Getting out and just walking around can be a great way to explore a new city – and whether you find yourself in an urban area or a beautiful residential neighbourhood, the experience will give you the chance to see something besides the normal tourist hotspots.
London is no exception to this rule, and several of the capital’s streets are famous. There’s Oxford Street if you want to go shopping; there’s Whitehall if you want to see the government buildings; and there’s Fleet Street, which was once the centre of British journalism. There are also plenty of pretty roads, which are perfect for a quiet stroll while giving you the chance to see some lovely architecture. Here are some of our favourites:
– This tree-lined avenue in West London is not only one of the prettiest streets in London. It’s also one of the most exclusive residential streets in the world. There are several impressive homes along this half-mile bit of road, including Kensington Palace, which is the official residence for several members of the royal family, including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. Other notable buildings include the homes of Roman Abramovich, Wang Jianlin and Jonathan Hunt, Leonard Blavatnik and Tamara Ecclestone. There are also several embassies and ambassadors’ homes. The street is less than a mile from the Park Grand London Kensington Hotel.
Lancaster Road – Sometimes referred to as Rainbow Row, this street in Notting Hill is full of brightly coloured homes in vibrant jewel tones and softer pastels. Even on a grey day, this lovely road is likely to put a smile on your face – and all the colours make the area perfect for anyone who loves taking photographs. It’s about two miles from the Park Grand London Kensington.
Neal’s Yard – If you love bright colours, then this small alley near Covent Garden is a must-see. It’s a very short street, named after 17th-century developer Thomas Neale. As well as the almost fluorescent colours on the building, the street is full of climbing plants, potted plants and trees. It’s home to a variety of health food cafes, too, so you can pick up a nutritious lunch while you’re looking around. It’s located about three miles from the Park Grand London Kensington Hotel.
Kynance Mews – If shimmering birch trees, potted plants, graceful archways, dangling wisteria and old brick walls sound like elements of a beautiful street, then this is the place for you. In fact, this might be the prettiest side streets in London, and it’s just off Cromwell Road, less than a mile from the Park Grand London Kensington.
St Luke’s Mews – It’s no coincidence that so many of London’s loveliest streets are called “mews”. It’s because the word “mews” means a row of houses that have been converted from stables or built to look like former stables. Appearance is usually carefully considered when a mews is created, and that’s certainly what has happened in St Luke’s Mews. This gorgeous street in Notting Hill features plenty of lush greenery and overgrown facades, and it was used as a filming location in Love Actually as the home of Kiera Knightly’s character. It’s about two miles from the Park Grand London Kensington.
Royal Crescent – Royal Crescents can be found in cities all over the UK, from Bath to Glasgow, and the one in London’s Holland Park area is a beautiful and symmetric terraced crescent in one of the capital’s most exclusive neighbourhoods. It’s about 1.5 miles from the Park Grand London Kensington Hotel.