With so much going on, July is the perfect time to explore London. Outdoor attractions and open-air events, sports galore, pop-ups to boot, and festivals like no other month – we’re big fans of July. We’ve put together a list of the best events and attractions that are going ahead throughout the month. Stay with us this summer and enjoy the best of the city…..


Enjoy the rare spectacle of a traffic-free street with art, music, fashion and family activities on Regent Street. The festivities will take on a different theme each week, with free entry, installations, demonstrations and activities to get stuck into. Sundays: 2nd July, 9th July, 16th July & 23rd July. Visit the official website for more information.


WIMBLEDON – from 3rd to 16th July

Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world. It now attracts over 500,000 spectators for two weeks every year and has some very old-school rules about what the players can and can’t do. Players from more than 60 nations compete in front of a crowd of millions worldwide, through the press, radio, internet and television. Experience two weeks of first-class tennis, strawberries and cream, and good-natured queuing, at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships. Visit the official website for more information.



Run by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), who also manage the Chelsea Flower Show, the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show attracts around 130,000 visitors every year.  RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is world’s biggest annual flower show. Enjoy Show Gardens, the Rose Marquee, Floral Marquee, plant pavilions and a variety of talks, demonstrations and exhibits. Plus, get tips on gardening in a changing climate and shop for garden supplies to create your own little oasis at home. Visit the official website for more information.

STAR SIXES AT THE O2 – from 13th to 16th July

Star Sixes is a competitive six-a-side indoor football competition, where former international players are chosen to represent a senior national team for which they played. The star-studded tournament will feature 12 teams – England, Brazil, Spain, Germany, Mexico, Italy, France, Portugal, Denmark, Scotland, Nigeria and China – across 4 days of intense 6-a-side football. Tournaments will consist of a group phase followed by knock-out stages – including penalty shootouts – culminating in the Star Sixes Final, when the trophy will be at stake. Don’t miss this event at the O2, you could see stars such as Steven Gerrard, Carles Puyol, Michael Ballack, Deco, Robert Pires and Jay Jay Okocha, plus many more to be announced. Visit the official website for more information.

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BBC PROMS – from 14th July to 9th September

The BBC Proms is an eight-week summer season of daily orchestral classical music concerts and other events held annually, predominantly in the Royal Albert Hall. From classical favourites to contemporary world premieres and family concerts, the BBC Proms offer a stage for leading musicians, singers, orchestras and soloists from across the world with a broad programme of music. The famous Last Night performances including BBC Proms in the Park. The 123rd edition of the classical music event presents more than 90 concerts including 30 premieres. Visit the official website for more information.


Every summer London’s most famous house opens for tours with an accompanying exhibition. Visit the official London residence of the Queen, as Buckingham Palace opens its doors to the public. During a visit to Buckingham Palace, visitors can see the nineteen magnificent State Rooms which provide the setting for ceremonial occasions and official entertaining. All rooms are furnished with many of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection. This year’s exhibition, Royal Gifts, will tell the story of the Queen’s reign through a wide-ranging display of official gifts presented to Her Majesty during the past 65 years. With gifts representing every continent, including those from world leaders such as former US President Ronald Reagan, former South African President Nelson Mandela and President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China, the exhibition will present a spectacular display of craftsmanship from across the globe. Visit the official website for more information.


THE LUNA CINEMA – until 21st September

Enjoy an outdoor screening of your favourite movies in some of London’s most iconic locations this summer. The beauty of this touring outdoor cinema is walking into a palace, Royal Park or other equally magical location with a picnic just as everyone else is leaving. Luna’s most popular venues include Kew Gardens, Kenwood House on Hampstead Heath and Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. This year, for the first time, they will be also be screening in the gardens outside Westminster Abbey. Visit the official website for more information.


UNDERBELLY FESTIVAL – until 30th September

Enjoy a fun-packed festival of live entertainment and al-fresco eating and drinking at Underbelly Festival in South Bank. Stretching throughout the summer, the festival stages affordable circus, theatre, cabaret, comedy, music and children’s shows on the south bank of the Thames. Visit the official website for more information.



