Kensington Palace | Corus Hyde Park

Corus London Hyde Park is one of the best-located central London hotels for corporate and leisure travellers. Situated across from Hyde Park near Paddington Station, Lancaster Gate tube station,  Bayswater Station and shopping in Oxford Street, Bond Street and Knightsbridge. Our four-star hotel offers a relaxing, affordable gateway to the city. Additionally, there are several restaurants and pubs within a short walk of the hotel and most London attractions can be reached in minutes via public transportation.

The hotel concierge is available to recommend nearby attractions, restaurants and shopping destinations as well as assist with making your tour arrangements.

“Transport links are great here …There are buses that will take you all over the capital, and Paddington station roughly a 10 minute walk away. The hotel is directly opposite Hyde Park, and it was lovely to have breakfast in the small cafe overlooking  the  Italian Gardens”

“The location of the hotel is a major plus. Very close to Lancaster Gate tube station, opposite Hyde Park and close to Marble Arch and Oxford Street”

Hotels Near Buckingham Palace

VISIT THE BRITISH MONARCH’S HOME

Buckingham Palace has been the certified home of Britain’s monarchs since 1837. It also operates as the administrative head office. The Queen often hosts many receptions in the State Rooms, even as more than 50,000 people visit the palace each year for a wide variety of memorable events. Whether you want to experience a tour, a lunch or a garden party, Buckingham Palace offers fabulous opportunities to see royalty first-hand.

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Near Oxford Street | Corus Hyde Park

Oxford Street/Westfield

LONDON SHOPPING EXPERIENCE

Considered the centre of London’s shopping destinations, Oxford Street offers more than 300 stores and four underground stations. Not only is it the busiest London district for all things shopping, it’s also the largest across the globe. As the latest addition to London’s shopping extravaganza, Westfield has become the largest urban retail centre in Europe. With more than 275 stores and over two dozen eateries, this indoor mall has great items for every taste and style.

Hotels Near Speakers’ Corner

VISIT THIS FREE SPEECH CORNER

Since the mid 1800s, Speakers’ Corner has been the site for public speeches and debates within Hyde Park. Iconic figures such as Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin and George Orwell came to this famous area to exercise their right to free speech. Today, people still take advantage of this opportunity to express their views before interested crowds.

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London Eye | Corus Hyde Park

Fun things to do near hyde park

EXPLORE THE WILDLIFE AND HISTORY OF THE AREA

​As one of eight Royal Parks in London, Hyde Park attracts millions of tourists each year. To help you decide what to do near Hyde Park, we focus on landmarks, museums, and activities which are suitable for everyone. Due to Hyde Park’s location, there is an endless list of things to do near Hyde Park.

​The landmarks closest to Hyde Park are all focused on the heritage and history of the Monarchy with a statue of Prince Albert, the Marble Arch and Kensington Palace nearby. Within the Kensington Gardens, you can visit the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain, which is close to a children’s play area.

​Hyde Park is walking distance from the front entrance of our hotel, Corus Hyde Park Hotel. We welcome many guests each year who wish to visit Hyde Park and tick many of the things listed below off their to-do list. Our weekend bliss offer currently includes 15% off our best available rate when you book a two-night city break at our hotel.

The Prince Albert statue on the grounds of Kensington Gardens highlights Neo-Gothic style. Prince Albert is seated holding the catalogue of the Great Exhibition of 1851. The Great Exhibition of 1851 focused upon science and industry which Prince Albert orchestrated at 30 years of age. The exhibition became profitable, providing substantial funding for the complex of museums, institutes and concert halls in South Kensington.

The Marble Arch is the original gateway to Kensington Palace which later relocated to its current location. Today, only members of the Royal Family, the King’s Troop and Artillery horsemen are said to be permitted to pass under the Arch.

Most of the reviews of the Marble Arch comment on the intricate detail within the marble structure, including how it is an excellent spot to relax after shopping on Oxford Street.

​Kensington Palace became a Royal residence in the 17th century when King William III and Queen Mary II bought Nottingham House for £20,000. Immediately after purchasing the property, both the King and Queen began an expansion which added a three-storey Pavillion to each corner of the property which became Kensington Palace.

Today, Kensington Palace’s most notable residents are the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Will and Kate. Tourists can visit Queen Caroline’s cabinet of curiosities, Queen Mary’s state apartment and the Palace gardens. If you would like to have afternoon tea, the Pavilion overlooks the gardens creating an elegant setting where you can relax.

