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Discover the many local attractions in and around Hyde Park and Bayswater area.
Paddington Bear Statue
If you are familiar with children's stories about Paddington, the little bear from the Darkest Peru then a visit to the statue in Paddington Station, is something you cannot miss. Paddington Stations is just a 10 minute walk from the hotel.
This bronze figure was created by artist Marcus Cornish. It depicts the furry fan of marmalade sitting on his suitcase and wearing his famous floppy hat and a tag that asks, "Please look after this bear."
London is famous for its green and expansive parks and Hyde Park is one of the most popular green spaces in London. Covering 350 acres, the park has various activities that one can indulge in - from paddle boating in the Serpentine to riding a horse around the gardens or enjoying a quiet stroll in picturesque surroundings.
The park is home to a number of monuments, including the Princess Diana Fountain and the 7 July Memorial. In addition, various statues and works of art are scattered around the landscape.
The Marble Arch
The Mable Arch is situated at the north-east corner of Hyde Park near Speaker's Corner. Originally built as an entrance gate to Buckingham Palace, the Arch was dismantled and relocated to its current location in 1850.
The palace today serves as the official London home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Serving as a royal residence for over 300 years, the palace is located in Kensington Gardens and within walking distance from Paddington.
Visitors can take a tour of the interior, giving them the chance to see many of the rooms and to learn about the historic figures who lived in the palace. Meanwhile, the lovely grounds and orangery are ripe for exploration.
Albert Memorial is a gorgeous monument on the southern side of Kensington Gardens. The monument was commissioned by Queen Victoria after the death of her husband Prince Albert in 1861.
The monument features a statue of Prince Albert in a seated position as the centerpiece and has elaborate mosaics along with the statues of the Virtues.
Explore various museums - The Natural History Museum, Science Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum - all located on Cromwell Road in South Kensington. They are just 20 minutes tube journey from Paddington.
Entry for all the above places are free for everyone. So if you are interested in arts, culture, innovation, history, engineering, biology, architecture or design, then these places are a must visit.
Eating and Drinking
Whether you fancy a gourmet dinner or the relaxed ambience of a cocktail bar, there are many pubs and restaurants to choose from in Bayswater and within close proximity to the area.
For pan-Asian cuisine, visit E&O, a popular restaurant in Notting Hill. The restaurant serves some delicious food and are really popular for their high-quality service. Relish delicacies including sushi, curry, dim-sum and some amazing cocktails.
The Serpentine Bar and Kitchen
The restaurant is beautifully located at the eastern side of the Serpentine, the lake in Hyde Park, making it the perfect place to sit back and relax. Choose from a selection of wines or hot drinks sitting and relaxing in a gorgeous setting. Also enjoy many tasty snacks including cakes, sandwiches and salads.
Searcy's Champagne Bar
Enjoy and relax with some of the finest drinks in the world at Searcy's, a sophisticated Champagne Bar, located at Paddington station.
A family-run restaurant, Locanda Locatelli has been established since 2002 in Marylebone with Giorgio Locatelli in the kitchen as head chef and his wife Plaxy in front of the house. The restaurant has a friendly, intimate atmosphere with a stunning interior designed by architect David Collins. The restaurant is a premier destination for those seeking top-quality traditional Italian fare.
For delectable Sushi and Japanese cuisine, visit Dinings. Ideally located in Harcourt Street in Marylebone, choose from a wide range of Izakaya-style (Japanese Tapas) dishes with a fusion of modern European cuisine.
The restaurant uses only organic and locally sourced ingredients and serve small portions so that the guest can taste a range of dishes.
The restaurant is so popular that you might have to queue for your table however it is worth waiting for some delicious steamed dumplings, crispy spring rolls and pork buns.
Enjoy some of the best dim sums in London in the Phoenix Palace, located at a short walk from Regent's Park, offering a range of dishes.
If you want to shop then London is a perfect place offering plenty of shopping opportunities.
Portobello Road in NottingHill is a great place to shop for antiques and if you want to experience the world's largest antiques market then Saturday is the day to visit.You can buy anything from clothing to jewelry. You can also experience street food, buy fresh fruit and vegetables and other goods.
