4 star classic boutique hotel
2 Warrington Crescent, Maida Vale, W9 1ERShow on map
The Colonnade is a hidden treasure situated in Little Venice by Regents Canal, one of London's most fashionable, peaceful and picturesque neighbourhoods. Retreat behind the quintessentially English Victorian... Read More »
4 star contemporary hotel
3 Kingdom Street, Sheldon Square, Paddington, W2 6BDShow on map
The Novotel London Paddington is a four-star New Generation hotel, located in the Paddington Central area. The hotel is easily accessible by road and a few minutes walk from Paddington Station. Ideal for... Read More »
4 star contemporary hotel
Kensington Garden Square, Bayswater, W2 4BQShow on map
Hotel Information This 4-Star, contemporary, independent hotel offering serviced apartments is 0.3 miles from Bayswater Underground station, which is on the District and Circle Lines. Queensway Underground... Read More »
Bed and Breakfast
30-31 Kensington Gardens Square, Bayswater, W2 4BGShow on map
A family owned, independent hotel, the Garden Court Hotel, situated in leafy Bayswater, occupies an English Heritage listed Georgian town house and was established as a hotel in 1952. Described as a 'verdant... Read More »
3 star modern hotel
81 Kensington Gardens Square, Bayswater, W2 4DJShow on map
Hotel Information This stylish independent hotel is just 0.2 miles from Bayswater Underground station, on the District and Circle Lines. Queensway Underground station, on the Central Line, is 0.3 miles; Royal... Read More »
29-31 Clifton Gardens, Maida Vale, W9 1ARShow on map
“Modern apartment block in Little Venice”The Access Maida Vale Apartments is a 15 room, 2 star apartment property which is based in Maida Vale, Central London. The closest tube station from the... Read More »
4 Princes Square, Bayswater, W2 4NPShow on map
The Kensington Court Hotel is a 20 room, 2 star budget friendly hotel located in Bayswater, West London. The nearest tube station to the venue is Bayswater which is in Zone 1 of the Underground System. This is... Read More »
3 star classic hotel
50-51 Princes Square, Bayswater, W2 4PXShow on map
Set in the heart of bustling Bayswater, yet quietly tucked away in the relative tranquility of Prince’s Square, the 3-star Reem Hotel truly offers the best of both worlds. The city and commercial areas... Read More »
3 star classic hotel
55 Princes Square, Bayswater, W2 4PXShow on map
The Pembridge Palace Hotel is centrally located in the heart of London. Just a five-minute walk to Hyde Park; Whiteley’s shops, restaurants and entertainment centres; Queensway, which is famed for its... Read More »
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If you happen to be on a repeat visit to London and you feel that you've seen all you can see of the sights, why not spend your time jumping off them instead? It may not be to everyone's taste, but the French extreme sport Parkour has become a big hit in the UK, causing fearless youths to launch themselves off dizzyingly high ledges, or perform death defying jumps from the top storey of car parks. London's buildings seem to be particularly amenable to practicing Parkour, particularly the South Bank's brutalist-style buildings, which have become an unofficial Parkour course; but before you think about pulling some moves, you'll need to get some training first and the London Experience of Art du Depacement and Parkour, or LEAP as it is known colloquially, is the perfect place to hone your skills.
LEAP is the UK's first managed venue for practicing the art of negotiating urban obstacles. It is a safe and welcoming place to get to grips with this physically challenging, but admittedly uber cool sport. Although it isn't quite as thrilling as leaping from a building, the park features plenty of open space, railings and platforms over 700 square feet. Anyone who has become a member of the club will be able to roll, jump, somersault, climb and vault to their hearts delight, but beginners shouldn't fear, as there are coached classes to guide you through the first steps. There are also separate classes for men and women if required, indoor and outdoor classes, family classes and classes specially for little ones.
The word Parkour derives from the French 'parcours de combatant', which is a term for a military training course, and the discipline has existed since the 1920s, from an evolved form of Ninjitsu and Qing Gong martial arts. Parkour was popularised in France by David Belle. The recent popularity of the sport is due to its appearance in cult movies such as District 9 and Taxi 2, and its use in a scene from the Bond film Quantum of Solace. It can only be practiced in urban areas and works best in heavily built up areas with plenty of platforms and features to use to help you move. Although the sport can be practiced by anyone, it seems to have struck a chord with many of London's wayward youths, so this park is instrumental in benefitting London communities, and helps to cut down on Parkour accidents, by introducing stringent safety measures.
If that all sounds like your cup of tea and your bursting to start throwing yourself from railing to railing, then make sure to visit LEAP and get fit in a way that makes you look like an action hero. The centre also run a video company, so you may also be able to get a permanent record of your moves to wow family and friends. LEAP is located in the North West of London, close to Royal Oak tube station, and there are plenty of hotels nearby, where you can stay whilst you practice. The Royal Hyde Park Hotel in Bayswater is just a few tube stops away and offers reasonable room rates. The Quality Crown Hotel in Paddington offers stylish, modern rooms. The Marriott Hotel in Maida Vale is just a 15-minute walk from the centre and offers luxurious amenities and rooms and SO Quartier in Maida Vale offers chic apartment units for affordable prices.