Local Area

The Brent Hotel is ideally situated around several local attractions including: Wembley Stadium, Wembley Arena, Brent Cross Shopping Centre, Harrow on the Hill School, Westfield London Shopping Centre. The hotel is only a 10 minute walk to Preston Hill Tube Station (London Underground) with a journey of less than 20 minutes to Central London stations. Location Map

Wembley Stadium

Wembley Stadium (often referred to simply as Wembley, is a football stadium located in Wembley Park, in the Borough of Brent, London, England. It opened in 2007 and was built on the site of the previous 1923 Wembley Stadium. The 90,000-capacity venue (105,000 combined seating and standing) is the second largest stadium in Europe, and serves as England’s national stadium. It is the home venue of the England national football team, and hosts the latter stages of the top level domestic club cup competition, the FA Cup. Wembley Stadium Website

Wembley Arena

Wembley Arena (originally Empire Pool) is an indoor arena, at Wembley, in the London Borough of Brent. The building is opposite Wembley Stadium. Wembley Arena was renovated, along with Wembley Stadium, as part of the regeneration of the Wembley area. With 12,500 seats it is London’s second largest indoor arena after The O2 arena and third largest indoor concert venue after the O2 and Earls Court, an exhibition hall which regularly stages concerts. The building is used for music, comedy and family entertainment and for sport. Wembley Arena Website

Brent Cross Shopping Centre

Brent Cross Shopping Centre takes its name from an old crossroads near the River Brent. When Brent Cross Shopping Centre opened in 1976 it was the first stand-alone shopping mall in the UK. It was initially constructed in a dumbbell shape running east-west parallel to the North Circular Road, with the two largest stores (John Lewis and Fenwicks) at the ends. It was expanded and renovated beginning in 1995, with additional shops and restaurants added. The shopping centre now has over 120 stores. A multi-storey car park replaced the remainder of the open parking area to the north. Brent Cross currently offers 8,000 free car-parking spaces. Brent Cross Website

Westfield London Shopping Centre

Westfield London is a shopping centre in White City in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. The centre was opened on 30 October 2008 after several years in construction. The site is part of the White City district, where several other large scale development projects are under way or in the planning stages. The centre is noted for its size: with a retail floor area of 150,000m² (1.615m ft²), the equivalent of about 30 football pitches. At the time of its opening it was reported to be the largest shopping centre in Europe. The nearest London Underground stations are Wood Lane, White City, Shepherd’s Bush and Shepherd’s Bush Market. Westfield London Website

Harrow on the Hill School

Harrow School, commonly known simply as “‘Harrow”, is an English independent school for boys situated in the town of Harrow, in north-west London. There is some evidence that there has been a school on the site since 1243 but the Harrow School of today was officially founded by John Lyon under a Royal Charter of Elizabeth I in 1572. Harrow is one of the original nine public schools that were defined by the Public Schools Act 1868. Harrow has many notable alumni, who are known as Old Harrovians, including seven former British Prime Ministers including Winston Churchill and Robert Peel (the creator of the modern Police Force and founder of the Conservative Party), and the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru. Harrow School Website

RAF Museum London

The Royal Air Force Museum London, commonly known as the RAF Museum, is a museum located on the former Hendon Aerodrome, dedicated to the history of aviation and the British Royal Air Force. The Royal Air Force Museum London comprises five exhibition halls: Milestones of Flight, The Bomber Hall, Historic Hangars, The Battle of Britain Hall, and The Grahame-White Factory. As of 2010, it has over 100 aircraft. These aircraft include one of only two surviving Vickers Wellingtons left in the world and the Avro Lancaster S-Sugar, which flew 137 sorties. It also includes the only complete Hawker Typhoon and the only Boulton Paul Defiant in the world. RAF Museum Website

Other Local Attractions

British Museum

The UK’s largest museum and the oldest museum in the world is also one of the worlds greatest. Exhibitions include ‘Britains Top Ten Treasures’ and ‘Egyptian Mummies’ and many more. The British Museum is free to all visitors. Visit Website

National Gallery

The National Gallery overlooks Trafalgar Square and features works by Leonardo da Vinci, Van Gogh, Monet, Titian and Turner amongst over 2300 in the collection, owned by the people of the United Kingdom. Entry to the National Gallery is Free, although there may be a charge for entry to some of the temporary exhibitions. Visit Website

Tate Modern

The Tate Modern is a museum of modern art housed in a building, designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, which used to be the Bankside Power Station. Opened in 2000 by the Queen, Tate modern has a collection of modern art from 1900 to the present day and includes works by Dali, Picasso and Warhol amongst others. There are seven floors of exhibits with excellent views over London from the top floor overlooking the Thames. The Tate Modern is Free to enter although there may be a charge many of the temporary exhibitions. There is now a Tate-to-Tate boat taking visitors from Tate Britain to Tate modern. Visit Website

EDF Energy London Eye

The British Airways London Eye is one of the most inspiring and visually dramatic additions to the London skyline. At 135m high, it is the world’s tallest observation wheel, allowing you to see one of the world’s most exciting cities from a completely new point of view. Visit Website

Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum is located in a stunning building with a Romanesque interior. The museum contains over 70 million animals, plants and fossils and includes interactive displays and guided tours. Entry is Free! Nearest tube is South Kensington tube. Visit Website

Victoria and Albert Museum

The Victoria and Albert Museum is the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design, housing a permanent collection of over 4.5 million objects. Founded in 1852 as the South Kensington Museum, the V&A has since grown to now cover some 12.5 acres and 145 galleries. Its collection spans 5000 years of art, from ancient times to the present day, in virtually every medium. Visit Website

Tower of London

The Tower of London was founded by William the Conquerer almost 1,000 years ago. A huge stone stronghold – In places the tower is nearly 100 feet heigh and its walls 15 feet thick – the tower was built on the banks of the River Thames to protect London and to assert the power of the King. It continued to house English Kings and Queens until after the death of Henry VII in 1509. Its use as a prison began in the reign of Henry III and in 1303 it served as a treasury when the crown jewels were moved here from Westminster Abbey and they remain here to this day. The Tower of London was still used as a prison as recently as World War II. Many famous prisoners have been executed here including Thomas More, Lady Jane Grey and Anne Boleyn, whose ghost is said to haunt the tower. The tower is also famous for the yeoman guards, or ‘Beefeaters’, and for the Ravens – according to legend, at least 6 ravens must remain here or the Tower and the monarchy will fall. Visit Website

Tate Britain

The Tate Britain is situated alongside the Thames at Millbank and exhibits British Art from 1500 to the present day. Tate Britain includes works by Blake, Constable, Gainsborough and J.M.W. Turner and also hosts the annual Turner Prize exhibition. Entry to Tate Britain is free, although there may be an admission charge for entry to the many special exhibitions. There is now a Tate-to-Tate boat taking visitors from Tate Britain to Tate modern. Visit Website

Madame Tussaud’s & The London Planetarium

Madame Tussaud’s world-famous waxwork collection was founded in Paris in 1770. It moved to England in 1802 and found a permanent home in London’s Marylebone Road in 1884. The 21st century has brought new innovations and new levels of interactivity. Now you can score for England with Sven-Goran Eriksson watching, or give a speech with Bush and Blair by your side. There is a Chamber of horrors and a Spirit of London ride taking visitors through 400 years of change in one of the world’s greatest cities. Expect long cues in the summer or book a fast track ticket. Visit Website

Science Museum

Entry to the Science Museum is Free. There are over 300,000 items here including Crick and Watson’s model of DNA and an IMAX theatre. Visit Website

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