Explore London From Our Hotel Near Paddington Station
Whether you’re visiting London on a sightseeing holiday or just want to do a little exploring between meetings, the BEST WESTERN Mornington Hotel is one of the best-located hotels for enjoying an authentic London adventure.
Our hotel is conveniently located near Paddington Station and Lancaster Gate, just across the road from Hyde Park. With a short stroll, you can reach Oxford Street and Regent Street. In addition, the hotel is surrounded by wonderful neighbourhood restaurants and pubs.
Popular nearby London attractions include:
Hyde Park, which is adjacent to Kensington Gardens, is one of the largest parks in London. Divided by The Serpentine, a recreational lake, it’s used today for swimming and boating. Hyde Park is also where you’ll find London’s Holocaust Memorial and the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain.
If you plan to shop in London, you’ll find Oxford Street pretty quickly. It’s Europe’s busiest retail street, with hundreds of flagship stores and smaller boutiques lining the avenue. Well known for its annual display of Christmas lights, it’s also a green square on Monopoly games!
Everything you ever wanted to know about “human culture” – from the beginnings of time to the current day, from all across the world – is waiting to be discovered in this stunning museum. Housing approximately eight million permanent works, it’s one of the largest museums in the world, and visitors insist its way too big to see in one day. But no one is complaining: admittance is free.
If you really love to shop ‘til you drop, there’s no more fashionable spot to drop than Harrods. The famous (and posh) retailer is known for some quirky distinctions beyond its obvious name-brand fame: selling real fur, having a dress code and insisting on a lot of makeup for female sales associates. Even if you’re just window shopping, stopping in at Harrods is certainly an English rite of passage.
Madame Tussauds is a museum known for creating life-size, realistic wax figures of famous people. It’s a great spot to get up close to Princess Diana, Michael Jackson, Saddam Hussein and Pablo Picasso in the same afternoon. Don’t miss the Chamber of Horrors, where you will find recreations of murderers and notorious historical figures.
If you are exploring the capital you will almost definitely pass through Paddington Station, a major rail and underground station in central London. It is near many tourist destinations, but it’s quite well known for being the spot where Paddington the Bear landed in London. It remains a kitschy place to buy bear-centric souvenirs.
Lancaster Gate Station
This teeny tube station is known, for better or worse, for the old-school “lifts” (or elevators) that replace escalators. Visitors find that it’s centrally located, though, and that there’s a charm to the old-world feel.
Natural History Museum
With more than 80 million life and earth science specimens from the fields of botany, entomology, mineralogy, paleontology and zoology, this famed institution is a center for research. It’s also well known for its extensive collection of dinosaur skeletons, and for housing specimens collected by Charles Darwin.
If you’re planning to have tea with the Queen, this is where you’ll come calling. Buckingham Palace is the face of the monarchy, and it’s the weekday home of the Queen and Prince Philip, as well as the residences and offices of royal parties. Tourists enjoy the ceremonial Changing of the Guard, in which all of the traditional English pomp and circumstance is on display.
Palace of Westminster
When in London, you can’t miss Big Ben. The iconic clock is actually housed in a tower that’s part of the Palace of Westminster, one of the most historically significant landmarks in all of London. The two Houses of Parliament, the governing body, meet here, and visitors can (with a moderate degree of difficulty) procure tours of the buildings.
On the banks of the River Thames, a giant Ferris wheel rises into the sky: this is the London Eye, one of the tallest such wheels in the world. Capsules hold up to 25 people and the view afforded by the great height is simply spectacular.
Known as a shopping destination in the West End, Regent Street boasts architecture, art galleries, hotels, spas and more than 100 global retail brands. Uniquely theirs, though, are the Regent Street gift card, accepted at more than 130 locations, and the “hands-free” shopping service that delivers your bags to your home or hotel.
This centrally located spot, dotted with upscale residences and tiny shops, is known as an international shopping mecca. Start with Harrods and wind your way to Harvey Nichols, then stop by some fashion houses (like Jimmy Choo). Hungry? Some of London’s best restaurants are here, along with antique dealers and trendy bars and clubs.
Located in the fashionable and quaint neighborhood of Notting Hill, Saturday’s Portobello Market is known for its second-hand clothes and antiques as well as trendy couture. On weekdays, you can visit fruit and vegetable stands, or simply wander through the famed streets and soak up the atmosphere.
This charming neighborhood, known for colorful Victorian houses with inviting terraces, is full of shops and strolls that make it a tourist destination. If you’re here in August, catch the Notting Hill Carnival; with up to 1.5 million people attending, it’s one of the largest street festivals in Europe.
BEST WESTERN Mornington Hotel Hyde Park
BEST WESTERN Mornington Hotel Hyde Park
12 Lancaster Gate, London W2 3LG