Your Ideal London City Break

How would you spend a city break to London? Now is the time to make the most of the sunshine as we head into September and book a bit of time away from the day-to-day grind to enjoy the capital. London has something to offer for everyone – so choose your ultimate experience and start making plans! 

Super Shoppers

Do you love the thrill of a new purchase? Find everything you are looking in the huge array of London shops. From chain stores to market stalls, there are a variety of goods waiting to be purchased. A particular highlight near to the Washington Mayfair Hotel is the luxury shopping area of Bond Street. Famous for its exclusive brands, art and antiques, it is worth a visit even just for the window shopping! 

Green Enthusiasts

Do you prefer to get away from the London architecture and enjoy some green space? The Royal Parks offer over 5000 acres of historic parkland to explore. Hyde Park is the perfect spot to enjoy some alfresco dining, or while the sun is still shining, you may fancy a dip in the Serpentine Lido. A 100m natural open water swimming area open from 10am to 6pm. There are also free bandstand concerts happening on select weekends running into September. Be sure to check the Royal Parks website to see what’s on and where.

Attraction Addicts

London wouldn’t be London without its iconic landmarks. Let’s face it… It would be wrong to visit London without including some of the top attractions like Big Ben or Tower Bridge. Why not plan to have a meal in the highest garden in London? The sky garden is open for free seven days a week, you just have to make sure to grab your tickets on the website in advance. You can also tour inside Buckingham Palace for a limited time during August and September, plus it’s only a short journey away from us at The Washington! It’s well worth a visit for any London Lover.

At The Washington Mayfair Hotel we are the best choice in London accommodation no matter what you love to do in the city. Our luxury rooms are situated in an ideal location so you can explore with ease. Check out our ‘Special Offers’ link in the menu to see how you can get the very best price on your stay. We hope you enjoy your London city break! 

Fun in the Mayfair Sun

Summer is here and we’re ready to party in the sunshine! With festival season well underway and some beautiful weather set to kick off July, there are a million and one reasons why a trip to London is perfect for Summer 2022. Here at The Washington Mayfair Hotel, we have some superb summer events happening right on our doorstep that we are just dying to tell you about.  
 
In Grosvenor Square, Mayfair is hosting ‘Summer in the Square’ – a fabulous free festival set to celebrate culture and the hottest new trends… Wake up after a blissful nights sleep in one of the Washington’s beautiful rooms or suites, enjoy a delicious breakfast at our in-house restaurant Madisons and head down to ‘The Wellness Teepee’ where you can immerse yourself in a journey of wellbeing as you join some of Mayfair’s top instructors for a class designed to relax and invigorate. Lunch options are aplenty at some of the top restaurants in the area taking part in the festivities. Plus, a whole range of daily live music and theatre performances that will inspire and delight. Don’t miss this unique day out, taking place from 21st July – 31st July. 
 
No London holiday would be complete without a spot of royalty… For 10 weeks from the 22nd July, Buckingham Palace will be opening it’s grand doors for visitors. Take a peek into the life of the Royal Family and explore some of the stunning rooms and gardens. Some highlights include the Queen’s throne, fine art, historical artefacts and beautiful gardens. Plus see the Queen’s coronation crown, the Diamond Diadem, in person. What could be a better end to the day than to complete the occasion with a quintessentially British tea in the Garden Café? Delish! 
 
Can’t get enough of the Art Deco exterior and the history at The Washington Mayfair? Get your comfy shoes on and turn right out of the hotel onto Curzon Street to take a unique augmented reality tour through the streets of Mayfair. Reveal secrets from the past and explore the history of some of Mayfair’s unique places during the ‘In a Mayfair Fashion’ tour. You can find more information about how to take part and see what’s happening in Mayfair this Summer here.  
 
Don’t forget to book direct with us at The Washington Mayfair Hotel London for the very best rates and additional perks that will enhance your stay. We offer a range of spacious accommodation to meet your needs… Whether you are planning the perfect London trip or even need a London hotel for business. Visit our website to book at the best hotel in London. 

Festival Season is Here!

Do you love a festival? An opportunity to get lost in the crowd, to meet new friends, explore new cultures, to be surrounded by nature? Now the days are getting warmer… Events are being planned throughout London to celebrate all sorts of interests from music to sport. Take a look at some of the best events in London that are organised over this month and into July in our latest article. 

If you are a food-lover then you are going to love The Taste of London in Regent’s Park. There’s one thing for certain… It’s going to be delicious. There will be five days of feasting taking place from 15-19 June, with a huge collection of food stalls from some of the top London restaurants. Get ready to try food from around the world – Just make sure to arrive hungry because you will want to sample it all!