Burlington Arcade is an elegant shopping destination in Mayfair for those who are looking for luxury shopping items such as jewelry, leather goods, high-end fashion, antiques and perfume.
Burlington Arcade is also a wonderful place for window-shopping. You cannot miss noticing traditionally dressed attendants in frock coats and top hats called Beadles.
Piccadilly, a few stops via the underground from Paddington station is home to some of the best shops in London, giving you plenty to see and do when you book hotel spa packages at the Shaftesbury.
Fortnum & Mason
Fortnum & Mason is a great place to shop for luxury food items with products ranging from chocolates to confectionary through to exclusive Champagnes.
One of the prime destinations for fine foods, the place has been established for more than 150 years on Piccadilly Road and is a popular for its afternoon tea and variety of restaurants and a wine bar.
Another up-market department store, Liberty in Regent Street, offers great collections from home furnishings to food, flowers, fabric and fashion.
A Grade II listing built in Tudor Revival style, the building has a stunning exterior.
South Kensington Farmer's Market
Indulge in shopping in Piccadilly which consists of some of the best shops in London. Located just a few stops via the underground from Paddington Tube station, Piccadilly is also the right place in case you are looking to shop for fresh, local or organic foods.
Open every Saturday, you'll find stalls selling fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as meat from unusual breeds, unique sausages, artisan breads, mouth-watering cakes and dairy products like milk, eggs, cheese and yogurt.
Discover the wonderful art, exhibition spaces and theatre options when staying in Bayswater area.
The Phantom of the Opera
Phantom of the Opera, the second-largest running West End musical is a must in any traveler's list travelling to London and who is fond of theaters. The musical was written by Andrew Lloyd Webber has been performed at Her Majesty's Theater in Westminster since 1986.
Phantom of the Opera is an amazing love story full of mystery, intrigue and excitement and also popular for its breathtaking music including some beautiful songs like Think of Me, All I Ask of You and Angel of Music.
Royal Festival Hall
The Royal Festival Hall is a lively venue located on the South Bank with nearly 3000 seats. Popular for hosting events like concerts, dance performances, theatre and talks, the Royal festival Hall is also the home of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
The striking structure is known for its Modernist design and is also a Grade I listed building completed in 1951. The venue is also surrounded by other popular London attractions like the Golden Jubilee Bridge and London Eye.
Apsley House Art Collection
Apsley House, the official London home of the Duke of Wellington, is a gorgeous 18th century building situated near Hyde Park Corner.
As well as providing a striking display of architecture, the building also houses a wide collection of paintings by artists like Rubens, Goya and Sir David Wilkie, as well as sculpture and antiques.
You can also enjoy the Les Misrables in the Queen's Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue. This show has created history of sorts by being the longest running musical of the West End since 1985.
The play is based on the novel by Victor Hugo. Jean Valjean was jailed for 19 years when he stole a loaf of bread. On being released from the prison, he escapes parole and raises an orphan, Cosette.
The Coliseum is located on St Martin's Lane and is famous for an illuminated globe spinning on the roof. First opened in 1904, the Coliseum is one of the first theaters in London to boast of electric lighting.
The place now is famously known as the home to the English National Opera and is also a Grade II listed building.
The Globe Theatre
Shakespeare's Globe is a reconstruction of the 17th century Theater where plays of Shakespeare's were originally performed, this venue is a great mix of performance and history.
Visit this fascinating museum exhibiting about the history of site as well as its current use. Also you can see a show in the open-air theater.
Royal Albert Hall
Located on the northern edge of South Kensington, the Royal Albert Hall is a gorgeous venue that was opened by Queen Victoria in 1871.
Known for hosting various events ranging from award ceremonies, sporting events and comedy shows, the place also hosts performances by leading names in entertainment - with genres ranging from opera, classical and ballet to rock music
Famous for its impressive acoustics and intimate atmosphere, the Wigmore Hall located in Marylebone is a great choice for chamber music and classical recitals.
Known for hosting around 400 performances every year, the impressive space is also used for a weekly concert broadcast on BBC Radio 3.