How to See the Major London Sights from Your Base at The Devonshire

London underground

If you’re staying at The Devonshire, you’re in a great place to see all of London’s major sights. London has a lot to offer so it’s key to plan ahead if you hope to squeeze it all in. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to see multiple attractions in one day. Whether you feel like going for a walk or you’d rather sit back and relax on a tour, you’ll find a way in London.

Use Public Transport

If you’re tired from a stint in the Devonshire Gym but you still want to explore, consider using London’s transport system rather than setting out on foot. London is well known for having a fantastic public transport system and it’s easy to see why. You can travel to almost anywhere in the city using buses, trains and the London Underground. Though it can be difficult to navigate at first given the size of the city and sheer choice of transport options, there are a number of journey planner apps to help.

Head Out for a Walk

The Devonshire Hotel Paddington is located in the heart of London, which means it’s in the ideal spot if you want to head out for a walk. Within a matter of minutes, you can be on your way to seeing some of the major sights in the city. A lot of people make the mistake of assuming that everything in London is extremely spread out, but that isn’t the case at all. There are a lot of notable attractions that are within walking distance of one another. If you’re not in the mood to spend time in the Devonshire gym, a walk around London is a good alternative.

Book a London Bus Tour 

If you have been to London before, you will have noticed the bus tours that drive through the city. These are often operated on a ‘hop on hop off’ basis and provide a great deal of freedom for you to enjoy the sights. You can simply get on and off as you please, stopping at key attractions and then jumping on the next bus when done. All of these tours travel throughout the main areas of the city and pass the major sights too, which means you won’t miss anything of importance. There are also quite often tour guides on board providing context, information and trivia.

Join an Organised Tour

There are a number of organised tours that you can join in the city, most of which take you to the top sights in London. Organised tours are held throughout the city, including some close by to the Devonshire Hotel Paddington and there’s something for every budget. These tours do vary, so it’s important to choose one which covers everything that you’re interested in. For example, there are tours dedicated to historical sights and tours dedicated to royal sights.

As you can see, there are a number of different ways to see all of the major London attractions from your base at The Devonshire. It doesn’t matter whether you want to check out Buckingham Palace or you’re keen to see one of the top London attractions, such as the London Eye or London Dungeons, you’ll have a range of ways to do so.

Your Guide to What’s on this Month at London’s most Famous Museums

Natural History Museum

There’s no denying that London has a wide range of museums, many of which are famous for being some of the best in the world. One of the great things about London museums is that almost all of them are free. This means that you can enjoy world class exhibits and fascinating history without having to dip into your budget. However, with so many museums to choose from, it can be difficult to know what to see first. To help you get started, check out our guide to what’s on this month.

Crime Scene Live

November 2018 – June 2019, The Natural History Museum

If you’re staying at The Devonshire London, you’ll be pleased to know that you are ideally situated for many museum visits. This includes The Natural History Museum, which is perfectly located within walking distance of afternoon tea near Paddington. The Natural History Museum always has a wide range of things on display but if you want something a bit more interactive, consider checking out Crime Scene Live. Here, you can immerse yourself in a crime scene and work to crack the case.

Fashioned from Nature

Now – January 27th 2019, The Victoria and Albert Museum

From The Devonshire London, you can easily check out The Victoria and Albert Museum. The Victoria and Albert Museum always has truly immersive exhibits and it’s a wonderful place to head following an afternoon tea near Paddington.

The Fashioned from Nature exhibition running from now until January looks at the relationship between fashion and nature in the UK, from the 1600s to the present day. There hasn’t been an exhibit quite like this before, which is why it’s already proving popular with anyone who’s interested in fashion. The Victoria and Albert Museum is known for its fashion curations and if you’ve enjoyed any of their previous displays, you’ll know that this is one not to be missed.

Space Descent VR with Tim Peake

Daily, The Science Museum

The Science Museum continues to be one of the most popular museums in London. With interactive experiences and a lot of information on offer, the Science Museum is great for all ages. This month, you can take a look at space with Tim Peake as your guide. The entirely virtual reality experience takes you to the stars, giving you a 360 degree view of the earth and an idea of what it’s like to be an astronaut. If you’re someone who’s interested in space, you’re sure to enjoy Space Descent VR with Tim Peake.

