• British Museum

    British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, UK .

    British Museum
    Discover all about the human world while in the heart of London

    Throughout history, humanity has shown an incredible diverseness seen through the many cultures spread across the globe. It is only fitting that there exists a collection of over seven million objects dedicated to displaying the true nature of mankind in one of the most multicultural cities on the globe, London. This collection is housed within the British Museum, which is now one of the prime centres for the study of human history and culture. It is located within a short distance of Tottenham Court Road tube station making it the perfect location for a day's excursion from the Jesmond Dene Hotel.

    The scope and range of the British Museum is enormous. Since 1753, the museum has collected artefacts from every region of the world, meaning that you will be able to take a stroll through the histories of Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas all within the one visit. Bear in mind that all objects here are genuine, meaning that you will not be able to view them anywhere else on Earth. This is as close as you can get to a time-spanning world trip throughout our fascinating history.

    The British Museum is open from 10am to 5.30pm every day of the week, although various sections may have differing opening times. In addition to this, admission to the general museum is free with some temporary exhibitions having an additional entrance fee. Since these times and rates change constantly, it is recommended that you have a look at the museum's official website for more information.

    If you wish to educate yourself about the different aspects of the human race's lengthy history, a visit to the museum is highly recommended and very easy to accomplish. There are frequent buses through the museum's neighbourhood and, as mentioned before, there is a tube station nearby so that you can reach the British Museum from the Jesmond Dene Hotel very rapidly.

    If you wish to learn more about the British Museum, then click on the link below to view its very informative website.

  • Hamleys

    Hamleys Toy Shop, Regent Street, London, UK .

    Visit one of the world’s largest toyshops whilst in London.

    Hamleys is not only one of the largest toy shops in the world but is also one of London’s most popular tourist attractions as it receives an average of about 5 million visitors a year. It was named after William Hamley who was the founder of ‘Noah’s Ark’, a toy store located at High Holborn in London in the late eighteenth century. Hamleys has received two Royal Warrants; the first was given by Queen Mary, who was the consort of George V, in 1938 and the second by Queen Elizabeth II in 1955. During the Second World War Hamleys Regent Street store, which is the most popular and famous of all the Hamleys outlets, was bombed five times and the fact that it has survived in various forms to this day is testament to its timeless appeal.

    It has seven floors of toys with different categories of toys on each floor so if you are after a specific type of toy locating whatever you are after should not be too difficult. The basement contains interactive toys, the ground floor soft toys, the first floor games, the second floor preschool, the third floor is for girls’ toys, the fourth is for hobbies and the fifth floor is for boys and also has an open café. 

    Hamleys is open from 10am to 8pm, Monday to Friday, Saturday from 9am to 8pm, and Sunday midday to 6pm so be aware of the different opening hours to avoid dissapointment. It’s conveniently located at 188–196 Regent Street which makes it easily accessible from either Oxford Circus or Piccadilly Circus tube stations so if you are staying somewhere like the Jesmond Dene Hotel, which is conveniently located near Kings Cross St. Pancras tube station, getting to Hamleys won’t be a problem.    

    If you are sightseeing in London remember that most tourist attractions are located within walking distance from one of the numerous tube stations so if you want to get the most out of your time seeing the sights and experiencing what London is all about, try to find a place to stay that is located close to a tube station like the St Pancras Hotel Group.

    For more information about Hamleys please visit the official website below.

  • British Library

    British Library, Euston Road, London, UK .

    The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and the largest library in the world by number of items catalogued. It is estimated to contain 170–200 million-plus items from many countries. As a legal deposit library, the British Library receives copies of all books produced in the United Kingdom and Ireland, including a significant proportion of overseas titles distributed in the UK. The Library is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

    The British Library is a major research library, with items in many languages and in many formats, both print and digital: books, manuscripts, journals, newspapers, magazines, sound and music recordings, videos, play-scripts, patents, databases, maps, stamps, prints, drawings. The Library's collections include around 14 million books, along with substantial holdings of manuscripts and historical items dating back as far as 2000 BC. In addition to receiving a copy of every publication produced in the UK and Ireland (approximately 8,000 per day), the Library has a programme for content acquisitions. The Library adds some three million items every year occupying 9.6 kilometres (6 mi) of new shelf space. There is space in the library for over 1,200 readers.

  • London Canal Museum

    London Canal Museum, New Wharf Road, London, UK .

    London Canal Museum in the King's Cross area of London, England, is a regional museum that displays information about the history of London's canals.

    The museum was opened in 1992. It is housed in a Victorian ice warehouse that was used by Carlo Gatti. The building was constructed between 1862 and 1863 to house ice imported from Norway by ship and canal barge. There are two preserved ice wells under the building, one of which may be viewed from the public area of the museum.

  • Covent Garden

    Covent Garden, London, UK .

    An historic shopping area in the City of Westminster

    Situated in the City of Westminster, Covent Garden is one of London’s liveliest shopping and entertainment districts. The entire district centres on the Royal Opera House, a highly prestigious performing arts venue. The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, the Royal Ballet and the Royal Opera regularly perform here. 

    Whilst staying at the St Pancras Hotel Group, guests can easily transfer to Covent Garden thanks to the London Underground. Kings Cross St. Pancras station is a short stroll from the hotel, and from here it’s only a matter of taking the Piccadilly line to Covent Garden tube station.

    Covent Garden has been an important settlement since Roman times, but it was not until the 1600s that its modern course was set. A well-planned plaza was laid out, and a market culture quickly sprang up around it. Covent Gardens became a place where shoppers could peruse exotic imported goods that had been ferried up the River Thames.

    Today Covent Garden is a shopper’s dream, with fashionable boutiques selling clothing, accessories, gadgets, music and books. The first night market in the UK opened here in 2007 dealing in specialty food products like cheeses and sweets. With these combined shopping activities, Covent Garden remains busy long after the sun has set. 

    Covent Gardens has been known for its street performers since the 17th century. This London’s only officially-licensed venue that allows street entertainment, so visitors are in for a rare treat. Performers play in the South Hall and North Hall courtyards as well as on West Piazza. Performance varies from classical music to lively dance acts, with shows lasting 30 minutes. Performances run from mid-morning until 19:00.

    Those based at the St Pancras Hotel Group are in an ideal position to enjoy the shopping and entertainment featured at Covent Garden. Covent Garden street is closed to automobiles, so there is little need to arrange transportation with the Underground stations so conveniently located. 

    For further information about Covent Garden please visit the official website below: