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.

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.

Three Great Art Galleries Near the Devonshire London

Art Galleries

London really is a mecca for the art lover, with plenty of galleries showcasing the best work from master artists of the past as well as up and coming painters, sculpture artists and many other genres of artwork. It’s all here to peruse and enjoy during your visit to London.

You don’t have to go far from your accommodation at The Devonshire London to find great art galleries either; here are our top three art galleries right on your doorstep.

Démodé Art Gallery

The Démodé Art Gallery really is a hidden gem featuring an eclectic mix of contemporary paintings and sculptures. The shabby chic interior lends itself well to the premium artwork it displays and is a far cry from the bright white, clinical walls you’d perhaps find at some of London’s larger galleries.

The building itself is well worth a visit, so head down to the Démodé Art Gallery after 10:30 am to experience this eccentric space for yourself.

Lisson Gallery

The Lisson Gallery sits in an excellent location for anyone staying in one of our hotels near London Paddington and occupies a corner where Paddington meets Marylebone, making it easy to reach on foot.

With a second space in New York, the Lisson galleries play host to some of the world’s most influential contemporary artists, so there’s always something new to see.

Opening from 10 am to 6 pm daily, the Lisson has two large exhibition spaces with some of the most exciting and thought-provoking pieces in London.

Serpentine Sackler Gallery

For a contemporary art gallery with a difference, head to Kensington gardens which is a lovely stroll through well-maintained parklands from The Devonshire London. Here, you’ll find a restored munitions factory that now serves as the home for unusual artwork in a great architectural setting.

Opened in 2013, the building itself is a work of art thanks to its 1803 main building and far more recent extension that houses a modern event and meeting space.

Expect to spend at least two hours browsing the wonderful exhibits and collections of the Serpentine Sackler Gallery before grabbing a coffee and slice of cake at the popular café that adjoins the building.

The Showroom

Located north of several of our hotels near London Paddington lives The Showroom, a not-for-profit art gallery where you’ll find exhibitions from the best emerging artists from around the UK and further afield.

Some of the exhibitions at The Showroom present a range of socially and politically engaged work from artists looking to break into the thriving London art scene. If you’re lucky enough, you might even catch a few live poetry readings while you enjoy the exhibits.

London has so much to offer the art enthusiast or budding artist, and there really isn’t a corner of this wonderful city where you won’t encounter something to pique your interest.  Head off the beaten tourist track and uncover some of the up and coming new talents just waiting to discover at these fantastic art galleries.

Three Parks to Get Away from it all Near the Devonshire London

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London is renowned for its thriving streets, busy markets and throngs of tourists looking to get a glimpse of a few of the capital’s many landmarks during their visit.

As lively and bustling as London is, sometimes it’s a real pleasure to leave the noise behind and retreat to one of the many parks and green spaces for a little rest and relaxation during your break.

With this in mind, we’ve compiled a list of three parks near the Devonshire London Paddington where you can get away from it all and enjoy the picturesque greenery, peace and tranquillity that these lovingly maintained spaces and gardens have to offer.

Kensington Gardens

Located just a short stroll away from your accommodation at the Devonshire London Paddington is Kensington Gardens, a wonderfully lush open space with some interesting landmarks that are well worth a visit.

Kensington Gardens

Amidst the peace and tranquillity of Kensington Gardens, you’ll find the inspiring Princess Diana memorial running through the landscape, the Serpentine gallery and ornate Kensington Palace itself as you take a leisurely stroll around the beautifully maintained gardens.

If you’re hoping to visit during the summer or autumn months, we offer some great Paddington hotel deals so you’ll have more to spend on those picnic basket goodies.

Norfolk Square Gardens

Nestled in between two rows of impressive Victorian townhouses lies Norfolk Square Gardens, a rectangular space packed full of ornamental shrubs and blooming flower beds.

Norfolk Square Gardens is a ten-minute walk from your Devonshire London Paddington accommodation, and because its off the main tourist trails, it’s usually tranquil with very few people around.

This is a lovely shaded spot for a packed lunch or just to grab a coffee and enjoy the colourful flowers for an hour or so. It’s also a great place to stop off to rest your tired feet after visiting some of London’s more well-known tourist attractions.

