A handy guide to Earl’s Court

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When you are looking for hotels in London city, it’s important to pick a place with good transport links so that visiting the key sights is as easy as possible. Earl’s Court not only has its own Underground Station, but it is close to many of the capital’s best attractions.

Indeed, with London being so incredibly vast, often the hardest part about arranging a holiday to the city is just picking a place to stay. For this very reason, we have put together a comprehensive guide as to why Earl’s Court should triumph over the rest of London’s districts in your search for accommodation.

For your next big trip to London, consider staying in the Earl’s Court area. Here are just a handful of the tremendous options you have available to you.

Weather

Let’s start with the weather, often the maker or breaker of any trip to London. While England is known for its wet, dreary weather, this isn’t always the case.

During the summer months, there’s every chance that the capital will be bright, sunny and hot (by UK standards). To stand the best chance of dodging the rain, look to visit the city between June and August, when the weather is at its finest. The average temperature around these months is usually 22 degrees C and can even reach the 30s on some days.

Whatever the weather, London has so many attractions, both indoor and out, that you’re sure to find something to do during your stay.

Attractions 

There are many amazing London attractions located in, or very close to, Earl’s Court and here are some of the best:

Leighton House: a small museum that contains a vast wealth of Victorian paintings by the likes of John Everett Millais and Edward Burne-Jones. This grand building was once the home of artist Lord Leighton and can be found on the outskirts of Holland Park. The big must-see here is the ornately tiled Arab hall.

Holland Park: although this little green area is nowhere near the size of some of the other big parks in London, it’s Holland Park’s small, pretty nature that makes it worth a visit. A one-time private estate, the grounds contain a number of perfectly kept gardens with the pick being the Kyoto Japanese Garden and its many Koi carp.

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Brompton Cemetery: it may sound strange to visit a cemetery for fun, but this 19th-century burial ground is a quiet place for reflection and the appreciation of fine architecture. Spread out over 39 acres of land, Brompton was established as one of the “Magnificent Seven” cemeteries in London and contains a splendid chapel that replicates St. Peter’s basilica in Rome. You don’t need to spend too much time here, simply take an hour strolling through the grounds and escape the hustle and bustle of the capital.

Linley Sambourne’s House – 18 Stafford Terrace: history lovers will certainly want to check out this house, for it is possibly the best example of a preserved Victorian abode in all of London. Once the family home of cartoonist Edward Linley Sambourne, much of the original fittings and furniture have survived intact, offering a rare glimpse into the lives of Victorian Londoners.

In order to preserve the house, only a limited amount of tickets are released each day, so it’s worth booking online beforehand.

The Troubadour: one of the hottest music venues in town, the Troubadour’s stage was once graced by all the greats; from Hendrix to Dylan. Today, London’s original bohemian coffee house plays host to an eclectic range of music, ensuring there’s something on for everyone. The venue’s diminutive size helps create an intimate atmosphere that many others struggle to replicate. Upstairs, there’s a wonderful cafe that offers fine coffee and delicious food.

Finborough Theatre: for fine theatre in London, many people immediately think of the West End (which, incidentally, isn’t too far from Earl’s Court). But some of the best, most progressive art can be found right on your doorstep here in Earl’s Court. Finborough Theatre is a small, 50-seat space above a pub in west London which is renowned for supporting new talented writers and producing award-winning works.

Since its opening in 1980, the venue has placed its focus on making use of the intimate stage space and reinvigorating plays that have fallen off the radar in the world of mainstream theatre. The bar is another treat in itself, but all round, this little part of creative London is well worth visiting for true theatre lovers.

Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens: a short tube ride away from Earl’s Court (take the Piccadilly Line to Knightsbridge) you will find Hyde Park, one of London’s finest open spaces.

Explore Kensington Park and The Royal Gardens

This vast park has a great deal inside it and you can quite easily spend the morning traipsing aimlessly about its grounds. As well as the many monuments you’ll find here, there’s also the chance to sail on the serene waters of the Serpentine; the lake that bisects the park. Speakers’ Corner in the north-east of the park is also an interesting place to visit, as people often congregate here to speak publicly and debate.

Over to the west of Hyde Park, you will find Kensington Gardens and Kensington Palace; the official residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The palace itself plays host to a number of fine exhibitions while the grounds are perfectly maintained and a joy to wander through.

Westminster: Big Ben and Westminster Palace are must-sees for anyone visiting London for the first time, and from Earl’s Court you can get there easily: simply take the District Line all the way from Earl’s Court Underground Station to Westminster Station.

Once here, you can enjoy the fine sight of Parliament, the Thames and even walk on to Buckingham Palace and Horse Guards’ Parade.

Transport

The best way to get from A to B in London is undoubtedly the tube. It’s quick, easy and, if you avoid rush hour, relatively hassle free. For this, Earl’s Court Underground Station is your best bet if you are staying in the general area. It’s served by the District and Piccadilly Lines and links to a number of other well-connected tube stations.

Alternatively, you can use the West Brompton Train Station which is served by the London Overground, District Line and Southern Railway. Numerous buses also run through the area if you prefer to travel above street level – it usually takes longer, but it’s much cheaper.

For the sake of ease, make sure you purchase an Oyster card upon your arrival in London. This makes travel in the capital much more hassle-free and eliminates the need for multiple tickets. Alternatively, you can use your debit card if you have a contactless card.

London’s tube map is renowned for being incredibly easy to use, but you can always check on the Transport for London website for more information. If you have a smartphone, Citymapper is an excellent app for navigating the city’s public transport.

Museums

Three of London’s biggest and best museums are a mere stone’s throw away from Earl’s Court: The National History Museum, the V&A and the Science Museum.

Each one is incredibly unique, making it easy to find one that you will enjoy personally. There’s so much to see and do at these you could quite easily spend an entire day just visiting the museums. All three open at 10:00 am and close between five and six – The National History Museum closes first at five, the V&A at 5:45 and the Science Museum at six.

The Zest Art Gallery is also close by for fans of contemporary glass-themed art. Artists from all over the world come to display their art here and it’s a great excursion for those with an eye for the peculiar.

Stadiums 

If you are visiting the capital with a view to catch a sporting event, then you are in luck; there are two great stadiums within the immediate vicinity of Earl’s Court.

The first, Stamford Bridge, is home to one of the best teams in England, Chelsea F.C. This year, under the guidance of the eccentric genius Jose Mourinho, the Pensioners are looking to secure their first Premier League title since the 2009-10 season.

So far, Chelsea have played some of the best football in the league this year, often blowing teams away with their powerful performances. Anyone looking to catch a game of football in the capital should strongly consider heading to the Bridge.

Alternatively, you could also make the trip to Craven Cottage where Fulham F.C. play. Although the Cottagers are currently struggling for form at the wrong end of the championship, there can be no doubt that the atmosphere at their stadium is always second to none. For a real British football experience, you can’t go wrong at the Cottage.

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