This summer staying with us enjoy a cup of tea and a glass of Pimm’s, complimented with freshly baked warm scones, sweet pastries, fresh cream & strawberries and an array of sandwiches. Afternoon Tea at The Washington Mayfair Hotel is the ideal opportunity to spend a lovely afternoon with family and friends in the heart of London. Offer price is £29.50 for two instead of £59. Book today.

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June is a downright joyful time to be in London. The sun is officially (hopefully) out and you can enjoy some of the capital’s most famous royal events, including Trooping the Colour, as well as outdoor festivals in the sunshine.

Here at The Washington Mayfair we will be bringing you the top things to do in London during the month of June, allowing you to make the most of your visit.


HAMPTON COURT PALACE FESTIVAL – from 7th to 24th June 2017

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Hampton Court Palace Festival. Starting life in 1993 as a classical music event, it has gone on to host top international stars from around the globe and has become an annual fixture in the summer calendar.

Confirmed to play this year are Bryan Ferry, Van Morrison, Michael Ball & Alfie Boe, James Morrison, Jools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, Rick Astley, Björn Again and the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.

Opening at 5:30pm, the East Front Gardens is the perfect place for concert goers to relax, drink and picnic before taking their seats for the evening’s entertainment.

Visit for more information and to book your tickets now.

BP BIG SCREENS – from 7th June to 14th July 2017

Experience live opera and ballet in the centre of London with the Royal Opera House’s BP Big Screens 2017. Big screens will once again be set up in Trafalgar Square, where you can watch two operas and one ballet, while some of the shows will this year also be relayed to The Scoop, Hammersmith Lyric Square and Alexandra Palace for more chances to catch all the action. Bring a cushion and a picnic and if the weather’s looking good, arrive early. Trafalgar Square packs out fast. This season’s screenings take places on June 7, July 4 and July 14.

The Royal Ballet’s The Dream, Symphonic Variations, and Marguerite and Armand – Wednesday 7 June at Trafalgar Square and The Scoop

The Royal Opera’s La Traviata – Tuesday 4 July at Trafalgar Square and Hammersmith Lyric Square

The Royal Opera’s Turandot – Friday 14 July at Trafalgar Square, Hammersmith Lyric Square, Alexandra Palace and The Scoop


BEATING RETREAT – from 14th June to 15th June 2017

Experience a spectacular evening pageant of music and military precision drill featuring horses, cannons and fireworks. This annual event is performed on Horse Guards Parade in front of the beautiful backdrop of St James’s Park each year on the Wednesday and Thursday evenings preceding the Queen’s Birthday Parade or “Trooping The Colour” as it is often called. Beating Retreat refers to a military drum call that can trace its origins to 17th-century England and was first used to recall nearby units to their camp for the night. Today Beating Retreat is an evening military concert with a marching display and usually marks the lowering of the Regimental flag at sunset.

Price: from £11.50 per ticket


TASTE OF LONDON – from 14th June to 18th June 2017

Join London’s top restaurants and celebrity chefs for the ultimate al fresco feast in Regent’s Park. For the occasion, the park is transformed into a foodie wonderland as 40 of London’s best restaurants gather to show off the hottest dishes from their extensive menus. Watch live cooking demonstrations, meet some of the capital’s leading chefs, participate in masterclasses and shop at more than 200 food and drink stalls.


Adult Ticket: £17 to £30 per ticket

VIP Ticket: £52 to £70 per ticket


TROOPING THE COLOUR – 17th June 2017

Watch troops from the Household Division honour the Queen’s official birthday with a fantastic military parade that has taken place in London for two centuries. This impressive display of pageantry takes place on a Saturday in June by Her Majesty’s personal troops, the Household Division, on Horse Guards Parade, with Her Majesty the Queen herself attending and taking the salute. Over 1400 officers and men are on parade, together with two hundred horses.  Over four hundred musicians from ten bands and corps of drums march and play as one. The parade route extends from Buckingham Palace along The Mall to Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall and back again.

Although tickets for the seated stands on Horse Guards Parade are available to the public, the ballot for Trooping the Colour 2017 tickets is now closed. So if you don’t have tickets, you can still join the crowds of spectators along The Mall or on the edge of St James’s Park overlooking Horse Guards Parade from 9am to catch all the action.