After a more classic festival vibe? Then prepare to dance like no one is watching at BST London Hyde Park. There is a host of performers booked to perform across nine concert days, with big names like Elton John, Adele and Duran Duran. Plus, plenty of star-studded support acts. All taking place between June and July, take a look at the BST London website for more information about acts and how to get tickets.

Maybe not conventionally know as a festival but still not to be forgotten is the classic British celebration of tennis that is The Wimbledon Championships. Held from 27 June – 10 July, this event creates a special buzz in London that’s not to be missed. Don’t have tickets already? Then don’t worry, as hundreds of Centre Court and No.3 Court tickets are released daily throughout the tournament with the option to queue for general grounds admission… So, there’s still time to be part of the buzz!

What about an event without tickets? West End Live in Trafalgar Square is a completely free festival showcasing the top musicals to hit the West End. See the whole list of performers on their website but as a sneak-peek there will be performances from all the biggest stage stars like Mamma Mia, The Lion King and Hamilton. Prepare to sing your heart out in this huge celebration of theatre.

These are just a few of some of the best festivals in London planned this Summer. Some others include, Summer Science Exhibition 2022 6-10 July, Masterpiece London Art Fair 30 June – 6 July, Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival 4-9 July.

Camping is often associated with festivals but there is no need to take the option of least comfort… Book a stay at The Washington Mayfair Hotel for a perfect base to allow you to enjoy all the action in luxury home-from-home London accommodation. After a long day of fun, retire to your room (or maybe even suite?)… Kick off your shoes and relax in a top London hotel. Cut out all the travelling and stay close to all the action. We always offer the best rates when you book through our website, so take a look to see what we can offer you today. 

Why May is the Best Month to Visit London

May is often said to be the best time to visit London. With sunnier days, lighter nights, blooming parks and extra holidays, many love to visit the capital in May. Also, now with unrestricted travel from countries like the US to the UK, it is even easier to make London your holiday destination of choice. There are a host of floral treats in store for any visitor during May and we will share some tips below on how to make the most out of your London city break.

Looking for somewhere to stay? The Washington Mayfair Hotel is situated on one of the most prestigious streets in London – Curzon Street – which has featured in many literary works from Oscar Wilde to Agatha Christie. At the Washington Mayfair we offer a touch of luxury whilst at the same time providing a home-from-home base whether you are travelling for leisure or business. Close to the district of Chelsea, it is the perfect location to enjoy some of the top London events in May, like the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and Chelsea in Bloom.

If you haven’t had chance to experience the festival of Chelsea in Bloom then this is your chance. With the 2022 theme – ‘British Icons’, establishments along the four major areas of Chelsea take part in a spectacular celebration of flowers… And it’s completely free! Events and floral displays cover the streets, with hosts competing to win awards such as ‘People’s Champion’. There’s plenty of time to visit with the event running from the 23rd to the 28th of May and as an extra treat, some features and tours will be extended for the long bank holiday. You are free to explore, take a guided walking tour or be transported around the exhibitions on a rickshaw ride for two! Events are being announced regularly so check the Chelsea in Bloom website for what’s on.

Now we have to mention the event that inspired it all… Calling lovers of all things botanical, the World’s greatest flower show is also coming to Chelsea between the 24th and the 28th of May. There’s plenty to do and see… Wander around the exhibits and view the beautiful themed gardens plus indulge in some exclusive shopping. You can purchase tickets to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and be a part of all the action… But be quick the tickets are selling fast.

Near to the Washington Mayfair are some of London’s finest parks. Perfect to enjoy the sunnier weather and even dine al fresco. Plus, they’ve even sorted the entertainment, with Regent’s Street Park opening their Open-Air Theatre for another season. They are kicking off the action with a smash-hit production of Legally Blonde running May – July.

Here are just a few highlights of what’s going on in May in London. The city is waiting for you to explore, and we’d love to welcome you to stay at The Washington Mayfair Hotel. Your no.1 choice for a London vacation, contact us today. 

What Makes Wimbledon So Special?

What comes to your mind when you think of Wimbledon? Is it the traditions of strawberries and cream with a glass of Pimm’s? Or maybe it’s more the all-white dress code contrasting with the green of the newly prepared lawns? 2022 marks 100 years of centre court, so it’s a great time to plan to visit the world’s oldest and arguably most prestigious tennis competition. How did England’s fascination with Tennis begin and what makes Wimbledon so special?

