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Craven Hill Gardens is on the doorstep of central London, being one of the worlds most visited locations. There are a number of sights in easy reach that are worth a visit, mostly accessible by foot.

Sights in and around Craven Hill Gardens

Hempel Hotel, GardensThe Hempel Hotel [Link] -- This famously discrete, minimalist and upmarket hotel was designed by Anouska Hempel and is frequented by the rich, famous and well known. It is host to high profile events, including parties during London fashion week, and camera crews -- most famously the wedding scene from the movie Notting Hill. The Hempel owns the main garden square.

Corringham by Kenneth Frampton [Link] -- This modernist architectural gem was designed and built in the the 1960's and is now heritage listed. The apartments in this residental block have a unique internal arrangement, overlooking the only other green space within Craven Hill Gardens.

False Fronts on Leinster Terrace [Link] -- When the underground was built in the area, the properties at 22 to 23 Leinster Terrace were purchased, demolished and the rear left open for ventilation. To maintain the facade, false fronts were built, nearly indistinguishable from the adjacent building fronts.

London Underground Cavity -- The sound of a moving underground train can usually be traced to the ventilation shaft on the corner of Craven Hill and Craven Hill Gardens to the north east. It sits between a modern build and the pavement.

London Toy and Model Museum [Link] -- Sadly this museum is now closed, but it previously resided at 21 to 23 Craven Hill and was considered one of Europe's most extensive collections of commercially made toys and models from 1850 onwards.

Historical plaques [Link] -- Various historical plaques are located in or around Craven Hill Gardens.

Filming locations [Link] -- Various films have been shot in or around Craven Hill Gardens.

Sights within 10-15 minutes walk of Craven Hill Gardens

Cleveland Square and Gardens [Link] -- This prestigious block and its gardens are the location of yearly fireworks night, summer parties, movie shoots and a stately ambiance. Visit during London Open Squares Weekend.

Lancaster Gate and Spire House
[Link and Link] -- One of the most grandest housing schemes in the area which still maintains an air of grandeur, once home to the Football Association and Christ Church, worth a walk through on the way to Hyde Park.

The Lancasters (Hyde Park) [Link] -- Previously a hotel, this fabulous new luxurious residential development is set to lift the profile of the area, in style, value and occupancy. Already the construction facade is a head turner, with its oversized coloured pencils and book ends. 

Inverness Court Hotel [Link] -- This ornate building is a former private house, remodelled, with its own theatre, for Louis Spitzel (d. 1906) by Mewes and Davis, architects of the Ritz.

Halepi Restaurant and Kebab House
[Link] -- This charming and informal Greek establishment has been in same same family since 1966 and once hailed as the best Greek restaurant in the world

The Italian Garden and The Fountains [Link] -- The spectacular fountains, sculptures and the overall general arrangement make this a pleasant and well visited area of Kensington Gardens at the entrance opposite Lancaster Gate Underground.

Bayswater Road and the Art Market [Link] -- For nearly 50 years this transport artery opens up every Sunday to over 250 artists and craftsmen with their original works of art. Start at Queensway and head down to Lancaster Gate and beyond. 

Paddington Station [Link] -- Isambard Kingdom Brunel's great creation of the mid 1800s, now one of London's key transport hubs for services to the west and Heathrow. 

St Mary's Hospital (and Fleming Museum) [Link] -- Visitors can see Fleming's laboratory restored to its 1928 condition, and otherwise walk around one of the countries leading academic research centres, and birthplace to many over the years, including the Royals.

Queensway [Link] -- Ecclectic, yet increasingly gentrified, shopping street home to some of London's best Chinese Restaurants, and a variety of retail and dining.

Whiteleys [Link] -- William Whiteley's famous shopping centre, now brought into the modern age and increasingly moving up market. Pleasant shopping and dining experience.

Hallfield Estate [Link] -- Sir Denys Lasdun's 800 flat estate provided housing the public, and it is easily forgotten that it was radical and inspirational at the time.  It is now a listing building.

Craven Road, Hill and Terrace -- Nearby clustering of retail, restaurants and assortments of services at your disposal. Craven Hill has many fine villas, alas mostly infilled to the sides to make use of valuable real estate.

