Refurbishment September 2023 – July 2025 

We are excited to announce that the iconic Central Park Hotel is under major transformation. Sometimes things need to get ugly before they get pretty !

Our guests are at the heart of all the decisions we make, and your comfort during this period has our priority.

We look forward to welcoming you during and post-refurbishment to share more enhanced experiences.

A guide for first-time international travellers visiting London

Are you touching down in London for the first time? Lucky you. London is an exciting city with an endless supply of cultural, historical, family-friendly, romantic, and foodie activities to fill your days. Before arriving, this guide summarises getting around the city, the best London hotels, and other practical information. 

A guide to London’s five airports

Getting around London

London is served by metro, bus, boat, and tram services. 

The metro, known as “the Tube, is divided into the London Underground, London Overground, Docklands Light Railway, and Elizabeth Line. This will be your default means of getting around London. You will need to “touch in” and “touch out” of the barriers at each station using a payment card. 

Option 1 – purchase a reloadable Visitor’s Oyster Card from any London Underground station for the cheapest fares. Option 2 – use your contactless debit or credit card. 

Always touch in and touch out using the same card. This avoids getting charged twice. You should also ensure only your desired payment card touches the barrier to avoid card clash. 

Where to stay in London

London is divided into 32 boroughs and the City of London. These are further subdivided into smaller neighbourhoods. The central area of London is called Zone 1 with the outermost being Zone 9. Zones 1, 2, and 3 are where you will spend most of your time as a tourist in London. 

The best London hotels for a first-time visitor are located in Zone 1. The West End is where the principal tourist attractions are located. These include Covent Garden, Soho, Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace, Oxford Street, Mayfair, and the South Kensington museums.

Our three hotels in Central London are located in the quiet Paddington and Bayswater neighbourhoods. This is a walkable area close to restaurants, Tube stations, and attractions. 

Quick tips for London

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