Things to Do

Make the most of our central location!

Situated in the heart of London, the Mayflower Hotel provides the ideal location from which to enjoy the vast array of historic and cultural sights on offer.

Many of London’s most famous attractions are within walking distance; notably Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace, Harrods, The Natural History and Science Museums, The Royal Albert Hall, and more.

Earl’s Court Underground Station is just a 2 minute walk from the hotel and is very well connected, whether heading into London or further away. Just a few stops on the Underground will bring you to the West End, the lively streets of Soho and Covent Garden with their restaurants, bars, and theatres, and the world famous shopping areas of Oxford and Regent Streets.

In fact our convenient, central location means that most sites in London are easily reached.

London’s Main Tourist Attractions:

Buckingham Palace
Besides being the official London residence of The Queen, Buckingham Palace is also the busy administrative headquarters of the monarchy and has probably the most famous and easily recognisable façade of any building in the world. Visitors are allowed access by an organised tour to some areas of the Palace.
The famous Changing of the Guard ceremony takes place in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace at 11.30 every day in summer, every other day in winter, and lasts about 45 minutes.

Harrods
Much more than just a shop, Harrods is one of the most famous stores in the world, although it may also be the most expensive! The interior décor is stunning, particularly the famous Egyptian escalator. The food halls are magnificent. Please note that backpacks are not allowed in the store. (Knightsbridge Tube).

Kensington Palace & Gardens
The Palace is the birthplace of Queen Victoria, the London home of Princess Margaret and the last residence of Princess Diana. Tours are available through some of the rooms and tea and treats can be purchased in the Orangery. The palace is attached to the beautiful Kensington Gardens which join Hyde Park. (Queensway or High Street Kensington Tube)

Oxford Street
This is the famous shopping street with big name stores and department stores including Selfridges and the flagship store for Marks & Spencer (Oxford Circus Tube, also Tottenham Court Road and Marble Arch)

 

Tower of London
Originally built by William the Conqueror this ancient fortress has stood guard over London for more than 900 years. Its many famous prisoners have included Mary Queen of Scots, Elizabeth I, Sir Walter Raleigh, Anne Boleyn and Rudolph Hoess, many of whom ended their stay there by being beheaded. It is the Crown Jewels’ and the famous ravens’ home. (Tower Hill Tube)

Tower Bridge
Just a little over 100 years old and one of London’s most famous landmarks the bridge crosses the Thames next to the Tower of London. The bridge can be raised for the passage of river traffic. The tower Bridge Experience takes you inside the bridge to see the engine room and up onto the walkways for a fabulous view over London. (Tower Hill Tube)

Hyde Park

The Mayflower Hotel is a perfect option for a hotel near Hyde Park as it is located just 1 Mile from the famous and historic Hyde Park. Hyde Park is one of the largest parks in Central London and includes Speakers Corner, The Serpentine Lake, Kensington Palace and Kensington Gardens.

Hyde Park is a popular location for walking, cycling or just relaxing. It is also a popular location for Concerts and Events in London. There is always something to do at Hyde Park such as tennis, boating, water sports, take in the wild life and nature, go for lunch or for coffee or even have a picnic.

Hyde Park is a 20 minutes walk from the Mayflower Hotel or a 10 minute Cab Journey.

Hammersmith

Hammersmith is a district of West London and is known as one of the 35 major centres in Greater London. Hammersmith is bordered by Shepherd’s Bush to the north, Kensington to the east, Chiswick to the west and Fulham to the south. It is linked by Hammersmith Bridge to Barnes in the southwest. The area of Hammersmith is one of West London’s key commercial and employment centres and it is a major transport hub for west London with two London Underground stations and a bus station at Hammersmith Broadway.

The famous venue Hammersmith Apollo is located in this area and so are other notable attractions such as Riverside Studios, Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, The Dove Bar (smallest bar room in the area) as well as many restaurants, bars and rowing clubs as well as other activities that take place along the riverside.

To get from Mayflower Hotel to Hammersmith, head southwest on Trebovir Road towards Nevern Square. You then need to turn right onto Warwick Road before turning left on to W Cromwell Road and then continue on to Talgarth Road.

Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum is one of the three major museums on Exhibition Road in South Kensington along with the Science Museum and the Victoria & Albert Museum. London’s Natural History Museum has over 80 million items on show which are divided into 5 main collections – Botany, Entomology, Mineralogy, Paleontology and Zoology. The Natural History Museum in London also has plenty of items with historical significance such as specimens collected by Charles Darwin. The museum is also famous for having dinosaur skeletons.

The Natural History Museum in London is publicly funded so there is no admission fee for visitors making it one of the top attractions in the city of London. The museum is also proud to have Princess Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (Kate Middleton) as a patron.