As you can see, there’s definitely no shortage of things to see at London’s famous museums, wherever your interests may lie. With exhibits always changing and new items being put on display, it’s even worth planning a return trip to see the latest additions or, to visit a museum that you haven’t yet made time for on previous stays in the city.

5 Hot Gigs Coming Up This Winter

night gigs

If you want to do something different this winter, why not check out some of London’s hot gigs? Some of the world’s biggest artists, along with local talent, perform in London throughout the year and this winter is no different. Whatever your taste and genre, you will definitely find a gig to suit you. We’ve listed five of the most talked about gigs this winter below, to help you get started planning your entertainment diary for your next trip.

The 1975

18th and 19th January 2019, The O2

The 1975 are returning to London for a two night stint at The O2 in January and it’s already set to be one of the biggest gigs this winter. As one of the world’s hottest bands at the moment, it’s not surprising that The 1975 are back in London and selling out the city’s biggest venue. If you’re staying at The Devonshire London Paddington, The O2 can be reached with ease via public transport.

Mariah Carey

11th December 2018, The O2

It’s not Christmas without Mariah Carey and this year she’s bringing her festive cheer to London. Mariah Carey at The O2 is one of the most anticipated gigs of the winter and it’s sure to be a thoroughly enjoyable evening. Only Mariah Carey could make a stay at The Devonshire London Paddington that little bit more festive.

Lily Allen

December 17th 2018, Chalk Farm

If you’re done with your Paddington afternoon tea and you want something a little bit more lively, see if you can get a ticket to Lily Allen in Chalk Farm. London’s very own songstress, Lily Allen is back in the city this December with a one off show in Chalk Farm. This tour is for her newest album, which she has recently taken to the United States. When Lily Allen is back in London, will you be joining her?

Snow Patrol

January 26th 2019, Greenwich

After a lengthy break, Snow Patrol are back with new music and a new tour. This tour will showcase some of the band’s newest album, as well as their biggest hits and fan favourites. As Greenwich is easy to reach, this is a great gig to head to after a delicious dinner or a Paddington afternoon tea.

Enter Shikari

January 12th 2019, Stockwell

Fans of Enter Shikari will be pleased to know that they’re back with a gig in January. In Stockwell on the 12th, Enter Shikari will be performing some of the biggest hits from their albums. Enter Shikari haven’t performed in London for a while, so it’s a gig that’s likely to sell out fast.

It doesn’t matter what type of music you’re into or the type of gigs that you enjoy, you’ll find something in London. There’s a show for everyone, including plenty of gigs from lesser known and upcoming artists if you’re looking for something new. Of course, if you’re a fan of more established names, there are dozens of shows from some of the world’s biggest stars in London each year.

Ancient Royal History within Reaching Distance of The Devonshire

Buckingham Palace

If you’re interested in learning more about ancient royal history and today’s royal family, London is definitely the place to be. The city itself is full of great historical sites for you to check out, but the best ones are often those related to the royal family itself. There are a number of royal sights and attractions in London, which means that you may need to prioritise some if you’re short on time. Here are four of the best to begin your journey of discovery…

1. Buckingham Palace

If you want to fill family days out in London with the main royal sights in the city, you won’t want to miss a visit to Buckingham Palace. It’s arguably the most iconic royal destination in London and with very good reason.

Buckingham Palace is the royal residence of the reigning British monarch and it has always been a popular tourist destination; there are even public tours held throughout the week. There’s a lot of fantastic royal history surrounding Buckingham Palace too, which means that there’s always something new to learn.

If you only have a day or two to explore the city, make sure that Buckingham Palace is on your list of things to do. Luckily, it’s only a short distance from The Devonshire Paddington .