Hyde Park accommodates a lot of natural wildlife, including exotic animals such as Egyptian geese or black swans. Songbirds such as Robbins, Dunnocks and Tits are the most popular birds in the park which live among flora and fauna.

The Natural History Museum compliments all things-to-do lists because it accommodates every age group. Kids can get up close to dinosaurs that they’ve seen in Jurassic Park. Parents can learn about human evolution, Barbary Lion Skull and Charles Darwins Pigeons. The Barbary Lion Skull is unique because it is the oldest lion found in the UK.

​Take to the Serpentine Lake with your loved ones and row out onto the centre of the lake. During the summer, Hyde Park can have beautiful sunsets with the best views on the Serpentine Lake. It costs £12 per hour per adult to rent a boat.

The perimeter of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens is 4.5 miles or 7.2 kms. The boundary of both parks is mainly flat, offering a gentle jog around London’s favourite Royal Park.

  • The Serpentine Lakes for a sunset posts​
  • The Albert Memorial for the tourist shot
  • The Italian Gardens to add colour to your feed
  • The Churchill Arms for the traditional British pub

4-Star Hotel Near Royal Albert Hall

CULTURAL LANDMARK NEAR OUR CORUS HOTEL

Royal Albert Hall is just on the opposite side of Kensington Gardens, in total an 18 minute walk from our hotel near Royal Albert Hall. Previous guests have commented on how they feel ‘immediately relaxed’ once they enter our 200 year old Georgian mansion. While our Royal Albert Hall hotel maintains its Georgian theme throughout, we ensure you that our hotel rooms have a modern feel.

Before booking your stay, we advise our guests to review our hotel offers near Royal Albert Hall. Throughout the year, we will change our offers according to the seasons and special occasions.

A little about the Royal Albert Hall

  • Queen Victoria named the hall after her husband, Prince Albert as a commemoration.
  • The Foundation Stone was laid by Queen Victoria using a golden trowel on 20th May 1867 in front of 7,000 people.
  • Royal Albert Hall held many concerts during World War Two, including a thanks giving celebration on 23rd November 1944 saw Winston Churchill rally the audience.
  • Royal Albert Hall hosted the first Eurovision song contest which was broadcast in colour.
  • Regular events include BBC Proms, Cirque du Soleil, English National Ballet including live orchestra screenings of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Gladiator, JAWS and Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets.
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Near Paddington Station | Corus Hyde Park

Corus Hyde Park Hotel Near Paddington Station

7 MINUTE WALK FROM PADDINGTON STATION

Corus Hyde Park is near Paddington station and ideal hotel for a London visitor  flying into Heathrow. Paddington station is the central London Terminus of the Paddington Heathrow Express and Heathrow Connect train services. These trains are the most comfortable and quick transfers into London.

Paddington Station also provides the main train services from London to South Wales and South-west England to places like Cardiff, Bristol, Exeter, Plymouth and Swansea.

Click Here to view Paddington tickets and travel information.

If you fancy an english breakfast after your travels, our main restaurants, The Brasserie, serves a breakfast buffet until 10 AM Monday to Friday. On the weekends, we serve breakfast until 10:30 AM.

We feel our afternoon tea is the perfect way to recuperate after a day of exploring London or to host a business meeting. You can enjoy an assortment of sandwiches and tasty treats while sitting in the conservatory overlooking Hyde Park.

You could visit Hyde Park which is less than five minute walk from our hotel. While walking through the park, you could get some beautiful photos of the Serpentine Lake which divides Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. You can find many free guided tours of Hyde Park online.

Catch a show at the Royal Albert Hall. Royal Albert Hall was named by Queen Elizabeth in memory of her husband, Prince Albert. Throughout the year, the Royal Albert Hall will host over 350 shows which range from music, ballets, sports and community events.

If you fancy some retail therapy, you could go to Oxford Street which hosts the high end fashion labels we all cherish. After dropping off your bags and checking in, you could get the tube at Lancaster Gate to Oxford Circus underground.

Best Things to do in Kensington by
Corus Hyde Park

DON’T MISS ITS BEAUTIFUL GARDENS

Corus Hotel Hyde Park is 24 minutes’ walk from Kensington, home to some of London’s most popular free to visit museums. Guests in search of knowledge can learn the history of one of London’s wealthiest areas free of charge. During your travels through Kensington, you can also visit a vast array of high end shops, followed by a stroll through two royal parks before returning to Corus Hotel Hyde Park. After a day of excitement and exploration, return to your Hyde Park hotel room to freshen up for the evening.

