Attractions for the Traveler
The Oakley Hotel is three minutes walk from the King’s Road, which offers fashionable shops, bars, cafes and restaurants. The famous Albert Bridge, which was commissioned by Queen Victoria in honour of her husband, Prince Albert, was originally for carriages and pedestrians only. This beautiful suspension bridge has featured on many films, especially when lit at night, and forms a great landmark at the end of Oakley Hotel’s street.
The house of Thomas Carlyle, the famous poet, is situated in the next street along, Cheyne Row. This is open to the public Wednesday – Sunday, and near the converted properties which once housed the Chelsea Potteries.
The hotel is built on land that was once the gardens of Henry VIII’s palace. Recently, an old icehouse from that time was found in the gardens of the house across the road.
The historic preserved Chelsea Physic Gardens is 5 minutes walk away, a lovely spot to have afternoon tea in the café.
Also situated close by, on Royal Hospital Road, is the National Army Museum with its fantastic displays for both adults and children. On the same road is the Royal Hospital, for the famous red-coated Chelsea Pensioners, which is also the site of the renowned Chelsea Flower Show, taking place annually in May.
The Science, Natural History and the Victoria & Albert Museums are all within a 20-minute walk away. Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park is approximately 35 minutes walk (although quicker by bus or taxi). Battersea Park, five minutes walk across the Thames River, is an oasis with its green spaces, fountains, Victorian boating lakes, the Pump House Gallery and children’s playgrounds. This makes it a wonderful place for a picnic, to go jogging or for an afternoon walk.
All the sights and theatres of London are within easy reach by tube or bus. London Buses are a cheap and a great way to see the sights from the upper deck. For example, the number 11 bus from the King’s Road goes past Victoria Station, near Buckingham Palace, past Parliament Square and Big Ben (near South Bank and the London Eye), Trafalgar Square and the National Gallery, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and to Liverpool Street Station which is 20 minutes walking from Tower of London.
For interesting days our try:
- Madam Tussaud
- Tower of London
- The London Dungeons
- Scenic river cruise on the Thames
- Houses of Parliament and Big Ben
- London Eye
- Palace of Hampton Court
- St Paul's Cathedral and the Whispering Gallery
- Kew Gardens
- London Zoo in Regents Park
- Twickenham Stadium for Rugby Union or Brentford for Ruby League
- London's six Premiership Football Clubs
- Cricket at Lords
- West End theatre shows
- Chelsea Flower Show
For an 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
- and many more…