2. Tower of London

We couldn’t mention ancient royal history without mentioning the Tower of London. Not far from The Devonshire Paddington and Paddington Court Rooms England, stands the Tower of London. It has a 900 year history and it has hosted a great deal of key historical moments ever since it was first built hundreds of years ago. The Tower of London is often listed as something good to do during family days out in London as it has something for all ages. Currently, the Tower of London houses The Crown Jewels.

 3. Kensington Palace

Ever since the 17th Century, Kensington Palace has been an official royal residence. A number of the Royal Family live at Kensington Palace, which is why it’s such a popular tourist spot for anyone interested in royal history. Kensington Palace highlights a different side of ancient royal history by providing more of an insight into everyday royal life, both then and now. It’s also a great place to enjoy some time outdoors in the palace gardens.

4. Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace is the famous residence of King Henry VIII, as well as all of his six wives at one point or another. Other royals have also used Hampton Court Palace over the years. Located slightly outside of the busy city, Hampton Court Palace showcases a more rural side of royalty through the ages. It was originally opened in 1514 and has been a key part of royal history ever since.

These are just four of the main royal attractions in London but there are many others; The Royal Mews and the Horse Guards amongst them.

Great Spots for Leaf Peeping this Autumn in London

Autumn in London

It doesn’t matter whether you are keen to go leaf peeping in London specifically or if you just want to spend some time outdoors whilst you are in the city, you’ll be spoilt for choice. There are a tonne of fantastic parks in London, many of which have a great deal of foliage for you to see and others with large wooded areas to explore.

Autumn in London is a beautiful time of year, as the leaves turn to orange, red and gold and the landscape changes dramatically. Regardless of whether you choose Hyde Park, Hampstead or Richmond Park you won’t be disappointed.

Hyde Park

Located in the centre of the city and not far from The Devonshire London, Hyde Park is a firm favourite of many who enjoy leaf peeping. Hyde Park boasts an impressive number of facilities including skating areas, a children’s play area, a boating lake, restaurants and horse riding tracks. However, it’s the large open spaces and vast amount of nature that sets Hyde Park apart from the rest.

Whether you’re interested in plants and trees or you just want somewhere to walk this autumn, Hyde Park is a great choice. Thanks to its central location, Hyde Park is a good place to go after enjoying a delicious lunch or afternoon tea near Paddington to walk off your indulgences. If you’re short of time, Hyde Park is well worth considering as it’s easy to get to from most areas of the city.

Richmond Park

As the largest of all of London’s Royal Parks, Richmond Park is one of the main open spaces in the city. It offers something for everyone and it’s a stark contrast to other areas in London, which makes it a popular spot for families and walkers to explore.

However, it’s Richmond Park’s great range of wildlife that attracts so many visitors every year. Here, you’ll find ancient oak trees, woodland areas and lots of foliage. If you feel like taking a break from leaf peeping, check out the large number of deer that roam the park. Though Richmond Park looks great all year round, it is definitely at its best during the autumn months.

Hampstead Heath

If you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of London in favour of finding somewhere to enjoy the great outdoors, spend some time in Hampstead Heath.

Hampstead Heath is only a short distance from The Devonshire London and it’s a great choice if you’re looking for somewhere to take a relaxing walk after afternoon tea near Paddington. There’s a fantastic viewpoint in Hampstead Heath, which allows you to leaf peep from a new perspective.

Though London is a city, it’s definitely not short of outdoor spaces and parks. We have listed three of the main parks in London, but there are a number of others that also offer everything a leaf peeper could want. If you’re leaf peeping this autumn in London, you’re in for a treat. All you need to do is choose a park and enjoy.

The Best Department Stores in London to Start Your Christmas Shopping

Selfridges

With Christmas right around the corner, it’s time to get serious about your festive shopping. Though a lot of people choose to do most of their Christmas shopping online as it can be easier, nothing beats the enjoyment of strolling around London’s department stores during the festive period.

