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LONDON FASHION STREETS

Lonon Fashion Street

Trend setting fashion and London go together. Along with Paris and Milan, London is one of the key fashion capitals of the world. This is the home of designers like Stella McCartney and Julien McDonald who have captured worldwide attention with their innovative designs.

Reflecting this status, there are a vast range of places where you can go and buy the latest trends without breaking the bank.

One of the most popular places to go is Notting Hill as this is a key fashion hotspot. Look for the vintage and retro stores which can be found throughout the area as these are where London’s fashionistas go. Typical of these is Retro Clothing on Notting Hill Gate which is renowned for clothing from the 1980’s onwards.

Portobello Market is one of the coolest places to buy clothes in London. A long established market, it stretches the entire length of the Portobello Road.  Browsing through the stalls and chatting with the friendly stall holders is a wonderful way to find high fashion and retro clothing such as sports jackets with team emblems embroidered on the back. A wide range of wonderful experiences of the Portobello Market can be earned by staying at top rated hotels in North London.

Camden is another favourite haunt of fashionistas. Renowned for its punk and goth culture, it is also home to many vintage stores and individualistic boutiques. The outdoor market is particularly popular with the fashion conscious.

Carnaby Street is one of the iconic London shopping streets. The iconic arch can be easily found just off Oxford Street. This was the birthplace of swinging London during the 1960’s, and still attracts a wide range of independent boutique owners, new designer names as well as many heritage brands.

Covent Garden is another shopping heaven where you can find the latest street style, funky shoes, hip fashion and even one-off handmade jewellery.  This former fruit and vegetable market has been totally revamped into one of the most stylish shopping areas in London. This is where you can enjoy shopping and the café scene, taking a break to watch the world go by.

Kings Road, Chelsea has long been a centre of the fashion world. A popular destination back in the 1960’s, it has retained its charm and individuality.  Check out the trendy boutiques, unique labels, designer shops. One of Europe’s largest Zara stores is located just off the Kings Road in Duke of York square.

Explore these London streets while staying in Best Western Palm Hotel London one of the top hotels near Wembley Stadium which is again a famous shopping spot in London, and find the latest in design, style and ideas, just as many of the stylists to the rich and famous do! People watching can be fun as you can glimpse emerging fashion trends and see which stores are proving the most popular.

Discover London at night

If you’re eyeing hotels in North London for your next London visit, consider the Best Western Palm Hotel, now awarded with its 4th star. Spacious and elegantly decorated rooms will provide a home away from home.

You’ll be glad to enjoy a hearty breakfast at hotel’s onsite restaurant, one of the finest in the area, before heading into the city on the Northern Line to shop your heart out and catch all the sights this fantastic city has to offer. And when you return in the late afternoon, you can relax in the hotel’s guest lounge with its free public WiFi.

But London is not just enjoyable by day. Many visitors want to experience its unique brand of city nightlife. And much like New York City, London never sleeps.

Start your evening in one of the countless London Pubs and enjoy traditional pub food with a beer from one of the tabs; local brews preferred, especially should you be in Camden Town, which boasts two breweries in the area, only 10 minutes on tube from Best Western Palm Hotel.

Since most pubs in London close around 11 PM, some later on the weekend, you will want to move on to a bar or club at some point. There is certainly no shortage of those in the city and you’ll be happy to hear that most are open until at least 4 AM, some as late as 7 AM or even 8.

It’s a good idea to head early to the clubs, because cover charges tend to be cheaper before 10 or 11 PM. This is no problem for the guests of Best Western Palm Hotel, which unlike some hotels in North London is extremely well located to get you to any of these venues within 20-minute tube or bus journey. One of the most famous clubs in London is the Ministry of Sound, located in South London and almost an institution these days; it is no longer simply a club but a multimedia entertainment business.

Situated between Farringdon and Barbican tube stations you will find the Fabric, another London nightclub that has repeatedly been voted to the top of the DJ Magazine’s “Top 100 Clubs in the World”.

The most popular areas to check out nightlife in London are Camden Town, Shoreditch, Soho and Clapham. The KOKO, for instance is a live-music venue in Camden Town. It is also a former theatre, which makes it a particularly interesting venue.

Not far from it in Chalk Farm is the Roundhouse, as a Grade II* listed former railway engine shed also an interesting building and now a venue for performing arts and concerts.

For those neither interested in clubs nor live-music, you will find plenty of fantastic bars around London, all easily reachable from Best Western Palm hotel, the finest of hotels in North London. Try the award-winning cocktail bar Milk & Honey in Soho, for instance. Since you are likely not a member, be sure to make a reservation to get in before 11 PM.

The CellarDoor is also much recommended as a quirky and intimate bar beneath the Aldwych. Yes, you heard that right, it is underground. Try out their delicious cocktails and enjoy some of the more unusual shows London has to offer, from magicians and burlesque to drag.

