THE BEST EVENTS IN LONDON IN AUGUST 2017

August is one of the warmest months of the year in London. Enjoy the capital’s many outdoor and open-air activities to make the most of the warm summer days. Make sure you hit a film summer screening or two (or more), take advantage of the sunshine by getting involved in some outdoor events and visiting one of the many exhibitions. Don’t forget that welcome bank holiday at the end of the month, the highlight of which is the immense Notting Hill Carnival.

Exclusively selected for you from the Washington Mayfair Hotel, here’s the very best of London during August.

IAAF WORLD ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS – from 4th to 13th August

London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will light up for a spectacular Summer of World Athletics. It will be the biggest global sporting event of the year. The world’s top athletes will bring the roar back to the iconic stadium that saw Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis-Hill and Usain Bolt race to glory. Visit the IAAF World Championships website to find more information about the location, tickets and event calendar.

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FILM 4 SUMMER SCREEN – from 10th to 23rd August

Watch modern and classic movies under the stars at gorgeous Somerset House this summer. Last year, the open-air film festival presented a mixed programme of UK premieres, old favourites and Cannes award-winning films in full surround sound, as well as DJ sets inspired by the films and special guest introductions. Films start at 9pm, but doors open at 6.30pm. Arriving early you can enjoy a picnic listening the DJ playing music inspired by the film. For more information or to buy tickets visit the official website.

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NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL – 27th and 28th August

Notting Hill Carnival, Europe’s biggest street festival, is a vivid spectacle representing London’s multicultural past and present. Elaborate floats and colourful costumed performers wind their way through the streets to the sound of steel bands and calypso music. Watch the carnival parade, join in the fun and visit the tempting food stalls at one of London’s biggest and best annual events. The Carnival celebrations take over the areas of Notting Hill, Ladbroke Grove and Westbourne Park. Visit Notting Hill Carnival website for more information.

STAR WARS IDENTITIES: THE EXHIBITION AT THE O2 – until 3rd September

If you are a Star Wars fan you can’t miss this extraordinary exhibition. Now you can see your favourite characters like you’ve never seen them before, explore what makes you who you are and discover the Star Wars hero hiding inside you. Get a fresh perspective on the legendary Star Wars characters thanks to the 200 costumes, models and props from the saga on display. Official website.

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ROBOTS AT THE SCIENCE MUSEUM – until 3rd September

Explore how and why scientists and artist have attempted to recreate humans through robotics with Robots at the Science Museum. Featuring a unique collection of over 100 robots, from a 16th century mechanical monk to robots from science fiction and modern day research labs, this exhibition will enable visitors to discover the cultural, historical and technological context of humanoid robots. Visitors will be able to interact with some of the 12 working robots on display. For further information or to purchase exhibition tickets visit the official website.

SENSATIONAL BUTTERFLIES, NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM – until 17th September

Enjoy a fun family day out among hundreds of live butterflies and moths in the tropical butterfly house at the National History Museum. Most of the creatures in the Natural History Museum have been dead for a very, very long time. But here, in this humid tent on its lawn, you can see the most beautiful birth sequence in the natural world: a butterfly wriggling out of its chrysalis, pumping up its damp wings then taking flight and landing, maybe on you, instead of a flower. Book your tickets.

BUCKINGHAM PALACE TOUR: SUMMER OPENING – until 1st October

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 website and book your tickets.

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FRIEZE SCULPTURE 2017 IN REGENT’S PARK – until 8th October

Explore a free outdoor exhibition featuring 25 new and significant works by some of the world’s most famous sculptors with Frieze Sculpture 2017 in Regent’s Park’s English Gardens. Highlights of the sculpture trail include works by Ugo Rondinone, Gary Hume, Eduardo Paolozzi, Gary Hume and Emily Young. You can also join a guided tour of the open-air display, or download the free Frieze Sculpture Audio Tour app, with descriptions of all the artworks on show. Find more info.

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WASHINGTON MAYFAIR HOTEL SUMMER AFTERNOON TEA

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. info@washington-mayfair.co.uk

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THE BEST EVENTS IN LONDON IN JULY 2017

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…..

SUMMER STREETS ON REGENT STREET – from 2nd to 23rd July

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.

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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.

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RHS HAMPTON COURT PALACE FLOWER SHOW – from 4th to 9th July

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.

BUCKINGHAM PALACE TOUR: SUMMER OPENING – from 22nd July to 1st Oct.

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.

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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.

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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.

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WASHINGTON MAYFAIR HOTEL SUMMER AFTERNOON TEA

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. info@washington-mayfair.co.uk

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THE BEST EVENTS IN LONDON IN JUNE 2017

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 www.hamptoncourtpalacefestival.com 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

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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

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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.