There are a lot of great shopping streets in the centre of the city, but it’s in the department stores that you will find the best shopping. With so many department stores to choose from, it can be difficult to know where to go. Here are some of our top recommendations…

Liberty

 If you’re planning to do some Christmas shopping during a stay at The Devonshire Paddington, you may want to head to Liberty. With its beautiful exterior and quaint interior, Liberty is an iconic part of London’s shopping landscape. It attracts tourists from all over the world, as well as locals, who are keen to browse all that Liberty has to offer. Liberty is located in London’s West End, which means that there are also plenty of great bars and restaurants to enjoy after a busy day of shopping. 

Selfridges

 You have probably seen the iconic yellow shopping bags found at Selfridges, but have you ever visited? Selfridges has a lot to offer including clothing, beauty, stationery, food and electronics. However, Selfridge isn’t just for those who are looking for luxury and designer stores. A number of high street brands can also be found in Selfridges, which creates a fantastic range of products for any budget.

Harrods

 We couldn’t mention the best department stores in London without mentioning Harrods. Harrods is arguably London’s most famous home grown brand and it attracts shoppers from all around the world. With a wide range of departments and brands within, not to mention thousands of products across multiple stores and an entire wing for Christmas decorations, Harrods has something for everyone. Plus, it’s not too far from The Devonshire Paddington and it’s centrally located. As Harrods is so large, it’s definitely a department store that you’ll want to dedicate a fair amount of time to. Even if you only pop in briefly, it’s one of the city’s most iconic shopping destinations.

 Hamleys

 Hamleys is a top spot for family days out in London and it’s easy to see why. Hamleys is one of the oldest and largest toy shops in the world, making it a popular destination for those who are doing their Christmas shopping. Whether there’s a specific toy you’re after or you’re just looking to browse, Hamleys has it all. Even if you’re not planning to buy anything right away, Hamleys is one of the most enjoyable family days out in London. This is because Hamleys always has a range of toys and craft activities for children to try out.

When you’re in London, you won’t find yourself short of places to do your Christmas shopping. It doesn’t matter what you’re looking to buy or who you want to buy for, you’ll find it in one of London’s great department stores. With such a wide range on offer, there’s something for every kind of shopper and even the most difficult of people to buy for.

Your Guide to Where to Go Antiquing in Paddington

Antique Shopping

When it comes to antiques, there are few better places to find a vast range of pieces from all conceivable eras than London. The capital has large and small antique shops dotted about everywhere, with hidden treasures just waiting for discovery.

To narrow down the focus a bit – and make it easy for you find the best antique shops in and around Paddington – we’ve put together this piece showing you where to go for the best antiquing experiences. They’re all easy to get to from The Devonshire London, and you won’t have far to go if you end up finding and buying more pieces than you intended to when you set out.

The Hirst Collection

Sporting a dashing red and black façade, Hirst Antiques is a wonderful place to visit if you want to nab some antique jewellery.

About a 15-minute journey from The Devonshire London, Hirst Antiques has a wide range of classic jewellery pieces covering the 20th century and even further back. It’s the place to go if you’re seeking an authentic Victorian cameo or a sleek, classically designed timepiece. You’ll also find a cornucopia of vintage rings, pendants, earrings and more, so you may have to restrain yourself to avoid breaking the bank.

Aside from jewellery, Hirst Antiques also stocks a range of art object, statues, sculptures and even antique, brass beds.

Alfie’s Antique Market

Alfie’s Antique Market is the kind of place where you can easily spend a good few hours – or more – thanks to the sheer size of the place. Covering multiple floors and thousands of square feet of space, this really is a fully-fledged antique market. Except it’s indoors, so you don’t have to worry about the fickle London weather.

Because it’s so large, there isn’t anything that you can’t find here. From vintage, silver tea sets to Middle Eastern art and antiques, Alfie’s Antique Market has it all. Be sure you make the time to fully appreciate the place, as it’s worth setting aside a morning or afternoon to make a full exploration of every nook and cranny in the place – you never know what you’ll find. After you’ve exhausted yourself looking for that special piece, you’re only a stone’s throw from the best Paddington afternoon tea.

Grays Antique Centre

Home to multiple antique dealers, Grays Market is a treasure-trove of early and mid-20th century pieces, as well as offering antiques from the Victorian and Edwardian periods. But you’ll find pieces from many different eras here, and that’s what makes Grays Antiques worth seeking out.

