Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
A sporting complex built for the 2012 Summer Olympics and the 2012 Summer Paralympics, the park contains the athletes' Olympic Village and several of the sporting venues, including the Olympic Stadium and London Aquatics Centre.
Home to the world’s oldest tennis tournament which was first held in 1887, the Wimbledon is one of the four annual Grand Slam tennis tournaments held around the world.
Lord’s Cricket Ground
This is the official ‘Home of Cricket’. Opened in June 1814, it is the most famous cricket grounds in the world.
The Globe Theatre was a theatre in London associated with William Shakespeare. The original building was once destroyed, and the present one was opened in 1997.
A prominent theatre company that presents new plays, classic drama and Shakespeare productions.
The Wallace Collection
Located in an historic London townhouse, the Wallace Collection was once the grand home of Sir Richard and Lady Wallace. The museum houses a world-famous range of fine and decorative arts from the 15th to the 19th centuries with large holdings of French 18th-century pieces. Works by Titian, Canaletto, Rembrandt and Velàquez can also be found here.
The Queen's Gallery was constructed 40 years ago at the Buckingham Palace, out of the bomb-damaged ruins of a chapel. It exhibits works of art from the Royal Collection on a rotating basis, with about 450 works on display at any one time.
Dulwich Picture Gallery
Founded in 1811, the England's first purpose-built art gallery houses one of the world's most important collections of European Old Master paintings. Dating from 1600s to the 1700s, the collection includes works by Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Poussin and Canaletto.
The Courtauld Gallery is one of the finest art museums in the world and best known for its outstanding Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings and drawings. Displayed in the elegant Somerset House, world-famous artists from Monet and Botticelli to Van Gogh can be seen alongside a changing programme of temporary exhibitions.
Guildhall Art Gallery and Roman Amphitheatre
The gallery was established in 1886 as "a Collection of Art Treasures worthy of the capital city", with works dating from 1670 to the present, including 17th-century portraits, Pre-Raphaelite masterpieces and a fascinating range of paintings documenting London's dramatic history.
Glimpses of the former Roman amphitheatre can be witnessed here where thousands gathered to watch wild animal fights and gladiatorial combats, 2000 years ago.
It is the only gallery in the world created in the Brutalist style of architecture – a striking concrete form that Londoners either love or hate. It hosts three to four temporary modern or contemporary exhibitions each year.
The gallery has been a major influence in the British art scene since its opening and serves as a career springboard to budding artists. In 2010, it became the Museum of Contemporary Art for London which since is open to the public.
Victoria & Albert Museum
The world's greatest museum of art and design represents more than 3,000 years of human creativity. Some of the highlights include the Medieval Renaissance galleries, which are home to some of the greatest surviving treasures from the period, the jewelry gallery and the British Galleries.
A national museum of modern and contemporary art - Picasso, Rothko, Dali and Matisse, that is open to all for free.
London's Tate Britain holds the largest collection of British art in the world from 1500 to the present day. It is the oldest gallery in England, having opened in 1897 and houses a substantial collection of the works of J. M. W. Turner.
Royal Academy of Arts
The Royal Academy of Arts, founded in 1768, is the oldest fine arts institution in Britain. Situated in the heart of London's West End on Piccadilly, it is a place where art is made, exhibited and debated. It is universally renowned for hosting some of the capital's finest temporary and touring exhibitions.
National Portrait Gallery
The National Portrait Gallery houses the world’s largest collection of personalities and faces, from the late Middle Ages to the present day. Artists featured range from Holbein to Hockney, and the collection includes works across all media, from painting and sculpture to photography and video.
The Barbican in London is Europe's largest arts centre, comprising a concert hall, theatres, cinemas, art galleries, shops and a conservatory. It is also a base for the London Symphony Orchestra.
Based in the heart of East London, Boxpark Shoreditch is the world’s first pop-up mall and the home of the pop-up store, with more than sixty carefully chosen fashion brands and food and drink retailers.