Prices:

Adult Ticket: £17 to £30 per ticket

VIP Ticket: £52 to £70 per ticket

https://london.tastefestivals.com/

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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. http://www.householddivision.org.uk/trooping-the-colour

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.

https://www.ascot.co.uk/

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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.

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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.

http://www.bst-hydepark.com/tickets

October Time In London

London in October is a month of festivals, changing leaves and so many things to do and see. So why not come down and visit us at the Washington Mayfair Hotel. Our location is in the heart of London city and so offers a great location to stay when visiting this great city.

In this article we will be exploring some events and experiences that will be happening during the month of October in London.

Halloween in London

This holiday is celebrated across the entire world. However no city does it like London does. Are you ready for a week of ghouls, ghosts, terror and treats?

London will have many pop up events across the city; special landmarks with gory history will be offering special interactive tours. On the 28th October Go on an eerie Ghost Ship tour of the Cutty Sark, before settling down to a screening of the classic 1931 Dracula movie.

A popular tourist attraction, the London dungeons, will be offering special Halloween tours based on true historical happenings.

If you are looking for a special Halloween event to attend this October, then book a stay in London’s Washington Mayfair hotel and find the perfect event for you and your friends/family here.

Wonderlab at the Science Museum

A whole new exhibit will be coming to the London Science Museum on the 12th. WONDERLAB: THE STATOIL GALLERY – is an interactive experience that fuels your imagination and immerses all participants in a world of wonder.

With live experiments led by the gallery’s brilliant team of Explainers happening everyday you cannot just watch science happen but experience it firsthand. This is a perfect trip to take for families as the museum’s largely based around interactive learning and experience.

Also The Science Museum as well as the Natural History Museum’s are only a 15 minute drive away from the Washington Mayfair hotel.

 

Are you ready to experience London and all it has to offer this October? If so make sure you take advantage of our Winter Warmer offer when you visit. You could save 15% and get a free breakfast and WiFi during your stay. Find out more here.

London In September, What’s Happening?

Here at the Washington Mayfair we strive to provide all of our guests with a home away from home. However whether you have stayed with us before or you are new to London, we want to provide you with the perfect itinerary to ensure you get the most of your trip to London.

In this most recent article we want to provide you with some of our favourite things to do in London during the month of September, along with some events where September is your last chance to experience them. So, are you in?

Dine With the Twits

Roald Dahl is a significant story writer for children of all ages in England. With his brilliantly grotesque descriptions in his book “The Twits” about a dinner of bird pie, beard pickings and worm spaghetti. Now even though this description doesn’t sound ideal for an exclusive evening out, experimental chefs Bompas & Parr are teaming up with interactive theatre specialists Les Enfants Terribles  to create what they’re calling ‘the worst dinner party in the world’ – and it sounds pretty special.

Only for adults, the event will immerse all guests in a truly grotesque and glorious experience which will transition from “squeamishness to scrumptiousness”. But can you stomach it? Well it’s a once in a lifetime event that will have you marvel in wonder and joy in the world of Roald Dahl.

Merge festival

This annual festival created by Illuminate Productions which is aimed to promote a set of performances, events and happenings which draw on the rich heritage and contemporary culture of Bankside.

For 2016 this artistic project is sourcing it’s funding through a crowd funding. Previous years exhibits have included a spectacular light and audio show controlled and programmed by the audience’s brain data. You never know what you will find during this event; however we know that it is something you won’t want to miss out on.

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At The Washington Mayfair we want you to get all you can out of your visit to London. As a result we have made sure you can enjoy even more of London with a longer stay at no extra cost, when you book direct.

Here’s a link to our “stay 4 nights for the price of 3” offer.

The Best Of London This August

August is a big month for the world as the Olympics start and end. People all over the world will be travelling to Brazil to experience the sporting events in person. However London won’t be missing out and will be hosting many screening events throughout the city for your enjoyment.

With large viewing areas you can sit back and relax away from the large crowds of Rio and still get back to the Washington Mayfair for a delicious afternoon tea and cake. Visiting might just be the best way to enjoy the Rio 2016 Olympics. As an additional benefit you can plan a longer stay during August and experience more of what the great city of London has to offer.

Notting Hill Carnival 2016

Europe’s biggest street festival is a vivid spectacle representing London’s multicultural past and present. Happening on a bank holiday weekend you can arrive Friday and have a relaxing day Saturday all before getting energetic and lively Sunday and Monday. What better way to spend a long weekend in England?

