London’s expansive wealth of culture draws in hundreds of millions of tourists every year. From the theatrical history to the famous musicians who made their name in the city, London’s roots are firmly set in a bed of arts and culture. Just a stone’s throw from hotels in Hyde Park, tourists can enjoy some of the best events, museums, galleries and venues the city has to offer.
If you’ve booked a room at the Park Avenue J Hotel London, you’ve probably made an itinerary for what to see and do during your trip. The overwhelming size of London and its many distinct districts means that you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to tapping into the city’s character and culture. This blog will explore some of the best hubs for the arts and entertainment close to home, giving West London visitors a chance to dig a little deeper into what the city has to offer.
Located in the heart of West London’s Kensington district, Exhibition Row – or Albertopolis – is the name given to an area of London that was developed by Queen Victoria’s late husband. This popular area of London is located just a stone’s throw from Park Avenue Hyde Park and is home to a trio of free to visit and architecturally marvellous museums. There is the Natural History Museum, the Victoria & Albert Museum of design and the Science Museum, each of which offers deep insight into their specific subjects and include between them, hundreds of millions of historic objects and artefacts from all across the world. Exhibition Row is also home to the Royal Albert Hall, one of the most famous music venues in London.
Shepherd’s Bush is a West London district that is probably most visited for its BBC studios and expansive Westfields shopping centre but beyond the commuters and shoppers, there is a dearth of cultural attractions. Bush Hall and the O2-run Shepherd’s Bush Empire programme some of the most popular musicians, comedians and shows in the world, whilst the Bush Theatre is a pioneer of new writing hits. You can reach Shepherd’s Bush and its thriving, multicultural high street via the Central and westbound Overground Lines.
Whilst many may know the area from the hit reality TV show Made In Chelsea, there’s a lot more to Chelsea than just rich kids flirting. Sloane Square is home to the Royal Court Theatre, another bastion of British drama, whilst just down the road is the ever-popular Saatchi Gallery, a contemporary art museum that is completely free to visit!
Easy to reach from the Park Avenue J Hotel London Hyde Park, Notting Hill is the summertime home of one of London’s most famous parades – Notting Hill Carnival. This incredible event takes place on the last weekend of August every year and celebrates the Afro Caribbean influence on London. Moreover, Notting Hill is home to the famous comedy club the Canal Cafe as well as the diversity-focused Gate Theatre.
The West End
The West End is an area of London well known for its theatre scene. With many plays, musicals and comedy show to enjoy across London, there’s a show for everyone. From family favourites to star-studded and hard-hitting drama, there’s a show for every taste.