THE BEST EVENTS IN LONDON IN AUGUST 2018

August in London is teeming with fantastic events, cultural happenings and things to do. 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.

FILM 4 SUMMER SCREEN – from 9th to 22nd 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 – 25th – 27th 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.

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BBC PROMS – until 8th 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. Visit the official website for more information.

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SENSATIONAL BUTTERFLIES, NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM – until 16th 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.

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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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THE BEST EVENTS IN LONDON IN JULY 2018

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 1st to 22nd 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: 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd July 2018. Visit the official website for more information.

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WIMBLEDON – from 2nd to 15th 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 3rd to 8th 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.

BUCKINGHAM PALACE TOUR: SUMMER OPENING – from 21st July to 30th September

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. Every year, Buckingham Palace’s summer opening features a special exhibition. This year’s Prince and Patron exhibition celebrates the 70th birthday of CharlesPrince of Wales, with a special display of more than 100 artworks chosen by the prince. The items on display include paintings, decorative arts, furniture and textiles. Visit the official website for more information.

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THE LUNA CINEMA – until 6th October

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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THE BEST EVENTS IN LONDON IN JUNE 2018

June is a magical month to be in London. With warm weather and an events calendar packed with festivals, sports, free entertainment and more, this month is a lively and exciting time to visit London. Here at The Washington Mayfair we will bring you the top things to do in London during June, allowing you to make the most of your visit.

TROOPING THE COLOUR: THE QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY PARADE FREE – 9th June

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.

If you do not have tickets for the Trooping the Colour ceremony on Horse Guards Parade, you can join the crowds of spectators on the edge of St James’s Park overlooking Horse Guards Parade or along The Mall for the parade. For more information visit the official website.

OPENING OF THE QUEEN’S DIAMOND JUBILEE GALLERIES – from 11 June 2018 to 31 December 2022

For the first time in 700 years, it’s about to open to the public eye as a new museum space. Currently being reinvented as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries, it will make its debut June 11, and at an ultimate cost of $32.5 million, it’s described as the most significant addition to the church since 1745. The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries offer spectacular views of the church and the Houses of Parliament.

The galleries will show off a range of artifacts and ephemera that demonstrate the strong connection between the Abbey and the monarchy. There are centuries-old stained glass panels, manuscripts, and medieval funeral effigies of kings, as well as the more modern vestments used for the Queen’s 1953 coronation. Oh, and the marriage license of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, a.k.a. Prince William and Kate Middleton will also be on view. For more information visit the official website.

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HORSE RACING: ROYAL ASCOT 2018 – from 19 to 23 June 2018

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. For more information visit the official website.

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MICHAEL JACKSON: ON THE WALL AT THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY – from 28 June to 21 October 2018

Michael Jackson is to be the subject of an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery looking at the late singer’s influence on art. Almost 10 years after his death, the London gallery said the way he inspired contemporary artists was “an untold story”. The exhibition coincide with what would have been Michael Jackson’s 60th birthday. Discover the lesser-told story of the King of Pop’s impact on visual art with works from several generations of contemporary artists, including Andy Warhol, Grayson Perry, Maggi Hambling, Catherine Opie and Gary Hume. For more information visit the official website.

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REGENT’S PARK OPEN AIR THEATRE – until 15 September 2018

Spend the warm summer evenings watching theatre shows in an idyllic venue with the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre 2018 Season. Events featuring:

  • Peter Pan (17 May-15 Jun)
  • The Turn of the Screw (22-30 Jun)
  • As You Like It (6-28 Jul)
  • Little Shop of Horrors (3 Aug-15 Sep)
  • Dinosaur World Live (14 Aug-9 Sep)

For more information visit the official website.

CHANGING THE GUARD AT BUCKINGHAM PALACE

Changing the Guard, also known as Guard Mounting, takes place outside Buckingham Palace from 10.45am and lasts around 45 minutes, with the actual handover taking place at 11amThe Buckingham Palace Old Guard forms up in the palace’s forecourt from 10.30am and is joined by the St James’s Palace Old Guard at around 10.45am. The New Guard then arrives from Wellington Barracks and takes over the responsibilities of the Old Guard in a formal ceremony accompanied by music. The ceremony is free to watch and currently takes place every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, weather permitting.

