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Visitor's Guide to West London

Visitor's Guide to West London West London draws together some of the very best attractions into one area. Here you’ll find the glittering West End, the fashionable suburbs of Notting Hill [map] , markets of Ladbroke Grove [map] and the excellent restaurants of Marylebone.

Experience some of the world’s best shopping at Regent Street [map], or relax in Hyde Park [map] and Holland Park [map]: two of the most tranquil green spaces in London.

Plan your visit during the summer months to see some fantastic open air events at Hyde Park including the BBC Orchestra at Proms In The Park and several entertaining pop concerts.

If you’re looking for a more unusual tourist experience you’ll be pleased to discover a hidden gem around every corner.

Ealing is home to the beautiful Benedictine Abbey [map] and the famous Ealing Studios [map] where Alfred Hitchcock and The Carry On team made world-famous films. This is also the place to sample an unusual taste explosion as Ealing has a very large Polish community and some excellent restaurants to reflect this.

A visit to Notting Hill – made famous by the film starring Hugh Grant – is perfect for those hoping to bag a bargain at Portobello Market [map] or sample some of fresh fruit and vegetables. The Caribbean community brings a really unique flavour to this area.

Meanwhile, Little Venice [map] , close to St John’s Wood, has a large Italian community and it’s here that you’ll find the best coffee shops as well as some truly inspiring Mediterranean restaurants.

Those in need of some retail therapy will find all the most fashionable names, including Versace and Burberry, lining the streets of Baker Street [map] and Regent Street [map], and if you’re planning your visit around Christmas time don’t miss the impressive turning on of festive lights on Regent Street. This heralds the start of the season for many Londoners.

Bond Street [map] is where you’ll find the auction house of Sotheby’s and a number of excellent contemporary art galleries. This is the place to pick up an exclusive and lasting memento of your visit to London.

Maida Vale [map] is home to the Lord’s Cricket Ground [map] and any sporting fanatic worth their salt will find a day at the ground gives a fascinating glimpse into the history of one of the world’s most respected cricketing institutions.

Head over to the most expensive address on the Monopoly board for many of the best hotels in London. Mayfair [map] leads the way when it comes to luxury accommodation and well-off people travel from far and wide to book a suite at one of the five star hotels in this area.
Be entertained by the wealth of museums, theatres, and sporting events happening in this area or simply find a quality restaurant and hotel from which to watch the world go by.

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