Rembrandt Gardens in Little Venice

Another hidden gem offering serenity and peace is the Rembrandt Gardens located in Little Venice. A cosy and casual park situated near the waterways of Little Venice, the Rembrandt Gardens plays host to a wide range of beautiful roses in the warmer months and visitors can watch the narrowboats and ducks glide by as life takes on a far more leisurely pace in this part of London.

Each May bank holiday weekend, Little Venice bursts into colour thanks to the annual Canal way Cavalcade where over 100 brightly decorated boats moor close to the park.

There’s also a special schedule of activities for children and adults alike during the Cavalcade, so check out our Paddington hotel deals to get a great rate on a family room for next year’s event.

London has so many beautiful parks on green spaces for visitors to take advantage of some peace and quiet during their visit, so just don’t forget to pack your picnic hamper and rug the next time you make a trip to this buzzing capital city.

The Best Places for a Summer Picnic Near Paddington

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Summer in Britain doesn’t last long, so it pays to take advantage of every last bit of sunlight we get- and what better way to do that than with a lovely picnic? There are very few pleasures that can match a robust hamper, maybe a drink or two, and the great outdoors.

Paddington is perfectly placed for picnic excursions, and you won’t have far to travel from your room at The Devonshire Paddington, so load up on goodies and let’s get going.

Holland Park

Sitting just east of Paddington is Holland Park, which is a stunning area with everything you need for a great picnic. The park covers a full 22.5 acres, and contained in that are different gardens, play areas for children and woodland areas exploding with wildlife. There’s also a beautiful, tranquil Japanese Kyoto Garden on-site, if you want somewhere nice and relaxing to enjoy your pork pies and sandwiches and all close to our many hotels near London Paddington.

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With an array of different looks and features, you might be hard pressed to settle on a final location for your picnic so have a scout around before settling in.

Hyde Park

It had to be on the list. It’s right next to our many hotels near London Paddington and it’s one of the most famous parks in the world.

Covering a huge area, Hyde Park is full of amazing, open spaces and shadier spots, with the Serpentine lake cutting right across the middle of the whole thing. If you fancy having a row on the lake to build up your appetite, you can – either on a traditional rowboat or on a more relaxed pedal boat. Picnicking beside the lake is particularly popular, with the waters gently lapping at the shore as you relax and take in the beautiful surroundings.

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Once you’ve finished eating, you can always take a walk and visit the Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain or the two – yes two- galleries that are situated on the park. If that isn’t enough, there are also stables on-site, so there’s more than enough to keep everyone happy.

Frequently Asked Questions about The Hyde Park

What are the Hyde Park opening times?
Hyde Park is open from 5:00 am until midnight all year round.
What is Hyde Park famous for?
Hyde Park is one of the largest parks in central London, England and one of the Royal Parks of London. It is famous for its Speakers' Corner.
Which tube station is Hyde Park near?
The nearest tube station is Hyde Park Corner Underground Station
How long is Hyde Park in miles?
Hyde Park 140 ha (346 acres)
Which borough is Hyde Park in?
The Hyde park is in the borough of Westminster, London. It covers more than 340 acres (138 hectares) and is bordered on the east by Mayfair and on the west by Kensington Gardens.

The Regent’s Park

So named for Victoria’s late husband Prince Albert, the beautiful design and various parts that make up The Regent’s Park are a fitting tribute. And it’s only a quick journey from The Devonshire Paddington.

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The park covers wide, green spaces that are perfect for simply lounging and watching the world go by, and also have some out of the way, stunning tree-lined pathways if you want to avoid too much sun. The formal gardens are where Regent’s Park really shines, with amazing flowerbeds and explosions of colour all around. It’s one of the best designed and maintained parks in all of London, and the work definitely shows.

Frequently Asked Questions about The Regent’s Park

Is the park being closed during night time? What time is it open?
 The park is being closed during night time at 8 PM. Opening hours. Pedestrian gates into the park are open from 5am all year round. Closing times vary depending on the season, see the table below. Please note: Park roads are closed from midnight to 7am (except for residential access)
Where is London Zoo in Regent's Park?
 Walk along regents canal towards Camden market take pathway off and you will see zoo, entrance is walking distance.
Is the park dog friendly?
 Most of the park is dog friendly but there is an area on the east of the park that is called Queen Mary's Gardens and dog are not allowed there. It is clearly marked though with signs and pavement markings!