ROYAL ASCOT – from 20th June to 24th June 2017

Experience the world-famous race meeting and one of the most fashionable events in London’s sporting calendar at Royal Ascot. Founded by Queen Anne in 1711 and steeped in tradition, heritage and pageantry, Royal Ascot is attended by members of the Royal Family, including the Queen herself.  Royal Ascot also features a daily horse-drawn procession from Windsor Castle to Ascot Racecourse led by the royal carriage.


WEST END LIVE – from 24th June to 25th June 2017

Thousands of people gather in Trafalgar Square to enjoy performances from top West End shows for free. Last year’s line-up included The Lion King, The Bodyguard, Matilda The Musical, The Phantom Of The Opera, STOMP, Jersey Boys, Impossible and Breakfast At Tiffany’s, and starred Beverley Knight, Tom Chambers, Kerry Ellis, Matt Cardle, Pixie Lott and many more famous faces.

This free event is hugely popular and there is limited space, so be sure to get there early to secure a space.


BRITISH SUMMER TIME – from 30th June to 9th July 2017

Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park which brings you 10 days of music & entertainment, with legendary headliners & support from today’s rising stars.

Headlining the two weekends of live music in the iconic Royal Park are Green Day, Phil Collins, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, The Killers, Kings of Leon and Justin Bieber.


Hooray for our beautiful British weather! Whilst you will need a light coat and brolly; the month of May is blissful and its tie to venture out and discover London’s great outdoors. Enjoy the City’s hustle and bustle glory that has to offer and queue up to offers: new exhibitions, magical concerts, open air festivals, sports events and cultural happenings to name a few! A must to look forward to. Here’s our personal picks of favourite upcoming events….so stress not and drag yourself outside. Grab an early-summer ice cream and start maxing out on your potential in having lots of fun in London.

GIACOMETTI AT TATE MODERN – from 10th May to 10th September 2017
For the first time in 20 years, the UK will play host to one of its major retrospective works of Alberto Giacometti. This exhibition reasserts Giacometti’s place alongside the likes of Matisse, Picasso and Degas as one of the great painter-sculptors of the twentieth century. Through unparalleled access to the extraordinary collection and archive of the Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti, Paris, Tate Modern’s ambitious and wide-ranging exhibition brings together over 250 works. It includes rarely seen plasters and drawings which have never been exhibited before and now showcases the full evolution of Giacometti’s career across five decades.

Adult £18.50 (without donation £16.80)
Senior (over 60) £17.50 (without donation £15.80)
Concession £16.50 (without donation £15)
Under 12s FREE (up to four per family adult)
Family tickets available (two adults and two children 12–18 years) by telephone or in the gallery

For further information or to book your tickets, visit the official website


To mark 50 years since the band released their first single Arnold Layne, and with over 200 million record sales later, London’s Victoria and Albert Museum has announced the first major international retrospective of Pink Floyd, one of the world’s most pioneering and influential bands. Re-trace the history of one of the world’s greatest UK bands with Pink Floyd’s first international retrospective. It will feature more than 350 objects and artefacts including never-before-seen material, presented alongside the works from the V&A’s outstanding collections of art, design, architecture and performance. Highlights will also include spectacular set and construction pieces from some of Pink Floyd’s most innovative and legendary album covers and stage performances including The Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall and The Division Bell, instruments, music technology, original designs, architectural drawings, handwritten lyrics and psychedelic prints and posters.

Monday-Friday £20
Saturday-Sunday £24

For further information or to book your tickets, visit the official website.


MUSEUMS AT NIGHT – from 17th May to 20th May 2017
Explore art, history and heritage after dark with Museums at Night events across more than 30 venues in London. Discover new exhibitions, take torch lit tours, enjoy live music in historic surroundings, and engage in a range of free and ticketed night-time activities. May events

REGENT’S PARK OPEN AIR THEATRE 2017 – from 19th to 23rd September 2017
Established in 1932, the award winning Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre is one of the largest theatres in London. Situated in the beautiful surroundings of this Royal Park. Both the stage and auditorium are entirely uncovered. Catch a spectacular programme of theatre under summer skies in the centre of the Royal Park, programme including Jesus Christ Superstar and Oliver Twist. Want more entertainment then have a few laughs with live comedy shows, movie screenings and much more.