The Carnival floats and bands set off at 9am on both Sunday and Monday, running through to roughly 7pm both days.

Dance along to live music ranging from reggae to dub to salsa. Dance the days away, experience something new and make memories for life here in London this August.

If you are thinking about joining London for this fabulous and fun event or for more information, click here.

Classic Cinema In August

This August will be a huge month for film in the city of London with many events being hosted to showcase classics from the world of Cinema. Follow our breakdown of the top events to look out for and plan your visit to London.

Film4 Summer Screen

Somerset House in association with Film4 brings cinema lovers a truly eclectic mix of movies. Further films this year include Ex Machina, Sunset Boulevard and Bram Stoker’s Dracula. It is truly a night to fall in love with film again.

Bugsy’s 40th Birthday

Comprised of a Q&A with the famous director Sir Alan Parker and, for one weekend only, BAFTA’s Piccadilly home will be transformed into Fat Sam’s, with a dress up photo experience. Live in the film and become of the characters you grew to love.

Kew the Movies

Set within the beautiful Kew Gardens, Kew the Movies takes place mid-week starting with ‘Star Wars – The Force Awakens’. It is followed by Steven Spielberg’s ‘Jurassic Park’ – the perfect film for an open air screening against the ominous foliage of Kew Garden.

From this list there is plenty of activities and events to build up a perfect plan of how to spend your trip to London this August. However, why not make it an extra memorable visit by staying in luxury at The Washington Mayfair Hotel. With great offers when you book direct you can get even more out of your trip to London.

Save with our Summer Sizzler special or find our other Direct Booking Deals here.

 

The Best Events In London In July

July is the warmest month on average in Britain, so really it is the greatest time to visit and stay in England’s capital, London.

With an average temperature 19°C 67°F July is perfect for venturing into the city centre and enjoying all that London has to offer. July is a time of culture with festivals, museums exhibits and events happening across London.

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

London on the 4th of July

This day isn’t just a huge nationwide event in America. It is widely celebrated through-out England. However the place to be with the largest celebrations is of course the capital, London. With restaurants across London providing something special during the 4th of July weekends make sure you know where to go during this great festivity.

If you are looking for a genuine experience of the USA, then make sure you visit the most American restaurants in London. Find the list here “TIMEOUT”.

Hampton Court Palace In Bloom

From the 5th July to the 10th 2016, the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show will be held. Showcasing some of the country’s leading designers and nurseries, there will be so much to enjoy. With 34 acres to explore it is a perfect event to visit for the day.  Couples can enjoy roaming in the roses and kids will love the extensive activities taking place.

Swan Lake in London

The Australian ballet will be in London performing Swan Lake at the magnificent London Coliseum from the 13th July to the 16th July. This means that tickets will go quickly for this spectacular event. A passionate retelling of the traditional tale with a contemporary twist – under the veil of royal protocol, intrigue abounds in this tragic story of one prince torn between two loves. This is a true must see if you are visiting London at this time, as the Australian Ballet Group will soon move on to other countries with this production. Be sure to book direct at the Washington Mayfair for the ideal location to fully experience London while you stay in luxury.

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The Washington Mayfair always provides elegance and luxury, and now with four exclusive offers when you book direct you can enjoy even more when visiting the beautiful city of London.

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What To Do In Mayfair & London this June

June is the month where we all want the summer to start but never sure when it will arrive. With everyday taken with stride come rain or shine, the Washington Mayfair offers a perfect location for visiting the great city of London and experiences the finer things in life. Also with its central location the many events during June that are happening are at your fingertips.

June isn’t just a big month for London, it’s a big month for the United Kingdom in general. The 2nd of June will make 63 years since Queen Elizabeth II’s original coronation. Queen Elizabeth II was the first British monarch to have their coronation televised on TV. This is an amazing achievement and events will be put on through-out London both for this occasion as well as her belated birthday celebration. Make sure you are a part of this historical time.

The Summer Exhibition

In the words of co-ordinator Richard Wilson RA “The Summer Exhibition 2016 will be unpredictable, stimulating, and enjoyable with 10 startling rooms of contemporary art submitted from around the world.

This year at the Royal Academy of Arts there will be an incredible exhibition set to stun and amaze all those who visit the RA. Taking place from the 13th June – 21st August you will have plenty of time to plan your visit to London and experience the luxury at the Washington Mayfair. Wine and dine after a long day enjoying London with Washington Mayfair’s Dining in Mayfair offer, Find it here.

