Local Attractions

attractionsLondon   has many tourist attractions. These along with the city’s majestic skyline, its historical and architectural wonders can all be easily visited from The Airways Hotel, a cheap hotel in central London. The accommodation is approximately 7-10 minutes walk from Victoria Underground and Rail Stations and five minutes walk from Victoria Coach station.  Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and the River Thames are also within walking distance.  Bed and Breakfast Hotel- Airways

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Here is a list of the most popular attractions within walking distance of the Airways Hotel Victoria:

  • Buckingham Palace 

What? The icon of the British Monarchy and is recognised by all as the official Some parts of Buckingham Palace are opened to visitors on a regular basis.  The State Rooms for example, are open to visitors during August and September, and are lavishly furnished with some of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection including paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens, Vermeer, Poussin, Canaletto and Claude; sculptures by Canova and Chantrey; exquisite examples of Sèvres porcelain and the finest of English and French furniture.

Where? Buckingham Palace

How do I get there from the Airways Hotel London?  By walk, approximately 15 minutes

When?  30th June-8th July and 31st July – 7th October 2012.  9.45am-6.30pm

  • Changing the Guard 

What?  Changing the Guard or Guard Mounting is the process of a new guard exchanging duty with the old guard.  A band that plays music ranging from traditional military marches to songs from films and musicals and even familiar pop songs accompanies the handover.  The ceremony lasts 45 minutes and is free to watch.

Where? At the Forecourt of Buckingham Palace

How do I get there from the Airways Hotel Victoria?  By walk, approximately 15 minutes

When?  Guard Mounting takes place at 11.30 am however reach there at 11am to be guaranteed a good view.  It is held daily from May to July, and on alternate dates throughout the rest of the year.  The ceremony does not take place on very wet days.

  • Houses of Parliament and Big Ben

What?   Big Ben is the nickname for the bell of the clock tower adjoining the Houses of Parliament.  Completed in 1858 the tower it is the third tallest clock tower in the World, standing at 97m tall. The Houses of Parliament, comprised of the House of Lords and Houses of Commons, are the centre of British politics and where all British laws are passed.

 

Where? Parliament Square, SW1 

How do I get there from the Airways Hotel London? Approximately 30 minutes by walk or approximately 15 minutes by Bus from Victoria Bus station, take Bus number 11 or 24 to Westminster 

When? On most Saturdays throughout the year and six days a week during the Summer Opening period.  Tours are available on Saturdays from 9.15am – 4.30pm (except 17th March 2012 and during the Christmas recess).  Tours are available this summer from 27th July to 1st September (Monday to Saturday 9.15am – 4.30pm).

  • Westminster Abbey

What? Over 3000 people, including kings, queens, soldiers and poets, are buried here.  Westminster Abbey is a working church, which attracts over one million worshippers and visitors a year.

Where? Dean’s Yard, SW1P 3PA

How do I get there from the Airways Hotel Victoria? Approximately 30 minutes by walk or approximately 15 minutes by Bus from Victoria Bus station take Bus number 11 or 24 to Westminster

When? Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9.30am – 4.30pm (last admission 3.30pm), Wednesday 9.30am – 7.00pm (last admission 6.00pm), Saturday 9.30am – 2.30pm (last admission 1.30pm), Sunday No tourist visiting: Worship only

  • Tate Britain

What? The largest collection of British art in the world, with paintings dating from 1500 to present day by artists including Gainsborough and JMW Turner.

Where? Millbank, SW1P 4RG.  The nearest underground station is Pimlico

How do I get there from the Airways Hotel London? Approximately 15 minutes by walk 

When? Open from 10am to 6pm (until 10pm on the first Friday of each month)

  • River Thames

What?  A part of this 215 mile long river flows through central London. It is a historical river with palaces, churches, cathedrals dotted all along. There are superb sight-seeing cruises to be enjoyed on the Thames as well as boating and canoeing experiences. There are also a lot of restaurants and pubs along the River. 

How do I get there from the Airways Hotel London?  By walk, approximately 20 minutes

When?  24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year

  • London Eye

What? The London Eye is 135m high and carries 3.5million people every year making it one of London’s most popular attractions. Each ‘flight’ lasts 30 minutes and from its highest point you can see as far as 40km, on a clear day.

Where? Westminster Bridge Road, SE1. Situated on the South Bank opposite Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. The nearest underground station on the south bank is Waterloo (Jubilee, Northern and Bakerloo lines) and Westminster (Jubilee, Circle and District lines) on the North Bank. 

