THE BEST EVENTS IN LONDON IN JULY 2019

Have you ever been to London in July?  Don’t miss an opportunity to visit the capital in the one of the hottest months. Well, it was really hot last year. July is the perfect time to explore London’s outdoor attractions and open-air events, including some of the capital’s biggest music, sports and flower festivals. July events include Wimbledon, Pride in London, BBC Proms, BST Hyde Park, RideLondon and the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show.

Here’s our list to some of the best events and things do during your stay with us this July.

WIMBLEDON LAWN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS – 1 to 14 July 2019

Experience two weeks of first-class tennis, served with strawberries and cream at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships. The first famous tennis tournament took place in Wimbledon in 19th century. Since then The Championships, widely known as Wimbledon, have been hosted by the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. It’s the most watched event and it attracts thousands of people to watch live games at tennis courts and on big screens all over London.

Big screens to watch live games are within 10-15 minutes by taxi or minicab from our hotel.

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BRITISH SUMMER TIME HYDE PARK – 5 – 14 July 2019

World-famous artists and rising stars take to the stage in the iconic Royal Park for 2 weekends of live music. Celine Dion is opening the Festival at the beautiful Hyde Park. Barbara Streisand with her famous song Memory, Stevie Wonder with his Song Party: A Celebration of Life and Love & Music, Lianne La Havas and Corinne Bailey Rae are the latest names to be added to the Stevie Wonder Song Party, with Lionel Richie as a special guest , Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Florence and Machine, The National and finally, Robbie Williams is closing The British Summer Time Festival. The Open House festival takes over during the week between the concerts with 4 days of live bands, street food, open-air cinema screenings and free summer activities.

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TRAFFIC-FREE REGENT STREET – SUMMER STREETS – 14 July 2019

Enjoy the rare spectacle of a traffic-free street in zone one every Sunday in July, as Regent Street’s classy curve is pedestrianised from Oxford Circus all the way to Piccadilly Circus for a street party.A range of activities, entertainment, food and drink will be offered in place instead of the usual traffic. The event will enable Londoners and visitors alike to relax, unwind and enjoy this central London festival along one of the city’s most iconic streets. Summer Streets will see retailers, restaurants and businesses come together to offer the public memorable summer days out.

BBC PROMS – 19 July to 14 September 2019

We have promised you that you would not get bored whenever you visit London. In couple of days after Wimbledon and British Summer Time Festival, The Royal Albert Hall and other venues are opening the doors to BBC Proms informal concerts of classical favourites, family concerts and contemporary world premieres. Proms founder Sir Henry Wood’s mission was to ‘bring the best classical music to the widest possible audience’. This year marks his 150th birth anniversary. Mozart’s, Rachmaninov’s, Beethoven’s, Straus’s, Brahms’s, Tchaikovsky’s, Mendelssohn’s masterpieces will be played by leading musicians and orchestras from across the world. A late-night Prom will bring together some of the best sci-fi film music. CBeebies: A Musical Trip to the Moon demonstrates for young generation the power of dreaming big. The eight weeks of concerts culminate in the famous Last Night performances including BBC Proms in the Park, full of chanting and quirky traditions.

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BUCKINGHAM PALACE TOUR: SUMMER OPENING – from 22 July to 29 September 2019

Buckingham Palace is opening its doors to the public in the end of July every year. The iconic building is the official residence of the Queen. Delve into the States rooms to admire a grand place with the gilded ceilings and glittering chandeliers, the finest English and French furniture and breathtaking wall art. By the way, you will have a chance to see famous paintings of Rembrandt, Rubens, Vermeer, Poussin, Canaletto and Claude. Every year, Buckingham Palace’s summer opening features special exhibitions. The year 2019 marks 200 years since Queen Victoria’s birth so a special exhibition will tell the story of how the young queen transformed Buckingham Palace from a private house into a working royal residence. It is also the 50th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death so another special exhibition in the palace brings together more than 200 of the Renaissance master’s greatest drawings in the Royal Collection, forming the largest exhibition of Leonardo’s work in over 65 years.

Have a great time and feel Royal at Buckingham Palace.

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THE BEST EVENTS IN LONDON IN JUNE 2019

June is an exciting time to visit London. The city welcomes the warm weather and the events calendar is packed with the most famous royal events, as well as outdoor festivals, sports, free entertainment and more. In this month, make sure you explore London’s beautiful parks and green spaces, and stop by a pub with a beer garden or a rooftop bar to enjoy a drink outside on a sunny day.

Here at the Washington Mayfair Hotel, we have picked some of the greatest events to get you out when you stay with us on these warm summer days this June!

UNDERBELLY FESTIVAL IN SOUTH BANK – until 29th 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.

