There is a lot to do around Heathrow
London is home to a mammoth selection of top sights, and the west is no exception. With some of the prettiest sights in the capital, it has a huge array of attractions to keep any visitor entertained – and this blog rounds up the best of them here.
From partying at Notting Hill Carnival and feasting in a former garage to strolling along the picture-perfect canals of Little Venice, finding Holland Park’s Kyoto Garden or getting lost in the maze at Hampton Court Palace – there are loads of great things to do in west London.
If, after all this lot, you’ve still got the energy to explore more of London, check out our month-by-month guide to the best events in the city, our guide to the best London attractions, or explore another side to the city in our guide to secret London. But for now, read on for the ultimate guide to things to do in west London.
The Coca-Cola London Eye is centrally located in the heart of the capital, gracefully rotating over the River Thames opposite the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben.
At 135 metres, the Coca-Cola London Eye is the world’s tallest cantilevered observation wheel; The experience showcases breathtaking 360 degree views of the capital and its famous landmarks and has been the number one visitor experience in the city for the past decade.
An experience on the Coca-Cola London Eye will lift you high enough to see up to 40 kilometres on a clear day and keep you close enough to see the spectacular details of the city unfolding beneath you.
Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. It is open to visitors all year round.
Founded by William the Conqueror in the 11th century, it has since been the home of 39 monarchs. Today The Queen spends most of her private weekends at the Castle.
Every year The Queen takes up official residence in Windsor Castle for a month over Easter (March-April), known as Easter Court. During that time The Queen hosts occasional ‘dine and sleeps’ events for guests, including politicians and public figures and presides over Investiture ceremonies at Windsor Castle throughout the year.
Discover the magnificence of Henry VIII’s favourite royal residence. Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the bustling Base Court and marvel at the breath-taking grandeur of Henry’s State Rooms. Tickle your taste buds in the vast Tudor kitchens, stroll through over 60 acres of enchanting gardens, lose yourself in the famous maze and appreciate the beauty of one of the greatest palaces on earth.
Creep along the Haunted Gallery and discover another palace, the Baroque Palace, full of intrigue and gossip from the Stuart and Georgian era. Audio guides are included in the palace ticket and costumed tours and talks happen daily, as well as an excellent programme of seasonal events.
Twickenham Stadium is the largest stadium in the world dedicated to the sport of rugby union, the second largest stadium in the United Kingdom behind Wembley Stadium and the fourth largest stadium in Europe.
Twickenham Stadium has hosted concerts by Rihanna, Iron Maiden, Bryan Adams, Bon Jovi, Genesis, U2, Beyoncé, The Rolling Stones, The Police, Eagles, R.E.M., Eminem, and Lady Gaga. It has also been used as the venue for rugby league‘s Challenge Cup finals, and conventions of Jehovah’s Witnesses; it hosted American football as part of the NFL London Games in 2016 and 2017.