Tennis has a lot of history, quite possibly even beginning with the ancient Greeks, Egyptians and Romans! French Monks in 1000 were known to play a ball game with their hands and shout ‘Tenez’ every time they served. Gradually the sport continued to grow in popularity and mitts were developed to replace bare-hands and this led to the invention of the racket. Even Henry VIII took a liking to tennis… He had his own court and often spent hours playing. Anne Boleyn was said to be betting on a game of tennis just before she was taken to the tower of London! Eventually wooden balls and indoor courts made way for the bouncier balls and outdoor courts that we are now more familiar with today. So, it comes as no surprise that England’s fascination with tennis continued to spread to the point where it holds one of the world’s top tennis competitions.

Wimbledon was first hosted by the All England Croquet Club who wanted to find a way to raise money for their croquet lawn improvements. They realised they could adapt their lawns to run the tennis competition. However, the event went from strength to strength and it eventually led to the club changing their name to the All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club. The first competition set a lot of the rules for the sport, that are still in force today. One of which being the standard tennis scoring being based on a clock face – 15, 30, 45… but 45 proved to be a bit too long to shout so it was shortened to 40. 

The Washington Mayfair Hotel is located a tube ride away from Wimbledon and offers a home from home base for you to enjoy your trip. This year Wimbledon is taking place from 27 June to 10 July. Hundreds of tickets are released daily throughout the tournament so there are a lot of chances to get involved in the action. There is also the ability to queue for more premium tickets or just general admission to the grounds for an unforgettable day out. Maybe you might see the next Andy Murray in full swing!

There are more reasons than just the championships to visit Wimbledon. If you’ve enjoyed this brief history, make sure that you visit the Lawn Tennis Museum. Complete your trip by visiting some of the green spaces, pubs and shops available and even a trip to the Wimbledon Windmill. It’s the perfect place to visit for more than just a great day out. Make sure to take a look at our latest offers and special discounts to get the best out of your holiday in London and stay in the premium district of Mayfair. We are your perfect base for whatever you choose, offering accommodation for all your leisure or business needs. 

A Truly British Spring in London

What do you look for as the first signs of spring? Is it that first emerging daffodil or the sign of new growth bursting from a frosty branch, maybe it’s observing a bird building its first nest or frogspawn gathering in a pond? Whichever way you welcome Spring, we can all agree that it is a joy to behold. Especially when we’ve spent so much time indoors over the winter, it’s so good to get out and enjoy some fresh air and see what nature has to offer.

Have you thought about a London break this March to enjoy the delights of Spring? You may not realise that despite the city skyline, there are 5000 acres of quality green space across all eight of London’s Royal Parks. Colourful displays are carefully designed and prepared to showcase Spring and the wonderful plants available. Each year they also plant one million daffodil bulbs! The majority of which can be seen carpeting the floor of St James’s Park.  

The Washington Mayfair Hotel is only a short walk away from enjoying some of the parks London contains. The closest being The Green Park, St James’s Park and Hyde Park. We offer luxury rooms and suites for leisure and business travellers with offers available and perks to booking direct.

Even though the sun is making more of an appearance, we know that the rain is unfortunately an inevitable part of British Spring Time. If rain happens to make an appearance during your holiday in London there are plenty of fun indoor activities to choose from, close to The Washington. The Crystal Maze Experience is taking London by storm. This fun-filled team activity will thrust you right back into the 90s to experience for yourself the challenges that had you screaming at the TV. Even If you have never seen the show, this popular event will give you 70 minutes of pure joy. Take a look at what it has to offer here. If you are after something a little less frantic however, then consider a short tube ride to the British Museum. Immerse yourself in an ancient world and take a journey of culture around the world. There are lots of exhibitions and tours available throughout March that will really enhance your visit and bring history to life.

Keep your eyes peeled for extra events happening in and around London. Such as International Women’s Day (8th March), St Patrick’s Day (17 March) and Mother’s Day (27th March). Check the dates of your trip to see what special activities are on in the area before you visit.

If you’re thinking about treating someone special, there isn’t a better way than adding an afternoon tea to your London Trip. Complete the perfect London day out with delicious sandwiches, warm scones, a selection of tempting pastries, all served with your choice of infusion and including, of course, a classic pot of English tea.  Plus, have the option to spoil yourselves a little more and upgrade with a glass of chilled champagne. We look forward to welcoming you during March to The Washington Hotel Mayfair. 

