Hogarth Road is without a doubt one of London’s finest roads. Not only does it have the well-connected Earl’s Court Underground station at one end, but it is also very close to a number of the city’s most incredible attractions and landmarks.
If you are lucky enough to be staying on this fantastic stretch of street during your next trip in London, you will not be more than a stone’s throw away from incredible shopping, lush parks and interesting museums.
Read on to find out about the many attractions that surround Hogarth Road.
The Natural History Museum
Loved by adults and children alike, this museum is home to an enormous range of natural specimens dating as far back as when dinosaurs roamed the earth.
Getting there: simply take either of the Piccadilly or the District line straight to South Kensington Underground station. Walk directly up Cromwell Place until you see the museum.
The Science Museum
Curious about the world of science? This awe-inspiring place might be just up your street. Known for its inspirational, interactive exhibitions, the museum shows you how the world ticks over and science’s role within it. It’s one of London’s biggest attractions, with over three million people visiting every year.
Getting there: Follow the above steps until you reach the Natural History Museum. Facing the museum, turn right along Cromwell Road until you see Exhibition Road on your left. Turn here and follow this street until you see the museum.
The V&A Museum
The world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design is home to an incredible 4.5 million objects and has stood open since 1852. Its collection stretches back in time over 5,000 years and covers art from almost every continent.
Its huge collection of post-classical sculpture – the largest in the world – is probably the feature that draws most people to the museum, but there’s also prints, furniture, jewellery, ceramics, glassware, photos and many other things to marvel at. The Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty exhibition is currently earning rave reviews and is set to run until 2nd August 2015.
Getting there: Same steps as the Natural History Museum, but the V&A Museum is next door on the right.
From humble beginnings as a haberdashery in 1824, this opulent department store has become the place to splash the cash in London. Known for its ridiculously expensive gifts and wares, Harrods sells everything from branded tea bags to high-end fashion items. It’s the ideal place to spend a few hours browsing and gawking at the expensive items on sale.
It’s also well known for its incredible food halls, so it’s the ideal place to stop off for a spot of lunch between seeing the sights in Kensington.
Getting there: Take the Tube from Earl’s Court to Knightsbridge (Piccadilly line only). Turn left and walk down Brompton Road. Keep going until you see the splendour of Harrods on your left.
London’s finest open space, Hyde Park is a tremendous place to spend the afternoon, be it for a quick stroll or a few hours lounging in the sunshine. Within the grounds of this mighty park you will find some of the greatest monuments and memorials the city has to offer. Look out for Achilles, Speakers’ Corner, the Princess Diana Fountain, the tribute to the London Bombings and many more. In the middle of the park, you’ll find the Serpentine Lake, which is ideal for boating or swimming on warm days. Hyde Park is a cheap way to spend a few hours in the English capital.
Getting there: Follow the same steps as for Harrods but at Knightsbridge walk directly north to the park (straight up).
One of the finest royal residences to stand in the capital, Kensington Palace is the ideal place to see how the other half live. See the wonderfully splendid King’s State Apartments, learn the secrets of Queen Victoria and take a stroll around its beautiful gardens – there’s plenty to keep you busy here.
Part gallery, part actual residence, the palace is still home to Duchess and Duke of Cambridge, when they are in the city. If you’re feeling a little peckish, why not stop off for lunch at the Orangery – you’ve never had afternoon tea until you’ve had it in a palace, after all.
Getting there: Take the District line up to Notting Hill Gate from Earl’s Court station. Turn right out of the station and walk along Notting Hill Gate until you reach the north-west corner of Kensington Gardens/Hyde Park. Follow the signs for the palace.