West London and specifically, Craven Hill is an area known for outstanding natural beauty, entertainment hotspots and a great range of amazing cultural finds. When all is said and done, a weekend in West London is a weekend where you get the full London experience. With hotels such as Park Grand London Paddington giving you affordable, luxurious accommodation for your stay, there’s plenty to do in the surrounding area. Whether it be classic London parkland, nightlife or the arts that you’re after, Craven Hill has it all.
A little about Craven Hill
Centred around the historic Craven Hill Gardens, the Victorian estate is made of two small garden squares and a range of grand houses, some of which are listed buildings. Back in the 1730’s the prolific Lord Craven had bought the gardens, making it famous and attracting a range of notable residents throughout the centuries. With its close proximity to Hyde Park, an abundance of London transport links and many hotels close to Paddington Station, Craven Hill is historic London at its grandest.
Hampton Court Palace Gardens
Just a short train journey from Craven Hill, no heritage London tour would be complete without a trip to Hampton Court. If you’re looking for a trip through hundreds of acres of park ground and one of the most historic castles in England, then you’ve come to the right place. With summer events including film screenings and historic tours, it’s well worth travelling further out into West London for a look at this 16th century castle.
Forget Cheltenham and Ascot, this race course is easily accessible and holds more than just horse racing. With year-round events including an IMAX Parrot show and other fil events, Sandown Park is a must for those looking for film and classical music concerts. Just a short way outside of Kingston, Sandown is a great day out, especially in the summer.
Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium
From horse racing to one of the last London Greyhound racing stadiums, Wimbledon is famous for its historic greyhound races. Recently closed, the Greyhound racing stadium was a magnificent 8000-seater, complete with executive suites and other amenities.
Twickenham is a rugby stadium which hosts many rugby games I the UK. With it being owned by the Rugy Football Union, this is no surprise, and with its regular hosting of test matches alongside club and international contest events, the stadium is a great place to go for any sports enthusiasts staying in the best budget hotels in London. Being the second largest stadium in the UK behind Wembley, Twickenham has also played and continues to paly host to musicians as prolific as Beyoncé, REM and Lady Gaga.
Bentall Shopping Centre
The Bentall Shopping Centre in Kingston Upon Thames is one of the best shopping centres in the South West. With it’s recently renovated interior and an opening dating back to 1992, Bentall’s is a shopping centre which brings over 100 high street brands to Kingston. One point of interest, is that the atrium arched ceiling towering across the shopping centre, is higher than that of Westminster Abbey.