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TROOPING THE COLOUR – 8th June 2019

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.

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PRIDE IN LONDON – from 8th June to 6th July 2019

Every year thousands of people of all genders, sexualities, races and faiths come together for Pride in London. This celebrates the capital’s LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans) communities with a programme of events showcasing LGBT culture, including theatre, dance, art, cinema, parties and activities across the city. The month-long festival culminates in the colourful Pride in London Parade in central London, as well as free performances in Trafalgar Square and the West End. This year the parade takes place on 6 July. Join the celebrations to see more than 300 floats and groups performing, singing and dancing through the streets of London.

WEST END LIVE AT TRAFALGAR SQUARE – 22th and 23rd June 2019

Thousands of people gather in Trafalgar Square to enjoy performances from top West End shows for free. A firm favourite for over 10 years, West End Live showcases the best of London’s headline theatre shows for two days of fun, al fresco entertainment. The 2019 line-up for West End LIVE includes classic West End musicals Disney’s Aladdin, Mamma Mia!, The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Wicked and The Lion King, as well as newer shows Bat Out of Hell, TINA – The Tina Turner Musical, Chicago, Kinky Boots and Everybody’s Talking about Jamie.

RA SUMMER FESTIVAL AT THE MAYFAIR ART WEEKEND – from 30th to 1st June 2019

Mayfair Art Weekend features an extensive programme of exhibitions, events, talks and tours. Over 40 galleries, auction houses, leading fashion brands and restaurants in Mayfair and St. James’s will open their doors to the public, inviting culture seekers to explore the capital’s commercial galleries out of hours and engage with the world-class curatorial expertise on offer through a series of special events.

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SUMMER AFTERNOON TEA AT THE WASHINGTON MAYFAIR HOTEL 

Summertime Afternoon Tea with fresh strawberries & cream and a glass of Pimms.

Served on vintage china – two for the price of one – just £29.50 for two

Plus 12.5% service charge

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THE BEST EVENTS IN LONDON IN MAY 2019

Prepare yourself for a marvelous May in London. Spring is in full swing and London is in full bloom. Spend those sunny May days in London exploring the capital’s great outdoors or sinking a drink (or two) on one of London’s rooftop bars. May in London is also the month of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, London Craft Week, London Wine Week and Museums at Night.

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

MUSEUMS AT NIGHT – 15 – 18 May 2019

Museums at Night is the twice-yearly festival of Lates in museums and galleries, produced by Culture24, the Brighton-based arts charity dedicated to shining a light on Britain’s sparkling culture and heritage. 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.

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REGENT’S PARK OPEN AIR THEATER – from 16 May to 21 September 2019

Spend the warm summer evenings watching theatre shows in an idyllic venue with the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre 2019 season.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Delight in this tale of fairy enchantment as four mismatched lovers escape to the forest in search of true love, 28 Jun-27 Jul. 

Evita – Watch Eva Peron escape a life of poverty to become the first lady of Argentina in this hit musical by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, 2 Aug-21 Sep. 

Our Town – Immerse yourself in the fictional American town of Grover’s Corners in this Pulitzer Prize-winning play from Thornton Wilder, 16 May-8 Jun. 

Hansel and Gretel – Rediscover this classic fairytale as brother and sister, Hansel and Gretel try to escape from a wicked witch in Engelbert Humperdinck’s opera, 14-22 Jun.

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RHS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW – 21 – 25 May 2019

See the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea transformed with stunning horticultural displays for the prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show. World-renowned garden designers, plant specialists, florists and nurseries come together every year to one of London’s most charming and affluent neighborhoods to show off cutting-edge garden designs and inspirational floral exhibits. Stroll through show-stopping and award-winning gardens. Discover rare flowers and plants, and creative floral artworks. Spot emerging gardening trends. And browse the horticultural products on sale, from gardening gadgets to sculptures and plants.

This year dozens of shops, restaurants and hotels will create under-the-sea-themed floral displays, along Sloane Street, Sloane Square, King’s Road, Duke of York Square and Pavilion Road. Enjoy the incredible designs at your leisure, or on a guided tours. There will be plenty of in-store promotions and flower-inspired menus to enjoy as well. Check back closer to the time for more information about Chelsea in Bloom 2019.

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LEONARDO DA VINCI: A LIFE IN DRAWING AT THE QUEEN’S GALLERY, BUCKINGHAM PALACE – from 24 May to 13 October 2019

Marking the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, the exhibition brings together more than 200 of the Renaissance master’s greatest drawings in the Royal Collection, forming the largest exhibition of Leonardo’s work in over 65 years. Drawing served as Leonardo’s laboratory, allowing him to work out his ideas on paper and search for the universal laws that he believed underpinned all of creation. The drawings by Leonardo in the Royal Collection have been together as a group since the artist’s death in 1519. Acquired during the reign of Charles II, they provide an unparalleled insight into the workings of Leonardo’s mind and reflect the full range of his interests, including painting, sculpture, architecture, anatomy, engineering, cartography, geology and botany.

