Park International – Things to do in Kensington

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Destination Guide

Buckingham Palace is the most iconic royal building in the country. This historical landmark is the London residence of Her Majesty The Queen and is one of only a few working royal palaces left in the world.

Located in the heart of London and surrounded by 2 royal parks, a trip to Buckingham Palace is a must for any visitor to London.

LONDON EYE

Built as part of the year 2000 millennium celebrations, the London Eye seems to have captured the imagination of visitors to London. It is now one of the most popular attractions of all.

Ride a giant wheel 135 metres high taking 30 minutes to travel one revolution.

BIG BEN

You cannot go to London and not see The Big Ben. The Elizabeth Tower at the north end of the Palace of Westminster holds the largest four-faced chiming clock in the world. Big Ben is the nickname for the great bell of the clock.

TOWER BRIDGE

A visit to Tower Bridge is the most exciting way to explore and experience the most famous Bridge in the world. Within the Bridge's iconic structure and magnificent Victorian Engine rooms there is plenty to see and do!

The world famous Harrods is a short stroll from the hotel. With over 330 departments, it is the biggest department store in Europe.

Opening Times: Monday-Saturday 10am until 8pm; Sunday 11.30am - 6pm

BOROUGH MARKET

Borough Market is one of the largest food markets in London and is the perfect place to discover the country’s culinary heritage. If you are lucky, you might even bump into Jamie Oliver or Celia Brooks! A fantastic day out for food lovers.

Opening Times: Thursday 11am-5pm; Friday 12pm-6pm; Saturday 8am-5pm

WESTFIELD SHOPPING CENTRE

With around 255 shops Westfield Shopping Centre is an alternative to Oxford Street. With high street chains like Zara and H&M alongside designer brands like Luis Vuitton and Burberry, there is something for every purse. End the day at the Champagne Bar in the Village to unwind and feel like a star.

Opening Times: Monday-Friday 10am-10pm, Saturday 9am-10pm, Sunday 12pm-6pm

OXFORD STREET

Shop till you drop on Europe’s busiest shopping Street! Oxford Street has approximately 300 shops and a number of department stores like Selfridges, House of Fraser and Debenhams. To ensure you have an enjoyable experience, we recommend starting your shopping spree early in the morning.

Opening Times: Monday-Saturday 9am-10pm; Sunday 12pm-6pm

Travel back through time at the Natural History Museum. Discover the origin of dinosaurs, admire rare specimens collected by Darwin and investigate the Earth’s ecology.

Opening Times: Monday-Sunday 10am-5:50pm (Entry is free)

BRITISH MUSEUM

The British Museum is dedicated to human history and culture. From Greece to Asia via the Middle East, discover the story of human culture from its beginning to the present. Do not leave without contemplating the Rosetta Stone.

Opening Times: Monday-Sunday 10am-5:30pm/8:30pm on Fridays (Entry is free)

VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM

The Victoria and Albert Museum is the world's largest museum of decorative arts and design. Textiles, costumes, jewelry from ancient times to present days are some of the pieces housed in the museum which permanent collection has more than 4.5 million objects.

Opening Times: Monday-Sunday 10am-5:45pm/10pm on Fridays (Entry is free)

SCIENCE MUSEUM

If you’ve always wondered how rockets, satellites and antennas work, then the Science Museum is for you. Climb aboard the oldest steam locomotive, collect DNA to catch a criminal and share the dream of the flight pioneers before heading for space to discover the incredible story of the men who walked on the Moon.

Opening Times: Monday-Sunday 10am-6pm

Brewers, designers and curry lovers meet on Brick Lane which features art galleries, markets, restaurants and festivals throughout the year. Once associated with Jack The Ripper, it is now very popular with London’s edgy and artistic crowd.

PORTOBELLO MARKET

In the heart of Notting Hill, Portobello Market has become one of the most famous tourist destinations in the world. Antiques, fruits and vegetables and fashion markets make Portobello a hot spot particularly in summer when you can relax at the terrace of a trendy café, sipping a fresh fruit juice with Hugh Grant!

SOHO

The entertainment district of Soho has a reputation for sex shops as well as night life and film industry. Go to 6 Denmark Street to see where the Sex Pistols, Jimi Hendrix and the Rolling Stones recorded some of their albums, check out the heart of London’s gay community and enjoy a pint of beer at The Dog and Duck, George Orwell’s regular hang out.

CAMDEN TOWN

Camden Town is famous for its markets, pubs, alternative fashion and Goth/Cyberpunk culture. Established in 1975, the market attracts thousands of visitors each week. Many stalls and shops are now open every day from 10am to 6pm. On sunny days, you can enjoy a cruise along the historic Regent’s canal and make a stopover for a picnic at Little Venice.

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