Are you visiting London and looking for things to do in the West side of the city? Here is my pick of the coolest activities and spots in West London.
1. Portobello Market
The Portobello Market is one of the most popular markets in London. If you love vintage clothing, antiques and second-hand books, this is the place you don’t want to miss.
Enjoy a walk in Notting Hill while exploring the little shops and stalls of Portobello Market. Feeling hungry? You’re in the right place! The market is a great place to enjoy some street food from all over the world.
Due to its popularity I recommend to visit the market on weekdays. And don’t forget to wear comfy walking shoes!
2. Victoria & Albert Museum
The Victoria and Albert Museum is the world’s largest museum of decorative arts. It is located in Brompton, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and is completely free.
The V&A is the dream of every fashion lover, as it features the most comprehensive costume collection in the United Kingdom. Other collections include jewelry, furniture, textiles, drawings, metalwork, photography and prints.
3. Richmond Park
One of London’s biggest park, Richmond Park is a National Nature Reserve and a deer park.
The park hosts the beautiful Isabella Plantation and Pembroke Lodge, a Georgian mansion located in its highest point. Highly recommended to all nature lovers!
4. Natural History Museum
Located just beside the V&A, the Natural History Museum is one of the main museums in Exhibition Road, in South Kensington. It is particularly famous for its dinosaurs exhibition and is one of the main centres of research in the world. As other publicly funded national museums, there is no admission fee for the Natural History Museum.
5. Kyoto Garden
A beautiful Japanese style garden in the middle of Holland Park. Probably one of the most relaxing places in London. Kyoto Garden has recently become an attraction for tourists from all over the world so it tends to be crowded on weekends. Visit the garden on a weekday and avoid busy hours in order to enjoy the serene atmosphere of these amazing place.
6. Little Venice
Located between St. John’s Wood, Warwick Avenue and Paddington, Little Venice is a lovely venue in West London. Get a boat trip from here or enjoy some seafood on the canalside. A little oasis in the heart of London.
7. Kew Gardens
Probably the world’s most famous garden. Kew Gardens host one of the largest collection of plants from around the world. Discover different varieties of exotic plants, spectacular greenhouses and botanical gardens. Kew Gardens change with the seasons so there’s not a best period to visit them. If you love flowers, and especially orchids, Kew Gardens are a must-see place. Just make sure you get there reasonably early in order to have enough time to visit them.
8. Westfield London
Westfield is a shopping centre in White City and is the second largest shopping centre in the United Kingdom. With a variety of shops, restaurants and grocery stores, it is the perfect place for a shopping day.
9. BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Temple
Popularly known as the “Neasden Temple”, it is one of the biggest Hindu temple outside India. It is located in the Borough of Brent, in North-West London and has been described by Time Out as one of the Seven Wonders of London. Stunning architecture mixed with a peaceful atmosphere.
10. Hyde Park
Iconic park in London, in Hyde Park you can experience a huge variety of activities. Rent a bike or a paddleboat, ride a horse or play tennis in the heart of the city. Visit the park on a sunny day for a picnic and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere.
The park covers a huge area in Central and West London (350 acres/142 hectares) and is highly accessible by public transport. The closest Underground stations are Hyde Park Corner, Knightsbridge, Queensway, Lancaster Gate and Marble Arch.
Transport for people with disabilities is provided free of charge by Liberty Drives. The service is supported by donations and available from May to October.
The park is open 365 days a year from 5am to midnight.
So you now know where I like to spend my days out in London. Next time you are visiting London make sure you won’t miss one. Are you looking for a place to stay in West London? Have a look at Short Let London website.
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