FATHER’S DAY AT THE WASHINGTON MAYFAIR HOTEL 

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, theaters, 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.

We are also offering an exclusive Father’s Day Afternoon Tea£29.50 per person – Get 50% off by celebrating with your father. See menu here and book now.

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THE BEST EVENTS IN LONDON IN MAY 2018

May hurray! Spring is in full swing and London is in full bloom. But you may still need a light coat and an umbrella in case of rain. Head outdoors in London in May to enjoy open-air theatre, cultural celebrations and flower shows, plus discover culture after dark. We’ve put together a list of events to keep you occupied during your stay with us!

MUSEUMS AT NIGHT – from 16th to 19th May 2018

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. Visit the official website for more information.

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ROYAL WEDDING – PRINCE HARRY AND MEGHAN MARKLE – 19 May 2018

Join in royal festivities as Prince Harry marries Meghan Markle at the historic Windsor Castle.

Royal wedding timings

  • The royal wedding takes place in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle at 12pm.
  • At 1pm, the newlyweds partake in a carriage procession through Windsor Town.
  • The couple then join their wedding guests for a reception at St George’s Hall.
  • The wedding is likely to be televised, but this has not yet been confirmed.

Royal wedding celebrations in London

Celebrations are taking place across London – including the chance to raise a glass to the happy couple as pubs in England and Wales stay open until 1am on Friday and Saturday. For more info visit https://www.visitlondon.com/things-to-do/event/46249114-royal-wedding-prince-harry-and-meghan-markle

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RHS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW – 22nd to 26th May 2018

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.

UNDERBELLY FESTIVAL IN SOUTH BANK – until 30th September 2018

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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SUMMER SEASON 2018 AT SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE – until 13th October 2018

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.
Prices:
Standing Ticket: from £5 per ticket
Seated Ticket: from £22 per ticket
To view the full season and find out more about the productions, visit the website.

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 CHANGING THE GUARD AT BUCKINGHAM PALACE

Changing the Guard, also known as Guard Mounting, takes place outside Buckingham Palace from 10.45am and lasts around 45 minutes, with the actual handover taking place at 11amThe Buckingham Palace Old Guard forms up in the palace’s forecourt from 10.30am and is joined by the St James’s Palace Old Guard at around 10.45am. The New Guard then arrives from Wellington Barracks and takes over the responsibilities of the Old Guard in a formal ceremony accompanied by music. The ceremony is free to watch and currently takes place every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, weather permitting.

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THE BEST EVENTS IN LONDON IN APRIL 2018

Its official! Spring has landed in London; Sunny warm weather is just around the corner. Enjoy free outdoor events in April in London, including the London Marathon, cultural celebrations and Easter activities. Here at The Washington Mayfair we will bring you the top things to do in London during April, allowing you to make the most of your visit.

THINGS TO DO ON EASTER WEEKEND 2018 – from 30 March to 2 April 2018

From London Easter Egg hunts and interactive family attractions, to a spectacular Good Friday performance and traditional Easter Sunday lunch, find Easter activities and opening times in London.  Keep the whole family entertained over the Easter holidays with the round-up of the best things to do during this Easter 2018 in London. From Easter egg hunts and special Easter events for kids and grownups, to the best chocolate shops and Easter opening hours in London, plan a fun-filled Easter break in the capital. More Easter 2018 events will be added as they are announced, so do check again closer to the date to find out what’s on in London at Easter including:

  • Easter Weekend 2018 Events in London
  • London Easter Egg Hunts and Trails
  • Easter Chocolate in London
  • London Easter Sunday Lunch
  • Spring Blooms and Baby Animals
  • Family Attractions and Activities for Kids in London
  • Easter Weekend Shows in London
  • Easter Opening Hours and Transport in London

Read more at VisitLondon.com

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UNDERBELLY FESTIVAL IN SOUTH BANK – from 6th April to 30th September 2018

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.

THE LONDON COFFEE FESTIVAL – from 12th to 15th April 2018

Returning for 2018, the London Coffee Festival is the UK’s largest coffee and artisan food event, a celebration of London’s vibrant coffee culture featuring gourmet coffee, speciality tea, artisan food, demonstrations from world-class baristas, live music and a comprehensive ‘lab’ seminar programme that will educate even the keenest of coffee lovers. See the full programme of events on the official website.