Three things to do in Kensington

Begin your journey throughout Kensington with a stop to the Natural History Museum. Upon entering the door visitors will be in awe of Hope, a 25 metre long Blue Whale that hangs from the ceiling. The museum is also home to over 80 million specimens to see and learn about, including the world’s largest dinosaur exhibition. All this and more is open to the public from 10 AM to 17:50 PM (last entry 17:30 PM) daily free of charge. Click Here for more information.

Fun Fact About the Natural History Museum

The construction of the Natural History Museum was completed in 1881 and is a premiere example of Romanesque architecture. Hintze Hall (the main entrance) is adorned in 162 baroque ceiling tiles of plants. Also, three of the arches of Hintze Hall are decorated with 78 monkeys climbing to the top of the building.

Fans of the theatre can take in a show at the Royal Albert Hall, one of the greatest theatres in the world. Queen Victoria opened the Hall in 1871 which now hosts in excess of 360 events every year. Fans of musicals, comedians, plays, orchestras or musicians will enjoy an experience to remember during their trip. Learn what is on during your trip to Kensington by clicking here.

Fun Fact About the Royal Albert Hall

The Royal Albert Hall was initially going to be called the Hall of Arts and Science, planned as a single part of a South Kensington complex designed by Prince Albert. The remainder of the complexes included the Natural History Museum, the Royal College of Art and the V&A. The concert hall was renamed following the death of Prince Albert before its opening.

The Japan House spotlights up and coming & world renowned performers, craftsmen and other creatives from Japan, providing visitors with a deeper understanding and appreciation of Japanese culture. The Japan House hosts a revolving series of exhibition galleries, event spaces and library that change regularly in an attempt to provide an authentic experience of Japanese heritage. See what awaits you during your visit to the Japan House by clicking here.

Fun Fact About the Japan House London

The Japan House London was designed around the concept of the “void” or openness. Visitors to the house are asked to see such openness as a way to perceive the space between objects and how it facilitates the creation and growth of relationships that form in the void.

Kensington Palace | Corus Hyde Park
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Hotels Near Serpentine Galleries

CONTEMPORARY ART AT KENSINGTON PALACE

For pioneering ideas in contemporary art, look no further than the Serpentine Galleries. Since 1970, this beloved attraction has been offering innovative exhibits by artists of all types for the public to enjoy. Located in Kensington Palace, these groundbreaking shows can be seen for free throughout the year.

4-Star Hotel Near Natural History Museum

VISIT ITS FANTASTIC COLLECTION

Stay at our hotel near the Natural History Museum in London, where we provide affordable luxury in the centre of London. Corus Hotel Hyde Park is just 23 minutes from the Natural History Museum once you cross through Kensington Gardens.

Within our two-hundred-year-old Georgian building, we host over 380 hotel rooms and suites. To get the best price, book in advance to get 10% off your stay at Corus Hotel Hyde Park.

Widely viewed as a top attraction, the Natural History Museum has fantastic collections of more than 80 million specimens across millions of years that both educate and inform. Through imaginative exhibits and events, be prepared to discover how the natural world has evolved and continues to present new global challenges.

The museum features specimens collected by Charles Darwin.
The origin collection was bought from doctor Sir Charles Sloane funded through the lottery.

“Dippy”, a replica of an original Blue Whale skeleton which hangs from the ceiling, cost £2,000 and was paid for by Andrew Carnegie. In 2017, the replica was replaced with the original skeleton.

The home of the Natural History Museum was completed in 1881 after a seven-year project.

The Giant Sequoia has been on display for over a century and took 12 weeks to conserve. It was 1,300 years old when it was felled in California in 1891.

After spending the day embracing our history, you may feel like doing a tour of the Royal Albert Hall. The Royal Albert Hall organises four tours which provide different levels of access within the building.

However, if you prefer something outdoors you could get your picture taken alongside the Prince Albert memorial or outside Kensington Palace

Natural History Museum | Corus Hyde Park
London Eye | Corus Hyde Park

Hotels Near London Eye

ENJOY THE SPECTACULAR LONDON VIEW

Celebrated as the world’s biggest cantilevered observation wheel, the Coca Cola London Eye has been a popular attraction since its launch in 2000. You can enjoy a spectacular view of the city from this architectural and engineering wonder. With its countless awards, this design achievement is a permanent part of the London skyline and will give you a wonderful perspective of London from above.

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