Things to do near Lancaster Gate
Take a stroll in Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens
Hyde Park is right next to the station, making it a convenient place to explore if you have some time to kill or just fancy a walk in fresh air (in as much as that can be had in London…). Kensington Gardens once formed part of Hyde Park and lie to the west of it, with no discernible boundary in between the two (although the Serpentine can act as a rough boundary marker).
The parkland is beautiful and enjoyable in its own right, whether you are a visitor to the capital or a long-time Londoner. The lush green grass and aged trees are home to a variety of birds and small animals. Visit the Dell Bridge or the area around Serpentine Bridge at dusk for a chance to see bats. From the station, enter the park and take a walk down towards the Serpentine Gallery for some modern art. You will also pass an interesting sculpture called “The Arch” by Henry Moore. Henry Moore is a world-renowned sculptor, whose sculptures are displayed in public spaces around the world. He tends to depict semi-abstract human shapes, using curving lines and negative space.
Alternatively, head west, where you will find the Princess Diana memorial and Kensington Palace. The memorial is a modern fountain. There are three bridges, whereby you can cross to the heart of the fountain. If you are short on time, visit the Italian Gardens. It’s a vintage water garden with fountains, and only within a few minutes’ walk from the station.
Visit an artist’s studio
Visiting an artist’s studio is always a special occasion. Part-exhibition space, part-workshop, it allows you to view the work in a uniquely intimate environment. Rob and Nick Carter are a husband and wife artist duo located very close to the Lancaster Gate station. You can visit their studio Monday to Friday, 10am – 6pm, and the changing temporary exhibition will entice you to return time and time again. Rob and Nick Carter work with everything from photography to light drawing and sculpture.
Relax with cocktails & live jazz
There are many lively bars near Lancaster Gate, and it is hard to recommend just one. Hard, but not impossible. Old Mary’s is an atmospheric speakeasy within a stone’s throw from the Lancaster Gate station. Find it below The Mitre, and visit on a Thursday night for some live jazz and blues. They keep their cocktail menu short and creative, but all of your favourite classics are also available. If you would like to experience something new, give their barrel-aged cocktails a try. Have a lot of time on your hands? You could always head towards Bayswater and make your night into a bar crawl. Just don’t blame us in the morning.
For a quick pint, try The Swan, which is located close to the station. But pick your time: this 18th century coaching inn is popular with locals and and tourists alike. Drop in at lunchtime on a Sunday and you might not even get a seat. However, it seems to be the sort of place where different groups of people – families with children, groups of friends, single beer drinkers – get along well. If you feel like eating something, make it a full-blown British experience and order a plate of fish & chips.