FEAST OF ST GEORGE IN TRAFALGAR SQUARE – 21st April 2018

Kick off your St George’s Day celebrations at Feast of St George in Trafalgar Square, with a feast of English food, live music and free fun for everyone.

There’ll be:

  • “Streets of London” folk legend Ralph McTell live on the main stage
  • An inspiring performance from the Military Wives Choirs
  • Cooking demos from Theo Randall and Hackney’s MasterChef champion Natalie Coleman
  • Delicious food from Butchies, Laura’s Fudge, Heck sausages and more
  • A Magical Kingdom with family entertainment, wizardry, fairground rides and even a ‘magical’ owl
  • An interactive family adventure trail in central London

Visit the official website for more information.

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THE QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY GUN SALUTES – 21st April 2018

The Queen celebrates her 92nd birthday in 2018 and on 21st April – The Queen’s actual birthday, which she celebrates privately – the occasion is marked publicly by gun salutes in London. The 41-gun Queen’s Birthday Gun Salute in Hyde Park takes place at midday, followed an hour later by a 62-gun salute at the Tower Of London. It’s a spectacular show of pomp and ceremony and it’s also the only time when you will see horses legally at a full gallop in a Royal Park – with a ton and a half of cannon in tow. While the Queen’s Birthday Gun Salutes are held to celebrate her actual birthday on 21st April, there are further celebrations for her official birthday in June which is marked by Trooping the Colour.

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VAISAKHI FESTIVAL IN TRAFALGAR SQUARE – 28 April 2018

Celebrate the Sikh festival with free performances and cultural activities in Trafalgar Square. A colourful way to welcome in the Sikh New Year, this fun, free event has traditional and modern Asian music and dancing, turban tying and an array of exotic culinary delights on offer. Live performances include music such as Shabad Kirtin (religious hymns), as well as modern dance music and DJs.

Visit the official website for more information.

SUMMER SEASON 2018 AT SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE – from 25th April to 13th October 2018

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:

  • Hamlet (25 April – 26 August)
  • As you like it (2 May – 26 August)
  • Twelfth Night (7 – 8 – 10 May and 6 September)
  • The Taming of the Shrew (11-13 May and 7 September)
  • The Merchant of Venice (14-15-16 May and  8 September)
  • Voter’s Choice (18 May and 9 September)
  • The Two Noble Kinsmen (25 May – 30 June)
  • Nanjing (22-23-24 June)
  • The Winter’s Tale (22 June – 14 October)
  • Othello (20 July – 13 October)
  • Emilia (10 August – 1 September)
  • Love’s Labour’s Lost (23 August – 15 September)
  • Eyam (15 September – 13 October 2018)
  • Comedy Store Players (19 October)
  • Alternative Miss World (20 October)

Prices:
Standing Ticket: from £5 per ticket
Seated Ticket: from £22 per ticket
To view the full season and find out more about the productions, visit the website.

 

THE BEST EVENTS IN LONDON IN MARCH 2018

There’s so much happening in London all year round – London’s events calendar is always busy! Although the weather may still be quite cold, the first signs of spring appear in March in London.

We’ve put together a list of events to keep you occupied during your stay with us!

ORCHIDS FESTIVAL AT KEW GARDENS – until 11th March 2018

Kew Gardens’ celebration of the orchid returns for its 23rd year, this time with a focus on the plantlife of Thailand. See the Princess of Wales Conservatory transformed by floral installations celebrating Thailand, admire handcrafted Thai umbrellas, and walk through beautiful arches and tunnels decorated with rare orchids. Breathe in the fragrance of hundreds of beautiful flowers and discover the importance of orchids in Thai medicine, cuisine and culture. Experience the exhibits during the evening with Orchids Festival: After Hours, where you’ll get the chance to try botanical cocktails, catch live traditional dance performances, enjoy a Thai massage, and even take part in insect tastings! Visit the official website for further information.