Here in Canada Square, it is a shoppers’ paradise with a huge shopping centre that opens seven days a week. Sleek and modern, it boasts more than 200 shops, with major high-street chains as well as a good selection of designer stores.
One of London’s best markets since the early 17th century. it now houses fashion, jewelry, food and music stalls which are best to visit on a Sunday.
Here at the Portobello Market, shops and stalls open daily. There is an antiques market that opens on Saturdays, a flea market on Portobello Green on Sunday mornings as well as an organic foods market on Thursdays.
The Notting Hill is a venue famous for its vast array of small, unique shops selling unusual and vintage clothing, rare antiques, quirky gifts, books and organic food. The Portobello Road Market is nearby – a mile-long (1.6km) street with a vibrant array of different stalls set out daily.
Known worldwide as the home of bespoke British tailoring, Savile Row is the place to go for a handmade suit crafted the old-fashioned way. On the corner of this "golden mile" of tailoring is the Abercrombie & Fitch flagship store.
The King’s Road excites with an eclectic mix of trendy boutiques, unique labels, designer shops and high-street staples, alongside a vast array of cafes and eateries.
The largest urban shopping centre in Europe where you'll find high street favourites including Debenhams, Next, Marks & Spencer and House of Fraser. There are also more than 275 luxury, premium and high-street retailers showcasing over 700 brands as well as a cinema, gym and several dining establishments.
A world renowned place for both locals and tourists, lanes of shops are housed in incredibly ‘secure subterranean vaults’ prized with the largest collection of silver in the world under one roof. From cutlery sets to picture frames and jewelry, you are bound to find all types of silverware here.
This is a pedestrianised shopping street located near Oxford Street and Regent Street. It is home to numerous fashion and lifestyle retailers, including a large number of independent fashion boutiques.
Borough Market is London’s most renowned food market - a source of exceptional British and international produce.
A perfect choice for meat lovers, the restaurant serves good quality barbecued meats and other traditional Brazilian dishes at reasonable prices.
A delightful café, located in a pretty conservatory that overlooks the Kensington Gardens, serving tea, coffee and lunch.
A large and welcoming Victorian pub, filled with bric-a-brac and Churchill memorabilia. The pub serves affordable Thai food served in the conservatory.
Here you will find Authentic French cooking with plenty of garlic-infused dishes in a wonderfully ‘Parisian’ atmosphere.
Green Man & French Horn
This bar-cum-restaurant is a long, narrow room with wooden furniture, bare brick walls, monochrome floor tiles and a long bar illuminated by factory lamps. The food is influenced by seasonal market produce, recipes and specialities of The Loire River, from the hills in the Ardèche to the oyster beds on the coast of Saint Nazaire.
A high-end, modern French restaurant with global influences, served in an understated dining room.
This restaurant is adorned with red lanterns hanging high up in the huge red and gold dining rooms spread over several floors. It is one of the few places in town which offers a traditional dim-sum trolley experience.
Joy King Lau
A great place for Dim Sum with excellent value. The décor, menu and service is the epitome of old meets new.
These scrumptious Shanghainese dumplings are sometimes called ‘soup dumplings’ which are steamed parcels containing both filling and ‘broth’
Well-known for its tonkotsu with pork loin slices and crunchy kikurage (“cloud-ear” mushroom) served over thin handmade noodles (in a dish called Shiromaru Hakata Classic). Vegans should definitely try the seaweed and mushroom-broth version topped with fried tofu.
Bocca di Lupo
The restaurant specialises in ‘the obscure and the delicious highlights of food and wine from all across Italy's twenty regions’. The ingredients are either homemade or carefully sourced from around Italy.
A Michelin-starred Italian business restaurant that is ideal for business entertainments.
A wholesome choice for a healthy breakfast or lunch, serving homemade dishes from pies, soups, to lasagna and even warming bowls of porridge laced with honey and maple syrup.
A highly relaxing restaurant and bar in a former foundry building, christened after Laurel and Hardy’s dog (also a colloquialism for whisky). The menu tantalizes with a combination of locally sourced food (cider-marinated lamb rump, pan-fried red mullet) and splendid roasts on Sunday.