Queen Mary’s Gardens feature more than 12,000 roses during the height of summer and tourists regularly make the pilgrimage to take in this stunning sight. Alongside this, the wetland area of the park is home to more than a hundred different species of birds and you might even spot the odd hedgehog, a colony of which call the park home.

Amazing London History Near to The Devonshire London

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In London, you don’t have to go far to find some history. The capital is awash with buildings from every period of London’s past, with some going as far back as the 13th century. There are monuments, museums, galleries and memorials, all making up a part of London’s history. In short, there’s more history than most people know what to do with.

And the area around the Paddington hotel is no different. Within a short distance of your room at The Devonshire Hotel, you can find a varied selection of interesting things to see and visit. So, with that in mind, let’s dive in.

The State Rooms

A visit to Buckingham Palace often involves seeing the amazing façade of the palace and taking in the age-old Changing of the Guard, but you can also get a closer look at royal life by visiting The State Rooms.

The State Rooms are opened up during the summer months and offer you an up-close and personal view of the glorious innards of Buckingham Palace. This means access to the Throne Room, famous ‘White Room’, the palace ballroom and a detailed look at all the various treasures Buckingham Palace is home to.

It’s a unique and engrossing way to see what life inside the palace is really like, and a brief taste of life as a royal. It won’t take you more than 20-minutes via Tube from any of our hotels Paddington Station London, and it’s definitely worth the short journey.

Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum

Fleming, best known for discovering the world’s very first antibiotic – found when a fungus somehow got into one of his petri dishes – is memorialised at the Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum, and a fascinating place it is too.

The museum features an exact replica of Fleming’s laboratory, the place where he would make his most famous discovery, and that would one day see him win the Nobel Prize for Medicine. It’s an amazing overview of one of the most important men in 20th century medicine, and the museum does a great job telling Fleming’s story.

A fascinating place – and one that not many people know about – it’s only a short hop from your room at The Devonshire London.

Apsley House

Apsley House

Once famously known as ‘Number I London’, Apsley house is a glittering, beautiful Georgian structure and is still home to aristocracy today. It’s a jaw-dropping place to visit and one that is also steeped in history. Apsley House is close to our many hotels Paddington Station London, so there’s no reason not to check it out.

But it’s not just any aristocracy that calls Apsley House home – they are the descendants of The Duke of Wellington. Taking up residence at the mansion, Wellington made sure that his home was one of the plushest in all of London. The interiors of Apsley House are just as grand as the exterior, with beautiful sitting rooms, galleries and more shimmering chandeliers than seems reasonable.

It’s a beguiling place, and one to definitely put on your ‘to-do’ list.

Family Days Out Near The Devonshire London

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Visiting London isn’t just about the bustle of the city, the amazing retail therapy on offer or the various Michelin starred eateries, it’s also about forming lasting family memories. And the capital has much to offer when it comes to getting the family together and enjoying some new, shared experiences.

Happily, because London is packed with things to do, you won’t have far to travel from The Devonshire London to sample a range of activities. So, without further ado, let’s jump in!

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Harry Potter London Walk

If your kids are obsessed – or indeed, if you yourself are obsessed – with the world of Harry Potter, then the Harry Potter London Walk guarantees a great time.

Your very knowledgeable guide will lead you through all the sights of London that were touched by the Harry Potter movies, putting you right in the middle of the imagined universe. The tour includes the site of Harry and Co’s infiltration into the Ministry of Magic, The Leaky Cauldron and the bridge that ran afoul of the Death Eaters in the Half-Blood Prince. The tour also proceeds past many London landmarks like St Pauls’ and Parliament, so you’ll get your regular sightseeing fill as well.

Afterwards, you might be a little peckish, and you’ll be in a perfect position to enjoy some lunch or dinner at The Devonshire Restaurant.

Victoria and Albert Museum

Victoria and Albert Museum

Right in the heart of Kensington and not far from the best restaurants near Paddington Station, the Victoria and Albert Museum is a great day out for parents and children alike.