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FERRARI: UNDER THE SKIN AT THE DESIGN MUSEUM – until 15th April 2018

Take a look behind the scenes of one of the world’s most iconic car manufacturers with Ferrari: Under the Skin at the Design Museum, 70 years after the launch of the first Ferrari car in 1947. In an Italy ravaged by the Second World War, Enzo Ferrari and a small team decided to create the perfect racing machine. The exhibition will explore Ferrari’s powerful personality, the design and manufacturing process, the famous clientele and the future of the luxury car brand. From the very first Ferrari to Michael Schumacher’s winning Formula One car and the newest hybrid model, the exhibition features rare cars and memorabilia displayed in public for the first time. Discover the Ferrari experience through original hand-drawn sketches, sculpture-like models and engines, alongside films and interviews telling one of the great design stories of all time.

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ABBA: SUPER TROUPERS AT SOUTHBANK CENTRE – until 29th April 2017

For the first time, objects from ABBA the Museum and private archives will be brought together in the UK, charting the success of Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, from their individual careers to that Eurovision Song Contest win and their subsequent international stardom. ABBA: Super Troupers is a guided exhibition which goes beyond the surface of the group to transport you on a journey through previously unseen archive material including ABBA’s original costumes, handwritten notes and sketches, personal photographs, music and instruments. It will also feature album artwork, photography and film by notable collaborators such as film director Lasse Hallström. Visit the official website for further information.

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CHANGING THE GUARD AT BUCKINGHAM PALACE

Changing the Guard, also known as Guard Mounting, takes place outside Buckingham Palace from 10.45am and lasts around 45 minutes, with the actual handover taking place at 11amThe Buckingham Palace Old Guard forms up in the palace’s forecourt from 10.30am and is joined by the St James’s Palace Old Guard at around 10.45am. The New Guard then arrives from Wellington Barracks and takes over the responsibilities of the Old Guard in a formal ceremony accompanied by music. The ceremony is free to watch and currently takes place every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, weather permitting.

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THINGS TO DO ON EASTER WEEKEND 2018 – from 30 March to 2 April 2018

From London Easter egg hunts and interactive family attractions, to a spectacular Good Friday performance and traditional Easter Sunday lunch, find Easter activities and opening times in London.  Keep the whole family entertained over the Easter holidays with the roundup of the best things to do during Easter 2018 in London. From Easter egg hunts and special Easter events for kids and grownups, to the best chocolate shops and Easter opening hours in London, plan a fun-filled Easter break in the capital. More Easter 2018 events will be added as they are announced, so check back closer to the date to find out what’s on in London at Easter including:

  • Easter Weekend 2018 Events in London
  • London Easter Egg Hunts and Trails
  • Easter Chocolate in London
  • London Easter Sunday Lunch
  • Spring Blooms and Baby Animals
  • Family Attractions and Activities for Kids in London
  • Easter Weekend Shows in London
  • Easter Opening Hours and Transport in London

Read more at VisitLondon.com

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CELEBRATE MOTHER’S DAY AT THE WASHINGTON MAYFAIR HOTEL 

Say thank you to mummy by celebrating Mother’s Day in style at the Washington Mayfair Hotel. Relax and enjoy a blissful afternoon together over a glass of pink prosecco and an assortment of delicate finger sandwiches, warm scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam, assorted pastries and of course your choice of freshly made tea or coffee.

Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea available only from Friday 9th to Sunday 10th March 2018. Price: £34.50 per person

See Menu 

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THE BEST EVENTS IN LONDON IN FEBRUARY 2018

Get ready for an amazing February. This month brings romance, fashion and pancakes to London with city-wide celebrations. Here at The Washington Mayfair we will be bringing you the top things to do in London during February, allowing you to make the most of your visit.

PANCAKE DAY IN LONDON: PARLIAMENTARY PANCAKE RACE – 13th  February 2018

Pancake Day takes place 47 days before Easter Sunday. Because the date of Easter Sunday is dictated by the cycles of the moon, Pancake Day can occur anytime between February 3 and March 9. This year’s batter action takes place on Tuesday February 13 2018. Treat yourself and join in the fun on Pancake Day in London. Staged in the shadow of the Houses of Parliament, the Rehab Parliamentary Pancake Race is one of London’s must-see annual attractions where MPs, Lords and members of the media “batter” it out to see who will be crowned champions on Shrove Tuesday, February 13. The relay race attracts hundreds of Londoners and tourists who flock to see the runners dress up in pinnies and chefs’ hats to raise awareness of the important work carried out across the UK by the Rehab disability charity.

