6 Essential Sights Within Three Tube Stops of the Devonshire Hotel

Essential Sights

Seeing the sights is always a priority when you’re in London. There’s so much to take in, with nearly every part of the capital holding its own iconic sights and places that fitting it all in can feel a little overwhelming.

Luckily, from your room at the Devonshire Hotel Paddington, you can make your way to a host of sights and only make three Tube stops along the way. As a central area of London, Paddington is right at the heart of everything the city has to offer.

With that in mind, let’s look at the essential sights you need to visit.

Tower of London

Nestled right on the shore of the Thames and only a 15-minute or so journey from hotels near Paddington Station London, the Tower of London is a must-see if you love learning about the darker side of London’s history.

 Tower of London

Kings, Queens and revolutionaries have called the Tower home at one time or another, and it most definitely qualifies as an essential sight.

St Paul’s Cathedral

Only a short hop to Bank Tube Station will get you up close and personal with one of the most famous cathedrals in the world.

St Paul’s Cathedral

Stunning, huge and quite imposing, St Paul’s is a fixture of the London skyline, and it’ll only take ten minutes to get there from the Devonshire Hotel Paddington. And make sure you inquire about the tours on-site to gain a deeper understanding of the cathedral’s long and rich history.

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre

No trip to London is complete without checking out Shakespeare’s Globe and, happily, you’re in the perfect position to do just that!

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

Just hop off at Southwark Tube Station, make your way along the Thames past the Tate Modern and you’re there. There’s never any shortage of classic Shakespeare on offer, and the Globe is an insight into the capital’s theatrical past.

Golden Hinde

A straight shot to London Bridge Tube Station from Paddington, the Golden Hinde is a key piece of British history and only a quick journey from hotels near Paddington Station London.

The Hinde was the ship of the famous Sir Francis Drake, who used the vessel to circumnavigate the globe back in the 16th century. It’s a beautiful, well-preserved ship and a breath-taking sight.

HMS Belfast

Permanently moored in the Thames, the HMS Belfast still looks imposing, but it’s actually now a naval museum.

 HMS Belfast

Hailing from World War Two, the innards of HMS Belfast tell of the rich history of the British Navy and make it an iconic sight worth taking the time to explore.

The Gherkin

To visit the Gherkin, you can jump off at Aldgate Tube Station or, if you prefer, simply walk the short distance.

But it’s worth the trip however you decide to get there because the Gherkin is one of modern London’s most significant – and most controversial – architectural developments. Make the trip and decide for yourself.

The Best Bus Tours to See the London Sights

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During your visit to London, there’s just so much to see and experience. Trying to cram in as much sightseeing as you possibly can tends to be a little hard on your legs and feet, so what better way to visit some of our capital city’s most famous landmarks than on a bus tour?

From visiting the crown jewels, getting a glimpse at the Queen’s London residence or experiencing the city skyline with a flight on the London Eye, bus tours really are a great way of making the most of your time in the capital.

There are several reputable bus tour companies operating around the city, with several ticket offices located just a few minute’s walk from the Devonshire Hotel Paddington.

Each tour company has its own routes and itinerary, so it’s entirely up to you which operator you choose to chauffeur you around on one of the live or recorded audio tours.

Each bus tour has several stops located around the city, so it’s merely a case of buying a ticket and hopping on and off at the stops that interest you the most.

Here’s some of the best bus tours for seeing the London sights.

Golden Tours

Located on 145 Praed Street in Paddington, Golden Tours offers a wide range of sightseeing tours plus day trips and is virtually on the doorstep of the Devonshire Hotel Paddington so you won’t need to go far to organise your sightseeing activities.

Look out for the blue double-decker open-topped buses that drive through London until 6 pm each day.

The Original London Sightseeing Tour

The great thing about The Original London Sightseeing Tour is that you can purchase tickets on the bus itself, so all you need to do is find your nearest stop and wait for the next bus to arrive before paying the driver.

London Sightseeing Tour

This company has a large fleet of open-topped buses, so you won’t have to wait long for the next tour to arrive. If the weather is a little gloomy, you can always take shelter in one of the many restaurants near Paddington and grab a bite to eat as the tours run daily from 9 am to 6 pm.

Big Bus London

The Big Bus London offers some great money saving offers and discounts for those who want to book in advance and save on their sightseeing tours of London.

 London bus

These discounts soon add up if you’re bringing the family to London for the weekend. To save more money on your break, check out our London hotel deals to get a great price on your accommodation too!

Which sightseeing bus tour company you chose on your next visit to London really is down to what you want to see and personal preference, but be sure to pack your camera during your next visit to the capital so you can take some snaps of our famous landmarks from the comfort of an open top bus.