Gun (Pub food)
A riverside pub set at the end of a pretty, cobbled street near Billingsgate Market. The pub comprises a dining area with a terrace affording expansive views of the Thames. It is one of the best places to go for fresh fish and Portuguese classics, such as cataplana and estapada.
Golden Union Fish
A traditional-style, licensed fish and chip restaurant located in the heart of Soho, the restaurant has a distinct post-war ‘50s décor
Well known for its prime cuts of matured beef and other British classics served in stripped-back, bare-brick surrounds. Hawksmoor favourites also include plum pudding belly ribs and the smooth potted smoked mackerel.
One of London's largest open spaces with three ponds, tennis courts, grass pitches and a bandstand
Lee Valley Park
Stretching 26 miles (42 km) along the River Lee, from East India Docks, past the Olympic Park and up to Ware in Hertfordshire, this huge park offers green spaces, nature reserves and ample options for sports. Guided tours are conducted on the first Sunday of every month
A park that is popular with joggers and families alike with the many play areas, Battersea Children's Zoo and a grand 1-km riverside promenade
Hampstead Heath is just four miles from central London, with spectacular views of London from the top of the Parliament Hill. A perfect spot for kite-flying, strolls and picnics.
The oldest of the Royal Parks offers spectacular views over the river Thames, a perfect place to take a break between visiting Greenwich's other attractions.
The Victoria Park is a large park, 86-hectare open space with canals, ponds, a pavilion, tennis courts and a sports ground.
A club venue with the best music from the world’s greatest DJ and has three different themed rooms, combining a variety of spaces indoors and outdoors that are open 24-hours.
Seating up to 1,500, KOKO is host to both live music and club events. The building has undergone a massive refurbishment program which restored its original theatrical style, with six bars, a stage and a dance floor.
This is Shoreditch’s premier entertainment venue that is perfect for parties.
The venue is housed under railway arches, showcasing an incredibly diverse range of music to a warm and friendly crowd. The club also offers tasty global street food canteen.
A club with an international appeal, good for parties that run into the early hours in the morning. The music is predominantly world-oriented, with African influence and appeal to crowds across all cultures.
333 Mother Bar
A 3-floor club with a low-lit bar, where DJs play a mix of dance floor classics.
One of the world’s top clubs, Fabric is an exciting dance venue that showcases anything from hip hop, breakbeat, dubstep, drum and bass to electro and techno.
Café de Paris
Featuring disco and a restaurant in an elegant building, here you will find great entertainment with regular cabaret shows.
Ministry of Sound
A popular clubbing venue with four bars and dance floors was recently ranked seventh in the 2013 DJ Magazine top 100 clubs poll and has won the IDMA ‘World’s Best Sound System’ award for four consecutive years.
This was once a manor house that became known as Fulham Palace because bishops were considered to be the ‘princes of the church’. Today, it is a sought-after venue for weddings, parties and corporate events.
Natural History Museum
A landmark museum of animals and natural phenomena, with hands-on exhibits and animatronic dinosaurs.
Standing at 202 feet high, the Monument is the tallest isolated stone column in the world. It offers panoramic views of City of London.
The Banqueting House, Whitehall, London, is the grandest and the only remaining component of the Palace of Whitehall. This magnificent building is particularly noted for its Rubens ceiling.
A Royal Palace created in the Tudor period during the reign of King Henry VIII, the Hampton Court is the finest piece of Tudor architecture in Britain.
Maritime Greenwich was added to the list of World Heritage Sites in 1997 for the concentration and quality of buildings of historic and architectural interest in the area. The buildings are in clusters along the riverfront, in Greenwich Park, and in the Georgian and Victorian town centres.
Clarence House, which stands beside St James' Palace, was built between 1825 and 1827 for Prince William Henry, Duke of Clarence and once serves as the London home of Queen Elizabeth. Today, Clarence House is the official London residence of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall.