Brighten up your February in London

Are you looking for something to brighten up your February? There are lots of reasons why a holiday in London should be your first choice at this time of year. February is a quieter time to visit London, attractions aren’t as busy as usual and there are less crowds – so you can relax just that little bit more. You may even manage to grab a discounted theatre ticket or too!

It might be a bit colder but it’s the perfect excuse to get wrapped up in your winter wear and enjoy all that London has to offer. Some of things that February hosts include London fashion week, Kew Gardens Orchid Festival and Valentine’s getaways.

If Valentines Day or date night is on your mind, there is no better place to spend a romantic day out than the city of London – full of places to take your date that are sure to impress. Here at The Washington Mayfair we are perfectly located in the elite district of Mayfair to provide an ideal base for the ultimate London break. After a day of fun in the capital, relax in one of our luxury rooms or suites before sharing an intimate meal in our in-house restaurant, Madison’s.

Don’t miss the annual Kew Gardens Orchid Festival taking place from the 5th February to the 6th March. This year the theme focusses on the incredible biodiversity of Central America. View stunning horticultural displays as you transport yourself to the tropics. Entry is included with your Kew Gardens visiting ticket. It has to be the perfect way to transform a dull February day!

With the colder weather of February, you may be wanting to spend more time inside than out. The West End offers a perfect excuse to spend a few hours indoors and soak up some culture.

Some plays new to the West End this February are:

  • Saturday Night Fever at the Peacock Theatre. Be transported to the 70s disco where you can experience the Bee Gees soundtrack live on stage. Join Tony Manero as he embarks on a reckless yet thrilling road to dancing success.
  • See James Mcavoy in Cyrano de Bergerac at the Harold Pinter Theatre. A breath-taking tale about the exquisite torture of loving from afar.
  • Iconic classic Dirty Dancing at the Dominion Theatre. Back to the West End with tantalising dance sequences and brand-new choreography to the unforgettable soundtrack that we all know and love.
  • The Merchant of Venice at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. Immerse yourself in the culture of Shakespeare’s classic exploration of prejudice, patriarchy and capitalism.
  • Plus, have the chance to see all the glitz and glamour of Strictly Come Dancing for yourself, live onstage. An unmissable evening of dance that will entertain and excite. At the O2 Arena 11-13 February.

However you choose to entertain yourself in London this February, we hope to be able to welcome you to The Washington Mayfair.

Say Hello to 2022 in London this January

2022 has arrived! As we are all embracing January and saying goodbye to 2021 in favour of a more normal year than the last, let’s put away the holiday blues and book something exciting for the new year. It may be a quieter time of the year to visit London but there is plenty going on in the city that you won’t want to miss.

The start of the year is the best time to find a bargain and the iconic London January sales are in full swing. There is no better destination to pick to indulge in a bit of retail therapy than the capital. The Washington Mayfair Hotel is right in the middle of London’s retail scene with so many shopping destinations to choose from you’ll be spoilt for choice. We are here to make your day just that little bit easier by providing a home from home base so you can dispense with the long commute or parking issues and focus on enjoying your day to the full. The flexibility to drop off your bags when you feel the need cannot be underestimated! Treat yourself with afternoon tea in the Madison’s Restaurant to recharge your batteries, ready to hit the stores for round two. The shops aren’t the only place you might manage to grab a deal this winter, many theatres, restaurants and bars offer discounts throughout January, so keep your eyes peeled!

Some events happening throughout January that you won’t want to miss out on include the 25th anniversary of Cirque Du Soleil coming to the Royal Albert Hall (booking between 12 Jan – 27 Feb). This time the show centres on a journey to Mexico, prepare to be wowed by the talented acrobatics and visual treats. 
See Hamlet a Shakespeare classic of corruption brought to life at the Globe Theatre (21 Jan- 9 Apr).
Don’t miss Cabaret at the Playhouse Theatre, hosting Hollywood stars Eddie Redmayne and Jessie Buckley as they astound with their electrifying performances.

Many pop-up bars and rooftop terraces throughout the city have been transformed for winter – offering fireplaces, faux fur, creative cocktails and stunning views of London. Make sure to leave some time to cosy up in Aviary London’s private igloos, visit ‘Alice in Winterland’s’ enchanting rooftop experience at Queen of Hoxton, snuggle together at Winter Bubbles, Radio Rooftop or explore some of the other transformations.  

Upgrade your holiday in London to a luxury experience in the elite district of Mayfair… You won’t regret it. Be sure to check out our offers and book direct for the best prices and extra perks. We look forward to welcoming you in 2022!

