The Cardiff Hotel

Cardiff Hotel5, 7, 9 Norfolk Square; Hyde ParkLondon W2 1RUTel: +44(0) 20 7723 9068Fax: +44(0) 20 7723 3513email: stay@cardiff-hotel.com

Things to do

Little Venice

Little VeniceJust north of Paddington lies Little Venice. This picturesque oasis of water hidden in the middle of London, where the Grand Union and Regent’s Canals meet, is home to a number of pleasant waterside cafes, pubs and eateries. From here you can take a boat trip in a traditional narrow boat or follow the tow path on foot and see how the winding waterway quietly snakes its way through the heart of the city. You can head downstream past the charming period regency streets of Madia Vale and on to Regent’s Park and Camden beyond, or follow this peaceful corridor upstream to the west and enjoy the tranquillity of the waterways that feel like a million miles from the hubbub of the roads and streets nearby.

Relax and enjoy your day drifting on the water bus.

Madame Tussauds

Have you ever wanted to indulge your dream of having a picture taken with a famous actor, historical character or celebrity…. Well, now you will have a chance to make your desire come true in the world famous wax museum.

“Millions upon millions of people have flocked through the doors of Madame Tussauds since they first opened over 200 years ago and it’s more popular than it ever was. There are many reasons for this enduring success, but at the heart of it all is good, old-fashioned curiosity and fascination. Today’s visitors are sent on a unique, emotionally-charged adventure through the realms of the powerful and famous down the ages. The museum-style ropes and poles have gone so you can truly get up, close and personal with A-list celebrities, sporting legends, political heavyweights and historical icons, reliving the times, events and moments that made the world change and everyone talk about them…”

Take the Bakerloo line from Paddington to Baker Street or Bus 27, 205 directly from Paddington to Baker Street where the museum is. For more details please visit www.madametussauds.com

To save your time you are welcome to buy an advanced ticket in our reception.

Westminister Abbey

“Kings, queens, statesmen and soldiers; poets, priests, heroes and villains - the Abbey is a must-see living pageant of British history.”

The Collegiate Church of St Peter at Westminster, popularly known as Westminster Abbey is only 2 min walk from the Westminister tube station, your chance to walk through living history.

Admire the handsome building, and its fine neighbour, Big Ben and the House of Parliament.

www.westminster-abbey.org

www.parliament.uk

Big Ben

“Sir Charles Barry sought advice from Benjamin Lewis Vuillamy - clockmaker to the Queen - and Augustus Pugin when it came to designing the clock tower that is affectionately known as Big Ben today. The mock Gothic Clock Tower building attached to the Houses of Parliament has become a familiar and much loved landmark, its great bell chiming on the hour (and every quarter of an hour too) keeping time with Greenwich meantime. The name Big Ben was initially given to the Great Bell which was created at the Whitechapel Bell Foundry and first struck in 1859. The most likely explanation of the name it that it comes from Sir Benjamin Hall, First Commissioner for Works from 1855-1858 whose name is inscribed on the bell. Now the moniker is the accepted name for the whole of the Clock Tower. Weighing in at 13.7 tonnes, at the time of its casting Big Ben was the largest bell in the British Isles and the clock face the second largest in the country (after the Liver Building in Liverpool). UK residents can arrange a tour of Big Ben through their local MP but space is extremely limited and you'll need to book three to six months in advance. Overseas visitors cannot currently visit the tower.”

Nearest underground station is Westminster.

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace has served as the official London residence of Britain's sovereigns since 1837 and today is the administrative headquarters of the Monarch.

Although in use for the many official events and receptions held by The Queen, the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace are open to visitors every year. For visitor information, please visit the Royal Collection website.”

“We stayed at your hotel twice this summer. The location near Paddington station, nearby laundromat, good, reasonably priced restaurants and very helpful friendly staff are great assets to your hotel. Breakfast too is great…”

W.G.

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