How do I get there from the Airways Hotel Victoria? Approximately 30 minutes by walk or 30 minutes by Bus from Victoria Bus station take Bus number 11 or 24 to Westminster and cross Westminster Bridge to reach the London Eye.

When? January – March daily 10.00am – 8.30pm, April to June daily 10.00am – 9.00pm, July and August daily 10.00am – 9.30pm, September to December daily 10.00am – 8.30pm

Attractions within 40 minutes travel of the Airways Hotel include:

  • Tate Modern

What? A collection of international modern art from the 1900s to the present day. Entry is free.

Where? Bankside, SE1 9TG. The nearest underground station is Southwark.

How do I get there from the Airways Hotel London? The easiest way is by Underground. From Victoria Station take the Circle or District line eastbound to Westminster then change to the Jubilee line southbound to Southwark. Follow the signs from the station to the Museum.

When? Sunday to Thursday 10am to 6pm ; Friday and Saturday 10am to 10pm

  • Madame Tussauds

What? The world famous home of wax figurines of the rich and famous. Meet actors, politicians, singers and athletes of this century all under one roof! With a new 4D movie experience and a ride marking the biggest events of London’s history, you will need at least two hours to experience this attraction to the most.

Where? Marylebone Road, NW1

How do I get there from the Airways Hotel Victoria?  The best way is by Underground.  From Victoria Underground Station, take the Victoria Line northbound to Oxford Circus.  From here take the Bakerloo Line to Baker Street. Exit the station and take a left to Madame Tussauds.

When? Opening times are: Off-peak (weekdays and non-school holidays) 9.30am to 5.30pm, Peak (Weekend, Bank Holidays, and School holidays) 9am-6pm

  • Trafalgar Square

What? Home to Nelsons Column, the National Gallery and some magnificent fountains.  Look out for possibly the smallest police box ever built on the southeast corner of the square.

Where? The closest Underground station is Charing Cross

How do I get there from the Airways Hotel London?  The easiest way is by Bus. From Victoria bus station take bus number 24 to Trafalgar Square.

When? Open 24 hours a day, all year

  • Leicester Square

What? An entertainment packed pedestrianized square in the West End of London. With many cinemas, clubs, restaurants and bars this has to be the place to be in the evenings.
Where? The nearest underground station is Leicester Square to the east of the square, and Piccadilly Circus to the west of the Square.

 

How do I get there from the Airways Hotel London?  The easiest way is by Bus.  From Victoria bus station take bus number 24 to Leicester Square

When? Open 24 hours a day, all year (except the Garden which closes at night).

  • Tower of London

What? A historic royal castle on the north bank of the Thames. Constructed in the 11th century it has served as a royal residence, prison and home to the Royal Mint at some time. Features include the Crown Jewels, the Royal armoury, a prisoner’s exhibition and the famous Ravens that only respond to the Ravenmaster!

Where? The nearest underground station is Tower Hill (Circle, District and DLR lines).

How do I get there from the Airways Hotel Victoria?  The easiest way is by Underground.  From Victoria Underground Station take the Circle or District Line eastbound to Tower Hill. Exit the Station and follow signs to the Tower.

When? Opening times are Tuesday to Saturday 9am to 5.30pm, Sunday to Monday 10am to 5.30pm.

  • St Pauls Cathedral

What? The iconic dome has been a distinctive feature of London’s skyline since the 17th century. At 365ft tall it is one of the largest domes in the world. This is a busy church with hourly prayer times and daily services.

Where? St Paul’s Churchyard, EC4M 8AD.  The nearest underground station is St Pauls.

How do I get there from the Airways Hotel London?  The easiest way is by Underground. From Victoria Underground station take the Victoria Line northbound to Oxford Circus and then change onto the Central Line to St Pauls.

When? Open to Sightseers from Monday to Saturday between 8.30am and 4pm. On Sunday the cathedral is open for worship only.  Please note all or part of the Cathedral may be closed for Special services or events.

  • The British Museum

What? A museum dedicated to human history and culture. This museum houses an amazing collection of over seven million artefacts displaying the history of different cultures from around the world including the Egyptian and Greek civilisations.  The British Museum is also home to the Rosetta Stone.  Entry is free.

Where? Great Russell Street, WC1B 3DG. The nearest underground station is Holborn.

How do I get there from the Airways Hotel London?  The easiest way is by Bus. From Victoria bus station take bus number 24 to Tottenham Court Road and walk to the museum.

