Exploring London while you are a resident at Palm hotel London can mean much more than just discovering museums, traditional landmarks and historic buildings. There is also a world of beautiful outdoors locations which can lead to some memorable experiences.
Active children will love the outdoor playground at the Princess Diana Memorial in Hyde Park. This is where they can pretend they are pirates or Peter Pan’s lost boys attempting to board Captain Hook’s vessel. The large wooden Captain Hook pirate ship is an instant hit with children who enjoy exploring every corner – and repelling boarders!
Adults and older children over the age of 10 can take to the treetops in Trent Park, north London. Climb up trees, swing through the air on Tarzan swings and descend via rope ladders and zip lines as you cross over one obstacle to another. Go Ape is one of the most popular attractions with people wanting an active experience. Getting there is very easy, as it is situated adjacent to Cockfosters tube line.
Alternatively, take the train out to the Lee Valley White Water Centre and try out your rafting skills on the 2012 Olympic course, passing over rapids and through obstacles at high speed. Getting wet is mandatory!
A slightly slower pace on the water is offered by the London Kayak Tours. They will guide you along London’s quiet waterways using kayaks – you do the paddling! One of the tours travel along the beautiful Regents Canal, through Regents Park and out into byways of North London where you can find some hotels in North London as well. The other tour which is available is situated in south London over at Hampton Court Palace. Here you can get some brilliant views of the Palace from the water, just as Henry VIII and his courtiers would have seen it several centuries earlier.
Although London’s streets may appear very busy with traffic, there are quieter backstreets perfect for cyclists. Take a bicycle tour around the city, following your guide and see London from a very different viewpoint while enjoying your stay at budget hotels in north London. Tally Ho! uses vintage bikes to give a period feel to your travels, complete with wicker baskets and big, noisy ‘ding dong’ bells. Their guides gently lead you through the backstreets of London allowing you to soak up the atmosphere, and stopping frequently for a break and a story. These stories really bring the streets alive as you discover Harry Potter locations, an ancient Roman wall, old shipping quays, hear about pirates and Dickensian London. Each tour is carefully chosen to give you views of famous landmarks from a different angle, as well as an opportunity to discover lesser known areas.