St. Paul’s Cathedral
This is Church of England Cathedral, one of the most recognisable sights of London which was the venue for royal weddings as well as funeral services of several famous people, such as Sir Winston Churchill and Lord Nelson.
Westminster Abbey (Part of the Palace of Westminster, a UNESCO World Heritage Site)
The Abbey is a famous English Gothic monastery church where coronations of kings and queens took place since 1066. A number of royal weddings also took place here, including that of Prince William and Catherine Middleton.
Boat and Pedalo Hire
fun boating on the Serpentine in Hyde Park during summer or take a ride on the UK’s first Solarshuttle that is powered by the sun.
Well known for its Speakers’ Corner, Hyde Park is one of London's best-loved parks with more than 4,000 trees, a lake, a meadow and rose gardens. Also located within is The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain.
Home to the popular Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground, the Royal Park is a garden planted with formal avenues of magnificent trees and ornamental flower beds.
Kensington Roof Top
London’s only rooftop nightclub, the venue simply shines with glamour when night comes.
Established in 1967, this is one of the most prestigious and best loved private clubs in town.
Experience the Mayfair mansion in any of its two bars and two restaurants, and savour great wines amidst a style crowd as you become bedazzled by the ambience.
Mahiki is a London nightclub in Dover Street, well known for its celebrity clientele and well-loved for its exotic cocktails, happy and fun atmosphere.
Be part of the hottest crowds in town in a night of glamorous debauchery.
Sitting in the entertainment heart of London, the London square is the site of most British film premiers, surrounded by clubs and bars.
The National Gallery
The National Gallery displays over 2,000 Western European paintings from the middle ages to the 20th century. Discover inspiring art by Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Gainsborough, Turner, Renoir and Van Gogh.
A truly distinctive place that features fashion, unique gifts, rare sweets, arts and crafts and handmade jewelry. Here, you will find the latest urban street wear, funky cosmetics and shoes on Neal Street.
Enjoy views of up to 40km on board Europe’s tallest observation wheel.
A must-see for visitors, the largest square in London is home to Nelson’s Column, iconic stone lions and the famous Fourth Plinth.
The British Museum
Founded in 1753, the British Museum’s remarkable collection spans over two million years of human history. Here, you will find world-famous objects such as the Rosetta Stone, Parthenon sculptures and Egyptian mummies.
Houses of Parliament and Big Ben (Part of the Palace of Westminster, a UNESCO World Heritage Site)
A neo-Gothic masterpiece and seat of the UK government, the Big Ben is an iconic landmark of London and UK in general. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city.
The official London residence of British monarchy since 1837 is the administrative headquarters of the Monarch today.
The Science Museum
The most visited science and technology museum in Europe has more than 15,000 objects on display, including the world famous Apollo 10 command capsule.
Fit for a Duchess, the palace is home to the British Royal Family including Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Victoria and Albert Museum
The world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design houses over 4.5 million objects of permanent collection.
A Michelin-starred restaurant of haute cuisine, the restaurant specialises in the ‘imaginative’ cuisine from the South West of France. The place is furnished with heavy wooden screens, a serene and urbane room of grey and gold with marble panels.
