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Great sights and attractions in London’s Hyde Park, Kensington and Chelsea

If you choose to stay at one of the many Shaftesbury hotels in Kensington, Hyde Park, or Chelsea, you will open yourself up to a world of great attractions and things to do during your visit. This is the swanky end of London, full of posh dining options, beautifully lavish cafes and bars, and plenty of historic monuments to add grandeur to the area.

Hyde Park is one of London’s most famous landmarks, covering some 350 acres in the very centre of the capital. This former deer park is open to the public the whole year round, attracting many millions each year to enjoy the sunshine, walk around the lush green areas, and even take a boat out on the Serpentine lake. Just a short stroll from the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street, Hyde Park often feels like the perfect antidote to the stress of London.  Speaker’s Corner is also in the park, bringing with it a history of demonstrations and free speech.

Apsley House is the home of the Duke of Wellington Museum, purchased after the aforementioned’s glorious victory at the Battle of Waterloo. Affectionately known as Number One London, this house is now the home to a great museum, a collection of fine art and paintings, and luxury gifts from overseas monarchs, ambassadors, and world leaders. Another great monument to the military leader is the Wellington Arch, commemorating the Waterloo victory with a bronze statue of Wellington on horseback on its top. For a £4 entry fee, visitors can see the history of the monument and an exhibition on British heritage.

Kensington Palace and Gardens is a working residence of the Royal Family, but is also a popular tourist attraction. This is the birthplace of Queen Victoria, and the State Apartments are now open to the public to visit. Tour the galleries and exhibits to see the coronation robes, Royal portraits, and the rooms once occupied by Queens Victoria, Mary, and Anne. The gardens that surround the palace are also great to explore. Afterwards, the Serpentine Gallery and the Albert Memorial will top off a memorable day of sightseeing.

Of course this area is full of memories of the past leaders, none more so than Queen Victoria. The Victoria and Albert Museum is part of the fantastic network of museums and galleries in South Kensington, including the Natural History Museum, while the Royal Albert Hall is a world-famous concert hall which sees the culmination each year of the Proms.

While not on the usual tourist hotspots of London, Kensal Green Cemetery offers visitors a surprising fun way to spend a few hours. This is the final resting place of many a rich and famous person, is home to many species of bird and wildlife, and hosts Greek revival style architecture. Afterwards, you can take a trip into Portobello Road Market to see one of the world’s largest antiques markets.

When you are searching for hotels in London, look no further than the spectacular array of accommodation offered by Shaftesbury Hotels group. Each of its hotels, including the Shaftesbury Metropolis London Hyde Park are boutique in concept and lavishly furnished to offer its guests a great place to stay. Exclusivity comes naturally to the Shaftesbury staff who know how to treat their guests well. You can see out a great deal online for a stay at a Shaftesbury Hotel.

From the Park Grand London Kensington, to the Grande Royale London Hyde Park and the London Premier Kensington and Notting Hill, Shaftesbury guest can enjoy sumptuous dining, first class facilities including swimming pools, gyms, and spas, and beautifully crafted bedrooms and suites that afford the guest maximum comfort and enjoyment. There are 17 London hotels to choose from, in Piccadilly, Paddington, Hyde Park, Marble Arch, Lancaster Gate, and Heathrow. Each offer a gateway to the attractions that London has to offer.

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