For further information or to book your tickets, visit the official website


The London Symphony Orchestra’s free annual Open Air concert in Trafalgar Square is now in its fourth year. For Sunday 17 May’s concert, the orchestra performs an all-Shostakovich programme with their principal conductor Valery Gergiev and violin soloist Nicola Benedetti.
The concert begins at 6.30pm, but make sure to arrive much earlier to secure a space. Large screens and sound systems will be in place to ensure everyone in the square can fully enjoy the experience.


RHS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW – from 23rd to 27th May 2017
RHS Chelsea Flower Show is the world’s most prestigious flower show that inspires millions through showcasing the best in garden design. Chelsea Flower Show, hosted by the Royal Horticultural Society, is a must-see for green fingered visitors. World-renowned garden designers, plant specialists, florists and nurseries come together every year to one of London’s most charming and affluent neighbourhoods to show off cutting-edge garden designs and inspirational floral exhibits. Discover rare flowers and plants. Spot emerging gardening trends. See creative floral artworks and unusual displays. And browse the horticultural products on sale, from gardening gadgets to sculptures and plants.
More information about exhibitors and show gardens will be released nearer the time, good news is that the tickets are already available to buy via RHS website.


The FA Cup is English Football’s biggest competition. The FA Cup Final, played at London’s iconic Wembley Stadium, brings the nation to a standstill and attracts millions of viewers from around the globe to experience these incredible competitions. . If you’re lucky enough to get tickets to the event, you’re in for a real treat – watching a moment of English football history from the stands at the iconic Wembley Stadium.

Enjoy a Summer of Love at Shakespeare’s Globe, the most enchanting theatre staging in London with a line-up of Shakespeare’s greatest romantic plays, comedies and tragedies.
Performing in the Globe Theatre:
Romeo and Juliet (22 April – 9 July)
Nell Gwynn (2 – 13 May)
Twelfth Night (18 May – 5 August)
Tristan & Yseult (13-24 June)
Much Ado About Nothing (14 July – 15 October)
King Lear (10 August – 14 October)
Boudica (8 September – 1 October)
Midnight Matinees (9 June – 30 June and 22 September)
Standing Ticket: from £5 per ticket
Seated Ticket: from £20 per ticket
To view the full season and find out more about the productions, visit the website.


BRIXTON BEACH – from 26th May to 29th October 2017
No plans for summer? Fear not…get yourself down to Brixton because Brixton Beach is back! Housed on a rooftop in the heart of Brixton Market, this colourful paradise is set to be the ultimate urban beach, feeding and watering hundreds of Londoners. Miami circa 1982 is the inspiration and cocktails, DJs, retro film screenings, food stalls and live sports broadcasts are all on the cards, so slick back that hair, pull on a white tuxedo and hope for some suitably tropical weather. Brixton Beach website



Christmas 2016 In Mayfair At Washington Mayfair

Christmas is a magical time for all. With winter chills and bright festive lights lining the streets, London is the place to visit this December. There are activities and festivities to be enjoyed by couples, families and everyone in between, but hotels sell out fast & so do tickets to private events.

We here at The Washington Mayfair want to provide you with a variety of options and inspirational ideas. Our idyllic Mayfair location puts the great city of London just a step away from your room.

Winter Wonderland

A 12 minute walk from The Washington Mayfair hotel you will find one of the top London winter events. This fantastically festive event takes place from the 18th of November until the start of January. This destination has a variety of attractions for you to discover, some of which are; ice skating, an ice bar, a Christmas circus and much more.

This year is the 10th anniversary of Winter Wonderland, which means in celebration Winter Wonderland will have new attractions and never seen before rides. This all makes Winter Wonderland of the best destinations to visit this holiday season in London.

If you want to find out more about things to do at Winter Wonderland this year, click here.

Christmas Ballet in London

Ever since 1950 the English National Ballet Christmas season has included The Nutcracker.Famous world over, this fantastic production consists of over 100 dancers and musicians to bring Nutcracker to life with exquisite dancing, beautiful sets and Tchaikovsky’s glorious score played live.

A trip to English National Ballet’s Nutcracker in the splendour of the London Coliseum is an unforgettable Christmas treat. In 2015 over 73,000 audience members experienced this show at the London Coliseum.

Book your tickets here.

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Christmas Lights & Christmas Shopping

Lights displays can be found across the city of London but here is a list of the greatest displays found in the city during the holiday period.

