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The Henry VIII Hotel is situated in elegant Edwardian surroundings and offers guests a taste of the nearby history in comfortable confines. Named after one of British royalty's most colourful characters, Henry VIII died at nearby Kensington Palace after a fall from his horse, so it is fitting that there should be a hotel named in his honour. The hotel is ideally placed for shops, restaurants and local attractions, with Harrods and Harvey Nichols just a short walk away; Hyde Park on the doorstep; and trendy Notting Hill, famed for its carnival, just 10 minutes walk away.
The Henry VIII Hotel's rooms include Single, Double, Triple and Suite, all of which include free Wi-fi, satellite TV and a direct-dial telephone. Rooms are clean and modern with comfortable fittings. There is no restaurant in the hotel, so you can take advantage of the many cafes and restaurants nearby. Erebuni offers an unusual choice with Russian cuisine, Mandarin Kitchen for Chinese food or Tiroler Hut for traditional Austrian cuisine and some yodelling whilst you eat. If you fancy some food for thought, grab a light snack at the Idlers Cafe, where you can catch a poetry reading and muse on some philosophy.
Hotel amenities include a 24 hour reception, a sauna, dry cleaning and luggage storage, but the hotel's biggest perk has to be its indoor swimming pool. This is rarely offered in many London hotels, so even if it is raining (as it does from time to time in London), you can enjoy a refreshing dip.
If you prefer to explore outside the hotel, you will be situated just a five minute walk away from Hyde Park, London's biggest green space, where you can peruse modern art in The Serpentine Gallery, ride a horse from Hyde Park Stables, ride the solar powered shuttle boat or draw a crowd at Speaker's Corner. Kensington Palace and Gardens, which has had many royal residents including Henry VIII, is also very close by, so you can stroll around the palace or simply put out a deckchair and watch the world go by. If you are travelling with children, they will enjoy watching a show on the Puppet Theatre Barge, just a short walk away.
The hotel is very well located for travel in and out of London. Lancaster Gate and Queensway tube stations are nearby, servicing the Central line and Bayswater tube station offers a direct link to Victoria Station (where you can transfer from Gatwick Airport) on the District and Circle lines. Paddington Station (where the Heathrow Express Train terminates) is about a 15 minute walk away. From these stations you can easily visit other parts of London. If you are driving it is best to note that there are no parking facilities at the hotel; however the nearest NCP car park is five minutes from the hotel in Bayswater Road.
Whilst the hotel might not mimic the lavish nature of its titular monarch, it provides comfortable rooms in a safe and exciting location, and the chance to take a dip in a bustling metropolis. For the best experience, Hotel-Assist recommends requesting a room on the second floor where the best rooms, with high ceilings and balconies (a rarity in London) are located, so you can make the most of nearby views in one of London's most picturesque districts.