THE BEST EVENTS IN LONDON IN APRIL 2019

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.  There’s a whole load of other London happenings, openings and pop-ups to get involved in. As every month, we’ve put together a list of events to keep you occupied during your stay with us!

UNDERBELLY FESTIVAL IN SOUTHBANK – from 5 April to 29 September 2019

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.

EASTER WEEKEND IN LONDON – from 19 to 22 April 2019

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 2019 in London.

  • Watch a spectacular free performance of The Passion of Jesus in Trafalgar Square on Good Friday.
  • Join an Easter weekend service at one of London’s churches or cathedrals, including Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral, St Martin-in-the-Fields and Southwark Cathedral.
  • Explore the Kensington Palace rooms and gardens during the Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt for delicious chocolatey prizes.
  • Go on an Easter egg hunt as you learn about London’s history at some of English Heritage’s properties, including Hampton Court Palace.
  • Get up close to wildlife at Battersea Park Children’s Zoo during the Easter holidays.
  • Enjoy a beautiful spring day out among the flowers at a top London garden.
  • Step into Harry Potter’s Forbidden Forest and meet its mystical creatures at Warner Bros. Studio Tour.
  • Treat the kids to one of London’s child-friendly shows, including The Lion Kingand School of Rock.
  • Hop down to Theatre Royal Haymarket to enter the magical world of Beatrix Potter in Where is Peter Rabbit.

Read more on VisitLondon.com

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FEAST OF ST GEORGE IN TRAFALGAR SQUARE – 20 April 2019

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. The event promises a strong and varied live music programme with traditional and contemporary acts. Elsewhere in the square there will be an artisan craft market and interactive activities for all the family to enjoy. Plus a feast of food delights showcasing classic English fayre.

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

The Queen celebrates her 93rd birthday in 2019 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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VIRGIN MONEY LONDON MARATHON – 28 April 2019

Join thousands of runners and spectators on the streets of London for the Virgin Money London Marathon 2019. Every year, more than 40,000 people run the 26.2-mile (42.2km) marathon through the streets of London. Some run for personal achievement, some to raise money for their favourite charity, and many run in outrageous fancy dress: from a giant shoe and a London bus, to superheroes and a wide range of animals. The Virgin Money London Marathon is open to all abilities, from beginners to professional athletes. Celebrities who have run the London Marathon in previous years include Chris Evans, Princess Beatrice, Gordon Ramsay, Agyness Dean, Jenson Button and even astronaut Tim Peake in the International Space Station. Visit the official website for more information.

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CELEBRATE EASTER AT THE WASHINGTON MAYFAIR HOTEL 

SPRING ESCAPE SPECIAL – Make the most of Spring’s warmer weather and the longer days by staying at the Washington Mayfair Hotel with this sensational offer.

To spread the Easter joy even further, we’re leaving a special treat in your room on arrival – a lovely Chocolate Egg.

The Spring Escape Special rate includes:

  • 15% off our Best Flexible Rate
  • VAT included
  • Full English breakfast
  • Free Wi-Fi during your stay
  • 15% off food & beverage when you have a meal in Madisons restaurant
  • Traditional Afternoon Tea – 2 for 1 in Madisons restaurant
  • A Chocolate Egg in the room on arrival (Only for guests arriving in one of these dates: 19-20-21-22 April 2019)

Valid for stays between Friday 1st March – Sunday 2nd June 2019 inclusive.

Full prepayment will be taken at the time of booking. The reservation is then non-cancellable, non- refundable. The Credit Card used and a valid form of Id must be presented on check in.

If the card holder won’t be present at the time of check in please contact the hotel directly to arrange this on reservations@washington-mayfair.co.uk

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THE BEST EVENTS IN LONDON IN MARCH 2019

Although the weather may still be quite cold, the first signs of spring appear in March in London. March in London is the month of Pancake Day, International Women’s Day, St Patrick’s Day and Mother’s Day. It’s also a good month to visit the Kensington Palace gardens, Kew Gardens or any of London’s other top gardens, as seas of crocuses and daffodils bloom across the capital. Here at The Washington Mayfair we will bring you the top things to do in London during March, allowing you to make the most of your visit.


PANCAKE DAY IN LONDON: 5th March

Pancake Day takes place 47 days before Easter Sunday. This year is on Tuesday 5th March.

