Shaftesbury Hyde Park International

3 out of 5 stars3 Stars

52-56 Inverness Terrace, Hyde Park, London, W2 3LB, United Kingdom
Shaftesbury Hyde Park International
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lONDON Breakfast/Lunch near Hyde Park/Mayfair

by samtex

On 7/7/11 we are staying at in London at the Cumberland near Crystal Gate/Hydepark/Mayfair. We have six hours before we will check in our room and need advice on planning what to do during that time. We arrive at airport at 6:55 am and expect to be at hotel between 8 and 9 am. How many minutes would be required to walk through Hyde Park at a casual pace and then to Mayfair area? We want to find a breakfast/lunch place where locals congregate to meet the working folks and have breakfast/Lunch where they do. When examining maps, Mayfair seems to be the best opportunity to do that. We do not care to go all the way to Sohio to find such a place. If anyone has any suggestions, especially where we can find pubs, or coffee/breakfast places in that area of London, your comments would be most appreciated.

Re: lONDON Breakfast/Lunch near Hyde Park/Mayfair

by leics

Can't help with any specific places to eat, although I'd note that you will not find too many 'locals' who will be eating their breakfast at cafes in Mayfair; it's a very well-off district, so in the main cafes etc cater to local workers (offices etc) rather than residents.

But, firstly, have you checked that your hotel will look after your baggage before you check-in? If not, I suggest you do so. Some will do this in the UK, but by no means all (security issues). If you find they will not, then you can use one of the left luggage facilities at stations (Paddington will probably easiest, if you are using the train from Heathrow?). All are run by the same company, and there aren't too many of them. Locations, info and rates here:

The Cumberland is very near Marble Arch and one entrance to Hyde Park. The park itself is very large, so your 'how long' question is difficult to depends on which route you decide to take. But a 'straight' walk from your hotel down to roughly Mayfair is perhaps 1-1.5 km (very roughly, half a mile to a mile)...maybe 10-20 minutes? More if you wander rather than walk briskly...

Re: lONDON Breakfast/Lunch near Hyde Park/Mayfair

by robine

The Wolseley (166 Piccadilly, around a 20-min walk thro' Hyde Park) is reliable.

Re: lONDON Breakfast/Lunch near Hyde Park/Mayfair

by chocolatecake

You can find a lot of cafes for breakfast and lunch in Marble Arch with very reasonable price and meet the working folks, from Marble Arch you can walk along the Bond Street, all the shops should be opened around 10am. I lived in London for 4 years, very familiar around the area. Have a happy journey!

Re: lONDON Breakfast/Lunch near Hyde Park/Mayfair

by tango_jd

Isn't there a cafe in Hyde park right next to the Serpentine?
This may be the same place -

The blurb says that they do "Brunch" but also serve breakfast from
8am to 11.45am (11.30 on Sat/Sun)

There is a smashing walk to there - then on from there towards Kensington Gardens and across to Kensington High Street shops or Harrods etc.

Re: lONDON Breakfast/Lunch near Hyde Park/Mayfair

by chocolatecake

Yes indeed, the idea place with a magic view to have lunch in Hyde Park. I'll definite to have my lunch with a view there if I visit London one day. Thank you for sharing.

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THANK YOU, Andrew Duncan for your books

by Trekki

To my amazement, none of “my” Londoners knew Andrew Duncan and his marvellous books, so I feel a tiny bit proud to have been the foreigner to introduce him to them :-)
I love bookstores and cannot pass any. And when I am somewhere abroad I always have another reason to visit a local bookstore as they hold many treasures which cannot be bought elsewhere (or through Amazon). That’s how I came across Andrew Duncan’s books – they were sitting in the local book section of Waterstone’s and already when I read the titles I knew that I must (=MUST) buy some despite them being a bit heavy.
Andrew Duncan is a historian and guide in London and I learned from his website that he has set up the group LEG – London Explorers Group, which is devoted to London guided tours. Given his expertise, this is definitely a perfect addition to the London Walk tours.

The book Secret London especially caught my eye and I could not stop browsing through it. He describes the forgotten rivers of London (chapter “Hidden Landscapes”) and shows how to find their outlets into the Thames. Apart from that it is fascinating to read about the rivers as I am sure not many people really know about them. He explains street names from the historical point of view, for example that “Hill” in street names derives from the fact that these hills have once been between the rivers. And he animates to walk off the main streets to discover the thousand gems, London hold for the interested visitor. His descriptions of the liveries in the City made me go out and look for many of them.
ISBN: 9781845373054, price: £10.99.

The book Favourite London Walks is a collection of 50 walk in London, including the outskirts like Greenwich, Wimbledon, Kew, Hammersmith, Rotherhite, Hampton Court and many more.
ISBN: 9781845374549, price: £14.99.

I can highly recommend these books if you are interested in the background and secrets of the city! And I will also buy his other books, as they are available through Amazon.

Visit the St Paul's Cathedral....


Visit the St Paul's Cathedral. One of the biggest and best-known landmark built by the Christopher Wren. Once you are inside photo taking is discouraged. The funerals of Lord Nelson and Winston Churchill and the wedding of Charles and Diana took place here.

St Paul's was unscathed during WWII. However, the cathedral was undamaged when much around it was destroyed. A few bombs penetrated its dome without exploding.

Walk up 259 steps to the Whispering Gallery. From this here, the Cathedral below looks awesome. Another 119 steps up leads to the Stone Gallery, From this lofty height the view of London beneath is awesome. Another 152 more steps leads to the Golden Gallery. All in all it will be 530 steps.

A London Pass entitles a free access to St Paul's and many other tourist attractions, as well as meal discounts, free drinks, queue jumping and free public transport.

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Stroll around one of the popular street markets of London. Camden Market (Tube: Camden) is a young place selling nearly everything. Antiques can be bought at Portobello Road Market (Tube: Notting Hill Gate). A small market for jewelry and ethnic stuff is Gabriel´s Wharf on the South Bank (Tube: Southwark). Most markets are opened only on weekends.


by A2002

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Address: 52-56 Inverness Terrace, Hyde Park, London, W2 3LB, United Kingdom