If you’re visiting London for work or pleasure, it’s essential to be able to make your way around the city easily. With so much to do in every part of the capital, you’ll naturally want to be able to make your way around without a hassle.
For guests staying at the Chilworth Hotel Paddington, getting about London is a breeze. With excellent connections from one of the biggest train stations in London at London Paddington, it’s fast and efficient to travel around and experience the best of what the city has to offer. Read on to find out how to get around London’s boroughs most effectively from Paddington, and what you can discover in each part of the capital.
Kensington and Chelsea
London is packed with some of the best museums in the country, including the Natural History Museum, Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. You’ll find incredible scientific artefacts, prehistoric remains from the earth’s past, and captivating art and sculpture dating back centuries across them all. Well worth a visit, they’re easy to get to and are an ideal destination for a day out in the city. You’ll find many of the city’s major cultural attractions in the scenic borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
From The Chilworth Hotel, it’s easy to get to all of them without a hassle, via the District line on the London Underground. With direct trains available from Paddington Station, you can get to South Kensington station in less than 10 minutes. All of the nearby attractions, including the major museums, Royal Albert Hall and other popular destinations, are signposted from the station itself and are just a short walk away.
While you’re in Kensington, it’s well worth exploring the beautiful and historic area. Within walking distance, you’ll also find the beautiful space of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, as well as the stunning Kensington Palace. All that walking can undoubtedly get tiring, so make sure you treat yourself to a delicious Chilworth Paddington afternoon tea to help you recover afterwards.
Westminster is one of the most well known and popular boroughs in the city, home to the capital’s bustling West End, the excitement of Soho and the busy shopping streets around Oxford Street and Covent Garden. Located in central London, it’s easy to get to from Paddington.
Using the Bakerloo line from Paddington, you can find your way to many top attractions in Westminster with ease. Head to Marylebone or Baker Street stations to visit two of the most iconic attractions in London, Madame Tussauds, and the Sherlock Holmes Museum. While you’re there, make sure to take a leisurely walk around the Regent’s Park, where you’ll find plenty of peaceful greenery and quiet spaces to enjoy a little calmness away from the city.
If it’s a serious shopping spree you’re after, stay on the Bakerloo line to get to Oxford Circus. From there, you’ll find major flagship stores for some of the world’s top brands, luxury boutiques, and leading designers, with everything on offer from the latest technological gadgets to current fashion trends. If you find yourself feeling peckish from all your shopping, there are also plenty of fantastic places to enjoy a leisurely coffee, fresh juice or filling snack in the area.
End your day in style with a trip to the theatre, with London’s West End just a few stops away on the Bakerloo line. Get off at Piccadilly Circus station, to be greeted by the famous sight of the area’s impressive screens, as well as the statue of Eros on the corner. With many of London’s top theatres located a short walk away, as well as a fantastic variety of restaurants, it’s a great place for a night out. Make the most of your stay in the city with a rejuvenating treatment at the Chilworth Spa Paddington to refresh yourself in the morning, to round up the perfect city break.
City of London
While not technically a London borough, the City of London is one of the most important districts in the capital, and the main business and financial district, outside of Canary Wharf. Instantly recognisable by its striking skyline, marked by stunning skyscrapers including the Shard, the City has its own unique appeal and character. If you’re visiting for an important corporate event or meeting, chances are, you’ll need to make your way down here.
Luckily, it’s quite straightforward to travel down to this area from central London. To get to the City of London from Paddington via public transport, the simplest option is to take the Circle line on the London Underground, to Liverpool Street Station. From there, it’s easy to navigate the City on foot, with many of the key locations around the district just a short walk away from the station. If you’re in a rush, you may also want to book a taxi, although driving down to the area is not advisable, due to the extreme difficulty in finding parking spaces.
Even if you’re not visiting the city for business, it’s always worth visiting this part of London to admire the striking modern architecture. As well as the breath-taking Shard, renowned for being the current tallest building in the country, you’ll also see the unique Lloyd’s Building, often nicknamed the “inside out building”, and the famous Gherkin, designed by the celebrated architect, Norman Foster.
The City of London isn’t all about work however, as it also boasts some of the best restaurants in the capital. If you’re enjoying a stay at the Chilworth Hotel Paddington to celebrate a special occasion, make it even more memorable with a picturesque sky-high dinner in one of the fantastic skyscraper restaurants in the area. And for a taste of the city’s nightlife, get the Overground to nearby Shoreditch High Street, where you can enjoy the best of East London’s vibrant, quirky and artistic atmosphere, with a variety of great bars and clubs to choose from.