of the most important figures and events from around the world.
By the Queen Elizabeth Gate at Hyde Park Corner you will find an impressive 18 foot statue of Achilles, which commemorates Arthur Wellesley, the first Duke of Wellington.
The 7 July Memorial is a very poignant one to see and honours the victims of the London Bombings on July 7th 2005. The memorial is made up of 52 stainless steel pillars which represent the 52 victims and each one stands at 3.5 metres high with individual finishes. The memorial can be found in the south east area of Hyde Park, just a bit further north of Achilles.
The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial, which was opened by The Queen in 2004 is a very beautiful and peaceful one to see. The fountain was designed to depict Diana’s life and features water flowing in two directions before meeting at a pool at the bottom. You can walk over three bridges if you wish to cross the water and get right into the centre of the fountain.
Besides the many memorials and statues, Hyde Park is home to the Serpentine Lake, upon which it is recommended that you take a boat ride. Through July to September you can also swim in the Serpentine Lake should you wish to do so! There are also a number of sporting activities, including horse riding, which you can partake in at Hyde Park, along with a number of playgrounds which are suitable for all ages.
The Gate Cinema
If you crave a real, traditional cinematic experience, then The Gate Cinema in Notting Hill which is a short walk away from Lancaster Gate station is a must.
It is a single screen cinema with a very ornate and impressive decor and the roof itself is breathtaking. The seats are spacious and cosy while the food and drink on offer puts most cinemas to shame – not only does it count white chocolate-coated raspberries as a cinema snack, but there are nine wines available to choose from!
The Gate Cinema offers only a handful of films at a time, some of which are the newest acclaimed productions from Hollywood, while others are all time classics. You can also catch some of the live streamings of productions by the Royal Shakespeare Company Live, the Royal Opera House and National Theatre Live.
If you feel like a shopping spree, there are a number of fantastic places to do so close to Lancaster Gate station. Head towards The Dresser in Bayswater and you will be at one of the coolest second hand clothing stores you will ever find as it is known for its celebrity clientele who drop their unwanted garments off. From Chanel to Prada and Jimmy Choo, make sure you head here for a fancy bargain.
Should you be happy taking a short, 20 minute stroll past Marble Arch you will find yourself at Oxford Street, which is renowned for being one of the shopping hot spots in the capital. Head over to the celebrated department store, Selfridges, where you will get lost for hours in its wonderful beauty, jewelry, clothing and food departments.
There are also a number of high street shops on Oxford Street, including Accessorize, Adidas and Footlocker, as well as a John Lewis.
Accommodation for short breaks
As there is so much for you to do and see in the area surrounding Lancaster Gate station, you will undoubtedly need somewhere to rest your tired head at night – not to mention somewhere to store all of the goodies you purchased on Oxford Street.
The Park Grand London Paddington is situated very close by, and is less than a ten minute walk from Lancaster Gate station. Here you can also find the wonderful Atlantic restaurant which serves one of the most delicious continental breakfasts in the capital, as well as a fabulous bar which is the perfect spot to sit down and unwind from the day.