Treat yourself and join in the fun on Pancake Day in London. The Parliamentary Pancake Race is not running in 2019, but you can find other races across the city, such as the Flippin’ Good Pancake races at Greenwich Market. Take part at the annual charity Pancake Race on Tuesday 5th March and win a medal! Also, all the participants will get a free pancake. Do you want more information? Visit Greenwich Market website.

If you with us on Pancake Day order pancakes for breakfast. Our Chef makes some delicious pancakes! Enjoy!

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ORCHIDS FESTIVAL AT KEW GARDENS – until 10 March

Escape the dreary winter with Kew’s annual festival of orchids. Through a spectacular ensemble of orchid-laden displays along a curated route, Kew Gardens are celebrating Colombia this year. The flagship display is a carnival of animals, depicting a toucan in flight, a hanging sloth and a swimming turtle. Kew Gardens brought to life the breath-taking rainbow river Caño Cristales and Colombia’s incredible forests – complete with life-sized jaguar! With a surprise around every corner, you’ll spot hundreds of colourful butterflies suspended from the glass ceiling and a floating golden-yellow display to honour the legend of El Dorado. For more information visit the official website.

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ST PATRICK’S DAY PARADE AND FESTIVAL – 16-18 March

You don’t have to go to Ireland to enjoy the party atmosphere of St Patrick’s Day 2019, there’s plenty going on right here in London. The official holiday lands annually on March 17 (a Sunday in 2019), but this year the main London celebrations take place in Trafalgar Square on March 16-18.

Be amazed by flamboyant pageantry, elaborate floats, marching bands from across the UK, sports clubs and Irish dancing schools in the annual London St Patrick’s Day Parade. The procession sets off at midday from Piccadilly and makes its way along a 1.5-mile (2.4km) route, passing some of London’s most iconic landmarks, including The Ritz, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and onto Whitehall.

Join the St Patrick’s Day Festival, which takes place in Trafalgar Square between 12pm and 6pm. At this year’s three-day shindig, more than 125,000 revelers are expected to descend on Trafalgar Square for a lively parade of music and ceilidh dancing, plus plenty of things to do with the kids, from an Irish art exhibition and film festival to Irish walking tours.

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ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS – BILL VIOLA / MICHELANGELO: LIFE, DEATH, REBIRTH REVIEW – until 31st March

This exhibition pairs Bill Viola’s powerful installations with rarely-seen drawings by Michelangelo. Journey through the cycle of life in our immersive and unparalleled show. Viola’s large-scale video installations are likewise works of profound emotional impact. They combine sound and moving image to create absorbing works which slow us down and invite us to experience and reflect. These works are shown alongside Michelangelo drawings, which are on display in the UK for the first time in almost a decade. This exhibition, created in close collaboration with Bill Viola Studio, is a unique opportunity to experience two artists, born centuries apart, in a new light.

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MAJOR PARKS IN LONDON

Whether you’re looking for a peaceful jogging route, a romantic spot to eat your sarnies, or simply somewhere to play catch with Fido, there’s a park that’s perfect for you.

  • Green Park (at only few minutes’ walk from the Washington Mayfair Hotel)

Green Park is a peaceful triangle of mature trees and grasslands and offers a quiet retreat from city life, right next to Buckingham Palace. Visit a range of memorials, fountains and statues and look out for Royal Gun Salutes when ceremonial guns are fired to mark special royal occasions.

  • Hyde Park (at only few minutes’ walk from the Washington Mayfair Hotel)

Take a leisurely stroll, zip around on a bicycle, row a boat or swim in the Serpentine at Hyde Park. Whichever way you choose to explore this huge and centrally located park, there’s plenty to see and do with more than 4,000 trees, a lake, a meadow, rose gardens and the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain.

  • James Park

St James’s Park includes The Mall and Horse Guards Parade, and is surrounded by landmarks such as Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Whitehall. Enjoy impressive views of the lake and fountain from St James’s Café, watch the resident pelicans at feeding time, or while away a sunny afternoon in a deckchair.

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  • Kensington Gardens

Take a stroll through this beautiful Royal Park in central London, home to Kensington Palace, the Albert Memorial, the Peter Pan Statue, beautiful flowers, green grass for picnics, and the Diana, Princess of Wales memorial playground.

  • Regent’s Park

Regent’s Park is teeming with attractions, ranging from the animal noises of the ZSL London Zoo to its enchanting Open Air Theatre. Various food and music festivals pitch up there over the summer and rowing boat hire, bandstands, beautiful rose gardens, tennis courts, ice cream stands and eateries complete the picture.

