Spring Sightseeing Guide

Spring is officially here and with the weather improving and warmth creeping in, now is the perfect time to visit the capital to see both the famous sights that London has to offer. Whether you’re visiting with your family, your significant other or as a group of friends, the list of things to do in London really is endless.

Here at the Draycott Hotel, we want to ensure that you make the most of your visit to both our hotel and the capital itself. To help with your visit, we have put together a list of some of the best sights to see for different groups, including a look at the fabulous local attractions in Chelsea, where we really are spoilt with some of the top picks in the capital.

For Families

 London is famed for its history, traditions and nostalgic feel, making it the perfect destination for families looking for fun, education and variety. Below are some of the top picks in the capital for family sightseeing:

Madame Tussauds 

Home to waxworks of famous musicians, comedians, film stars, politicians and even YouTube stars. The whole family will be able to capture memorable images with famous stars as if they were actually there in the picture with you.

Sea Life London

 With growing awareness of the impact of plastic on our oceans and marine wildlife, the sea life centre is the perfect place for an education and fun day out. Their conservation program is interesting and a great bit of awareness; something to add to all of the underwater experiences and tours. Thanks to its location, you’ll be right in the middle to see the main parts of Westminster, including the Houses of Parliament.

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

One of THE most iconic locations in London and the Queen’s official London residence, tickets for tours of the grounds and some of the rooms are available to purchase in advance to miss any queues. The perfect way to experience the Regal dwellings of the Royal Family.

If you’re looking for the perfect environment to stay with your family, then our family package offer is the ideal choice. What’s more, we’ve produced a local sightseeing map, perfect for families looking to explore the local area.

For Couples

With stunning views, beautiful architecture and some of the best restaurants in the world, there are a whole host of things to do in London for couples. A few of our suggestions are below:

Somerset House

Somerset House

Over 450 years of history can be found at this beautiful riverside property – formerly a royal residence – it has transformed into a hub for culture and the arts. On top of the stunning architecture, you’ll find all manner of cultural events throughout the year, from art exhibitions to poetry and cinema screenings. The perfect way to spend time with your significant other.

 

London Eye

With improving weather comes the ideal opportunity to view the London skyline from one of the newer, yet equally iconic attractions in the capital. With the opportunity to book advanced tickets, or even a private booth, you will have excellent views of the Houses of Parliament, The Elizabeth Tower (Big Ben), The Shard, Buckingham Palace and many more. What’s more, it’s a perfect option for those who would rather take in as much of the surroundings as possible without enduring queues or aren’t able to navigate London easily.

The Shard

With shops, restaurants, cafes, bars and even a hotel to add to the highest views of the London skyline, the Shard is now one of those must-dos when visiting the capital. Spend the day enjoying some of the local icons like HMS Belfast, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London, then look forward to relaxing in style in one of the Shard’s 6 restaurants and bars.

For Couples and Friends

Covent Garden

One of the best places for those travelling with either friends or couples, Covent Garden is home to the perfect blend of romantic cafes, shops and restaurants, with lively pubs, trendy bars and some boutique shops. While away the hours with an eclectic mix of designer shops and boutique stores before the choice of five star dining or a classic burger or pizza; the choice is endless. Ideally located for easy access to the West End, the National Gallery, the British Museum and Christopher Wren’s St. Paul’s Cathedral, you can spend a whole day in and around Covent Garden.

Covent Garden

For Friends

 Whilst all the aforementioned are great to enjoy with your chums, below are some particularly good places to enjoy with a group of friends:

The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

London Stadium

Home to the main events of the 2012 Olympics in London, the venue has evolved to a usable centre for sport where you can tour, swim, cycle and eat where the Olympians did during the games. On top of the sporting venues, there are restaurants, cafes and even a huge slide at the ArcelorMittal Orbit sculpture, which is in fact the largest and tallest tube slide in the world. Fun for big kids and if you’re with friends and family. Once you’ve explored the park, you’re only a 10 minute walk from the Westfield shopping centre, filled with retail therapy, cinemas, activities and restaurants galore.

Carnaby Street

Carnaby Street

 Tucked away behind Oxford Street and Regent Street and right next to Soho; Carnaby Street is a buzzing hub of shops, restaurants, bars and cafes. With its history as the birthplace of the swinging 60s, it has remained one of the trendiest places in London, with constant reminders all round of its music, style and fashion heritage. There is so much to do in and around Carnaby Street that you could easily spend all day there.

The Best of Chelsea

In Chelsea, we’re extremely blessed to be home to some of the capital’s most iconic sights and attractions, with the Draycott Hotel perfectly located to enjoy all of them, whether you’re travelling with your family, your partner, or with a group of friends. Just some of the local sights include:

The Royal Court Theatre

Sightseeing Map

Cadogan Hall

Saatchi Gallery

National Army Museum

Harrods

Hyde Park

Chelsea Physic Garden

V&A Museum

Carlysle’s House

Buckingham Palace

Natural History Museum

Science Museum

Royal Albert Hall

Why not use our sightseeing map where we have outlined all the best sights in Chelsea and Kensington, including routes, prices and age suitability, so all you need to do is follow the map and enjoy the sights.

Getting Around

By far the easiest way to get around the wider area of London is the tube/London Underground and prices vary based on the zones you travel in, so be sure to see what option is best for you. Generally speaking, if you’re sticking one zone only, you can use your contactless debit card or an oyster card which will entitle you to travel in that zone with a capped daily maximum. Ensure that you tap in and out of the stations to avoid incurring higher fares. Other regular means of travel are the bus service, black cab or if you’re staying with us, it’s easy to walk to all of the local attractions from the hotel.

If you haven’t yet booked your stay, then view our available room and suite options or take a look at our special family package offer. Alternatively, call us on 0207 730 6466 to discuss availability for a date to suit you.

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