If you would like to get a glimpse of London’s nightlife history and thoroughly enjoy jazz, Ronnie Scott’s jazz club is unmissable. Operating since 1959 it features current and upcoming artists.

When it is time to get back to your hotel, you will hopefully head back to one of North London’s best hotels, the Best Western Palm Hotel. Whilst a night bus from Trafalgar Square will certainly get you back to your comfortable room awaiting with an even more comfortable bed, a licensed minicab is the recommended means of transport. Many venues will have them stationed outside the front door and they will get you back to your hotel safely and in no time at all.

London’s Museums and Galleries Bring History to Life

Top London Museums and Galleries

London’s world class museums and art galleries bring history and culture alive with exhibitions and displays to suit every taste and interest when staying at the Best Western Palm Hotel, one of the finest hotels in North London.

Looking at a guidebook it is all too easy to feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of museums and art galleries within London, for this is a city where history and culture have a prominent place. From the fossils to contemporary art, children’s games to fashion there is a museum or art gallery. All are within easy reach of the Palm Hotel.

For most visitors the British Museum is a ‘must see’ destination. As one of the oldest and largest museums in the world, it can only ever display a small proportion of its entire collection. Strolling through its permanent galleries reveals a treasure trove of stunning artefacts such as the Lewis Chessmen, the Sutton Hoo warriors helmet, the Rosetta Stone and the Lindow Man.

Not far away in Trafalgar Square is the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery which house nearly 3,000 works of art from Giotto to Van Gogh. Stroll down past Charing Cross Railway station to visit Somerset House which contains the renowned paintings of the Courtauld Institute. This is a lovely place to relax for a few minutes amid the splendour of the great square with its choreographed fountains perfect for children to run through!

The Tate Modern at Bankside focuses primarily on contemporary art while the Design Museum offers an opportunity to explore famous brands and design styles. Travel into London’s East End to visit the Whitechapel Gallery, which offers a variety of changing modern art exhibitions that can at times be almost risqué.

Designed as a centre for museums and the arts by the Queen Victoria and her consort, Prince Albert, South Kensington is home to the V&A, Natural History Museum and the Science Museum. The Victoria and Albert Museum is definitely the place to go if you want to see any form of decorative arts covering everything from ceramics to photography, jewellery to portrait miniatures, sculpture to fashion. The size of the collections are huge and the exhibits stunning. Anyone who likes Beatrix Potter should look carefully in the costume galleries as this is where she found inspiration for the famous coat created by the mice in the story ‘The Tailor of Gloucester’

The Natural History Museum is only a few minutes walk away, and has over 70 million specimens of plants, fossils, animals and minerals. By far the most popular exhibit is the giant plaster cast of a Diplodocus greeting visitors in the entrance hall. Equally stunning is the cross section of a giant Sequoia tree and the Bee Tree opening out to show a busy bee hive.

Travel to the stars when visiting the Exploring Space galleries within the adjacent Science Museum. This is where you can see an X ray telescope that has flown in space missions and a model of the Beagle 2 Mars Lander. Alternatively explore medical history in the Wellcome Galleries or the history of information and communications. Children love the Launch Pad with its hands on exhibits.

Turning eastwards, the Museum of London at the Barbican tells the story of the city’s growth from Roman times to the present day using reconstructed room interiors and artefacts found during archaeological digs. A spectacular reminder of recent events can be seen in the form of the great Heatherwick Cauldron which housed the Olympic Flame during the 2012 games.

Take a trip down the Thames to the National Maritime Museum and find out about the importance of the sea to Britain’s development. And that’s not all – this is where you can truly step across time at the historic Greenwich Meridian before returning to the finest of the London Best Western Hotels, Palm Hotel and some evening entertainment which is a must when staying at one of the luxurious hotels near Wembley Stadium and Arena.

Explore London along River Thames on your next holiday

Explore Thames from you Hotel in London

You can’t go wrong with Best Western Palm Hotel London. Considered one of the best 4-star North London hotels near Thames, you’ll find spacious, elegantly furnished rooms at your disposal. Free WiFi is available in all rooms, along with wall-mounted LCD TVs to ensure your evening entertainment.

Start your day with a full English breakfast (or a continental one) at the onsite family restaurant. Make sure to eat up, because you will need your strength. You are in London, after all, and will want to see as much of it as possible. You can, of course, opt to stay in the area. Wembley Stadium is within reach and so is Lords Cricket Ground. Beautiful Hampstead Heath is nearby and shan’t be missed during summer.

If Central London is calling your name, take a stroll to the Golders Green tube station and board the Northern Line southward. Alight twenty minutes later at Embankment.

London offers the most beautiful views along the Thames and its many bridges. Take the right side of Charing Cross Bridge towards Southbank and snap some pictures of Westminster and Big Ben north of the river and the London Eye south of it.

If you are feeling adventurous, take a high speed James Bond style RIB boat trip. Experience the wind on your face and water rush by as you cruise down the River Thames on the sound of the famous 007 theme music to Canary Wharf and back in less than an hour.