The Mayflower Hotel is a 8 minute drive or a 20 minute walk from the Natural History Museum while you can also reach the museum via the tube in less than 15 minutes.

Science Museum

The Science Museum in London is one of the three major museums on Exhibition Road in South Kensington along with the Natural History Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. The science museum was found in 1857 and is still today one of London’s most popular attractions as it attracts over 3.3 million visitors annually. Like other publicly funded museums in London, the Science Museum does not charge admission although temporary visiting exhibitions may charge a small fee.

The Science Museum currently holds over 300,000 items including the first jet engine, Stephenson’s rocket, the Puffing Billy steam locomotive, a reconstruction of an iconic DNA model, documentation of the first typewriter and many more interesting items. The museum also includes many interactive exhibitions while they recently an IMAX 3D Cinema to show science and nature activities.

The Science Musuem is next door to the Natural History Museum, making for a fantastic day out.

Victoria & Albert museum

The Victoria & Albert Museum is the one of the major three museums on Exhibition Road in South Kensington, London along with the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum. The Victoria & Albert Museum is the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design as the museum has over 2.3 million pieces. The museum is publicly funded so there is no admission fee for visitors which makes it one of the top attractions in London.

The Victoria & Albert museum is massive as it covers 12.5 acres and includes 145 galleries inside. Its collection spans 5,000 years of art, from ancient times to the present day while the museum’s pieces come from cultures in Europe, North America, Asia and North Africa. Visitors can browse through ceramics, glass, textiles, costumes, silver, ironwork, jewellery, furniture, medieval objects, sculpture, prints and printmaking, drawings and photographs.

The Victoria & Albert Museum in South Kensington is a quick 7 minute drive or 25 minute walk from the Mayflower Hotel in Earl’s Court.

Chelsea

Chelsea is a booming area in South West London, bounded to the south by the River Thames. Situated entirely within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Chelsea is home to some of London’s best restaurant such as Gordon Ramsay’s three-Michelin star restaurant as well as home of Chelsea FC Marco Grill at Stamford Bridge. Our hotel is also near Stamford Bridge. World-famous Chelsea FC play their home games at Stamford Bridge (5 minute drive or 25 minute walk from the Mayflower Hotel) meaning you’ll see the club’s colours and crest waving in the wind throughout the area. Chelsea is one of London’s most fashionable neighbourhoods and boutiques along the King’s Road , with shops such as Tiffany & Co, Prada, Hermes and many more to be found here.

To get to Chelsea from our hotel, walk four minutes to the Earls Court Station (Stop A). Stay on the tube for nine stops bringing you to Limerston Street (Stop QX). From here just walk four minutes and you will arrived in the Centre of Chelsea.

To take a break from shopping and relaxing at The Mayflower Hotel, Chelsea also has beautiful walks up for offer with one of London’s nicest green spaces, Battersea Park, and Chelsea Physic Garden being some of the top locations to catch a breath of fresh air and discover rare plants in the rock gardens.

Kensington Olympia

Kensington Olympia is an exhibition centre of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship, forging the way as a leading centre for events and conferences in the West Kensington. The venue is home to a range of international trade and consumer exhibits, where culture and heritage come together inspiring everyone who walks through the doors.

To get to Kensington Olympia from our hotel, just walk two minutes to the Earls Court Tube Station (Stop C). Stay on a tube for a few minutes and hop off when you reach Holland Road Kensington Olympia Station (Stop M). The Olympia is just a four minute walk from there then.

Since opening in 1886, the Olympia’s stunning architecture and radiating ambience has drawn millions of visitors from around the world, creating unforgettable settings for events, exhibitions as well as memories.

Kensington High Street

Kensington High Street is one of the most popular shopping streets in Western London, meaning you’re never far from what you need or what you want when you stay at Mayflower Hotel. With upmarket shops serving a wealthy area with departments stores such as Barkers of Kensington, Ponting and Derry & Toms which holds Europe’s largest roof garden area consisting of three different gardens with plants, fountains, streams, ducks, flamingos and a restaurant to serve the best high tea in Kensington.

To get to High Street Kensington from our hotel, walk four minutes to the Earls Court Station (Stop C). Stay on a tube for a five stops bringing you to Phillimore Gardens (Stop U). On departure from the station you are a minutes walk from High Street. Aside from ample amounts of bus routes, Greenline Routes and Underground routes readily available, people can alternatively walk for just under 15 minutes to make their way to High Street Kensington.

Kensington High Street is also home to a large portion of the British Music Industry, with Universal Music Group, Sony Music, Warner Music Group and EMI all having offices situated in the area. As well as this, the only Bristol Cars dealership in all of the United Kingdom is on High Street also.

Spend your day shopping on Kensington High Street and then return to the Mayflower Hotel where you will be able to unwind and rest in one of our comfortable rooms or suites.