Make this December One to Remember

As winter comes around we are all hoping for snowy picturesque scenes as we cosy up for the holidays but why not add a bit of excitement to December and book a trip to London where there are plenty of things on to enjoy winter to the full. Put yourself right in the centre of the action at The Washington Mayfair Hotel, enjoy Art Deco luxury in the most convenient of locations for a holiday in London to remember.

Don’t miss out on some special events planned just for winter like the city-wide pop-up ice rinks, transforming well known locations like The Natural History Museum, Canary Wharf and Hampton Court Palace. Book a place on the ice or have a drink with a view at one of the rink-side bars.

Seasonal Christmas markets are back and in full swing. Let yourself wander through the stalls sipping a hot chocolate a spiced latte or maybe even a mulled wine and sample a host of comforting street foods to warm you up from the inside. Conveniently, you can find these all in one place and local to The Washington at Hyde Parks Winter Wonderland which is open from 19th November to 3rd January. Ice skating, Christmas markets, a street food village and ice bar, not to mention traditional fairground rides and thrill zone for the brave among us, it really is a day out to remember.

Once you’ve had enough of the wintery scenes outside, how about enjoying them indoors by booking tickets to see The Nutcracker at the London Coliseum. Find yourself mesmerised by the spectacular performances of the English National Ballet as they perform to the well-loved Tchaikovsky score that is so synonymous with this time of year. Many London visitors make this sell out show a yearly tradition so make sure to book early so you don’t miss out. Booking from 16 December 2021 – 8 January 2022. For more winter show options, see the ultimate romantic comedy Love actually in concert with a live orchestra at the Eventim Apollo. Watch electrifying performances from skilled acrobats, trapeze artists and high-wire acts as they attempt jaw-dropping stunts and breath-taking feats, in Circus 1903 at the Royal Festival Hall. Or book tickets to see the magical Andrew Lloyd Webber classic of Cinderella at the Gillian Lynne Theatre. 

Don’t forget to plan your break now for a stress-free holiday this winter or maybe give the ultimate gift of relaxation to a loved one. Here at The Washington we have 178 spacious bedrooms and suites perfectly suited to leisure or business needs. We are dedicated to providing the perfect 4* base central to London’s top attractions. All you need to do is book and let us take care of the rest. From luxury accommodation to a-la-carte dining in The Madisons restaurant. Book direct to always get out best offers and prices and stay at one of the best hotels in London. We look forward to seeing you this winter. 

Plan your Perfect Break this November

As November arrives, we seem to be constantly reminded that December is only a few days away and the end of the year is in sight. No need to rush to put your calendar away though – there is plenty of time to book a London winter break and give yourself something to look forward to. What better location to choose than the elite district of Mayfair. Here at the Washington Hotel, we are right in the heart of one of the best areas to stay and one of the best hotels in London.

You can still book our ‘Autumn Break in the City’ offer till the end of November, with all the extra benefits when booking direct, including 15% off the best available rate and an unmissable 2 for 1 Mayfair afternoon tea deal. You and a friend can relax with a drink and enjoy a carefully chosen selection of sandwiches, pastries, and cakes. All created and prepared daily to ensure ultimate freshness. A cup of tea never tasted so good! Or choose from our chocolate and champagne option available to really treat yourselves.

The nights may be drawing in but with London lit up by thousands of twinkly lights it only makes the capital look even more spectacular! Stroll under the magical glow and take advantage of some of the later shopping hours. You are spoilt for choice when it comes to shopping in London. Pay a visit to stores such as the iconic classic – Harrods. Shop more exclusive brands such as Tiffany&Co, Chanel, or Louis Vuitton on Bond Street. Or take a short ten-minute walk over to Oxford Street where you can find flagship stores and a host of shops to suit all your retail needs. You may even bump into a celebrity or two! With most shops open later, keep your eye on the extra opening times to maximise your trip.

What a better way to end the evening than to see a show. The West End is back and in full swing with a host of shows to choose from… Sing along to the classic tunes of Mamma Mia, immerse in some American history with Hamilton, or be amazed at the goose-pimpling voices in The Phantom of the Opera, find out what is on here.

If you’re looking for more diary dates for things to do in London: EFG London Jazz Festival 2021 (12-21 November), and of course, Winter Wonderland Hyde Park (19 Nov – 3 Jan) with everything from traditional fairground rides to street food and an ice bar. Book ahead to plan your visit today!  

There are plenty of reasons to visit London this November, stay at The Washington Mayfair to be in the centre of it all. Remember to book direct and check our Special Offers for the best deals. We look forward to welcoming you to The Washington Mayfair Hotel, London.