It’s only a short journey from The Devonshire London, and there are also vintage – and we mean vintage – clothes on offer at Grays, if you want something chic and stylish from a different age of fashion. Beautiful jewellery, statues, art deco pieces, classic Victoriana, it’s all here, and it’s the kind of place that rewards those who take the time to explore fully. Make the journey to Grays Antiques, and it’s one excursion you definitely won’t regret.

Treat Yourself: The Three Best Places for a Spa Treatment near The Devonshire

Montcalm London Marble Arch

Sometimes it’s easy to forget to treat yourself. When you’re visiting a new city, there’s always a rush to see this or experience that, and that can often mean that you’re more stressed than you realise. It’s important to enjoy some time to yourself because this is when you can really reflect on what you’ve seen and done, rather than planning the next excursion and wondering how you’re going to get there.

Happily, there are a number of great spas within easy reaching distance of the Devonshire Hotel Paddington, all offering great treatments and experiences that will help you relax and get ready for more adventures in the capital.

The Devonshire Spa

Your first choice – and the closest – is the spa at The Devonshire. It’s one of the best spa Paddington experiences, and it’s only a few minutes’ walk away from The Devonshire Hotel Paddington.

Here you can find a modern, comprehensive spa experience that’s all about soothing you into a relaxed frame of mind. To start with, you can make full use of the modern, spacious Jacuzzi, perhaps dipping into the steam room and sauna afterwards for a cleansing, stress-busting experience. But that’s not all that’s on offer.

The Devonshire Spa also offers an extensive range of rejuvenating treatments covering every aspect of wellness, from deep, relaxing massages to facial treatments and everything in between. Afterwards, if you’re a mite peckish, you can always indulge in the best afternoon tea near Paddington.

The Montcalm London Marble Arch

Just a 15-minute trip from The Devonshire Hotel Paddington, the Spa at The Montcalm gives you a massive choice of wellness treatments.

If it’s a massage you’re seeking – and we recommend you do! – The Spa at The Montcalm features a comprehensive range of options, including Swedish, Thai and Japanese body treatments. With different massage styles available, you have a choice of options to suit the experience you want.

Among the many offerings, you can also enjoy rejuvenating, ultimately relaxing facial treatments using the very finest Thalgo and Elemis products. You can also find soothing therapies for hands and feet, as well waxing and other finishing touches if you want to feel brand new.

The Chilworth

The boutique spa at the Chilworth offers a broad range of treatments, all targeted at reducing stress and helping you look and feel great.

There are three types of facial on offer from the 30-minute Express Facial to the 45-minute Illuminating Radiance Facial to the full hour experience of a Hydra Marine Facial. All use the best products to leave your skin feeling smooth and incredibly rejuvenated.

Regarding massage, The Chilworth Spa offers seven different styles covering everything from deep tissue massage to Swedish to a treatment based on reflexology. Or, if you’re in the mood for something that will treat your whole body, you might want to consider one of the exclusive body rituals offered on-site. The 90-minute Polynesia Spa Ritual is a genuinely luxuriant, revitalising experience and it’s one we heartily recommend.

Why Make The Devonshire Your London Base?

Restuarant

Whether you’re in London as a visitor or for business, finding the right base is essential to ensure that you have quick and easy access to all the things you need for a stress-free experience.

From nearby transport links to on-site dining and wellness facilities, you need to know that you have a welcoming and comfortable place to stay. That’s why the Devonshire Hotel London makes for the ideal place to stay on your visit to London, with everything on-site that you need for a centrally-located, relaxing and luxurious experience.

A Range of Rooms to Suit Your Needs

With more 35-bedrooms on-site, The Devonshire Hotel London has different options available depending on your needs. Our Deluxe Double rooms offer Wi-Fi, a plasma screen TV and a sleek, marble bathrooms for the ultimate in modern luxury.

If, however, you need a little more space, our Club Double rooms meet that need and come with the extra touches we know make your stay special. You can expect to find a welcome bottle of wine, fresh fruit and a daily evening turndown service – in addition to everything you’d find in a Double Deluxe room.

