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    Seasonal

    Seasonal

      Spring/Summer

    • Wimbledon

      A riot of strawberries, cream, Pimm's and very good tennis (with rain a possibility) in this leafy enclave of south west London. July 3-16, 2017.

    • Chelsea Flower Show

      The world’s leading horticultural event since 1913. Thousands of exhibits and wonderfully creative garden settings. May 23-27, 2017.

    • RA Summer Exhibition

      The Royal Academy clears gallery space every summer for emerging and established artists. More than 10,000 pieces are entered for consideration. June 13 - August 21, 2016.

    • Trooping the Colour

      Pomp, ceremony, and the best-behaved horses in the Commonwealth all gathered to celebrate the Queen’s official birthday.
      June 17, 2017.

    • Henley Royal Regatta

      Somewhat removed from the idea of ‘messing about in boats’, there are over 200 races during the five days of this glorious event. June 28 - July 2, 2017.

      Autumn/Winter

    • Lord Mayor’s Show

      Three miles long, 800 years old, and with 6,000 participants this is an annual must-see for Londoners and visitors alike. November 12, 2016.

    • Totally Thames

      A month-long season of river-related events: art, music, open days, family fun, talks, walks and boats galore. September 1-30.
      Totallythames.org

    • Frieze Art Fair

      See and buy work by leading artists from over 170 galleries in the green and pleasant avenues of Regent’s Park. October 6-9, 2016.

    • Christmas lights

      The styles and approaches may differ from street to street, but there’s no denying that London’s Christmas lights bring a sparkle to last-minute present shopping.

    Family

    Family

      On the doorstep

    • Natural History Museum

      A colossal animated T-Rex turns this fascinating museum into a real-life ‘Night at the Museum’. And there’s skating outside in the winter months. nhm.ac.uk

    • Science Museum

      Budding boffins will love the interactive hands-on exhibits at Launchpad, 3D IMAX movies, the World Wonders trail, the Space gallery – and so much more. sciencemuseum.org.uk

    • Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground

      Located in Kensington Gardens, the playground is a fitting tribute for a princess who loved the innocence of childhood. It includes slides, swings and a full-scale wooden pirate ship designed to be climbed.. royalparks.org.uk/parks/...gardens/diana-memorial-playground

    • Kensington Palace

      Home to royals since the 17th century, this was the former home of Diana, Princess of Wales. The Palace recently underwent a major restoration project. hrp.org.uk/kensingtonpalace/

      A short journey

    • Madame Tussauds

      The stars of London fashion week are the latest characters to inspire new wax figures at the world-famous wax emporium; also see the Star Wars Experience, with life-like figures of the favourite heroes and villains of the movies. madametussauds.com

    • London Eye

      Almost 450 feet high, it takes around 30 minutes to go full circle, giving you plenty of time to take in the stunning views from east to west London and beyond. londoneye.com

    • Kensington Gardens

      The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe is being performed in a pop-up theatre in the Gardens, with Kensington Palace as a backdrop until 9th September.lionwitchtheshow.com

      A little further

    • Legoland

      Over 55 interactive rides and attractions at this Windsor-based experience: fly through the treetops to escape fearsome dragons, ride the thrilling rapids with a Viking fleet, join Lego divers on a magical underwater adventure or enjoy the UK’s only Lego Star Wars Miniland Model Display. legoland.co.uk

    Shopping

    Shopping

      On the doorstep

    • Motcomb Street

      Modest it might be, but a short walk from the hotel, Motcomb Street is lined with ultra-boutiques, chic cafes and galleries selling very fine art indeed.

    • Harrods

      Without question the world’s most famous luxury department store, you could treat yourself to a £165 million yacht, or a punnet of strawberries.harrods.com

    • Harvey Nichols

      Eight floors of fashion, beauty and lifestyle collections, with the fifth floor given over to fine food and well regarded restaurants, plus a Champagne Nail Bar.harveynichols.com/london

    • Ferrari Atelier

      Opened by Felipe Massa, this latest of the Prancing Horse’s Ateliers has a dedicated Personalisation Room, where you can – in effect – build your own Ferrari. ferrari.com

      A short journey

    • Burlington Arcade

      Joining Bond Street and Piccadilly, this 1819 masterpiece is home to Manolo Blahnik, Church’s, Lulu Guinness, Penhaligon’s and many more luxury brands. burlington-arcade.co.uk

    • Dover Street Market

      Very much the place to shop, and to be seen shopping, this multi-level store by the founder of Comme des Garçons is already a must-visit for fashionistas. doverstreetmarket.com

      A little further

    • Portobello Road

      Arguably the most famous street and antiques market in the world (and the most filmed). Open every day but Sunday, and especially crowded on Saturdays.
      portobelloroad.co.uk

      Special events

    • Borough Market

      Saved from demolition, the market is a source of exceptional British and international produce (as far back as 1014), and open from Thursday to Saturday. boroughmarket.org.uk

    • Columbia Road

      Open from 8 until 3ish on a Sunday, Columbia Road is an ‘oasis’ of foliage and flowers, small galleries, cake shops and vintage clothing stores.
      columbiaroad.info

    Food

    Food

      On the doorstep

    • Koffmann's

      Perfect pre- or post-theatre, legendary French chef Pierre Koffmann is cooking up a storm in his bistro-style restaurant at The Berkeley in Knightsbridge.

    • Harrods Food Hall

      If the produce weren’t all so delicious, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the Food Hall was in fact a work of art, there to look at as much as to buy from. harrods.com/food-and-wine

    • Zuma

      Opened in 2002, Zuma London offers a sophisticated twist on the traditional Japanese izakaya style of informal eating and drinking. A celebrity favourite.zumarestaurant.com

      A short journey

    • Hélène Darroze at the Connaught

      Michelin-starred cuisine at the Connaught from this remarkable chef, with lunch and dinner seven days a week inspired by authentic regional and seasonal flavours.

    • J. Sheekey

      Beloved of theatregoers and thespians, this Covent Garden institution has fine sea food, and a champagne and oyster bar open every day from noon till bedtime. j-sheekey.co.uk

      A little further

    • St. JOHN

      Specialising in ‘nose to tail eating’, this former smokehouse serves up nourishing, superbly prepared food. It was awarded a Michelin star in 2009.stjohnrestaurant.com

    Culture

    Culture

      On the doorstep

    • V&A

      The ‘world’s greatest museum of art and design’ displays thousands of pieces in almost every medium from the last 2,000 years. Open late on Fridays. vam.ac.uk

    • Serpentine Gallery

      Modern and contemporary art in the peaceful setting of Hyde Park; this year’s special pavilion is open June 10-October 9.

      A short journey

    • Tate Modern

      Opened in 2000, the gallery has become one of London’s most iconic and popular destinations.tate.org.uk  

    • Royal Opera House

      The Royal Opera House plays host to Verdi’s triumphant Nabucco (June 6-30). Daniele Abbado’s production promises to be immense, with enormous chorus and Placido Domingo taking the powerful title role.roh.org.uk

      A little further

    • Highclere Castle

      Guilty pleasure, or full-blown affair? Well, there’s no doubting the considerable beauty of the location where Downton Abbey was filmed. A day trip. highclerecastle.co.uk

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