The race will be overseen by pancake race veteran ITV newscaster Alastair Stewart OBE. Among the well-known TV faces intending to show off their pancake-flipping prowess in 2018 will be the BBC’s James Landale and Will Boden, Channel 4’s Michael Crick, and ITV News’ Romilly Weeks.

Members of the public wishing to support the work of Rehab’s brain injury services across the UK can visit www.parliamentarypancakerace.co.uk to donate.

CHINESE NEW YEAR 2018 – 18th February 2018

Celebrate Chinese New Year 2018 in London on 18 February during the free annual event across London Chinatown and the West End. Enjoy a colourful Chinese New Year parade, Lion dances in London’s Chinatown, delicious Chinese street food, and free entertainment and a spectacular pyrotechnic display in Trafalgar Square, marking the Year of the Dog.
Dragon and Lion dances will kick things off on Charing Cross Road at 10am, shimmying down through the streets to China Town. At noon, Trafalgar Square’s main stages will spring into action with traditional dance shows, contemporary hip-hop acts and Chinese performers. Food trucks will also be stationed there and restaurants in Chinatown will have special festive treats on their menus. If you’ve got kids in tow, you can entertain them with calligraphy workshops, dressing up and performances in the Leicester Square family zone before heading back to Trafalgar Square for the closing pyrotechnics display.

DIANA: HER FASHION STORY AT KENSINGTON PALACE – until 28th February 2018

Discover how Diana used her image to inspire people and to champion the causes she cared about through an extraordinary display of some of her most iconic outfits. Take a closer look at the glamorous gowns from the 1980s and the chic working outfits she used to wear in the 1990s, and see how Diana established herself as a trendsetter, princess and patron. The Princess’s relationship with her favourite designers is explored through a display of original fashion sketches created for her during the design process.

FERRARI: UNDER THE SKIN AT THE DESIGN MUSEUM – until 15th April 2018

Take a look behind the scenes of one of the world’s most iconic car manufacturers with Ferrari: Under the Skin at the Design Museum, 70 years after the launch of the first Ferrari car in 1947. In an Italy ravaged by the Second World War, Enzo Ferrari and a small team decided to create the perfect racing machine. The exhibition will explore Ferrari’s powerful personality, the design and manufacturing process, the famous clientele and the future of the luxury car brand. From the very first Ferrari to Michael Schumacher’s winning Formula One car and the newest hybrid model, the exhibition features rare cars and memorabilia displayed in public for the first time. Discover the Ferrari experience through original hand-drawn sketches, sculpture-like models and engines, alongside films and interviews telling one of the great design stories of all time.

ABBA: SUPER TROUPERS AT SOUTHBANK CENTRE – until 29th April 2017

For the first time, objects from ABBA the Museum and private archives will be brought together in the UK, charting the success of Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, from their individual careers to that Eurovision Song Contest win and their subsequent international stardom. ABBA: Super Troupers is a guided exhibition which goes beyond the surface of the group to transport you on a journey through previously unseen archive material including ABBA’s original costumes, handwritten notes and sketches, personal photographs, music and instruments. It will also feature album artwork, photography and film by notable collaborators such as film director Lasse Hallström. Visit the official website for further information.

 

THE BEST EVENTS IN LONDON IN JANUARY 2018

January is the perfect time to forget about the stress of Christmas and plan your trip to London. With so much going on in London this January here are some helpful tips on the must see events and experiences.

NEW YEAR’S DAY PARADE – 1st January 2018

London will be hosting a magnificent parade on New Year’s Day at 12 noon. The Parade will be made up of huge floats and balloons perfect for families to enjoy and be part of this London tradition that started in 1987. Catch the festivities along the parade route, which runs from Green Park Tube station at 12pm, to Parliament Square at around 3.30pm,via Piccadilly Circus, Lower Regent Street, Pall Mall, Trafalgar Square and Whitehall.
The Washington Mayfair is the ideal choice of hotel as it would allow you to be away from the crowds on and around the days of the parade but just 30mins from the attraction.

LUMIERE LONDON – 18th – 21st January 2018

Bigger, brighter and bolder, the Lumiere light festival returns for a spectacular second edition. More than 40 UK and international artists reimagine London’s iconic architecture and streets, transforming the city into a dazzling nocturnal art exhibition. Free to visit and taking place north and south of the river Thames, the UK’s largest light festival extends its reach across the capital. Everyone is invited! Visit the event’s website to download a map showing you the locations and dates of the exhibits.