Featuring a range of exhibitions and activities, it has more than enough going on to keep the kids entertained whilst you indulge in a nice spot of culture. The museum is all about art and design, with current exhibitions covering everything from videogame design to Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.

There’s more than enough to see and do to keep you busy for the day, and you won’t have far to get back to your room at The Devonshire London – which is always a nice bonus.

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GoBoat London

KidZania is, in a nut shell, a child’s dream place. It covers more than 75,000 square feet and takes the form of a diminutive city where your kids can play, learn and get creative.

Your children can choose to be anything, from a firefighter to a news reporter, with the story of their play built and developed by them. The idea is to give children insight into different jobs and facets of adulthood, whilst also making the experience all about fun and play. Once they’re all tuckered out, you’re well placed to grab some dinner at The Devonshire Restaurant, so that’s taken care of ahead of time.

If your children like to dress up and run amok, then they will be in their absolute element at KidZania, with the on-site staff well-trained, attentive and always up for being part of the fun.

What to Do at Hyde Park

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Hyde Park, with all of it’s beautiful green spaces and varied looks, is more than just a park. It adjoins Kensington Gardens, together covering 1.25 miles, and is the largest open space in all of London.

It has many historical monuments and things to see right on-site, making it the ideal place to explore from your base at The Devonshire London Paddington. If you want to enjoy one of the most famous parks in the world and need to know just how to make the most of your day, read on.

The Park

Before we get into any of the other attractions and sights in the area, it’s best to start with the park itself. Hyde Park covers a full 350 acres, with a full-sized boating lake – The Serpentine – cutting through the middle.

The park encompasses everything from wide, green spaces perfect for a picnic to wooded areas that are ideal for relaxing in the shade. Bring along some food and simply watch the world go by. Staying at our boutique hotels near Paddington Station London, you’re perfectly placed to make the most of Hyde Park and everything it has to offer.

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Go Boating

As we mentioned above, the Serpentine is open for boating and there are different options, depending on what you want to do.

If you want to stick in your couple or family group, there are pedal and row boats available for hire, holding up to six people. This is always great fun and a way to form some lasting memories of your time at Hyde Park. If you feel like going with something bigger, the ‘Solarshuttle’ carries 40 passengers and is entirely solar powered – as you may have guessed from the name. And, if you tire yourself out, you don’t have far to go back to The Devonshire London Paddington.

During the summer, the lake is open for boating from 10am to 8pm and it’s an awesome way to enjoy the lake as the Victorians did – minus the solar-powered boat, of course!

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The Rose Garden

One of the most popular parts of Hyde Park, The Rose Garden is an explosion of colours and smells and simply one of the most gorgeous parts of the whole park.

The seasonal beds that surround the multitude of roses are especially popular with tourists, who come in very large numbers during the summer months to see the out-of-this-world attention to detail and beauty on display. At our many boutique hotels near Paddington Station London, you’ll be close enough to see just what makes this part of Hyde Park so special.

With a big pergola and two fountains also featured, it’s a great place to relax and just take in some truly stunning surroundings.

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Kensington Palace

If that isn’t enough, you might also consider making the walk to the west end of Hyde Park and checking out Kensington Palace.

The formative home of Queen Victoria – and also where she first met Prince Albert – is a stunning building with its own amazing gardens. You will also catch site of the Prince Albert Memorial as it towers above, which Victoria built after the premature death of her husband.

Your Guide to Famous Sights Near Paddington

Little Venice

Paddington is a great area of London for many reasons. One of these is that it is so well-placed when it comes to exploring the capital. Paddington occupies the perfect position to make it easy for you to get out and explore every famous sight out there.

Happily, Paddington has a wealth of its own sights, so you don’t have to go too far to find some beautiful and famous landmarks. Most are easily reachable from the Devonshire Hotel Paddington, so let’s take a look.

Little Venice

So-called because of the houses, bars and restaurants that stand right on the edge of Paddington’s canal, Little Venice is a beautiful place that feels a world away from the city.

It’s a leafy, gorgeous spot and rightly famous, known for its laid-back, slow feel and lush environs. It’s the perfect place to explore during the day or the evening, with people coming from all over London to sample a slower pace of life. After walking the waterways, there’s a very healthy selection of restaurants, cafes and bars where you can take a rest and watch the barges pass by. Very close to our hotels near Paddington Station London, there’s no reason not to check it out.

