To reach Thistle Kensington Gardens by road…
At the Marble Arch roundabout, pick up the Bayswater Road and follow signs to Notting Hill Gate (A402). Go past Lancaster Gate Underground station, then take the fourth right into Porchester Terrace: Thistle Kensington Gardens is on your left. To programme your sat-nav, please use the postcode W2 3HL. There are 62 car parking spaces available at an additional charge. The hotel is just outside the Congestion Charge zone.
London Paddington mainline rail station is approximately 0.5 miles (10-15 minutes’ walk) from the hotel and is being upgraded for Crossrail services. Other mainline stations are within easy reach by public transport or taxi, including St Pancras for high-speed Eurostar services to the Continent.
There are 4 underground stations within easy walking distance of the hotel: Lancaster Gate and Queensway (Central), Bayswater (District and Circle), Paddington (Hammersmith and Bakerloo). From Queensway station, cross over Queensway, then turn left along Bayswater Road. Thistle Kensington Gardens hotel is about 300m on your left, facing Hyde Park. From Lancaster Gate station, turn right along Bayswater Road and Thistle Kensington Gardens is about 450m on your right.
From the London airports …
London Heathrow: the Heathrow Express runs directly to London Paddington in just 15 minutes (20 from Terminal 5), with a train every quarter of an hour. From there it's a walk or taxi ride of about half a mile to the hotel.
London Gatwick: take the Gatwick Express to London Victoria (trains every 15 minutes, journey time 30 minutes). Then take the Circle underground line to Bayswater. From there it's a short walk or taxi ride to the hotel.
London Stansted: take the Stansted Express to Liverpool Street (trains every 15 minutes, journey time 36 minutes). Take the Central underground line to Queensway. From there it's a short walk or taxi ride to the hotel.
London City Airport: take the Docklands Light Railway to Bank, then change to the Central underground line which runs directly to Queensway. From there it's a short walk or taxi ride to the hotel.
London Luton Airport: from Luton Airport Parkway station (10-minute bus ride from the terminal), Thameslink rail services run directly to St Pancras International (trains every 10 minutes at peak times, journey time 40 minutes). From St Pancras take the Hammersmith and City line to Paddington. Alternatively, take the Circle underground line to Edgware Road, then change and take the Circle or District line to Bayswater. From there it's a short walk or taxi ride to the hotel.
Things to see and do from Thistle Kensington Gardens
At Thistle Kensington Gardens, you have many of London’s most famous landmarks virtually on the doorstep. But with the hotel near Hyde Park and Kensington Palace, and with Covent Garden and the West End just a short walk away, this is a perfect base from which to explore the capital. And when you’ve had your fill of sights, shows and shopping, all the comforts of Thistle Kensington Gardens will be ready and waiting for you.