Your complete guide for exploring Westbourne Terrace


The Westbourne Terrace is one of the liveliest area in the city of London. Whether you are travelling to London for a family holiday, on a romantic getaway or for a work if you are in the Westbourne Terrace area, you will find several fun things to do and indulge in.

The history of Westbourne Terrace area

With a manorial history this place in early history had a mansion house and a farmhouse. Located in the Bayswater and the Paddington area in general, this central space has always been of great significance in the history of London. Named after the Thames tributary called River Westbourne, this was also called Westburn and Westborn in the past years.

If you are seeking entertainment in and around the area if Westbourne Terrace include:

To be close to all the fun and entertainment in this area, you should book a luxurious and comfortable stay at the Park Grand Hyde Park Hotel. This hotel is in a prime area where it is close to some great options of entertainment and is very close to transport facilities making commuting swift and easy for you. The hotel features great facilities and amenities and provide tranquil ambience which is perfect to relax after a long day of exploring the city or working. It’s an ideal accommodation option, in the heart of the city for visitors travelling with their families, loved one or for work. Some great entertainment options in the area include:

Puppet Theatre Barge

Built on a converted barge in London, this quirky theatre seats around 50 people. Playing puppet shows in the theatre the shows here are entertaining for both children and adults. The unique and magical puppet shows here attract one and all. This 30-year-old barge has a quirky entrance where to enter you step on a gangplank and climb abroad for a magnificent show. The experience here is unique as in this boat you get tea, coffee, biscuits and fruits. Plus, there is a toilet in this space too. The boat is heated for winters and has fans for summer seasons. It is indoor which makes it a convenient attraction even if the London weather turns bad. This is a great source of entertainment that you can enjoy with all members of your family. This place is only a 7minutes walk away from the Westbourne Terrace.

Where: 35 Blomfield Rd, London W9 2PF

The Idler Academy

This unique academy is only a 12-minute walk from Westbourne Terrace. This organisation offers online and real-world courses in the classical liberal arts and practical skills. It also teaches philosophy, astronomy, calligraphy, music, business skills, English grammar, ukulele, public speaking, singing, drawing, self-defence and many other off-beat yet interesting subjects. You can enjoy a nice talk here with your friends or family.

Where: 81 Westbourne Park Road, London W2 5QH

Cockpit Theatre

Designed by Edward Mendelsohn and build in the 1960’s-70’s by the Inner London Education Authority, this was first a community theatre. At that time, it was London’s first purpose-built theatre. Today, you can enjoy several shows that display the modern issues, contemporary acts and plays from different genres of the world. Visit their website to see what’s playing here now. You can also participate in various creative workshops or attend great talks and discussions here.

Where: Gateforth St, Marylebone, London NW8 8EH

This area is also home to several popular sights and attractions in London. In this area, the prime attractions you can explore are:

Paddington Central

This lively area of London offers premium activities, leisure destinations, food and more. This place features food trucks, pop shops and food stalls. This area has some great restaurants too if you prefer to sit and eat and when the weather is not very favourable for outdoor eating and activities. In this area you can get the right mix of London culture, art, activities and food. Also, being close to the Paddington Station makes it super comfortable for you to travel and explore other parts of London as well as United Kingdom. This place is only a 3-minute walk from Westbourne Terrace.

Jason’s Canal Boat

This great attraction is an easy 8-miute walk from Westbourne Terrace. This is a unique way of exploring London. Jason is a canal boat was originally a narrowboat used for work which is now used to take people on tours and show them the beautiful sights of London. It departs from Jason’s wharf located in Little Venice and covers beautiful neighbourhoods of Regents Park and Camden over a span of 45-minutes. This tour only operates from April to November.

Merchant Square

This place is a fine example of London’s modern development. Located in the heart of the city, it’s vibrant, lively and ever-buzzing. This place features some great modern looking offices, great restaurants, pubs and cafes. The main attractions in this area are the unique rolling bridges and London’s first Floating Pocket Park. Witness these beautiful modern creations here in this area and have a lovely time. This must visit place is only a short 9-minute walk from the Western Terrace.

Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Playground

On a clear day you can reach this popular attraction for kids in just a 12-minute walk from the Western Terrace. This place was created as memorial for Princess Diana. This popular destination is a must-visit if you are travelling London with kids. They will love and adore this place. Here you can see a sea monster sculpture, a giant swing, turtle drum, storyteller’s chair and tree carving by Daniel Cordell. The most attractive feature of the park is the massive vast wooden pirate ship, standing on a sea of sand. This imaginative play area will leave your kids happy and enjoying.

