Tag Archives: hotels in north london

Discover Soho

soho-and-chinatown-london-area-map

Fun loving and incredibly diverse, Soho is a fascinating place to explore. Although well known for its risqué clubs and sex shops; it is much more than this.  There are 4 star hotels near Wembley Stadium to choose from, which offers a luxury base to your trip.

Even its name is unusual. Many people believe that it originates from a former hunting cry, but no one can be certain.  It has always had a Bohemian reputation, attracting musicians, writers, actors and the film industry.  This is where the Rolling Stones played their first ever concert, and it was also home to the Sex Pistols, Marx and Mozart!

Soho is in the heart of London’s bustling, busy West End.  Bordered by Oxford Street, Leicester Square, Regent Street and Charing Cross Road, it is a lively area which can easily be explored on foot.  Stroll through the streets and enjoy the architecture, the pretty buildings and the sights and sounds of a fascinating area. Whatever time of day or night, Soho is always busy with people passing through, working or going out for the evening.

Soho is very much an area where entertainment thrives. This is the home of the Queen’s Theatre where Les Miserables  is currently showing, as well as Stomp at the Ambassador theatre.  Fancy some jazz – then visit the renowned Ronnie Scott’s club where jazz music first appeared in the UK. Over the years almost all leading jazz musicians have appeared here to delight audiences time and time again.

Then there are the countless restaurants to found everywhere in Soho and only a short stroll from Hotels in north London.  Whatever your taste, this is certainly where suitable food can be found.  Snap up inexpensive snacks at Yalla Yalla, or try Indian food at Masala Zone and Cinnamon Soho.  For something more indulgent, there are Michelin starred restaurants like the Social Eating House and Arbutus.  Increasing numbers of diners to London restaurants are asking for small sharing portions and this is possible in many Soho restaurants like Blanchette, Barrafino and Polpo. You can find anything here – from Italian delicacies to New York cocktail bars, Japanese sushi, Thai curries and much more.

If you want to shop in boutiques or independent stores, Soho has lots to offer. Carnaby Street has many wonderful fashion stores, while Berwick Street is well known for its music stores.  Don’t miss Berwick Street market as this is still home to many colourful characters.  It is a great place to buy fresh fruit and vegetables.  While if you want books, then a visit to the extremely idiosyncratic Foyles will be very memorable.  This is a store which is guaranteed to get you lost among the books, with its maze like warren of tiny rooms.

If you pick a well located hotel, like Best Western Palm Hotel London, you can position yourself in easy walking distance of everywhere you need to go.

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

If it’s summer time in London, one event always stands out – the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition.  This is one of the highlights of the London summer season – and has been for 248 years!

This is the largest show of its kind in the world and involves both amateur and professional artists. It is also the world oldest open-submission exhibition. Constable, Reynolds and Turner were among the first artists to take part while more recent participants have included Sarah Lucas and Damien Hirst.

Nothing has ever stopped it being held – including war time.  Any artist can apply to take part, submitting up to two pictures for consideration and paying the appropriate fee. For several weeks prior to the exhibition, the committee survey every painting or artwork that has been submitted before deciding which ones to accept.  Paintings, drawings, prints, photography, film, and sculpture are among the many types of media put forward for consideration.

This is what makes the Royal Academy of Arts show so special.  It is completely comprehensive – no matter what your taste in art, you can find something that will appeal. Strolling through the galleries you can find portraits, landscapes, abstracts, flowers and much more.

It is incredibly popular.  Over 12,000 works of art are put forward for inclusion in this Summer Exhibition. The Selection and Hanging Committee carefully considers every single entry.  Just 1,000 works of art are chosen for display in the exhibition.  In addition to those chosen works, every member of the Royal Academy can display six of their own art works, making this a massive exhibition. Traditionally, many of the participating artists walk in procession from Burlington House to St James Church, Piccadilly for a special church service.

