Your guide to Central London landmarks

A visit to Kingsway Hall Hotel brings Central London’s best attractions, landmarks and things to do directly to your doorstep. From attractions in Covent Garden and Holborn to Oxford Street shopping, it’s all just moments away.

Allow us to introduce Gregory Kroffinger, the Head Concierge at the hotel. Gregory and his team look forward to welcoming you! They are always up-to-date with London's art, culture and attractions and would love to help you make the most of your city break. When planning what to do and what to see in Covent Garden and beyond during your trip to Central London, Gregory and his team are very happy to assist.

Contact Gregory and his team. 
+44 (0) 20 7309 9687 
concierge@kingswayhall.co.uk

Here are some of Gregory’s recommendations and favourite attractions:

Best Views of London

From Millennium Bridge you have a great view of Tower Bridge and the city skyline. 

The Shard- Experience 360 degree views from the viewing gallery. Look down on London to see how the Thames divides the city into the South Bank and the North Bank. 

Parliament Hill in Hampstead Heath offers you an iconic view over London, which you will almost definitely recognize from many movie scenes. 

Best London Markets

Maltby Street Market - Do you enjoy food markets? Then add Maltby Street to your list!  Located only a short walk from Bermondsey and London Bridge, the market sells fresh produce ranging from breads, meats and cheeses to cakes and incredibly tasty fresh doughnuts. Popular sellers include St John Bakery's and Gergovie Wines with their artisan vino. 
The market is open Saturdays between 9am-4pm and Sundays between 11am-4pm. 
Nearest station: Bermondsey, London Bridge, Southwark

Gregory's Favourite Museums

Design Museum- The Design Museum is now open in a spectacular new location on High Street Kensington. The Design Museum offers inspiring insights into the world of design with exhibitions on fashion, architecture, graphics and digital design. The museum is free to enter but tickets can be bought for the temporary exhibitions.
Nearest station: High Street Kensington, Kensington Olympia, Earl’s Court

Garden Museum

 

Best places for a stroll

Little Venice – Tucked away in the residential area of Maida Vale, Little Venice is a tranquil canal area surrounded by charming waterside cafes and pubs.  A very relaxing escape from the London rush. 
Nearest station: Warwick Avenue, Royal Oak, Paddington 

Kyoto Gardens in Holland Park – Despite its relatively small size compared to the more famous Hyde Park or Richmond Park, the area of Holland Park has an extensive woodland. It also has a Japanese style  garden which was opened in 1991 as a gift from Kyoto to commemorate the long friendship between Japan and Great Britain. The park is so lovely and picturesque that you will not want to leave it.
Nearest station: Holland Park, Kensington Olympia, High Street Kensington

Seven Noses of Soho – Discover some under the radar Central London landmarks when you sniff out The Seven Noses of Soho! The London noses are the artistic installation found on various buildings in London. They were created by artist Rick Buckley in 1997.  The artist was provoked by the controversial introduction of CCTV cameras throughout London and installed the noses under the cameras. A peculiar myth says that if you are lucky enough to find all seven you will be wealthy for evermore. The installation is close enough to Kingsway Hall Hotel to explore on foot. 
 

Quintessentially English experiences

Treat yourself to a Peach Bellini at the Savoy Hotel

Buy an umbrella at James Smith & Sons, historic umbrella makers since 1830.  

Daunt Books – Daunt Books will always be at the top of the London bookshop hierarchy.  This charming Edwardian Marylebone branch will make you feel like you’re stepping back in time. This shop is best known for its extensive travel section. A real treat if you’re a book lover!
Nearest station: Baker Street or Bond Street 

Unmissable London

Ye Olde Mitre - this historic pub has been serving pints since 1546. 

The West End- catching one of the shows in London's Theatreland will be a memorable part of your trip to the capital. 

Liberty of London- shop at one of the city’s oldest department stores  

God’s Own Junkyard- a neon wonderland in Walthamstow. If you love neon this is the place to go! The Rolling Scones Cafe located within the gallery is open for food and drinks all weekend.
Opening hours: Friday - 11am to 9pm, Saturday - 11am to 9pm, Sunday - 11am to 6pm. 
Nearest station: Walthamstow Central

The Ginstitute at Portobello Star- This is the real deal for gin lovers! The Portobello Star is the home of the incredible Portobello Road gin, and numerous brands of gin. For those who want to become real gin experts, The Ginstitute offers three-hour sessions of history, tasting, cocktails, and blending. The sessions are available daily at different time-slots.
Nearest station: Ladbroke Grove, Notting Hill Gate

Brunswick House by LASSCO- Looking for something quirky and extraordinary? Dine at Brunswick House and you won’t be disappointed! The restaurant has evolved from an architectural salvage yard within a Georgian mansion into a celebrated restaurant, bar, café and antique shop.
Opening hours: Monday - Friday: 9:30am - 11pm, Saturday: 10am - 11pm, Sunday: 10am - 5pm 
Nearest station: Vauxhall