As London is a great destination for all kinds of travellers, this place offers something that entertains and engages one and all. If you are shopping enthusiast travelling to the city, then you will definitely shop-till-you-drop here as London is a paradise city for shoppers from all over the world. It offers everything from budget-shopping to luxury and high-end shopping and that too for all ages. One of the benefits of staying at the Park Grand Hyde Park Hotel is that you are close to many great attractions and as well as the best shopping destinations in the city of London. From here some great shopping areas that you can easily access is:

Heal’s, The Queens Building

Only a short 6-minute walk from the Westbourne Terrace, this shopping destination is a must visit for all shopping enthusiast. Located in the heart of the city, this is flagship store is massive and is spread over three floors. This is the ultimate one-stop-shop designation for buying designer furniture, lights, homeware and many bespoke design services for your home. This upmarket store also has some a nice café and restaurant in the premises where you can take a break from shopping, relax and enjoy a good cup of coffee, snacks and all-day breakfast.

Where: 196 Tottenham Court Rd, Bloomsbury, London W1T 7LQ


This place is a world-famous luxury department store located in the heart of the city. Harrods is home to the best international luxury brands. From clothes, bags, accessories, footwear and accessories and food Harrods has everything that pleases a luxury shopper. The massive store is over 160 years old and provides exclusive high-end collections and services to its customers. Shopping here is a sheer delight while you are exploring the seven floors and 330 departments of the store. The store is also home to a fine selection of cafes and restaurants where you can take a break from all the shopping, relax and enjoy a nice drink at one of its 27 restaurants that are available in the premises. You can also explore a great selection of foods at the popular Harrods Food Halls.

Where: 87-135 Brompton Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7XL

Harvey Nichols

Another luxury British department store located in the heart of the city, this is also the flagship store. Opened in 1880s this eight-floor store offers a high-end range of fashion, beauty and lifestyle collections. Plus, on its fifth floor you can enjoy great food at several restaurants serving different cuisines.

Where: 109-125 Knightsbridge London SW1X 7RJ

Moving forward if you are feeling tired while exploring London, its many attractions, experiences, food, parks and shopping are simply looking for some time to relax, unwind and rejuvenate. Here are some great leisure time activities that can help you reive and enjoy more active time in the beautiful city of London. The places in Westbourne Terrace that you can visit for some pampering times includes:

The Porchester Spa

Only a short 7 minutes’ walk away from the Westbourne Terrace and is in the heart of Central London. This place offers great treatment packages that you can enjoy and feel active and fresh with. Being one of London’s oldest spa it still features its traditional and original décor that have been kept intact since it was built in 1929. The Porchester Spa offers 2 cosy Steam Rooms, Turkish Baths (Tepidarium, Caldarium and Laconium), a Plunge Pool and a relaxing lounge. Here you also have access to its leisure centre where there is a 30m swimming pool is also available for you to have an extended relaxed time here. There is also a café at the premises that serves beverages and snacks.

Timings: Monday-Sunday: 10:00am- 22:00pm

Where: Queensway, Bayswater London W2 5HS

Gina Conway Aveda Lifestyle Salon

Another great place to relax is the Gina Conway Aveda Lifestyle Salon. This Salon and spa is only a 9 minutes’ walk from Westbourne Terrace. The grooming services you can access here are a range of spa treatments, salon services as well as some bespoke services. From the Spa packages you can choose from Dual Exfoliation Power Peel Facial and the Glow Facial. The treatments here are performed by skilled and trained therapists who ensure you have the most relaxing time. At the salon you can choose from a number of hair treatments, colouring, hair designing and more.

Where: Aveda Lifestyle Salon and Spa, 62 Westbourne Grove Road, London W2 5SH

Timings Monday: 9am-7pm, Tuesday to Friday: 9am- 9pm, Saturday: 9am- 7pm, Sunday: 10am- 5pm

Kensington Gardens

If you are looking for some outdoor leisure time, then you can go to the Kensington Gardens which are only a 12-minute walk from the Westbourne Terrace. This royal private garden is beautifully maintained with magnificent trees, ornamental flower beds that overs 100 hectares. Enveloping the Kensington Palace, it is also close to the peaceful Italian Gardens, Peter Pan Statue, the Albert Museum and the Serpentine Gallery. For kids there is the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground and also a café where you can enjoy some great refreshment.

Where: London W2 2UH

Timings: Monday to Sunday: 6am- 9pm

Floating Pocket Park (8 minutes’ walk from Westbourne Terrace)

Only an easy 8-minute walk from Westbourne Terrace, this unique attraction of London is a must visit. Located at the Merchant Square, the 730 square metre floating park provides a striking green public space on the water with its own canal boat mooring. This leafy space is a must visit to have a great leisure time in the city of London, that too in the heart of the city.

Where: Paddington, London W2 1JX

In this area, you can even book your stay the luxurious and comfortable The Shaftesbury Premier London Paddington. Close to transport links, attractions and other amenities this hotel caters to travellers visiting London with kids, on a romantic getaway or for work.