For those travelling as a family or as part of a work group, the Deluxe Triple offers three plush single beds, a work desk, more wardrobe space and everything else you need for a comfortable, functional city base.

Fabulous Dining and Drinks

As you might expect from one of the finest boutique hotels near Paddington Station, you have a range of options when it comes to the food and drinks on offer from The Devonshire.

The Grand Restaurant – just across the street at our sister hotel the Park Grand Paddington Court – offers delicious and freshly prepared breakfasts for guests staying at The Devonshire Hotel London. Whether you prefer Continental Buffet Breakfast, a full English or our unique Indian Breakfast, The Grand Restaurant can provide what you need for the perfect start to your day.  Or, if you desire a spot of lunch or dinner, that’s on the menu, too.

When it comes to a late evening aperitif, the bar at our sister hotel features period looks for a refined, relaxing environment to mull over the day just gone. If it’s afternoon tea you’re looking for, you can find a full-on experience with all the trimmings – from finger sandwiches to indulgent pastries – at our sister hotel’s bar.

Wellness When You Need It

If you want to work out the stress of the day, you can make full use of the thoroughly modern gym at the Park Grand Paddington Court – just a couple of minutes’ walk from The Devonshire Hotel London, enjoying complimentary access to everything on-site.

If, however, you need a massage or other wellness treatments, a walk of a few minutes will take you to the spa facilities at The Devonshire. As well as offering an extensive range of rejuvenating treatments, you’ll also find a steam room, sauna and Jacuzzi style to create modern, relaxing surroundings.

How to Get to Buckingham Palace and What to Do When You Get There

Buckingham Palace

Like New York and the Empire State Building, there’s no way you can visit London without taking the time to make the journey to Buckingham Palace.

Even if it weren’t still a functioning Royal residence, the beautiful looks and storied history behind the place would make it a must-see for every visitor to the city. It’s one of the most famous buildings in the world, let alone London, and there’s a good reason millions of people go out of their way to visit the palace every single year.

With this in mind, we’ve put together this guide to help you get there from The Devonshire London on the Tube– and to tell you what you need to see once you get there.

Getting there on the Tube

While the Tube can be daunting to many first-time visitors to London, the journey from The Devonshire London to Buckingham Palace is straightforward and easy.

From Devonshire Terrace, you’ll need to walk about five minutes to the nearby Lancaster Gate Station. Once there, jump on the Central Line Service 148– marked in red – bound for Camberwell Green. The journey in total will only take about ten minutes, and you don’t have to worry about making any changes. Once you see Hyde Park Corner (Stop F) coming up, this is where you need to jump off the Tube. Now all you need to do is walk north-east on Duke of Wellington Place, then swing right onto Constitution Hill. Turn right again, and you’ve arrived at Buckingham Palace.

What to Do

Of course, once you arrive at Buckingham Palace, you’re going to want to take in the stunning place and capture some great snaps of your visit. But there are other things to do in and around the palace that many people don’t realise are even there.

For some fantastic insight into the Royal way of life, it’s worth taking the time to seek out The Royal Mews. This is where all of the Royal carriages and carriage horses reside when they’re not out ferrying around various members of the Royal family. Here you can find the famous Gold State Coach, the Diamond Jubilee State Coach, the livery of the Queen’s horseman and more. There’s a guided tour available, or you can find your way around the stunning collection at your own pace.

If you want to see some samples of Royal wealth and heritage, it’s also a good idea to visit The Queen’s Gallery. Functioning as a museum and combined gallery space, this is where you can find bejewelled, exotic pieces of Royal history, collected over hundreds of years. It’s also home to the Royal Family’s extensive art collection, which covers everything from classic pieces to more modern fare. If you’re a little tired after all the Royal sightseeing, you’re only a short journey from the wellness treatments – we’d recommend a massage – offered by The Gym Devonshire.

The Royal Mews and The Queen’s Gallery both offer an astonishing inside view of Royal life, and they’re both worth seeking out once you’ve made the journey to Buckingham Palace.