  • Holland Park

One of London’s finest green spaces, the park surrounds a Jacobean mansion, Holland House, named after its second owner, the Earl of Holland, whose wife (fun fact!) was the first person in England to successfully grow dahlias. They’re still grown within its 55 acres, which also houses the Japanese-style Kyoto Gardens with its koi carp and bridge at the foot of a waterfall. In summer, open-air theatre and opera are staged in the park.

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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 with a glass of Pink prosecco at £45 for two Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st March

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THE BEST EVENTS IN LONDON IN FEBRUARY 2019

Get ready for an amazing February. We’ve said goodbye to January and now London is beginning to brighten up. Use the – slightly – longer days to enjoy the month’s brilliant batch of events and celebrations. Join the spectacular Chinese New Year celebrations, impress your loved one with one of the many Valentine’s Day activities or step into a botanical paradise inspired by Colombia’s plant life with the Orchids Festival at Kew Gardens. As every month, we’ve put together a list of events to keep you occupied during your stay with us!

ORCHIDS FESTIVAL AT KEW GARDENS – From 9 February to 10 March 2019

Escape the dreary winter with Kew’s annual festival of orchids. Through a spectacular ensemble of orchid-laden displays along a curated route, Kew Gardens are celebrating Colombia this year. The flagship display is a carnival of animals, depicting a toucan in flight, a hanging sloth and a swimming turtle. Kew Gardens brought to life the breath-taking rainbow river Caño Cristales and Colombia’s incredible forests – complete with life-sized jaguar! With a surprise around every corner, you’ll spot hundreds of colourful butterflies suspended from the glass ceiling and a floating golden-yellow display to honour the legend of El Dorado. For more information visit the official website.

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CHINESE NEW YEAR 2019 – 10 February 2019

Celebrate Chinese New Year 2019 in London on 10 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 Pig.
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. For more information visit the following website.

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LONDON CLASSIC CAR SHOW – 14-17 February 2019

The London Classic Car Show is the must-attend event for any discerning classic car owner, collector, expert or enthusiast. Over 700 classic cars and some of the most legendary ‘getaway cars’ from automotive history go on display at the London Classic Car Show which comes to London’s Excel Centre. The show also pay tribute and celebrate the 60th Anniversary of a car that was first on many levels, in technology, function, marketing and motor-sport….The Mini. Every year, there’s also a special guest appearance by a racing legend, alongside special displays of their cars, trophies and memorabilia. The 2018 edition honoured Nigel Mansell; while previous years have attracted the likes of Jenson Button and Jacky Ickx. For more information visit the official website.

LONDON FASHION WEEK FESTIVAL AT THE STORE STUDIOS, 180 THE STRAND – 16-17 February 2019

For the first time, London Fashion Week introduces a new format event that will take place within the official Show Space at The Store X, 180 Strand. Engage with British brands and international designers in one of the fashion capitals of the world. Scan the catwalk shows for the latest SS19 trends, pick up tips on fashion, beauty and how to make it into the industry with expert panels, treat yourself to a pampering session, and shop more than 150 designers at exclusive show prices. For more information visit the official website.

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CRAFT BEER RISING – 21-23 February 2019

Craft Beer Rising 2019 is shaping up to be a very exciting event, with 155 of the finest breweries in the game to tantalise your taste buds and show you the future of beer. Craft Beer Rising sees the introduction of a new dining area, the Fox’s Den, offering food that suit everyone, from Prairie Fire BBQ serving up smoked brisket and pulled pork, to La Bao and their fluffy steamed buns. Included with your entry ticket will be a souvenir glass and magazine programme, numerous tasting sessions and talks programme. For more information visit the official website.

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Spark the Valentine’s Day passion by staying at The Washington Mayfair – Package available the whole month of February. 

