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.
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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.
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)
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)
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)
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.
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.
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.