Attractions for the Traveler
The fashionable shops, bars and restaurants of the Kings Road are within three minutes walk, as is the famous Albert bridge which was commissioned by Queen Victoria in honour of her husband Albert, originally for carriages and pedestrians only. This beautiful suspension bridge, which has featured many films especially when lit at night and forms a great landmark at the end of Oakley Hotel's street.
Thomas Carlisle, the famous poet's house is in the next road. This is open to the public and near the now converted properties which once housed the Chelsea Potteries.
The hotel is built on land which was once the gardens of Henry VIII's palace and recently an old ice house from that time was found in the gardens of the house across the road. The historic preserved Chelsea Physic Gardens are 5 minutes walk away, a lovely spot to have afternoon tea in the cafe. Also situated near here on Royal Hospital Road is the National Army Museum with fantastic interactive displays for big and little people. Also nearby the Royal Hospital for the famous red-coated Chelsea pensioners, this also being the site of the Chelsea Flower Show in May.
The Science, Natural History and Victoria and Albert Museums are all within a 15 minute walk away and Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park are approximately a 20 minute walk (quicker by bus or taxi). All the sights and theatres of London are within easy reach by tube or bus. Buses are cheaper and a great way to see the sights from the upper deck. For example the No. 11 bus from the Kings Road goes past Victoria Station, near Buckingham Palace, past Parliament Square and Big Ben (near South Bank and the London Eye) and to Trafalgar Square and the National Gallery.
Battersea Park, 2 minutes walk across the river, is an oasis with it's green spaces, fountains, Victorian boating lakes, pump house art gallery and children's playgrounds. A great place for a picnic, jogging or walks.
For interesting days our try:
- Madam Tussaud and see the famous stars immortalised in wax
- See more stars at the Planetarium
- Could you stand the horrors of the London Dungeons
- Stay for Wimbledon fortnight and watch the Tennis
- Enjoy a scenic river cruise on the Thames
- Watch the politicians argue at the Houses of Parliament and listen to the chimes of Big Ben
- Afraid of heights? Then don't try the London Eye
- Take a boat trip and Stroll the gardens and Palace of Hampton Court
- Pay your respects at St Paul's Cathedral and climb to the Whispering gallery for fantastic views
- Put on your shorts for the hot houses at Kew Gardens
- Imagine you are the condemned at the Tower of London where you can also see the Queens Crown Jewels
- London Zoo in Regents Park
- Go to Twickenham for Rugby Union or Brentford for Ruby league
- Sample the atmosphere at one of London's six Premiership Football Clubs
- Watch the Cricket at nearby Lords (20 minute walk)
- Enjoy a show in Theatre land, half price tickets from Leicester Square
For Educational experience visit some of these Museums:
- The Natural History Museum*
- The Science Museum*
- The Victoria and Albert Museum*
- The Maritime Museum Greenwich
- The British Museum
- The Imperial War Museum
- or others...
* Walking distance