Indulge your passion and make time for your loved one with ‘Date Night’ romance package at The Washington Mayfair Hotel. Treat someone special to an intimate escape that features all the right touches. The package starts from £245 per night and includes:

  • Overnight night accommodation
  • Rose petals turn down
  • Half bottle of chilled Champagne & chocolate dipped strawberries in your room
  • Three course dinner with a glass of wine each
  • Full English buffet breakfast the next morning
  • Late check out to 16.00hrs

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Valentine’s Day Dinner – Thursday 14th February 2019

Spoil your Valentine with dinner at The Washington Mayfair Hotel. Indulge in our exclusive six-course Valentine’s dinner in Madison’s Restaurant. Enjoy the delicious dinner with a glass of champagne for £45 per person. See Menu

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THE BEST EVENTS IN LONDON IN JANUARY 2019

January 2019 is going to be great. Though the festive season is coming to a close and the days are still as dark and chilly as ever, there’s tons of fun stuff happening in London throughout the New Year to enjoy. The January sales are on, so you can shop at some of London’s top shopping destinations for less. Top January events include the New Year’s Day Parade and activities for Burns Night. 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 2019

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 30 mins from the attraction. Visit the official website for further information

WINTER WONDERLAND – until 6th January 2019

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 2018 include the Magical Ice Kingdom’s Secret Forest, the immersive cinematic adventure with The Snowman™ Experience, presented by Backyard Cinema and the Ice Sculpting workshops where you can create your own ice sculpture. Visit the official website and book your favourite attractions.

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NBA LONDON GAME 2019 AT THE O2 – 17th January 2019

Following eight successful sell-out fixtures, the NBA heads back to London’s iconic arena, which provides the perfect stage for this action-packed sport and an electric atmosphere for basketball fans. The Wizards, who boast the likes of Bradley Beal and John Wall in their ranks, are making their debut in London. While the Knicks return to the capital for a third time, bolstered by stars Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr. The NBA London game never fails to attract a galaxy of stars courtside for this unmissable chance to see the pinnacle of basketball on our shores. Previous NBA London VIP guests at The O2 have included Premier League stars Thierry Henry, Didier Drogba, Alexis Sanchez, Dele Alli and Eden Hazard, alongside Paul McCartney, Gordon Ramsey and Ozwald Boateng. Visit the official website for further information or to book your tickets.

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BURNS NIGHT IN LONDON – 25th January 2019

On the 25th of January it is Burns Night. 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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HOGWARTS IN THE SNOW AT WARNER BROS. STUDIO TOUR LONDON – THE MAKING OF HARRY POTTER – until 27th January 2019

The Harry Potter studio tours get a festive makeover once more this winter, with Christmas trees and a seasonal feast in the Great Hall, decorations in Gryffindor common room and snow drifts in Diagon Alley. Get up close to props, costumes and models used in the Harry Potter films. Take a look around the studio’s famous movie sets decorated as they were for the festive scenes. And find out how different types of artificial snow and ice were created and used in the films. Visit the official website for further information or to book your tickets.

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THE BEST EVENTS IN LONDON IN OCTOBER 2018

Autumn is the perfect time of the year to get away and see something new. And there’s plenty to see and do in London.  It’s still warm enough to enjoy London out of doors – pop ups continue to offer food, booze and fun and there are tons of great autumn events to enjoy both indoors and out.

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.

FRIEZE SCULPTURE 2017 IN REGENT’S PARK – until 7th October 2018

Explore a free outdoor exhibition featuring 25 new and significant works by some of the world’s most famous sculptors with Frieze Sculpture 2018 in Regent’s Park’s English Gardens. Highlights of the sculpture trail include works by Larry Achiampong, John Baldessari, Rana Begum, Yoan Capote, James Capper, Elmgreen & Dragset, and Tracey Emin. 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. Visit the official website for more information.

NFL LONDON GAMES 2018 – 14, 21 and 28 October 2018

The NFL has played regular-season games in London since 2007, with Wembley Stadium having hosted 18 games and almost 1.5 million attending fans. In 2016 and 2017, games were also played at Twickenham Stadium. The schedule for the 2018 NFL London Games features a series of firsts, including three teams playing a regular-season game in London for the first time including Super Bowl LII Champions, the Philadelphia Eagles facing the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley.

The 2018 London Games schedule is as follows:

 14 October 2018 – Seattle Seahawks v Oakland Raiders

21 October 2018 – Tennessee Titans v Los Angeles Chargers

28 October 2018 – Philadelphia Eagles v Jacksonville Jaguars

Visit the official website for more information.

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MUSEUM AT NIGHT – from 25 to 27 October 2018

Explore museums, galleries and heritage with late-night exhibitions, Halloween-themed events, quirky activities and spooky guided tours, Museum at Night is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy London’s culture and history in a new light. Find the list of all the museums visiting the official website of Museum at Night. We are the perfect place to stay during your Halloween weekend!

