London is an incredible capital full of exciting attractions, historical landmarks, and great shopping, dining and culture. There is no end to what you can find to do within this English city. Two of the best neighborhoods to explore when visiting London are Kensington and Hyde Park, both located in central London. You will find a brilliant mix of dining, shopping, green open park spaces and recreational activities that can easily fill up a few days. And if you are staying in these two areas, Kensington apartments or Hyde Park executive apartments offer an excellent base to explore the city.
Hyde Park is large open space in London, occupying an area of over 250 acres. The park is divided in half by the Serpentine River. Since the park is open from 5 am to midnight, visitors can be found strolling the premises at all hours of the day. It makes a great destination as a reprieve from the busy atmosphere of the bustling city of London. The green grass, beautifully manicured gardens, and quaint boathouses offer a different perspective on the capital city. Some notable landmarks that should not be missed include the Marble Arch, The Crystal Palace, the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial and the Holocaust Memorial. When planning your trip, check to see if there are any events like concerts or open air theatre shows going on in the park, which are common in the summer and a truly wonderful way to spend an evening.
Perhaps the most notable landmark within Hyde Park is Speaker’s Corner. In the northeast corner of the park, people gather to speak on any number of subjects, or listen to what speakers may have to say. It is meant to be an open-air forum for public speaking and debate on any topic. Some of the famed speakers of the past include Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin, George Orwell and William Morris.
Another popular London destination for visitors is Kensington. It is know for being one of London’s more affluent districts, and boasts many cultural attractions. It occupies the area south of Notting Hill and west of Knightsbridge. This cultural mecca in the heart of the city is home to iconic venues like the Royal Albert Hall and the Kensington Roof Gardens. There are also countless museums and galleries within the district, with the most popular including ones like the London Natural History Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Kensington Palace, and the London Science Museum.
There are many shopping opportunities in Kensington, with the highest concentration of shops along Kensington High Street and King’s Road. Both offer a wide variety of boutique shops, department stores, and upscale designers. Take a peek at traditional English luxury at Harrod’s or Harvey Nichols department store. For a unique shopping experience, don’t miss the Portobello Market. All along the one mil stretch of Portobello Road you can find stall selling one of a kind items including local produce and antiques. There are several casual dining eateries and pubs in the area if you need to refuel in between shopping trips. You can also find some upscale restaurants like the Ark, Itsu, or Julie’s.
If you are looking for somewhere right in the heart of London then central London apartments can offer a home from home which a hotel cannot compete with.