Once you reach Southbank, enjoy the Jubilee Gardens and take a moment to listen to some of the buskers in the area, watch street performances or fly the London Eye to enjoy the spectacular views across London, but only if it is a clear day. The London Dungeon and the SEA LIFE aquarium are both a stone’s throw away. Otherwise take the footpath beneath the bridge and walk eastward.

There are roughly 2.3 miles between you and the Tower Bridge now. Along the way you’ll pass by the Royal Festival Hall and the National Theatre, can grab a bite to eat at Gabriel’s Wharf, pass Blackfriars Bridge and check out Millennium Bridge at the base of the Tate Modern, the home of modern art in London. Then there’s Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Maybe you’ll want to get a ticket for a play there one night during your London stay.

You’re close to Southwark Bridge now, but don’t ask for directions towards the Southwark Cathedral before asking how it is pronounced correctly. The friendly receptionist at your hotel will be able to help with that.

From London Bridge it is not very far now to the oddly shaped City Hall and then there is, of course, the iconic Tower Bridge. Time to take some selfies! Head across the bridge and visit the Tower of London, if you have energy left.

There are number of brilliant restaurants in the area from afternoon tea, fine dining, casual diner to street food trucks and often food markets on weekends. Indulge your appetite!

Eventually it’s time to head back to your hotel, where it is quiet and idyllic and where the bar is open 24/7. Unwind in the large guest lounge, catch the news on the large-screen TVs and use the free public WiFi to email home with your day’s explorations.

Later you’ll discover that your bathroom has a luxurious walk-in shower with complimentary toiletries. Order your dinner via room service before heading to your comfortable bed for a well-deserved night’s sleep.

Stay at the finest of BEST WESTERN hotels in London for an exciting winter

Kick off the Christmas season by visiting the Southbank Centre Winter Festival running from 5th November through to 11th January 2015. Enjoy the Christmas Market and get lost in the Christmas Tree Maze whilst listening to the festive singing in the area or watching some of the Christmas shows.

Grab a bite to eat nearby at the Real Food Market, which runs through to the 22nd March 2015. Sample international dishes among the 40 food and drink producers, who also offer local brews and craft beers, ales and seasonal produce directly to the public. Should you choose the Palm Hotel, amongst the most admired Best Western hotels in London, you can be assured of excellent public transport connections, which will take you straight into Central London by bus or the tube in no time.

Why not take the family to Disney on Ice which Celebrates 100 Years of Magic at the O2 Arena on Christmas Eve as well as on Sunday, January 4 2015? Here 60 beloved Disney characters from 18 unforgettable stories, including the Lion King, The Incredibles, Finding Nemo, Toy Story, come to life with a stunning skating production filled with magic Disney moments and backed by classic Disney film music – a treat especially for your children.

And if you’re keen to go ice-skating yourself afterwards, do try one or more of the numerous ice-rinks around London.

Another great outing is definitely the New Year’s Day Parade. Spend the first day of the year watching over 10,000 performers assemble in the heart of the city for a colourful celebration.

London will be positively buzzing in January, once the holidays are over. Check out the London Boat Show at ExCeL running from 9th January 2015 to 18 January 2015, an action-packed day showcasing more than 500 exhibitors and best in watersports equipment and boating. It doesn’t matter if you are a seasoned boater or if you are a first-timer. There’s something here for everyone.

For those more culturally interested, visit the London Short Film Festival also running between the 9th and 18th January. Film fans will get to see some of the best cutting-edge UK independent filmmakers’ productions. Make sure to stay for a wide range of talks and discussion to learn more about the film industry and the making of movies. After a good entertainment and interesting learning, you can always grab dinner at the onsite family restaurant at the Palm Hotel, one of the luxurious yet affordable Best Western hotels in London.

Then, of course, there is the London Art Fair 2015, 21st to 25th January 2015, taking place at the Business Design Centre. Covering roughly the last hundred years of art-making, you will find everything from photography to sculpture, and from paintings to ceramics.

If you are a fan of Scottish poet and lyricist Robert Burns, you will want to celebrate his birthday on the 25th January and check out some of the fantastic events around Burns night in London.

Everyone staying in one of the hotels in North London towards the end of winter, will get to experience how truly multi-cultural this magnificent city is. The largest outside of Asia, London’s Chinese New Year 2015 culminates in a lively parade and a main stage at Trafalgar Square on the 22nd February. London’s Chinatown will be the place to be and from Palm Hotel, one of the most accessibly located Best Western hotels in London, you will have an easy walk to Golders Green tube station and only a 20-minute ride to Leicester Square.

Just before London welcomes spring, St Patrick’s Day is celebrated around 17th March. Enjoy the parade and the free festival at Trafalgar Square on the 15th March and be sure to have one or more traditional Irish drinks at one of the many pubs and bars around London. Don’t forget to wear something green or suffer the consequences.