British weather does not necessarily mean clouds and rain. We know this is a popular opinion, but take for example today. It is bright and sunny. The best time to enjoy the day with an outdoor activity. London has so many beautiful spots. Exploring Piccadilly area has always been a favourite for many locals and tourists.
If you find this area interesting, keep reading more about:
- Green Park
- The Ritz Hotel London
- Piccadilly Circus and Lights
This is an important connecting road between Hyde Park Corner and Piccadilly Circus. The street is about 1.6 km long and is one of the widest and straightest streets in the capital. Starting point of the walk is the Hard Rock Cafe. It is a restaurant that many people prefer, because of its history and popularity. The menu range is quite wide, including happy hour promotions and even gluten-free options. You can book a table here: https://www.hardrockcafe.com/location/london/
Along the road we can see various hotels. Most of them are on the expensive side, due to the location and the extras they provide for their guests. Walking down the road we acknowledge the beautiful buildings of The Athenaeum Hotel & Residences, Sheraton Grand London Park Lane and others. It is understandable if you are nor planning a stay in one of the above mentioned hotels considering the high prices. At least consider to enjoy the traditional afternoon tea, which most of them offer.
Next on the way is the Embassy of Japan. Piccadilly does not surprise us with that. Many countries have chosen to have their embassies here. The central and convenient location is perfect.
London is not the usual capital when it comes to construction and green spaces. The main priority for the city is to have as many parks and gardens as possible. In all of the districts between the houses and the buildings we can find green spaces. It is important to have places to relax, especially considering how busy and stressful the life in London could be.
Popular park names in almost every tourist guide book are: Hyde Park, Green Park, Regent’s Park, St James’s Park and many more. Today we will pass Green Park. It is part of the Royal Parks and is around 40 acres. Important fact is that it connects the busy Piccadilly with the Buckingham Palace. Walking through Piccadilly we notice that the Underground station next to the park has the same name. It is usually a busy station, therefore it is good to avoid the rush hour if you are planning to get there by Tube. The walk from the station to Buckingham Palace takes approximately 10 minutes.
The Ritz Hotel London
Of course we can not continue our walk through Piccadilly if we do not take a moment to admire the spectacular building of the famous Ritz Hotel. It is one of the most extinguished and honored hotels in the world. The 5-star hotel opened for guests in 1906 and since then it is a symbol of luxury and affluence.
The elegant interior of the Ritz and the excellent service are only part of the reasons for numerous famous and wealthy people to choose to stay there. The hotel also indulges the guests with Michelin-starred dining experience. This is a truly amazing place to stay in the heart of London. On the seventh floor the guest can take advantage of hair, beauty and massage treatments. Keep in mind that such a posh hotel not surprisingly has a dress code in different areas of the hotel. More information regarding prices and bookings you can find here: https://www.theritzlondon.com/
Piccadilly Circus and Lights
Continuing our walking tour we come across Piccadilly Market, near St James’s Church. This unique market gives the people the chance to try a wide range of food. You can browse the stands for arts, crafts, antiques, collectables and clothing from around the world. The rent from the market stalls supports the church and helps to maintain it. The food market is open Monday and Tuesday, 11 am – 5 pm. The arts and crafts market you can visit Wednesday to Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm.
As we keep going you will see that the street reveals multiple shops attracting with colourful windows. The coffee shops are welcoming people inside for a fresh cup of their favourite coffee or a warm cup of traditional tea. On this exact street is also the well-known Fortnum & Mason. This is not an usual shop. They sell luxury food and dishes worth trying. Part of their range includes: tea, biscuits, chocolate and confectionery, wines, gifts and more. Check their specialties here: https://www.fortnumandmason.com/.
Last, but definitely not least are the Piccadilly Lights. The giant illuminated advertising screens are symbolic for the area and a popular meeting place for Londoners.
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