When you think of London, your memory will usually conjure up images of skylines filled with modern buildings and bustling streets, but there are plenty of beautiful and completely unspoilt neighbours dotted around the city too that are well worth a visit.
The next time you stay at the Montcalm Royal London House, here are five neighbourhoods that it is well worth making time to discover.
Located between the affluent Notting Hill and Shepherd’s Bush districts, Holland Park is a beautiful neighbourhood that looks like something straight out of a rom-com movie set. With an immaculate park area that offers balloon rides and trendy cafes and tree-lined streets of stucco fronted buildings which come alive in summer, it’s a perfect spot to explore when staying at our Montcalm Hotels.
Just a short stroll from Camden, Primrose Hill is steeped in history and has some of the most breath-taking views in London. Locals and tourists alike flock to the area and the nearby Regent’s Canal to get away from the hustle and bustle of the busy city streets and take in a little fresh air.
To get there from M by Montcalm, take the Northern Line to Chalk Farm – it gets you there in just under half an hour.
A stroll around Greenwich is a wonderful way to spend a few hours enjoying the peace and tranquillity of this famous part of London. Home to several historical movie backdrops, the Cutty Sark and the Observatory, this untouched neighbourhood can be easily reached from our Montcalm hotels via the Tube.
Film buffs are sure to enjoy walking around the area to see how many movie scenes they can recognise in Greenwich before taking a well-earned rest in the neighbourhood’s iconic park.
If you’re seeking a sample of old-style London, then head to Highgate. Filled with traditional Victorian pubs, Georgian townhouses and an infamous cemetery with Karl Marx being one of the more notable residents, Highgate is a spot where time has stood still.
To get there from the M by Montcalm, hop on the Northern line to Highgate Cemetery station. It takes just over half an hour to reach and is a good starting point for exploring the area.
Located just thirty minutes by Tube from the M by Montcalm, Balham is a leafy spot with tree lined streets and Victorian housing that many professionals working in the city call home after a long day.
With chic cafes, a central shopping hub and plenty of independent boutiques and bookshops to browse through during your visit, Balham has a village feel without being too far away from all of the action.
There’s also plenty of old-style London pubs to enjoy a quick drink while exploring the area, and Balham is also gaining an excellent reputation for some amazing nightlife including live music spots and trendy bars, so it’s worth sticking around after dark to see what’s going on.