BURNS NIGHT IN LONDON – 25th January 2018

On the 25th of January it is Burns Night. While Burns Night is commonly celebrated in Scotland it has become more of an annual celebration outside of Scotland. This lively night celebrates the famous Scottish Poet (Robert Burns) who died in 1796. The night is filled drinking, dancing and energetic music that is sure to uplift anyone and instill joy and laughter. Many pubs in London are offering deals, music and a great atmosphere to fully experience the night and this great Scottish tradition. Make the most of your trip to London with the Winter Warmer offer from The Washington Mayfair hotel. To find out more about this limited time offer click here.

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ABBA: SUPER TROUPERS AT SOUTHBANK CENTRE – until 29th April 2017

For the first time, objects from ABBA the Museum and private archives will be brought together in the UK, charting the success of Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, from their individual careers to that Eurovision Song Contest win and their subsequent international stardom. ABBA: Super Troupers is a guided exhibition which goes beyond the surface of the group to transport you on a journey through previously unseen archive material including ABBA’s original costumes, handwritten notes and sketches, personal photographs, music and instruments. It will also feature album artwork, photography and film by notable collaborators such as film director Lasse Hallström. Visit the official website for further information.

CHANGING THE GUARD AT BUCKINGHAM PALACE

Changing the Guard, also known as Guard Mounting, takes place outside Buckingham Palace from 10.45am and lasts around 45 minutes, with the actual handover taking place at 11am. The Buckingham Palace Old Guard forms up in the palace’s forecourt from 10.30am and is joined by the St James’s Palace Old Guard at around 10.45am. The New Guard then arrives from Wellington Barracks and takes over the responsibilities of the Old Guard in a formal ceremony accompanied by music. The ceremony is free to watch and currently takes place every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, weather permitting.

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THE BEST EVENTS IN LONDON IN DECEMBER 2017

December is the most magical month to visit London, with lots of festive things to do as Londoners celebrate Christmas and New Year. London’s shopping streets sparkle with Christmas lights in December, and shops are full of gift hunters finishing off their Christmas shopping. A focal point of the holiday season in London is Trafalgar Square, which resounds with carol singing around the capital’s biggest Christmas tree, and lights up with a giant Menorah for Chanukah.

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

CHRISTMAS AT WESTMINSTER ABBEY – from 3rd to 25th December 2017

Join a Christmas service or concert at the historic abbey in London. Celebrate the run-up to Christmas in the historic surroundings of the 700-year old abbey. Highlights of the season include candlelit carols with the Choir of Westminster Abbey (3 December), a Christmas concert featuring Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols (17 December), carols on Christmas Eve (24 December), and the Sung Eucharist service on Christmas Day (25 December). Plus, sing along to traditional carols at the annual Christmas concert supported by John Lewis on 14 December. Most Christmas services are free and do not require a ticket. Some popular events require pre-booking and a paid-for ticket. Visit the official website for further information.

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ABBA: SUPER TROUPERS AT SOUTHBANK CENTRE – from 14th December to 29th April 2017

For the first time, objects from ABBA the Museum and private archives will be brought together in the UK, charting the success of Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, from their individual careers to that Eurovision Song Contest win and their subsequent international stardom. ABBA: Super Troupers is a guided exhibition which goes beyond the surface of the group to transport you on a journey through previously unseen archive material including ABBA’s original costumes, handwritten notes and sketches, personal photographs, music and instruments. It will also feature album artwork, photography and film by notable collaborators such as film director Lasse Hallström. Visit the official website for further information.

CHRISTMAS IN LEICESTER SQUARE – until 7th January 2017

See one of London’s most famous squares transformed for the festive during Christmas in Leicester Square. Browse more than 25 stalls for handcrafted gifts, festive decorations and more at the traditional Christmas market, plus treat yourself to some warming winter fare. Families with young children can also enjoy exploring Santa’s grotto and meet the man himself in the square’s enchanting festive atmosphere. Visit the official website for further information.

