Who’d want to try parking a car in the West End? Many don’t even relish driving their vehicle into the centre of the UK capital! So busy is the traffic and so difficult is it to find a parking space. Well, that last point is true; unless you know where to go. Indeed, should you be planning to visit London and stay right in the centre of things and want to use your car (possibly because you’re travelling for business and expect only to be staying for a night or two), there are some perfectly adequate parking solutions in the area…
APCOA Paddington Station Car Park
(Bishop’s Bridge Road W2 6AA; 0.5 miles from the Park Grand Lancaster Gate hotel: head north-east on Craven Hill Mews, turn left into Devonshire Terrace, turn right into Chilworth Street, turn left into Gloucester Terrace and then turn right into Bishop’s Bridge Road)
Impressively open 24/7 and comprising 127 spaces, this car park is simply ideal should you be staying right in the very heart of the capital during your stay (for instance, at the Park Grand London Lancaster Gate hotel), ensuring it’s within walking distance not just of your accommodation but also many attractions and one of the capital’s most frequented mainline train stations. Parking prices here are competitive too, ranging from £3.50 for one hour to £26 for up to 24 hours; plus, there’s a ‘full day’ and ‘full night’ ticket option, both of which are £10, as well as the opportunity to buy ‘multiday tickets’ (for up to 21 days).
Express Car Parks
(Kendal Street, London W2 2BP; 0.9 miles from the Park Grand Lancaster Gate hotel: head north-east on Craven Hill Mews, turn right into Devonshire Terrace, turn left into Craven Road, turn right into Gloucester Terrace, turn left into Lancaster Terrace, turn right into Westbourne Street and keep going until you reach Kendal Street)
Boasting an ample size and due north-east of Lancaster Gate, this car park’s spaces are all pre-bookable and opening times are 6am-12midnight on weekdays and 6am-1am on Saturdays and Sundays. Prices range from £7 for 1-2 hours to £29 for 8-24 hours.
Euro Car Park
(150 Bayswater Road W2 4RT; 0.7 miles from the Park Grand Lancaster Gate hotel: head north-east on Craven Hill Mews, turn right into Devonshire Terrace, turn right into Craven Hill, turn left into Leinster Terrace and then turn right into Bayswater Road)
Finally, this 24 hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week car park is located, you’ll find, right on the north-western tip of Kensington Gardens and within easy walking distance of Queensway Tube station. Payment’s by card or phone, meaning you don’t have to faff about with cash and, although it’s not manned every hour of the day and night, it does feature CCTV to offer a level of security. Best of all, though, online customer reviews suggest you may be offered tea or coffee on entry – yes, really!