The areas of Westminster and St James are two of the most striking parts of England’s historic capital, and visitors can expect to enjoy lots of sightseeing during their stay. Nestled within central London, it’s here that you’ll find many of the key sights which symbolise the city’s past – as well as several nods to the present and London’s future.
Here’s our quick rundown of the things to see the next time you’re in the area.
While it’s today mostly famous for its notable role in numerous royal weddings, there is much more to Westminster Abbey than pomp and circumstance. The abbey has been the site of every royal coronation since William the Conqueror in 1066, and it is also home to the final resting place of some of Britain’s most enduring heroic figures. During your stay at the Park Grand London Paddington, it’s well worth a look at the dazzling architecture for a glimpse at a real London mainstay.
Art plays a major role in the story of London both past and present, and at the Tate Britain, you’ll find a carefully curated selection of artworks from the world’s finest creative talents. Directly overlooking the Thames, it is here that you’ll find artwork which covers more than 500 years of history. First opening in 1897, the Tate also plays host to the prestigious and highly-coveted Turner Prize.
Originally intended as an impermanent structure to mark the new millennium, the London Eye proved such a hit that it remained – and today it’s an iconic part of London’s skyline, as well as one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions. While you’re staying at the Park Grand London Paddington, its well worth taking a spin on this enormous Ferris wheel, which provides panoramic views of the city like nowhere else. Each trip takes around 30 minutes to complete, leaving you plenty of time to continue your sightseeing.
With a famed statue dedicated to Lord Nelson at its heart, Trafalgar Square is filled with great sights, including the Trafalgar Square lions which watch over it. The square is surrounded by galleries and great places to eat, and its a regular site of protests and cultural events, so there’s always lots happening in this busy part of the city.
The official Royal Residence of Prince Charles, Clarence House hosts regular tours, perfect for those interested in catching a glimpse of London’s working Royal life. The house was previously home to the Queen mother, and it is a true example of living history in motion.
Royal Academy of Arts
A London palace built by Lord Burlington, the Royal Academy of Arts is home to London’s foremost art school, as well as hosting a regular program of events and exhibitions where visitors can get up close and personal with the latest work by top local artistic talent while staying in London.