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Speakers’ Corner

Since the 19th century, people with something to say have been making their point at Speakers’ Corner, and today the space in Hyde Park is famous for giving a platform to a huge range of views and opinions.

Rather than being a prescribed area, you will likely see different orators spread around the area, and it is a very interesting – and historically important- site. It’s a place where anyone can state their beliefs, as long as they do it in a lawful manner, and large crowds will often gather to hear what the various speakers have to say. Hyde Park is only a quick walk away from The Devonshire Hotel Paddington, so you can always enjoy the park after hearing some unfiltered free speech.

Tyburn Convent

In place since 1903, Tyburn Convent is a still-functioning convent, with nuns living and worshipping on-site.

It’s a small, innocuous-looking building, but one that carries a great deal of history, with worshippers from all around the world coming to visit the Shrine of the Martyrs housed inside the convent.

As you might expect, Tyburn Convent is a very serene place, and guided tours from the nuns are available if you want a little more insight into this special part of London’s history.

The Wallace Collection

Featuring a range of stunning artwork, sculptures and historical artefacts, The Wallace Collection is a compact, townhouse museum that has been in place since 1897. The Wallace Collection is only a ten-minute trip from your room at The Devonshire Hotel Paddington, so it’s easy to get to.

The collection was started by the 4th Marquess of Hertford – Richard Seymour-Conway – who then left it all to his illegitimate son, Sir Richard Wallace. Housed in the beautiful Hertford House, the collection covers a wide range of styles and periods, feeling just like the eccentric Victorian aristocrat’s collection that it is. It’s a place of wonders and surprises and you won’t be disappointed.

5 Fun Things to Do on a Rainy Day in London

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Whatever time of year it is, the British weather always has some surprises up its sleeve. Rain is no stranger to these isles – it’s what makes British people so obsessed with the weather! – So it pays to have some options lined up for those wet days when you can’t partake in any outdoor activities.

So, if you need some inspiration for how to make the most of your rainy day in London, read on.

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Sea Life London

What better way is there to get away from the rain than to go to a place with even more water? You’ll forget the weather once you’re inside Sea Life London, with the vast array of displays, attractions and sea life on offer. The centre covers a huge area, with positively massive enclosures and environments offering you an up-close view of creatures like penguins, sharks and jellyfish.

There’s so much to see and do that you can easily pass multiple hours checking out everything on offer, and it’s only a short hop on the Tube from The Devonshire Paddington, so you’re perfectly placed to take it all in.

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Warner Bros. Studio Tour

If your kids – or you yourself, really- are lovers of the Harry Potter universe, then the Warner Bros. Studio Tour is for you.

The tour walks you right through all of the most famous parts of the Harry Potter films, from Diagon Alley to Hogwarts, with tour guides enthusiastic and very knowledgeable. The tour does a good job of showing you everything you ever wanted to see, preserving some mystery for younger visitors and keeping the magic very much alive. It’s a short journey from our many hotels close to Paddington Station, so getting there is no hassle.

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The Natural History Museum

If it’s a rainy day in London, there are few better places to be than The Natural History Museum. And it’s not far to go from The Devonshire Paddington, so brave the rain and be ready to visit one of the best museums in the world.

Packed with exhibits, dinosaur bones, interactive exhibitions and much, much more, it’s a great place for kids and adults alike.

Science Museum IMAX

With this option, you get out of the rain, get to experience the Science Museum’s 3D IMAX screen and the kids learn something along the way – what’s not to like?

There are various offerings to choose from, with one film taking you into outer space, and another taking you down to the ocean depths. It’s the perfect place to get out of the rain and settle in for a movie like you’ve never experienced before. Only a quick jump from our hotels close to Paddington Station, it’s a great family experience.

Discover

Discover is basically a child’s dream come to life. It’s a place full of unique areas to explore, things to do and the means for your child to craft their own experience.

The UK’s first ‘Story Centre’, the idea is to encourage your child to be active and creative, making choices based on the things they want to see and do. For a rainy day when the kids are full of energy, it’s a great place to just let their imaginations run wild.