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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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SUMMER PACKAGE AT THE WASHINGTON MAYFAIR HOTEL

Save with our Summer Sizzler promotion.

The promotion 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

Rate is subject to availability and on sale for stays between Monday 3rd June and Sunday 8th September 2019.

Full Prepayment Required – Secure Payment link will be sent upon confirmation. Once payment has been made booking will then be Non-Cancellable, Non-Refundable.

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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 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 DECEMBER 2018

Can you hear those sleigh bells jingling? Of course you can. It’s December in London and it is the most magical month to visit the city. 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 want to guide you to the best activities, events and fun stuff happening in London throughout December 2018.

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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.

Winter Christmas Market at Southbank Centre – until 6th January 2019

Celebrate the winter season at Southbank Centre with festive shows, a Christmas market, seasonal food and drink, and family activities under the glittering lights. The majority of the Southbank Centre’s outdoor attractions are usually open from 10am-10pm daily. The Southbank Centre is normally entirely closed on Christmas Day, with outdoor attractions staying closed on New Year’s Eve. Visit the official website for more information.

Leicester Square Christmas Market – until 6th January 2019

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.

Christmas by the River at London Bridge City – 3rd January 2019

With stunning views of Tower Bridge, The Tower of London and the iconic City skyline, Christmas by the River is the perfect setting for the market which boasts 68 stalls selling gifts, food and drink. Christmas by the River will be the perfect place to relax and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of a true Christmas market. Visit the official website for further information.

TOP CHRISTMAS SHOWS AND PANTOMIMES IN LONDON

The Royal Ballet’s The Nutcracker at the Royal Opera House – from 3rd December to 15th January 2019

Loosely based on the story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, the ballet begins in the 19th-century German home of the Stahlbaums, where they are hosting a lively Christmas party. The period setting is captured in opulent detail by Julia Trevelyan Oman’s designs, which include authentic Christmas tree decorations that are magically brought to life. Wright’s choreography ingeniously incorporates surviving fragments of the ballet’s original material, including the sublime pas de deux for the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince. But in emphasizing the relationship between Clara and the Nutcracker, the production also gains a touching subtext of first love. Visit the official website for further information or to book your tickets.

Snow White at the London Palladium – from 8th December to 13th January 2019

Produced by the team behind Olivier award-winning Dick Whittington, this classic tale of good and evil is retold with the help of a stellar cast, including Dawn French, Julian Clary, Paul Zerdin and Nigel Havers. Visit the official website for further information or to book your tickets.

Mariah Carey’s all I want for Christmas is you Tour at the O2 – 11th December 2018

Join record-breaking performer Mariah Carey for a musical celebration of Christmas. The superstar singer entertains audiences with a collection of festive favourites, including All I Want for Christmas is You. Visit the official website for further information or to book your tickets.

Circus 1903 at the Royal Festival Hall – from 19th December to 5th January 2019

Fresh from the Paris Theatre in Las Vegas, Circus 1903 visits Southbank Centre for its European premiere. The show includes sensational life-sized elephants stunningly created by puppeteers from War Horse, putting elephants back in the ring as never before. The circus boasts a huge cast of jaw-dropping and dangerous acts from all corners of the globe. Featuring acrobats, contortionists, jugglers, trapeze and high-wire performers and more, this show captivates and transports audiences of all ages to the golden age of circus. Visit the official website for further information or to book your tickets.

Walking with Dinosaurs – The Arena Spectacular at SSE Arena Wembley – from 27th to 30th December 2018

After a worldwide tour seen by over 7 million people in 206 cities, the stunning theatrical event Walking with Dinosaurs – The Arena Spectacular is back!Internationally renowned designers have worked with scientists to create 20 life-size dinosaurs, including the terror of the ancient terrain, Tyrannosaurus rex. Be amazed and thrilled as the greatest creatures ever to walk the earth return before your eyes. It’s a dazzling £10,000,000 arena spectacle of unprecedented size and quality set to captivate young and old alike. Marvel at the story of their 200 million year domination of life on earth. Watch them walk. Hear the roar. Be there as they fight for survival and supremacy. From the ripple of their skin to the glint in their eye, you will know the dinosaurs really have returned. Book your tickets here: website.

The Snowman at the Peacock Theatre – until 6th January 2019

The Snowman, tells the story of a boy and his magical snowman’s wintery wonderland adventure. As a friendship is kindled, the two embark on a starry-skied journey to the North Pole, where they meet dancing penguins, Ice Princess, Father Christmas and escape the clutches of Jack Frost. Visit the official website for further information or to book your tickets.

