We keep saying it but Queen's Park is a great spot to base yourself for getting around London.
There are very few areas where you'll find a nice house with garden and such easy access to good transport to get you so quickly to
all parts of London, from the West End to Kensington, from the Olympic Park at Stratford to the giant Shepherd's Bush Shopping Centre - get there quickly by Underground, Overground or famous red
You'll even find space to park on the street if you're bringing your car (cost £4.50 per day)
As a visitor to London it's good to know how well we are connected - good underground and overground
trains, buses and reasonably priced local taxis will get you around town quickly and easily:
• Queen’s Park Underground Station (10 mins walk) is on the Bakerloo Line with trains every 3 minutes right through the heart of the West End, Picaddilly Circus for Soho, Shafstbury Avenue's Theatreland, Leicester Square and Covent Garden all the way to Waterloo Station and the South Bank for The London Eye, The Globe, the Millennium Bridge, St Paul's Cathedral, Tate Modern, The Mayor's Offices, Southwark Cathedral, Borough Market, "The Clink", Vinopolis, Tower Bridge, the Tower of London and the "Shard" - Europe's tasllest building - with phenominal views.
• Kensal Rise Overground Station (5 mins walk) takes you 30 mins via brand new train sets to the Olympic Park and Westfield, Europe's largest shopping mall in Stratford, East London, or to the West 10 mins to Shepherd's Bush for Europe's 2nd largest shopping mall and to Richmond (for Hampton Court or Twickenham).
• A few minutes walk to the south takes you to Ladbroke Grove, Notting Hill and Portobello Road.
• The famous 52 Bus From the end of Keslake Road on Chamberlayne runs the very famous Number 52 Bus (as featured in the movie "Notting Hill") It runs every 10 minnutes through Notting Hill (for Portobello Road) Notting Hill Gate, Kensington Church Street, Kensington High Street, Kensington Palace, The Albert Hall (for the Science, Natural History and Victoria & Albert Museums), Hyde Park and the Serpentine, Hyde Park Corner for Piccadilly, around Buckingham Palace and on to Victoria Station..
Cabs & Taxis London Black Cabs are famous for their "knowledge" (within central London only) - and the "banter" of their drivers. They're very convenient but quite expensive and most of them don't have Sat
Nav or GPS for use outside their area of "knowledge". They can be booked but their USP is that they are the ONLY cabs which are licensed to be hailed on the street. DO NOT try and hire any other kind
of cab on the street. They (and you) will be breaking the law.
Local or "Mini" Cabs. All licensed and vetted but for prebooked hire ONLY from their local offices or by phone. Excellent value - all equipped with Sat Nav/GPS. We can book one from one of our local companies for you. They are usually the most convenient and sometimes the cheapest way to transfer from airports (depending on how many of you there are, how much luggage and which airport). We can arrange transfers by local cab for you (we'll need your airline, terminal, flight number, ETA and your cellphone/mobile/handy number.
The Uber App. Yes the infamous Uber App works in London. Hire a cab on the street by hiring it on your phone or tablet and using your registered account on the Uber app. The app will tell you how many cabs are in your vicinity in real time, a photo of the licensed driver, his rating, make and colour of his car is and its registration number. All have Sat Nav/GPS and are usually good value (rates vary by time of day - watch out for time-and-a-half and double-time fares, usually at night).
Restaurants. We have excellent restaurants, bistros and wine bars within easy walking distance, plus first class Italian, Indian, English, Thai, Chinese, Piza, American, "Gastro Pub", Morrocan, Lebanese, Piri-Piri and Tapas restaurants. Even traditional English Fish’n’Chip shops. Within 10 mins taxi/bus ride we even have 3 Michelin starred restaurants, if that’s your style and budget. See more at LOCAL AMENITIES
VISITOR OYSTER CARDS
The Oyster Card is a plastic smartcard you can use instead of a paper ticket. Charge it up at thousands of shops and stations.
It is no longer possible to pay in cash on London buses - Oyster card or prepaid pass ONLY
It is not only convenient and time-saving it also GUARANTEES you the cheapest way to pay for journies on buses, Overground, Underground, trains, trams, DLR and scheduled river services in London. Save queing, save money.
Normally to acquire an Oyster Card you would need to pay a deposit BUT we have Oyster Cards you can borrow from us and simply charge up when you need.
London is big and millions of people commute or travel around the city every day. And, despite the grumbles of local Londoners (who mostly HAVE to travel through the "rush" hour) the city's public transport system works unbelievably well. We're very proud of it.
THE UNDERGOUND or locally called "The Tube"
(= Metro) was the first rapid transit underground system in the world. It opened in 1863; the first to run with electric trains opened in 1890. It is a complex of many lines. Queen's Park is on the Bakerloo Line (coloured brown) one of the most frequent and useful of all the services as it crosses nearly all the other lines. Most of day it runs every 2 minutes.
You will need access to the Tube Map which now also incorporates the "London Overground" a system which encircles the whole of outer London and uses brand new very modern train-sets. You can get free paper copies of the map from stations (we'll probably have some) but you can also access it on your smart phone or tablet and there's a link above right. And of course Apps are available to download.
BUSES. There are thousands of London's famous red buses around town and hundreds of routes. These days most bus stops come with electronic signs which tell you how long until the next bus comes along and all bus stops tell you which buses come by and where they go. Nearly all buses now have electronic signs AND automatic announcements on board telling you the destination and what and where the next stop is.
Check out>> BUSES from Queens Park/Salusbury Road
Check out>> Buses from Kensal Rise/Chamberlayne Road
And, luckily planning your local journey could not be easier these days. See below.
'Transport for London' runs the best and most useful travel related website we have ever come across anywhere on planet Earth. We use it regularly. Just tell it where you want to go to and when and it will give you timings, all transport alternatives in London and options for the shortest, quickest or easiest route with maps for streets, stations and changes. It's quite brilliant. We'll print the results for you. And it's just right here.