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Guides & Itineraries
A riot of strawberries, cream, Pimm's and very good tennis (with rain a possibility) in this leafy enclave of south west London. Late June to early July.
The world’s leading horticultural event since 1913. Thousands of exhibits and wonderfully creative garden settings. 18th-25th May 2013.
The Royal Academy clears gallery space every summer for emerging and established artists. More than 10,000 pieces are entered for consideration.
Pomp, ceremony, and the best-behaved horses in the Commonwealth all gathered to celebrate the Queen’s official birthday. June 2013. Date to be confirmed.
A five-day celebration of the turf that has long been regarded as the centerpiece of the social season, and includes the Ascot Derby. 18th-22nd June 2013.
Somewhat removed from the idea of ‘messing about in boats’, there are over 200 races during the five days of this glorious event. 3rd -7th July 2013.
Currently showing Ragtime and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, this is a truly magical evening’s experience in one of London’s most ancient parks.openairtheatre.org
Three miles long, 800 years old, and with 6,000 participants this is an annual must-see for Londoners and visitors alike. 10th November 2012.
Live performances, kids' choirs, carnival and street theatre groups and a stunning fireworks finale on Sunday evening. 8th-9th September 2012.
See and buy work by leading artists from over 170 galleries in the green and pleasant avenues of Regent’s Park. 11th-14th October 2012.
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.
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
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
Built on the site of the existing Peter Pan playground in Kensington Gardens, it includes slides, swings, and a full-scale wooden pirate ship designed to be climbed. royalparks.org.uk/parks/...gardens/diana-memorial-playground
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 new figure of Her Majesty The Queen, and the Marvel Super
Heroes 4D movie experience are alongside 300 increasingly accurate wax
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
The brand new LEGO Star Wars MINILAND Experience is now open,
plus 55 rides, shows, LEGO workshops and the Waterworks fountains. A day trip.
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
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.
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
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
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
Joining Bond Street and Piccadilly, this 1819 masterpiece is home to Jimmy Choo, Church’s, Lulu Guinness, Penhaligon’s and many more luxury brands. burlington-arcade.co.uk
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
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
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
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
Perfect pre- or post-theatre, legendary French chef Pierre
Koffmann is cooking up a storm in his bistro-style restaurant at the Berkeley in
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
Henry Harris is producing exceptional traditional French
cuisine in a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere. Popular among the locals, so best
Opened in 2002, Zuma London offers a sophisticated twist on
the traditional Japanese izakaya style of informal eating and drinking. A
Michelin starred cuisine at the Connaught from this remarkable chef, including a Saturday Brunch for dedicated foodies, or more informal dining.
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
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
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
Modern and contemporary art in the peaceful setting of Hyde Park, this year’s special pavilion is open until 14th October, with special events throughout the year.
Opened in 2000, the gallery has become one of London’s most iconic and popular destinations. The Damien Hirst show runs till early September 2012. tate.org.uk
Home to the Royal Opera and the Royal Ballet, reviews for the new production of La Bohème, which runs through to 2013, have been glowing. Booking advised. roh.org.uk
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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