When? The main museum is open from 10am to 5.30pm every day. The opening times of some galleries vary.

  • The Natural History Museum

What? A museum dedicated to Life and Earth Science with over 70 million artefacts, some collected by Darwin himself! The famous skeleton of the Diplodocus in the Central Hall is just one of many skeletons on show. A favourite amongst both adults and children, this is a must when visiting London. Entry is free.

Where? Cromwell Road, SW7 5BD. The nearest underground station is South Kensington.

How do I get there from the Airways Hotel Victoria?  The easiest way is by Underground. From Victoria Underground station take the District line westbound to South Kensington. Follow the signs from the station to the Museum.

When? Monday to Sunday 10.00 to 5.50pm

  • The Science Museum

What? A collection of over 300,000 items including the first jet engine, a reconstruction of Crick and Watsons DNA structure and some of the first steam engines ever built. Throughout the museum you will find galleries dedicated to all aspects of science including aerospace, medicine and evolution. Entry is free. 

Where? South Kensington, SW7 2DD. The nearest underground station is South Kensington.

How do I get there from the Airways Hotel Victoria? The easiest way is by Underground.  From Victoria Underground station take the District line westbound to South Kensington. Follow the signs from the station to the Museum.

When? Open every day from 10am to 6pm (last entry 5.15pm). Open till 7pm during school holidays

  • The Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum

What? The World’s largest museum for decorative art and design, with a collection of over 4 million artefacts, including ceramics, furniture, jewellery and paintings. Entry is free.

Where? Cromwell Rd, SW7 2RL. The nearest underground station is South Kensington.

How do I get there from the Airways Hotel London?  The easiest is by Underground. From Victoria Underground station take the District line westbound to South Kensington. Follow the signs from the station to the Museum.

When? Open Monday to Sunday 10am to 5.45pm, except Fridays from 10am to 10pm.

  • Hyde Park

What? This is the largest royal park in Central London and is most famous for its Speakers Corner, horse riding, boating on the lake and Diana Princess of Wales Fountain. The park is easily accessed by several underground stations surrounding the Park.
Where? The nearest undergrounds stations are each located within a close distance of an entrance to the park: Marble Arch station to the north, Hyde Park Corner station to the south east, Knightsbridge to the South and Lancaster Gate to the north west.

How do I get there from the Airways Hotel London?  The best way to the Park is by Bus.  From Victoria Bus station take bus number 8, 38 or 73 to Hyde Park Corner, Park Lane or Marble Arch, respectively.

When? Open daily from 5am to midnight

  • Regents Park

What? A Royal Park with an open air theatre, a boating lake, London Zoo and many cafes and restaurants.

Where? The nearest underground station is Regents Park to the south of the Park.

How do I get there from the Airways Hotel London?  The easiest way is by Underground.  From Victoria Underground station take the Victoria line northbound to Oxford Circus. From here change onto the Bakerloo line northbound to Regents Park.

When? Open daily from 5am to dusk.

  • Greenwich Park

What? The oldest royal park.  This is an extensive park set on a hill, to the south east of Central London, with far reaching views of the city and is famous for being bisected by the Greenwich Meridian. Must sees include the old Royal Observatory, the protected deer and the Prime Meridian Line.

Where? London, SE10 8QY. The nearest DLR station is Cutty Sark.

How do I get there from the Airways Hotel Victoria?  The easiest way is by a boat ride from the London Eye to Greenwich Pier. Please ask at the Reception for more details.

When? The park is open daily from dawn to dusk.

Shopping areas close to the Hotel are:

  • Harrods

What?  At over one million square feet this is the largest department store in the UK selling everything exclusive and luxurious from fashion to furniture and technology. Visits to the patisserie, Egyptian Hall and Toy department are a must.

Where? Knightsbridge, SW1X 7XL. The nearest Underground station is Knightsbridge.

How do I get there from the Airways Hotel Victoria?  The easiest way to Harrods is by bus. Exit the Hotel, take a left and walk straight ahead. At the second set of traffic lights turn left onto Buckingham Palace Road and approach stop V for Bus C1 to Harrods.

When? Monday to Saturday from 10am to 8pm and on Sundays from 11:30am to 6p

  • Oxford Street 

What? The longest shopping street in the World! At over one mile in length this is the shoppers paradise.  You will find several department stores, including Selfridges, as well as high street shops such as Primark, H&M and Topshop.

Where? Marble Arch station to the West and Oxford Circus station to the East.

