There is no shortage of attractions in North West London and they are all within easy reach when you stay at BEST WESTERN Palm Hotel, one of the finest hotels in North London. Both Baker Street and nearby Regent’s Park are only a short 20 minutes journey from the hotel, either by local bus or the London Underground (on northern line from Golders Green), allowing you quick and easy access to numerous indoor and outdoor activities and events.
Made famous in his novels by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as the home of Sherlock Holmes and then, later, highlighted in the Gerry Rafferty song by the same name, Baker Street is now a favourite destination among visitors. During your stay at the BEST WESTERN Palm Hotel, you are sure to want to visit some of these!
Sherlock Holmes Museum
The Sherlock Holmes Museum, located at 221b Baker Street (the home of Holmes and Dr. Watson in the stories), opened in 1990 and is designed to replicate the Victorian décor, as it is featured in literature. Rooms include Holmes’ study and laboratory, plus his sitting room, bedroom and Dr. Watson’s room.
Madame Tussauds is probably one of the most famous modern tourist attractions in north London, situated on Marylebone Road, directly between Baker Street and Regent’s Park underground stations – is easily accessible from the BEST WESTERN Palm Hotel. Founded by Marie Tussaud, a highly recognized wax sculptor in the eighteenth century, the museum itself first opened to the public in 1835. It now hosts the largest waxwork collection in the UK, including music and movie celebrities, sports stars, members of the Royal Family, politicians and many other notable people from around the world. Be ready to scream when you enter the ‘Chamber of Horrors’ and be thrilled when your favourite superheroes are brought to life in 360 degrees animated 4D cinema. Don’t forget to board a mini black cab and see the wax figures in action while you take a journey back in time through London’s history and culture.
Designed by John Nash and covering 395 acres, Regent’s Park is the largest open grass area for sporting activities in London – just a quick tube hop from the hotels in North London such as BEST WESTERN Palm Hotel. The sports facilities alone cover over 100 acres of the park and include its open air theatre, the glorious Queen Mary’s Gardens, London Zoo, Wildlife Garden, boating lakes, and the canal.
Open Air Theatre
The Regent’s Park open air theatre is the only professional one of its kind in the country and hosts a variety of events throughout the summer months, including performances of Shakespeare, plus other American and British classics. The theatre is just a 10 minute walk from Baker Street underground station, making it perfect for a visit from the BEST WESTERN Palm Hotel, and also includes a bar, café and other eateries.
Part of the Zoological Society of London, the zoo hosts an extremely diverse selection of animals, birds and insects, including numerous exotic and rare breeds. Areas of the zoo include the Tiger Territory, Gorilla Kingdom, Reptile House, Penguin Beach, Aquarium and Butterfly Paradise and Rainforest, plus many more. In addition to the full range of exhibits, there are specialised experiences, where visitors can interact with the animals, become a zookeeper for the day or participate in wildlife photography workshops.
Grant Museum of Zoology
Only 10 minutes walk from Regent’s Park Underground Station stands the Grant Museum of Zoology. Founded in 1828, it is the only museum of its kind still in existence in the capital, with over 67,000 species of animal in its exhibition. Many of the skeletons and mounted animals on display are now either endangered or already extinct, but their history provides tourists with an education insight into the Animal Kingdom as it has evolved over the centuries. In addition to the exhibits themselves, there is also a lecture theatre, offering regular talks and discussions on the Natural World, plus drawing workshops and children’s zoology classes.
You don’t have to travel far from hotels in North London to find magnificent open green spaces. Hampstead Heath (less than 10 minutes bus ride from the hotel) and Regent’s Park are two very different yet wonderful remnants of countryside in the centre of London. Located at the northern side of Regent’s Park is Primrose Hill. It stands at 256 feet, providing beautiful scenic views – across the city to the south and up as far as Hampstead to the north. There is a whole variety of activities in the area, from pilates and yoga classes to specialist events, such the File Gumbo – a Cajun influenced event of music, dance and traditional spicy Cajun food.
Queen Mary’s Gardens
Named after the wife of King George V, the Queen Mary’s Gardens originally opened in 1932 and now hosts the largest collection of roses in the UK, currently estimated at 12,000 in total and including 85 different varieties. There is also the Begonia Garden, with 9,000 begonias, plus the Mediterranean Border and the Delphinium border, which has full National Collection status.
Wildlife Garden and Boating Lake
The Wildlife Garden was built and is maintained by local schools, community groups and volunteers. Its aim is to demonstrate how and to educate, encourage, and inspire people to care for local wildlife in urban areas.
Regent’s Park has a beautiful and large boating lake with rowing and pedal boats to hire. There is also a smaller lake with special boats for children, which opens at weekends and during school holidays. You can enjoy the wildlife including numerous species of water birds, such as herons and swans, from close-up, while rowing or paddling around the lake. There is also a route, perfect for a walk or a cycle by the water too.
Regent’s Park Allotment Garden
Likewise, the Allotment Garden is designed to help to inform people how to grow and cultivate their own fruit and vegetables. It is open to the public on weekdays and offers various open days and activities, including urban food growing techniques and cob oven building workshops.
The BEST WESTERN Palm Hotel, one of the finest BEST WESTERN hotels in London, now boasts its own brand new gym, but if you feel like a little outside exercise, then The Hub is for you. It is Regent’s Park’s main sporting area, combining spectacular views across the park with an array of outdoor facilities, allowing locals and visitors to partake in sports such as cricket, football, rugby, running and softball. There are also organised exercise classes and a range of activities dedicated to children.
Regent’s Park Canal Cruise
The London Waterbus Company offer relaxing cruises along Regent’s Canal, and passing by the Park. Travel on traditional canal narrow boats and experience some of the quieter delights of the Canal, including Browning’s Pool at Little Venice (where you can stop for a picnic) and the Maida Vale tunnel, before arriving at the more lively area of Camden, with its market and food trucks.
Founded in 1932, the Jewish Museum exhibits and celebrates the history of Jewish life in the UK. Its displays and events cover all aspects of Jewish culture, from religion and notable historical times, to studies of Jewish musicians, artists and other reputable figures. There is a continual schedule of new events, plus resident exhibitions, all of which offer a detailed insight into the Jewish culture.
Lord’s Cricket Ground
Sports fans are sure to be entertained when checking into BEST WESTERN Palm Hotel, the finest of the hotels in north London, owing to its location close to number of sporting venues, including Wembley Stadium
The Lord’s Cricket Ground and Marylebone Cricket Club are situated adjacent to the west side of Regent’s Park. In addition to watching the cricket, there is a wide range of activities and facilities at the Ground to enjoy on your visit. Take the Lord’s tour to learn more about its history and stop at Lords Tavern to enjoy seasonal beers and locally-sourced pub lunches.
The Marylebone Cricket Club museum opened in 1953 and its collection of cricket memorabilia spans the sports full history in this country and includes memorabilia and information on all of top players and events throughout the centuries.
These are some of the most famous and highlighted venues and outdoor attractions, all of which are located close to both Baker Street and Regents Park underground stations. During your stay at BEST WESTERN Palm Hotel, considered among the top hotels in north London, you will discover that there is something for everyone in the local area, whether you are a sports fan, theatre lover, science enthusiast, historian or you just love the open air!