National History Museum and Science Museum
Selfridges (Marble Arch tube)
Westfield Shopping Centre (Shepherds Bush tube)
Portobello Market (Notting Hill tube)
High Street Kensington
Sloane Square ‘Street Food market’ (only on Saturdays)
O2 Shepherds Bush’s Empire (Shepherds Bush tube)
Royal Albert Hall
The Park International Hotel
117 - 129 Cromwell Road
London, SW7 4DS
The Park International Hotel
117 - 129 Cromwell Road,
London, SW7 4DS, United Kingdom
Facilities, Amenities and Services within the vicinity
- Kensington Gardens and Palace (15-minute walk)
- Kensington High Street (15-minute walk)
- Array of restaurant, cafes and bars (2- to 10-minute walk)
- Waitrose Supermarket (3-minute walk)
- Tesco Supermarket (4-minute walk)
- Sainsbury Supermarket (1-minute walk)
- Wholefoods Supermarket (17-minute walk)
- Marks & Spencer, for food and retail (20 minute walk)
- Royal Albert Hall (15-minute walk)
- Harrods & Harvey Nichols (24-minute walk)
- Victoria & Albert Museum (14-minute walk)
- The Science Museum (10-minute walk)
- South Kensington Tube Station (10-minute walk)
- Gloucester Road Tube Station (3-minute walk)
- Post Office (3-minute walk)
- Banks: NatWest, Barclays and Lloyds (5- to 15-minute walk)
- Newsagents (opposite the hotel)
- Boots Chemists (3-minute walk)
- Patisserie Valerie (10-minute walk)
- Paul’s bakery (3-minute walk)
Nearest Underground: Gloucester Road
- Around the corner from Park International Hotel
- Serviced by the Piccadilly, Circle and District lines
- Connects to Heathrow Airport, mainline stations, London’s West End and Theatre Land
Nearest Mainline Stations:
- London Victoria (10 minutes by tube) with express service to Gatwick Airport every 15 minutes
- London Paddington (10 minutes by tube) with express service to London Heathrow every 15 minutes
- King’s Cross St. Pancras (25 minutes by tube) home to Eurostar
- London Waterloo (25 minutes by tube>
- A wide selection of London Transport bus routes are within the vicinity.
- Chauffeur service or taxi reservations may be arranged upon request.
Getting to Park International Hotel
- From Heathrow Airport, approximately 45 minutes’ drive time.
- From Gatwick Airport, approximately 60 minutes’ drive time.
The capital city of England, United Kingdom, London is a global city that leads in the areas of arts, commerce, education, entertainment, and media amongst many other accomplishments.
Standing on the River Thames, both the classic and royal appeals of the city have made it one of the world’s most visited cities. Besides a diverse range of peoples and cultures, numerous museums and galleries, London is also home to four World Heritage Sites: the Tower of London, The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, The Palace of Westminster and Maritime Greenwich.
Moving around in London is easy in the country where the English language originates. The London public transport network that comprises the well-known tubes, buses, trains and more is one of the biggest and most extensive in the world. One can travel at ease visiting historic buildings, places of interest, museums, art galleries and many other attractions manoeuvring in the city with the London Pass.
Essential facts of London
The official language in United Kingdom (UK) is English.
The local time in the UK in winter is referred to as Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). In summer, the local time in the UK in summer is referred to as British Summer Time (BST) which is GMT+1
Visit the UK Visas and Immigration Service website at https://www.gov.uk/visas-immigration for information on visas for tourists, work, study, and other related information or useful contacts.
The British Pound Sterling (GBP) is used in the UK.
The standard VAT rate is 20%.
Tipping is not required in the UK. All staff in the UK, must by law, be paid at least the National Minimum Wage whether they receive tips or not.
London boasts many diverse shopping areas, each with its own character and specialties, including some of the world's finest department stores. You’ll find the highest quality fashion, cosmetics and furnishings in every one.
- Banks, in general are open as follows:
- Mondays to Fridays, 09:00 to 17:00 hours
- Saturdays (some branches), 09:00 to 14:00 hours
- Offices, mostly:
- Mondays to Fridays, 09:00 to 17:00 hours
- Shops, may vary but generally:
- Mondays to Fridays, 09:00 to 19:00 hours
- Saturdays and Sundays, 11:00 to 17:00 hours
The calling UK code is 44.
The electrical current in the UK is 230V/50Hz.
Public holidays in United Kingdom are called "Bank Holidays" and include:
- New Year's Day: 1st January
- Good Friday: varies
- Easter Monday: varies
- Early May Bank Holiday: 1st Monday of May
- Spring Bank Holiday: last Monday of May
- Summer bank Holiday: last Monday of August
- Christmas Day: 25th December
- Boxing Day: 26th December
- Banks, in general are open as follows: