Cracking hotel near Lancaster Gate – 4 star – London

Each guest room at this cracking hotel near Lancaster Gate is finished to the highest standard with connecting rooms, a double sofa bed, free internet access and coffee and tea making facilities. The hotel also features a library with fireplace, a fitness center and a breakfast room serving both continental and full English breakfast daily. Those travelling on business will be able to make use of facilities such as conference rooms, audio/visual equipment and fax and photocopying services. Should you require anything at all during your stay, the 24 hour reception will be on hand to help.

Situating yourself in central London means that you are never far from retail therapy. Marble Arch is just minutes from this hotel and the start of the famous Oxford Street shopping experience. With over 300 shops to choose from, you could easily spend your whole visit here. High street favourites include Zara, Forever 21 and Primark. If mainstream’s not your thing, then head to one of London’s many famous markets. Notting Hill is famous for the Portobello street market at the weekend, selling vintage furs, homemade clothes and historic knickknacks. If you’re visiting this neck of the woods over summer, look out for the world famous Notting Hill Carnival, taking place at the end of August each year. This Caribbean carnival is a must for music lovers, with bands and music playing down every side street as well as a procession of colourful floats making their way through this exclusive district.

With Hyde Park on your doorstep, this tranquil haven is perfect for lazy afternoons with a loved one. During the Spring and Summer, the Lido is open for paddling and swimming, or if you’d prefer not to brave the cold English waters, you can always hire a rowing boat on the Serpentine Lake. Get involved with the local politics and head to Speaker’s corner, held on Sundays in the park. Originally created in 1872, this free speech corner is often witness to lively participation from the audience. Kensington Palace and Gardens are also located within the grounds, once the residence of Princess Diana, and where you can explore more about the monarchy through exhibitions and tours. The Serpentine Art Gallery is one of London’s lesser known contemporary art museums, but with free entry, if you’re in the area it’s most certainly worth a look.

For typical British cuisine, Geales injects some sophistication into the classic fish and chips. The traditional beer battered cod and chips is of course available, but there’s also rock oysters, fish soups and other seafood delicacies on offer; all locally sourced.