Top Light Displays to see this Christmas in London:

  • Oxford Street
  • Regent Street
  • Bond Street

London has a multitude of shops, however only the finest will do this holiday season. Treat yourself and those around you with luxurious and bespoke gifts from London’s greatest retailers.

Top London retailers to visit this Christmas:

  • Harrods
  • Liberty
  • Fortnum & Mason
  • Selfridges
  • Heal’s

Christmas at The Washington Mayfair

Celebrate in style this year as we bring a pinch of pizzazz to the Christmas proceedings. We will be providing a great choice of packages to ensure you visit to London is extra special.

Classic Dinner Dance Package – £79.99 per person

  • Exclusive use of Lower Madison’s
  • Welcome glass of Omni Cuvee Brut
  • Traditional three course menu
  • ½ a bottle of wine per person
  • Theming: lots of Glitter. Lots of sparkles!
  • DJ & Dance floor and Christmas novelties

To find out more packages available and more about Christmas at the Washington Mayfair then, click here.


Spend this Christmas season in festive spirits at The Washington Mayfair Hotel. With special offers and an ideal location experience London in a new light.

Find our Winter Warmer offer here and save 15% when you book direct.

Experience our Mayfair Hotel Near Green Park London

Green Park neighbours Buckingham Palace and deserves a place on your list of top London sightseeing spots. Washington Mayfair enjoys a prime Mayfair location meaning Green Park is practically on our doorstep. Join the millions of people that enjoy the tranquil beauty of this prime green space in central London. The Green Park is perfect for relaxing activities such as sunbathing or enjoying a picnic. A favourite activity of many tourists and locals is to hire one of the iconic green and white striped deck chairs. These can be booked online at the Park Deck Chairs website.

Green Park is the perfect spot for getting the blood pumping with a brisk walk or run through this beautiful green space. You cannot help but feel the worries of life fade away as you pound along the pedestrian paths. As you explore Green Park look out for the many famous landmarks such as the Canada Memorial, Bomber Command Memorial, Memorial Gates, Canada Gate and the section of the The Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Walk that runs through Green Park.

To reach Green Park from Washington Mayfair Hotel follow the directions on the Google Map below:

Experience London’s Parks This Summer

London’s Parks offer a calm oasis in amongst the hustle and bustle of the city and in the summer they really come alive. Washington Mayfair enjoys an ideal location to enjoy some of the best London parks so here is a brief guide to get the most out of London’s Parks this summer.

London parks mapJust a few moments from Washington Mayfair Hotel lie Hyde Park, Green Park and St James’s Park. Each have their own unique character and host different summer events.

What To Do In Hyde Park This Summer

Hyde Park is one of the largest London parks and offers a large number attractions to enjoy. This is best done on a bicycle so why not hire a Boris or other bike and whizz along the the pathways that criss-cross the various green spaces. Stop at The Serpentine and admire the beautiful white swans. Take a dip at Lansbury’s Lido or if you don’t fancy the idea of getting wet hire a rowing boat.

Pack or buy a pre-packed picnic and bring along a blanket to enjoy in the cool shade of the ancient trees of the Park. Be sure to visit Kensington Palace and Gardens at the western border of Hyde Park.

What To Do In Green Park This Summer

At the South Eastern corner of Hyde Park lies Green Park. The smallest London Park, Green Park borders Buckingham Palace and the Buckingham Palace Gardens. Green Park is perfect for picnics and very popular for sunbathing. Grab a deckchair and soak up the sun with Constitution Hill and Buckingham Palace in the background. Deck chairs are available for hire in Green Park from March through to October.

What To Do In St James’s Park This Summer

St James’s Park is the oldest London park and is at the heart of ceremonial London, providing the background for special pageants such as Trooping the Colour. Catch the Prudential Ride London on the 1st and 2nd August and the changing of the guard at 11:00am daily and 10:00am on Sundays outside the Horse Guard building.

Washington Mayfair is located in Curzon Street which mean these 3 London parks are literally on the hotel’s doorstep.  The hotel offers 178 bedrooms and suites perfect for a summer stay in London. Speak to one of our staff about how to get the best out of the nearby London parks.

Lets hold thumbs from some sizzling summer weather and enjoy the best of London’s parks!