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NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM ICE RINK – until 7 January

Skate in a magical winter haven in the heart of the city at the Natural History Museum’s open-air ice rink. The spectacular rink is surrounded by thousands of fairy lights and features a glittering 30ft (9m) Christmas tree. Book your skate session online to guarantee your place or buy your tickets from the box office when you arrive. Remember, you may have to wait for your turn on the ice if you haven’t booked your session in advance, especially during peak times. Visit the museum’s Cafe’ Bar for winter warmers, and watch the skaters glide on the ice from the cafe’s balcony. Non-skaters are welcome. Visit the official website for more information.

WINTER WONDERLAND IN HYDE PARK – from 17 November to 1 January 2018

Only a 15 minutes’ walk from The Washington Hotel, is the extravagant Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. Get together with family and friends for a festive adventure in Hyde Park, with ice skating, fairground rides, big top shows, Christmas markets and seasonal food under sparkling Christmas lights. New attractions for 2017 include the Magical Ice Kingdom Deep Sea Adventure brimming with ice and snow sculptures, an alpine-style village with karaoke huts for festive sing-a-longs and Cinderella on Ice. Visit the official website and book your favourite attractions.

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THE BEST EVENTS IN LONDON IN NOVEMBER 2017

The British winter is well known for being long, dark and cold, but that’s no reason to hide inside. This month the city comes alive, illuminated with thousands upon thousands of dazzling Christmas lights. The festive cheer in the air and the huge array of world renowned shops such as Harrods make London a great place to spend the festive season.

There are plenty of things to do in November in London. We’ve put together a list of events to keep you occupied during your stay with us!

NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM ICE RINK – until 7 January

Skate in a magical winter haven in the heart of the city at the Natural History Museum’s open-air ice rink. The spectacular rink is surrounded by thousands of fairy lights and features a glittering 30ft (9m) Christmas tree. Book your skate session online to guarantee your place or buy your tickets from the box office when you arrive. Remember, you may have to wait for your turn on the ice if you haven’t booked your session in advance, especially during peak times. Visit the museum’s Cafe’ Bar for winter warmers, and watch the skaters glide on the ice from the cafe’s balcony. Non-skaters are welcome. Visit the official website for more information.

BONFIRE NIGHT FIREWORK DISPLAYS IN LONDON – from 3 to 5 November

Remember, remember the fifth of November…..each year London marks the historic moment when Guy Fawkes and his motley crew attempted to blow up the Houses of Parliament and Kind James I in the Gunpowder Plot of 5 November 1605. The day became known as Guy Fawkes Day or more commonly Bonfire Night. The main firework action takes places on Sunday 5th November, but events will run before and afterwards. You can enjoy traditional Bonfire Night food and drink, alongside music, funfairs and family activities. Visit the following website to find the list of the best local firework displays in London on Bonfire Night.

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CHRISTMAS LIGHTS IN LONDON – from 7 November to 5 January 2018

Nothing signifies the approach of Christmas more than the glow of seasonal street lights. From the shimmering lights on Oxford Street to the beautiful decorations illuminating Covent Garden, don’t miss the world-famous London Christmas lights as the city is gloriously decked out for Christmas.  Here’s our list to when London’s festive lights are switched on in some of the capital’s biggest shopping destinations.

  • Oxford Street (7th November)
  • Carnaby Street (9th November)
  • Covent Garden (14th November)
  • Marylebone (15th November)
  • Regent Street (16th November)

EFG LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL 2017 – from 10 to 19 November

The Festival returns to the city in November, for ten days jam-packed with heavyweight musical talent from across the globe, bringing a wealth of international legends to London’s concert halls – with new music, emerging British stars and outstanding collaborations all added into the mix. The festival takes place across a series of impressive venues including the Barbican, Royal Festival Hall, Kings Place and more.

Visit the EFG London Jazz Festival official website to find all the locations of the event, who is playing this year and to book your tickets.

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WINTER WONDERLAND IN HYDE PARK -from 17 November to 1 January 2018

Only a 15 minutes’ walk from The Washington Hotel, is the extravagant Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. Get together with family and friends for a festive adventure in Hyde Park, with ice skating, fairground rides, big top shows, Christmas markets and seasonal food under sparkling Christmas lights. New attractions for 2017 include the Magical Ice Kingdom Deep Sea Adventure brimming with ice and snow sculptures, an alpine-style village with karaoke huts for festive sing-a-longs and Cinderella on Ice. Visit the official website and book your favourite attractions.

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