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NEW YEAR’S EVE FIREWORKS – 31st December 2018

Hear Big Ben’s famous “bongs” ring out at midnight on New Year’s Eve in London, followed by the UK’s largest annual fireworks display over the Coca-Cola London Eye, presented by the Mayor of London. If you want to join in the celebrations on the night, you must have a ticket to attend. Visit the official website for further information or to book your tickets.

NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM ICE RINK – until 6th January 2019

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 Café 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.

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THE BEST EVENTS IN LONDON IN NOVEMBER 2018

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!

REGENT STREET MOTOR SHOW – 3 November 2018

Get up close to classic and futuristic vehicles at the Regent Street Motor Show. A showcase of 125 years of motoring including veteran, vintage, classic, and modern-day cars. Plus, enjoy music, dance performances and motorcycle stunt shows all along the traffic-free street. This interactive celebration of motoring is perfect for car enthusiasts and families, as well as West End shoppers looking for a fun distraction. 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 this 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 6 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 (6th November)
  • Carnaby Street (8th November)
  • Covent Garden (13th November)
  • Marylebone (14th November)
  • Regent Street (15th November)

CHRISTMAS IN LEICESTER SQUARE – from 9 Nov. to 6 January 2019

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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EFG LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL 2017 – from 16 to 25 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.

WINTER WONDERLAND IN HYDE PARK – from 17 November to 1st 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.

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 SEPTEMBER 2018

Summer is not over! The sun is still out so there’s still time to enjoy London’s great outdoors, have a peep in the city’s secret green spaces, feast in London’s best restaurants and enjoy the last days of London’s rooftop bars. September in London is also the month of the annual London Design Festival, Open House London weekend when over 800 London buildings are opened to the public.

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

TOWER OF LONDON FOOD FESTIVAL – 7-8-9 September 2018

Enjoy the last few days of summer in the heart of the capital with the return of the Tower of London Food Festival this September. The three-day Tower of London Food Festival has over 100 hand-picked artisan producers, live music at the bandstand, vintage games and hands-on culinary masterclasses in ‘The Classroom’. Plus, join the UK’s top celebrity chefs (Michel Roux Jr, Nadiya Hussain, Melissa Hemsley) and experts for live demos, interviews and book signings. What’s more, all tickets include free entry into the Tower itself!
For more information, please visit https://www.hrpfoodfestivals.com/tower-of-london

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LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL – 15-23 September

Explore a range of creative installations and events celebrating contemporary design during the London Design Festival (LDF). The launch of the first Festival took place at Bloomberg on 25 March 2003, with a huge show of support from design, education, government and London organisations. 16 years later, this vision remains ever strong.

During the festival, hundreds of large-scale installations, exhibitions and events pop up in many unique spaces across London, from world-famous museums to small local studios. The V&A is the hub of the London Design Festival, hosting a wide range of activities, from tours and workshops, to installations and exhibitions.

For more information, please visit: https://www.londondesignfestival.com/

 

OPEN HOUSE LONDON – 22-23 September

The annual Open House London weekend gives Londoners the chance to explore behind the closed doors of some of the capital’s biggest, most renowned and most secret venues for free. Enjoy free access to more than 800 public buildings, private houses, churches, museums, schools and offices, and join tours, guided walks and activities throughout the weekend. You can explore iconic buildings that are not usually open to the public, learn something new about more familiar spaces, and step into the private homes of the rich and famous. Highlights of the Open House London programme often include the BT Tower, The Gherkin, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, the Royal Albert Hall and Fuller’s Griffin Brewery.

For more information, please visit: http://www.openhouselondon.org.uk/

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BUCKINGHAM PALACE TOUR: SUMMER OPENING – until 30 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 Charles, Prince 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.

For more information, please visit: https://buckinghampalace.co.uk/index.php

 

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FRIDA KAHLO: Making Her Self Up – until 4 November

Frida Kahlo inspires devotion in a way exceptionally few people do. The V&A’s new exhibition of over 200 Frida-related items (many of which were only re-discovered in 2004 when a room sealed by Kahlo’s husband, Diego Rivera, was opened) goes some way to explaining the allure underpinning Frida fandom. Delving into the wardrobe of the iconic painter, it showcases Kahlo’s hand-painted corsets (used to support her spine after a traffic accident when she was 18) and her prosthetic leg (designed by Kahlo herself as she lost her leg as a result of suffering from Polio as a child), as well as many more pieces sealed away by her husband Diego Rivera for 50 years after her death.

For more information, please visit: https://www.vam.ac.uk/exhibitions/frida-kahlo-making-her-self-up

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