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HALLOWEEN IN LONDONfrom 26th to 31st October 2018

London is steeped in history, and therefore home to countless ghost stories and gruesome, grisly tales: myths and urban legends as well as terrible, true facts. From haunted venues and bone-chilling attractions, to special Halloween tours and gripping family events, plan your Halloween in London with our roundup of gory ideas and horrifying activities.

  • Explore museums and galleries after dark with Museums at Night‘s Halloween-themed activities.
  • Explore The London Dungeon, where London’s horrible history and terrifying characters come vividly to life.
  • Look out for spooky goings-on at the Tower of LondonHampton Court Palace and Kensington Palace, as these Historic Royal Palaces usually host Halloween-themed events.
  • Join a very mortal talk, tour or workshop, including visits to London’s most famous cemeteries, during the London Month of the Dead.
  • Catch a West End musical featuring monsters, witches and mysterious characters this Halloween, such as The Phantom of the Opera and Wicked.
  • Delve into the menacing world of the Dark Arts as the Harry Potter sets get a Halloween makeover at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London.

Find out more on VisitLondon.com

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OPENING OF THE QUEEN’S DIAMOND JUBILEE GALLERIESuntil 31st December 2020

Located high above the world-famous abbey in the medieval triforium, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries offer spectacular views of the church and the Houses of Parliament. The new exhibition and gallery is home to more than 300 objects from Westminster Abbey’s treasured collection, which traces its 1,000-history through four themes: Building Westminster Abbey, Worship and Daily Life, Westminster Abbey and the Monarchy, and The Abbey and National Memory. Visit the official website for more information.

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AUTUMN BREAK AT THE WASHINGTON MAYFAIR HOTEL

Our Autumn Break package includes:

  • 15% off the Best Available Rate
  • Free English Buffet Breakfast
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Rate is subject to availability and on sale for stays between Monday 10th September and Sunday 28th October 2018.

Rate requires full prepayment at the time of booking and is then non-cancellable, non-refundable and cannot be amended.

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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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http://museumsatnight.org.uk/

 

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 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 OCTOBER 2017

In October, London is a month of festivals, changing leaves and so many things to do and see. So why not come down and visit us a the Washington Mayfair Hotel. Our locations is in the heart of London city and 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.

LONDON RESTAURANT FESTIVAL – from 1 to 31 October

October is the month to enjoy amazing dining experiences for less at some of the capital’s best restaurants. Enjoy great-value special menus, amazing one-off chef-led events and a special series of gastronomic activities, including restaurant tours and wine tasting. Visit the official website for more information.

Staying with us, don’t forget our lovely restaurant. Join us at Madisons restaurant and try our chef’s delicacies.

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ERDINGER GERMAN OKTOBERFEST AT GREENWICH PENINSULA – from 5 to 22 October

With German beer, food and entertainment on offer, enjoy a taste of Germany in picturesque Greenwich during the Erdinger Oktoberfest from Germany. The traditional Bavarian beer hall with a capacity for 3,000 guests plays host to some of Munich’s most famous Oktoberfest bands, as well as modern pop acts and DJs. Over 40 expert Bavarian waitresses will also be flying over to serve the guests and train British staff how to carry up to 10 masses of beer at one time. Erdinger Weißbräu Privatbrauerei, the world’s largest wheat beer brewery, is on hand to provide the beer and there’s also a funfair and Alpine-style huts selling German souvenirs. Visit the official website for more information.

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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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DIWALI FESTIVAL 2017 – 15 October

Join in the Diwali festivities in London. Fireworks across the dark winter sky, tempting and exotic aromas of Indian feasts in the air, music and laughter, celebration and lights….colourful lights, everywhere in Trafalgar Square. Thousands of people come together to celebrate the Hindu, Sikh and Jain festival of lights. Diwali is timed to coincide with the new moon in October or November, so the actual date varies from year to year. This year, Diwali is celebrated on and around 19 October, however, the Trafalgar Square celebration takes place on 15 October. The programme includes music and dance stage performances, family-friendly craft activities, yoga, henna art, and delicious food from India and beyond. Visit the official website for more information.

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MUSEUM AT NIGHT – from 26 to 28 October

Explore museums, galleries and heritage with late-night exhibitions, Halloween-themed events, quirky activities and spooky guided tours, Museum at Night is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy London’s culture and history in a new light. Find the list of all the museums visiting the official website of Museum at Night.

We are the perfect place to stay during your Halloween weekend!

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