How do I get there from the Airways Hotel London?  You can take the Underground or bus to Oxford Street. From Victoria Station you can either take the bus number 73 from the Bus station to Marble Arch or take the underground Victoria line northbound to Oxford Circus.

When? Generally Monday to Friday 10am to 7pm; Thursdays from 10am to 8pm; Saturdays from 10am to 7pm; Sundays from 12pm to 6pm. Opening times for individual stores vary.

  • Selfridges & Co

What? Officially the best department store in the world, it houses six floors of shopping space selling high fashion, accessories, furniture, food technology and even sports equipment.

Where? Oxford Street, W1A 1AB. The nearest underground station is Marble Arch.

How do I get there from the Airways Hotel London?  From Victoria Bus station take bus number 73 to Selfridges.

When? Open Monday to Saturday 9.30am to 9pm; Sundays from 12pm to 6pm

  • Westfield

What? This is one of the largest shopping centres in the UK and the newest addition to London’s shopping.  Offering a choice of high street stores such as H&M and Topshop to high end stores such as Gucci, Dior and Louis Vuitton all under one roof! The Southern Terrace food court serves many types of cuisine and you are sure to find something to suit every budget and appetite.

Where? Ariel Way, W12 7GF. The nearest underground station is Shepherd Bush.

How do I get there from the Airways Hotel Victoria?  The easiest way to Westfield is by underground.  From Victoria Underground station take the Victoria line northbound to Oxford Circus then change to the Central line westbound to Shepherds Bush.

When? Monday to Wednesday from 10am to 9pm; Thursdays and Fridays from 10am to 10pm; Saturdays from 9am to 9pm; Sundays from 10pm to 6pm.

  • Camden Market

What? The largest market in the UK attracting over 100,000 Londoners and tourists every weekend. This market has stalls selling everything from clothes to antiques and furniture.

Where? Camden High Street, NW1. The nearest underground station is Camden Town.

How do I get there from the Airways Hotel Victoria?  The quickest and easiest is by Underground. From Victoria Station take the underground Victoria line to Euston station then change onto the Northern line northbound to Camden Town.

When? Most shops and stalls are open all week but the busiest days are Saturday and Sunday when everything is open from 10am to 6pm.

  • Portobello Market

What? World famous market held in Notting Hill. At over two miles in length, on a Saturday, you will find antiques, fruit and vegetables, fashion, new and second-hand goods. The main market days are Friday and Saturday. The antique market takes place on Saturdays only

Where? Portobello Road, W11. The nearest underground stations are Ladbroke Grove to the North end and Notting Hill Gate to the south of Portobello Road. The antiques market is closer to Notting Hill station.

How do I get there from the Airways Hotel London?   The easiest way to get to the market is by Bus.  From Victoria bus station take the bus number 148 to Queensway Station, then get off and change to bus 70 to Portobello Road.

When? Generally the timings for the market are Mondays to Saturdays 8am to 6.30pm except Thursdays from 8am to 1pm and Sundays from 11am to 4pm.

  • Petticoat Lane Market

What? More than a thousand stalls spread over two streets in east London, this market is a favourite amongst tourists. You can find new goods, including shoes, clothes and kitchen utensils, at great prices.

Where? Middlesex Street, E1. The nearest underground station is Liverpool Street

How do I get there from the Airways Hotel London?  The easiest way to the Market is by underground.  From Victoria Station take the Circle line eastbound to Liverpool Street.

When? Monday to Friday 10am to 2.30pm and Sundays 9am to 2pm

  • Earls Court and Olympia Exhibition centre

What? This is a huge exhibition centre hosting a wide range of shows throughout the year including the Ideal Home Show, the London Pet show and the Baby Show.

Where? Warwick Road, SW5. The nearest underground station is Earls Court.

How do I get there from the Airways Hotel Victoria?  By underground: From Victoria Underground station, take the District line westbound to Earls Court

When? Please check the ECO website for details on particular shows

  • Excel

What? A world-renowned exhibition and conference centre in London hosting some of the biggest trade shows in the world.

Where? Royal Victoria Dock, E16 1XL. Served by three DLR stations: Prince Regent, Custom House and Royal Docks

How do I get there from the Airways Hotel Victoria? By underground: From Victoria Station take the underground District or Circle line to tower Hill and change onto the DLR to Custom House.

When? Please check the Excel website for timings

Our hotel is just 3 minutes walk from Victoria Coach and many other famous places.

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