Throughout the summer, thousands of travelers staying in some of the finest hotels in north London, pour into the Royal Academy to see this array of art works.  Most also come to buy since every artwork is available for sale.  Over 5,000 works have been sold as a result of their inclusion in the exhibition. It is regarded as a great way to discover new artists and buy works by well known names.

This year, the exhibition spills out into the courtyard. A towering formation of steel ‘clouds’ has to be passed by all the visitors before they climb a series of kaleidoscopic stairs into the Main Galleries where room after room is an explosion of colour, style and vision. Also, there are many tube stations near to the exhibition, meaning the Tube is a viable option if you’re staying at Best western palm hotel and using public transport.

For anyone who likes art – this is undoubtedly one of the most important exhibitions to see in London this summer. So, if you are coming to London for the Art Exhibition, why not extend your stay to a few days or a week? There are Hotels near Wembley Stadium to choose from, which offer a luxury base for your trip.

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.

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.

Enjoy London’s West End when staying at hotels in North London

London Theatre

One of the best hotels in North London, the newly crowned 4-star BEST WESTERN Palm Hotel near Wembley will gladly be your host during your stay in one of the greatest cities in the world. Enjoy comfortable and spacious rooms equipped with wall-mounted LCD TVs and bathrooms with walk-in showers in your temporary London home.

After a long day of sight-seeing, you can relax your weary feet in the guest lounge at the 24/7 bar and catch your breath before heading out to catch that show or play that you finally bought tickets for. If you don’t have tickets yet or don’t know which show to see, go online with the hotel’s free WiFi and find the right one for you.

Take a tube ride of less than twenty minutes from our hotel in north London to West End theatreland to experience some of the best display of talents in theatre arts.

theater-shows-hotels-near-wembley-

Let us give you an overview of what is currently on:

Fun for the whole family will be had with Matilda – The Musical at Cambridge Theatre. Roald Dahl’s charming tale of a neglected girl discovering her special powers will delight you and your children without fail. There’s wonder to be found in the West End, so be sure to bring your imagination.

Puppets are not just for children. During your stay at the Palm Hotel, one of few great hotels near Wembley in North London, you will be able to discover just that when you book yourself tickets to War Horse at the New London Theatre. Be gripped by the award-winning story of Albert and his horse Joey, sold into the cavalry and shipped to France at the outbreak of World War I. The Handspring Puppet Company and their magnificent life-sized puppets will mesmerize you.

More historical drama can be added with a viewing of Les Miserables in its latest incarnation playing at the Queen’s Theatre. Let yourself be taken on a whirlwind show with a new and richer sound and a compelling new cast to rediscover Victor Hugo’s classic in musical form.

If you prefer it lighter, why not check out Mamma Mia!, the Abba musical at the Novello Theatre. There’s nothing nostalgic about this reinvention of your favourite Abba songs, instead much fun is to be had with this story of a girl about to marry trying to find out who her father is.

For everyone who prefers the South Park kind of humour, The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre is for you. You will find a singing, dancing and hilarious representation of the ludicrousness of Mormon dogma on stage in one musical that does not leave a single eye dry. Never actually being mean, it’s the mildest creation by Trey Parker and Matt Stone that will want you to come back for a few more laughs.

A classic is brought back to the stage with Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, the most anticipated new musical of 2014. Playing at the Savoy Theatre with an award winning cast and a live grand orchestra, prepare yourself for an extraordinary show.

The Woman in Black at the Fortune Theatre is for fans of spooky entertainment. This gripping theatre event has entertained over 7 million people since 1989. Why not join them?

If it needn’t be a musical when you find yourself staying in one of the hotels near Wembley in North London, perhaps even the BEST WESTERN Palm Hotel, then the revamped Stomp at the Ambassador’s Theatre might be a good alternative for you with its fast-paced combination of percussion, music and tap-dance.

Or find out what’s in the cards when Charles finally becomes king in King Charles III at the Almeida Theatre. It’s the first major play in blank verse in the West End in a very long time and it’s hugely enjoyable.