Summer time is a great time to visit London, when the weather is balmy with sunny blue skies. It is also one of the most popular periods for visitors to London, with millions of tourists flocking to the city. There are numerous hotels and other options in London that cater to the accommodation needs of visitors here.
When it comes to selection of hotels a popular choice with most regular visitors to the city, are those hotels that lie on and in the vicinity of Staines Road. There are some great hotels to be found nearby which offer a comfortable and luxurious stay at a very reasonable price. An additional benefit of staying on or close to Staines Road, are the numerous attractions that are located close by. Some of the key attractions include:
The Curzon Richmond: What used to be the location of the New Royalty Kinema, is the present site for the Curzon Richmond Cinema that has a capacity to house up to 144 cinemagoers. The structure itself has a wonderful 18th century facade that is listed with its foyer area now housing a restaurant and offices. As per the legal agreement made by the owners with those who bought the place, it is mandatory for the current owners to use the venue as a cinema. To ensure that this condition was met, its owner in the 1980s, Philip Knatchbull had to seek help from David Puttnam, Twickenham Studios and Richard Attenborough who helped out. In June 1990, the Richmond Film house was created and later it was combined with Curzon Cinemas in 2006. This union led to the place being rechristened as the Curzon Richmond in 2008. You can drop in for a kids%u2019 club movie or any other new release.
Osterley Park and House: This was a splendid Tudor Mansion that was originally constructed in 1575. It was only in 1761 that architect Robert Adam was given the task of transforming the original building into a fabulous new 18th-century villa in the neoclassical style which today we know as Osterley House. It was created with the express intent for its owners to serve as a place for entertainment amidst luxurious and opulent surroundings. The interiors are exceptionally ornate with outstandingly intricate plasterwork, beautiful furniture, plush carpets and a terrific kitchen. Its current owner since 1949 is the National Trust and is set amidst 140 acres of a verdant green park and farmland. Visit the place and you will be absolutely captivated with its serene lakes, large sprawling grounds, magnificent 18th-century gardens and architecture.
Strawberry Hill House: Take a first glimpse at Strawberry Hill House and you will feel a shiver go up your spine with the eerie and sinister look its architecture invokes. It started out with a rather humbling beginning serving as a cottage in Twickenham. Later the place came into the possession of Horace Walpole, who was the son of the country%u2019s Prime Minister in 1749. It was his idea to totally renovate and transform the place from an idyllic Georgian cottage into an impressive and imposing Gothic stately home. With Horace Walpole, being an art aficionado and one who enjoyed the finer things in life, the mansion became one of the finest in that part of the country. This led to its size being almost doubled, with beautiful painted glass windows, artful fireplaces and highly embellished ceilings. When Countess Waldegrave became its owner in the 19th century it was further improved upon. Today Strawberry Hill House owes its restoration and maintenance efforts mainly to the World Monuments and Heritage Funds. If you are in the area anytime between March to November you would enjoy the experience of exploring the place. Spend a luxurious vacation at the Park Grand Heathrow Hotel.
Marble Hill House: A great example of a Palladian villa, this beautiful edifice was created for Henrietta Howard, who at that time was mistress of the Prince of Wales, later to be crowned King George II. It lies between Hampton Court and Richmond and is now under the trusteeship of English Heritage. It is spread over a sprawling campus of parkland that is an impressive 66 acres in size. It serves as a perfect example of the architectural genius of Andrea Palladio’s creations, his passion for ancient Roman architecture that is visible in its architecture. It was finished around 1729, and was used by Howard to serves as a means of escape from a life of intrigue and machinations at the royal court of the King. It was patronised by intellectuals, scholars, writers, philosophers and their like. With magnificently done interiors that still look the way when they were built, amidst the grand furniture and classical artwork it definitely is well worth a visit.
The Real Ale Shop: When was the last time you remember having swigged some good old real ale? The fact is that with so many foreign lagers in the market, popularised with some nifty marketing campaigns, there are not too many pubs and bars that serve the authentic stuff. It is time for a revival of the classic ale, which no longer is a preserve of the older generations, with fantastic variations to be found at the Real Ale Shop. From sipping a rich malty draught to downing a pint of brew with a hoppy finish to it, the variety to be found here is literally lip smacking. With authentic British made beer from some of the finest micro-breweries in the country, you can be sure of sipping only the finest of British ale when you drop in at the Real Ale Shop for a drink!