Our insider tips on what to see & do in London
If you want some top tips on things to see and do around London, then our Hostel Managers are the ones to ask. So, we’ve done the hard work for you, and compiled all their favourite spots and top tips into one handy guide. Read on to find out their personal recommendations, all conveniently located near our 13 Central London properties.
1) Queensway and Westbourne Grove – Leinster House
Take a walk down to Queensway and Westbourne Grove. The area boasts all the restaurants and cuisines that your heart could possibly desire, from Japanese to Brazilian, French to Turkish. You’ll find something to suit all budgets, from cheap takeaways and all you can eat buffet’s (for less than £10!) to some of the finest restaurants in London. Our manager Lenny’s personal recommendation is Royal China in Queensway. Hmmm our stomachs are rumbling just thinking about all the good food!
2) Borough Market and Christmas Markets – Friendship House
Situated near London Bridge station, and just a 15-minute walk away from Friendship House, is London’s famous Borough Market. Take a wander round their tasty street food stands, little brasseries and try out the local pubs. You can even pick up your food shopping there! As it’s coming up to the Christmas period, Paolo recommends taking a walk along the nearby River Thames. During Christmas time it turns into a Christmas Market, full of picturesque stands, perfect for picking up unique gifts for your loved ones.
3) The European Bookshop and Royal Geographical Society – Belvedere House
For all the book lovers out there, or student’s studying, head to Gloucester Road and you will come across the European Bookshop. Here you can pick up a variety of books and educational texts. These come in many different languages, mainly French, Spanish, German, Italian, Russian and Portuguese, but other languages are available. So, pop along and see what you can find! Close by you will also find the Royal Geographical Society. If you enjoy travel, photography and the natural world then check out their free exhibitions.
4) St. James’s Park – Holland House
A short walk away from Holland House is the beautiful St James’s Park, Paola’s favourite spot! She recommends taking a leisurely stroll around the park where you can see the lake, fountain and famous flower beds at the front of Buckingham Palace. Try and spot the resident pelicans, or if you are lucky you can catch them being fed fresh fish between 2:30 and 3pm every day. The perfect spot to relax and get some fresh air.
5) The Royal Albert Hall – Halpin House
The Royal Albert Hall is just a stone’s throw away from Halpin House. Mederic recommends winding down in the Verdi, their Italian restaurant. Here you can get some tasty food whilst listening to some free live music. Be sure to check out who is playing in advance.
6) Parkland Walk – Newington Court
If you enjoy walking or cycling, then the Parkland Walk is perfect for you. It’s a 4.5-mile green walkway following the course of an abandoned railway line. Make your way through tunnels, past old train stations and under the mysterious Crouch End Spriggan sculpture. Sounds like quite the adventure!
7) Hyde Park – Railton House
Just around the corner from Railton House you will find Hyde Park. Hyde Park often puts on world-class events and concerts, but also offers plenty of quiet places perfect for relaxing and unwinding. Why not try boating, tennis or horse-riding? Or if you are into your fitness it’s the perfect place for a jog or bike ride.
8) Kensington Palace – Sandeman-Allen House
From Sandeman-Allen House you can take a short stroll to Kensington Palace. Here you can marvel at the history and heritage of the Palace, explore the beautiful gardens, or get your fix of contemporary art and architecture at the Serpentine Galleries. Laurent recommends picking up some tips for growing fruit and vegetables from the park’s very own allotment, which is also home to a number of chickens!
9) Portobello Road Market – Bowden Court
Heloise recommends taking a trip to Portobello Road Market. It’s the world’s largest antique market with over 1,000 dealers selling every kind of antique and collectible imaginable. Don’t worry though, if that’s not for you then there’s also plenty of fashion, accessories, household goods and food stalls. You can even catch some street performers. So, wander down and check it out, you might even find yourself a bargain!
10) Anvio VR – Torquay House
For those of you who want to try something a bit different, Chika recommends a visit to Anvio VR. Here you can get lost in a virtual reality world with your friends. Simply put on your headsets and you are free to play games together in a virtual world, whilst having complete freedom of movement in their large play area. Perfect for the gamers out there!
11) Crossrail Place Roof Garden – Davies Court
This place is a little oasis in the hustle bustle of Canary Wharf. Spend a relaxing hour wandering around these tranquil gardens, soaking up the beauty and the atmosphere. And don’t forget to check out the view over the dock. For anyone into photography bring your camera and get some snaps of the plants and flowers.
12) Little Venice – New Mansion House
Eva recommends exploring the picturesque Little Venice. Situated next to Regent’s Canal, it is home to quirky waterside cafes, cosy pubs and charming restaurants. You can take a relaxing walk or bike ride along the canal, or for the more adventurous, why not hire your own canal boat or paddleboard to explore London’s extensive canal network?
13) Primrose Hill – Belsize House
Renato’s favourite spot nearby is Primrose Hill. If you head to the top of the hill you can enjoy some great views of the London skyline. It’s a beautiful area, perfect for relaxing and spending time with friends or family, without costing you a penny!
If you need any tips or recommendations, our Hostel Managers and staff know the local area well and are always happy to help.
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