Guide to West London
|| West London draws
together some of the very best attractions into one area.
Here you’ll find the glittering West End,
the fashionable suburbs of Notting Hill [map] ,
markets of Ladbroke Grove [map] and the excellent
restaurants of Marylebone.
Experience some of the world’s best shopping at Regent Street [map], or relax in Hyde
Park [map] and Holland Park [map]: two of
the most tranquil green spaces in London.
Plan your visit during the summer months to see some fantastic
open air events at Hyde Park including the BBC Orchestra
at Proms In The Park and several entertaining
If you’re looking for a more unusual tourist experience
you’ll be pleased to discover a hidden gem around
Ealing is home to the beautiful Benedictine Abbey [map] and the famous Ealing Studios [map] where Alfred
Hitchcock and The Carry On team made world-famous films.
This is also the place to sample an unusual taste explosion
as Ealing has a very large Polish community and some excellent
restaurants to reflect this.
A visit to Notting Hill – made famous by the film
starring Hugh Grant – is perfect for those hoping
to bag a bargain at Portobello Market [map] or sample some of fresh fruit and vegetables. The Caribbean
community brings a really unique flavour to this area.
Meanwhile, Little Venice [map] , close to St
John’s Wood, has a large Italian community and it’s
here that you’ll find the best coffee shops as well as some truly inspiring Mediterranean
Those in need of some retail therapy will find all the most fashionable names, including Versace
and Burberry, lining the streets of Baker Street [map] and Regent Street [map], and if you’re
planning your visit around Christmas time don’t
miss the impressive turning on of festive lights on Regent
Street. This heralds the start of the season for many
Bond Street [map] is where you’ll find
the auction house of Sotheby’s and a number of excellent contemporary art
galleries. This is the place to pick up an exclusive
and lasting memento of your visit to London.
Maida Vale [map] is home to the Lord’s
Cricket Ground [map] and any sporting fanatic worth
their salt will find a day at the ground gives a fascinating
glimpse into the history of one of the world’s most
respected cricketing institutions.
Head over to the most expensive address on the Monopoly
board for many of the best hotels in London. Mayfair [map] leads the way when it comes to luxury
accommodation and well-off people travel from far
and wide to book a suite at one of the five star hotels
in this area.
Be entertained by the wealth of museums, theatres, and sporting
events happening in this area or simply find a quality restaurant and hotel
from which to watch the world go by.
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