Father’s Day

One day a year. That’s all. Make it special this year with a trip to London experiencing the sophistication and finesse brought to you whilst you stay in Mayfair London. This great city has so much to offer. Whether you are here for a day or three weeks there is always something to do for anyone. Discover an assortment of pubs, theatres, restaurants and so much more. If you find yourself wanting to stay an extra few nights or planning on spending more than just a day in London with your family take advantage of the Washington Mayfair’s offer of 4 nights for the price of 3. Find the offer here.

Discover what the Washington Mayfair has to offer and how you can make the most of your visit to London here.

Celebrate The Queen’s Birthday: What To Do In Mayfair & London

Loved across the empire and world, Queen Elizabeth II is a true icon and this year will be extra special for her fans as she will be celebrating her 90th birthday. As the longest-reigning monarch in British history it is only fitting for London to offer exclusive and exciting events in the run up to and on the Queen’s birthday. As the Queen actually celebrates her birthday twice a year we have prepared a brief guide to make sure to don’t miss the best events.

Why 2 Birthdays?

Official celebrations for Kings and Queens have often been held on a day different from their birthday and this is true of Queen Elizabeth II with her actual birthday on April 21st, and again on a Saturday in June. This is more common for those who weren’t born in the summer as this would allow them to enjoy the summer weather as part of their birthday celebration.

When is Britain Celebrating?

Britain will be hosting events from her actual birthday date right through to her summer birthday celebration. Nevertheless, the main celebrations and biggest events will be put on nearer to the time of her summer celebration. For the best chance of enjoying these make sure you are in London during the month of June. Celebrate with a luxury stay in exclusive Mayfair at the Washington Mayfair hotel.

What Events Are Happening?

Many events are still working out the final details on but below is a basic schedule of when some unmissable events will be happening.

May 12 – 15 2016

The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration will be a 90 minute long spectacular

  • 900 Horses
  • 1,500+ Riders
  • Spectacular performers + much more

June 10 2016

A Friday service will be held at St Pauls Cathedral. This is the start of a weekend of celebrations for both the Queen’s 90th and The Duke of Edinburgh’s unofficial 95th birthday. Unfortunately the congregation will be made up of only special guests (invite only).

June 11 2016

Trooping the Colour (The Queen’s Birthday Parade)

During this event the Queen has the chance to inspect and judge each soldier from the household division. If you aren’t able to make it to London this day BBC will be televising the event from 10am. However if you have the chance to be near the Buckingham Palace this day you could see the Royal Family travelling to and from Buckingham Palace throughout the day in their Carriages.

June 12 2016

The Patrons Lunch

This huge event is an immense street party for 10,000 guests eating a picnic and being entertained by dozens of street performers and circus acts, find out how to get involved here.

Take advantage of the great offers we have available to you when you stay in London with us.

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What To Do This April In London

Easter has ended and a new month begins. London will be hosting a vast number of exciting and captivating events this April. The Washington Mayfair is a hotel that offers a perfect location to stay when visiting London. We also have some great suggestions on the top places to be each month. April is the month of the London Marathon, Circus Fest and so much more.

Live On Tour 2016

German-born composer Hans Zimmer is known as one of Hollywood’s most innovative musical talents. He has written and co-written over 100 soundtracks dating back to 1982 whilst being nominated for over 20 awards. Some film titles he has scored for include Rain Man, Da Vinci Code and many more classics. Having the chance to bear witness to this musical genius would be an opportunity of a lifetime. So don’t miss out by getting tickets to see Hans Zimmer live at the Wembley Arena either the 6 or 7th of April.

Paint the Gardens

Who knew that gardens played such a pivotal part of the evolution of art. This April the Royal Academy of Arts will be hosting “Painting the Modern Garden” for the last month. Using Monet as a starting point, this landmark exhibition examines the role gardens have played in the evolution of art starting in the early 1860’s through to the 1920’s. Experience some of the most important Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and Avant-Garde artists of the early twentieth century. Ending on the 20th of April you should book your tickets today as this exhibit is proving to be very popular with both residents and tourists.

A Birthday Fit for a Queen

April 21st 2016 will mark the 90th birthday of the British Monarch. This is will be the first ever time that a reigning monarch will have reached the age of 90. Many events will be taking place not just in April but all the way through till June. Make sure you stay in a luxurious location when coming for the Queen’s birthday. The Washington Mayfair offers a beautiful and prestigious hotel in the finest location.

Be sure to wine and dine in Mayfair at the delicious Madison’s Restaurant. At the Washington Mayfair we can provide all of our guests with offers towards their dining experience. Find out more here. Afternoon tea has been part of our tradition at the Washington Mayfair since the hotel opened in 1913. Found out how you can get complimentary champagne here.