Leinster Terrace, Queens Gardens, Chillworth Street and nearby Mews -- The local streets reveal the historic nature of the area, many buildings once home to stately characters, businesses or institutions, but largely now either housing or hotels.

Sights over 10-15 minutes walk of Craven Hill Gardens

Westbourne Grove [Link and Link] -- One of London's most well known and visited shopping streets, stretching from the northern end of Queensway down through Chepstow Corner, Notting Hill and ultimately finishing at Portobello Road. Take the time on foot to stroll, shop and dine.

Portobello MarketPortobello Road [Link] -- Home to the famously weekly markets, full of antiques, works of art and bric-a-brac, leading down to fruit, veg and daily essentials. Also lined with funky restaurants and shops, this is certainly one of the most heavily visited areas within London. Walk down via. Westbourne Grove.

Connaught Village [Link] -- A quaint and pleasant "village" in the heart of the city reminiscent of an older age with its boutiques, galleries, and restaurants. Be sure to walk there via. Westbourne Terrace, Bathurst Street and Hyde Park Square to nose around expensive yet obscure inner city living. 

Paddington Basin [Link] -- This large redevelopment to the rear of Paddington Station has revitalised the area, and is worth a stroll, shop and dine, particularly on the way through to Little Venice. Walk down Eastbourne Terrace, and turn in to the left on Bishops Bridge.

Little Venice [Link] -- The intersection of the canals at Warwick Crescent is one of inner London's most pleasant areas. From here, take a boat to Regents Park and Camden, head down to the Formosa Dining Room at Warwick Avenue, and admire the grand properties. Walk through via. Paddington Basin.

Edgware Road [Link] -- Colourful, rough, and Middle Eastern in flavour, another of London's most well known and trafficed streets. Not really worth a stroll along, but certainly worth a drive through to understand the flavour of West London. 

Marble Arch [Link] -- Home to Speakers' Corner, a marble monument, and once the location of the notorious Tyburn gallows, but now a notorious traffic intersection. Worth a view when approached from Hyde Park.

Hyde Park [Link] -- To the east of West Carriage drive, this park is certainly worth a day to stroll and dine, and if the weather is great, try taking out a boat onto the Serpentine. Don't miss the Diana Fountain, Speakers' Corner and Rotten Row. Just a short walk.

Kensington Gardens [Link] -- To the west of West Carriage drive, start from Lancaster Gate with the Italian Gardens, The Fountains, then the Round Pond, Diana's Playground, Kensington Palace, The Albert Memorial and the Serpentine Gallery. Just a short walk.

Surrounding areas

Kensington High StNotting Hill -- Undoubtedly one of London's top destination areas with its funky shops and restaurants, in particular the colourful Portobello Road with its weekly Markets. See a film at The Electric. Best reached via. Westbourne Grove using foot, taxi or bus.

Kensington -- Kensington High Street is one of London's main retail strips. If time allows, walk through quaint but expensive back streets or catch up history at South Kensington's museums. Best reached by the District/Circle Lines to Kensington High Street or by foot across Kensington Gardens.

Knightsbridge -- On the opposing side of Hyde Park, this is London's most prestigious and upmarket area and home to Harrods, Harvey Nichols and a concentration of high class restaurants, stores and hotels. Best reached by foot or taxi across Hyde Park.

Oxford St (Western end) -- The Marble Arch end of Oxford Street is bustling with shoppers frequenting all of the large name retailers, and particularly the one and only Selfridges. Have lunch or dinner just behind it at St Christopher's Place. Best reached by bus down Bayswater Road.

Mayfair on Park Lane -- On the eastern edge of Hyde Park, some of the most expensive real estate in the city, dotted with businesses, consulates, restaurants and upmarket stores. Best reached by bus down Bayswater Road to Marble Arch.

Marylebone -- One of central London's key high streets, home to quality shopping, dining and ambling about. Best reached by taxi or by foot from Oxford Street.

Further information

Paddington based events and walks are available through the inpaddington site. Bayswater and Paddingon walks (under the Central Area) are described on the London Footprints site. Audio based walks of the area can be found Robert Wright's London Walks site.