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Shrek's Adventure! London (3 minutes)

All within 25 minutes walk! Due to the central location of the hotel, there are a variety of local attractions that you can visit. Below follows a few examples of each with estimated walking times.

  • London Eye (2 minutes)
    The London Eye is the worlds tallest observation wheel at 135m high (equivalent to 64 red telephone boxes piled on top of each other). Located on the banks of the River Thames in Central London, it offers unrivalled views over London. The 32 passenger capsules, positioned on the outside of the wheel structure, can carry 25 passengers each. Constantly revolving, the London Eye can carry up to 15,000 passengers a day. The trip takes 30 minutes and on clear days visitors can see over 25 miles in each direction.
  • London Aquarium (2 minutes)
    Displayed on three levels, the aquarium has hundreds of varieties of sea life and fish from all round the world, housed in one million litres of water. The aquarium is popular with both children and adults with the touchable rays a particular favourite. There are interactive displays as well as information about endangered species.
  • Dali Universe (2 minutes)
    The gallery is devoted to the works of the Catalan Surrealist artist Salvador Dali, 1904 till 1989. The gallery is arranged according to themes: 'Dreams and Fantasy', 'Sensuality and Femininity' and 'Religion and Mythology'. These works date from the 1960s to 1980s but the gallery also has classic Surrealist bronze sculpture from the 1930s, when the artist was at the peak of his fame. A highlight is Dali's crimson-satin sofa made in the shape of Mae West's lips.
  • London's Namco Station (2 minutes)
    Namco is Londons largest interactive entertainment venue. Situated next to the London Eye and Waterloo station, County Hall is Londons most unique venue. Encompassing a massive 35,000 sq ft of entertainment such as bars, music, games, bowling, dodgems and pool.
  • Shrek's Adventure! London (2 minutes)
    Step into the kingdom of Far Far Away with this unique walk and ride attraction—opening on 1 July 2015.
  • Houses of Parliament, Big Ben & Westminster Abbey (6 minutes)
    The Houses of Parliament is a short walking distance from the hotel, directly across Westminster Bridge.
  • Big Ben (6 minutes)
    Big Ben is also just across Westminster Bridge.
  • Westminster Abbey (6 minutes)
    Westminster Abbey is located alongside the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben.
  • BFI  British Film Institute (6 minutes)
    Formerly known as the National Film Theatre, the London South Bank cinema complex run by the British Film Institute is tucked away under Waterloo Bridge.
  • London's IMAX Cinema (6 minutes)
    Britain's biggest cinema screen opened in 1999 at Waterloo's Bullring. It took just a year to transform the desolate roundabout at the end of Waterloo Bridge and within the first 12 months it is estimated that half a million people visited the new attraction.
  • The National Gallery (19 minutes)
    The National Gallery houses one the greatest collections of European paintings in the world. These works of art belong to the public and entrance to see them is free. The National Gallery's permanent collection spans the period from about 1250 to 1900 and consists of western European paintings.
  • The National Theatre (8 minutes)
    The National Theatre presents a highly varied programme, including Shakespeare and other classics, new plays by leading contemporary playwrights, and revivals of classic musicals. Each auditorium in the theatre can run up to three shows in repertoire or repertory, thus further widening the number of plays which can be put on during any one season. There are theatre performances most days, and the Atrium often hosts exhibitions and live music.
  • Tate Modern (20 minutes)
    Created in the year 2000 from a disused power station in the heart of London, Tate Modern displays the national collection of international modern art.
  • National Portrait Gallery (20 minutes)
    The National Portrait Gallery is found overlooking Trafalgar Square, directly opposite the river from Park Plaza County Hall. This Gallery houses international paintings pre-1900.
  • Shakespeare Globe Theatre (22 minutes)
    The present Globe Theatre, located next to the Tate Modern, is a careful reconstruction of the original theatre of that name in and for which William Shakespeare wrote many of his plays.
  • Buckingham Palace (25 minutes)
    Buckingham Palace has served as the official London residence of Britain's sovereigns since 1837. The palace has 775 rooms and receives more than 50,000 guests to banquets, lunches, dinners, receptions and the royal garden parties each year. You can view the changing of the guards every two days at Buckingham Palace. Our concierge team can give you more information on dates and times, as these differ monthly.
  • St Pauls Cathedral (25 minutes)
    In 604, the first Christian cathedral dedicated to St Paul was built on the site, for Mellitus, Bishop of the East Saxons. The current cathedral, the 4th to occupy this site, was designed by Sir Christopher Wren.

City Tours

  • Hopper-bus (1 minute)
    There are a variety of coach tours and daily bus tours of Central London.
  • London River cruises (2 minutes)
    There are a variety of sightseeing cruises available, exploring London on the River Thames. 
  • London Duck Tours (2 minutes)
    Nothing compares to the fun of driving from the road to the river. Enjoy the attractions from the fun amphibious vehicle.

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Park Plaza County Hall also provides easy access to the following attractions whether you are travelling by public transport, car or taxi. Timings below are estimated for cars or taxis.

  •  British Museum – Great Russell Street (7minutes)
    The British Museum boats a vast collection of world art and artefacts and is free to all visitors. Enhance your visit by downloading the excellent app or signing up for one of their engaging ‘Eye Opener’ tours.
  • Tower of London – Tower Hill (9 minutes)
    One of London’s most famous landmarks, the historic Tower houses the Crown Jewels, the prison cell of Sir Walter Raleigh, known as the Bloody Tower, and the Chapel of St. John and the Royal Armouries.
  •  Natural History Museum – Cromwell Road (12 minutes)
    A centre of scientific excellence in the discovery of taxonomy and biodiversity, this world famous museum promotes the discovery and enjoyment of the natural world through
  • St James’ Park
    This 90 acre park, the oldest Royal Park in London features a large lake that is a wildlife sanctuary for ducks, geese, swans and even pelicans! Perfect for kids.