Things to do
For those who prefer to walk, the Mitre House Hotel is one of the nearest Hotels to Hyde Park (6 minutes on foot). A twenty minute walk through the beautiful vistas and scenery of the Royal Park takes you to London's Museum Quarter. Here you can find the Victoria & Albert Museum, the world’s largest and most prestigious museum dedicated to the applied arts, as well the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum. The Royal Albert Hall, home of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and The Royal College of Art are also to be found in this part of town.
Keep walking and in a few minutes you’ll be in Knightsbridge, the favourite area of London for every lover of shopping with its wealth of department stores, shops and boutiques: Harrods and Harvey Nichols between Brompton Rd and Knightsbridge, the Italian fashion boutiques in Sloane Street (Armani, Prada, Gucci etc.), while the side streets hold a real treasure trove of traditional English fabric, upholstery and antiques shops. Towards Chelsea, in Walton Street, Beauchamp Place and Pont Street, you’ll find antiques shops and classic London-style boutiques, unrivalled throughout Britain.
The heart of London is just a few minutes from the Mitre House Hotel on the Central line or Bakerloo line: the West End with even more famous shopping streets such as Bond Street, the lively Oxford Street (where you can find Selfridges) and Piccadilly Circus, Regent Street, Carnaby Street, and Soho. The National Gallery, one of the most important art galleries in the world, can be found in Trafalgar Square with Nelson’s column towering above; Covent Garden with the Royal Opera House and numerous theatres with a wide variety of musicals and shows on the bill, and a wealth of pubs and restaurants.
Take the Circle line to Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, the Tower of London and Tower Bridge, London’s most historical sites.
Take the Central line from Lancaster Gate station to reach the The City of London, site of St. Paul’s Cathedral, Sir Christopher Wren's English Baroque masterpiece.
The last 50 years have seen the transformation of Notting Hill from a humble working-class area into one of London’s trendiest districts and is just two Underground stops away from the Mitre House Hotel. Amid the parks and benches brought to fame in the film starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant, Notting Hill today is a melting pot of classic English style, Afro-Caribbean culture and the latest in fashion and design trends, where you can enjoy the Saturday market in Portobello Road, restaurants and art galleries in All Saints Road or take part in the colourful parades of the famous Notting Hill Carnival at the end of August.