Festival Season is Here!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why May is the Best Month to Visit London

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Truly British Spring in London

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

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

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

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

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

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

September Evenings in Mayfair

Autumn – it’s arguably the best season of the year. As the days begin to get a bit colder and the nights start to draw in there are plenty of reasons to get out that cosy jumper, to treat yourself to that cheeky hot chocolate, or just take in the sheer beauty of nature. London has to be one of the best places to spend those cooler Autumn evenings. At The Washington Hotel Mayfair you are perfectly located to enjoy London to the full. Why not treat yourself to a London vacation with us in Art Deco luxury and try out some of our suggestions for the perfect London evening.

After all the time we’ve spent stuck indoors lately what better way to spend an evening than a  refreshing stroll through one of The Royal Parks. Hyde Park is right on your doorstep at only a short walk away, it’s open till midnight so you have plenty of time for exploring and breathing in that crisp air. There are an array of statues, fountains and things to view along the way. For a longer walk and a chance to enjoy some Royal history, consider taking The Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Walk which takes you on a journey to see buildings and locations associated with the Princess during her life. Make sure to check out the Frieze sculpture that is coming to Regent’s Park for a limited time from the middle of September. No matter which park you wander through, you will be able to spend some time with the local wildlife and be able to take in all the stunning colours of the season changing and the leaves starting to fall.

If you would prefer to spend the evening indoors, you don’t need to look any further than the elite district of Mayfair for indulging in fine dining and sipping a cocktail or two. There are a variety of cuisines to choose from, from all over the globe. There’s always entertainment to be enjoyed locally. Immerse yourself in a cultural experience at The Royal Albert Hall with some ‘Late Night Jazz’ or be there for the unmissable experience of the ‘No Time to Die’ world premiere coming this September!

So don’t be stuck wondering what to do over the next few months, spice up your calendar with an unforgettable London break and stay with us at The Washington Hotel Mayfair, one of the most premium hotels in London. We look forward to welcoming you soon.

Now Is The Time To Visit Mayfair This Summer 2021

As we start to return to normal, one thing we have noticed is that although the shops and attractions are open in Central London, without the influx of foreign visitors, London is quiet. We love the peace that we find in the London Parks, but now we find this in nearby Piccadilly Circus. Spending the afternoon with friends, picnicking in the park or enjoying the boutiques of Bond Street are all so much more enjoyable when the weather is pleasant!

While so many are still working from home, we have found that rush hour on the tube is now the same as any other time of day. Yes, we still wear masks and observe social distancing, but we can sit and read on our commute. Although we might need to book an appointment to visit on of the many museums in London, be it the The Natural History Museum, the V&A or The British Museum, we know that it’ll not be crowded and we’ll be able to see the exhibits properly. London is quiet, quieter than it has probably been for many years. Now is the time to book your hotel in London Mayfair.

The Washington Mayfair Hotel is perfectly located to enjoy Mayfair in London. With 178 spacious bedrooms and suites, meeting and event facilities and Madisons Bar & Restaurant, we are your luxury hotel on London. Whether you are looking for a luxury afternoon tea in Mayfair, a luxury hotel in central London for a long weekend, or are planning to enjoy London for your staycation this year, The Washington Mayfair Hotel is your London hotel.

For the best price at the best hotel in London, simply click the ‘Special Offers’ link in the menu. We look forward to seeing you.

THE BEST EVENTS IN LONDON IN FEBRUARY 2020

Goodbye January…..Welcome February!

February might be a little cold and dark but there’s loads of exciting events taking place throughout the month which you can enjoy while staying at the Washington Mayfair with our special winter hotel offers. February brings romantic vibes, iconic fashion and stacks of pancakes to London with city-wide celebrations. Also, February in London is the month of Kew Garden’s Orchid Festival, London Fashion Week Festival, the London Classic Car Show and Craft Beer Rising. Here at the Washington Mayfair Hotel, we have picked some of the greatest events to get you out when you stay with us this February!

KEW GARDEN’S ORCHID FESTIVAL – From 8th February to 8th March 2020

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 the plant life of Indonesia this year. The Prince of Wales Conservatory will be filled with the sights, smells and sounds of Indonesia. Highlights will include a dramatic central pond display filled with bright orange orangutans, life-sized animals and an erupting volcano all made up of hundreds of stunning orchid blossoms. There’ll also be an impressive carnivorous pitcher plant archway.

NEW LONDON SHOW: PRETTY WOMAN THE MUSICAL – from 13th February  2020 to 2nd January 2021

Celebrate the 30-year anniversary of one of the most treasured romantic films of all time with Pretty Woman: The Musical at the Piccadilly Theatre. Follow successful businessman Edward and prostitute Vivian, as they fall in love against the odds. Danny Mac plays the role of Edward and Aimie Atkinson takes to the stage as Vivian. With original music and lyrics by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance, this new West End show will lift your spirits.

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VALENTINE’S DAY – 14th and 15th February 2020 

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

For more information, please call +44 (0) 20 7499 7000 or send an email Madison@washington-mayfair.co.uk

DATE NIGHT IN MAYFAIR ON VALENTINE’S DAY

Indulge your passion and make time for your loved one with ‘Date Night’ romance hotel 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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LONDON CLASSIC CAR SHOW – 20 – 23 February 2020

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 the prestigious Olympia London in Kensington. Every year, there’s also a special guest appearance by a racing legend, alongside special displays of their cars, trophies and memorabilia.

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PICASSO AND PAPER AT THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS – until 13 April 2020

For Picasso, paper was both a tool to explore his ideas and a material with limitless possibilities. He experimented with everything from newsprint and napkins to decorative wallpaper. He spent decades investigating printmaking techniques, sourcing rare and antique paper from as far as Japan – and all without losing his compulsion to draw on every last scrap. You will see Picasso’s creative process first-hand in remarkable documentary footage of the artist at work, studies for Guernica, and sketchbooks where the seeds of revolutionary masterpieces first took shape, including Les Demoiselles d’Avignon. Immerse yourself in Picasso’s world of paper and discover how – with this everyday material we know so well – he found the means to explore the furthest reaches of his creativity.

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THE BEST EVENTS IN LONDON IN AUGUST 2019

August in London is teeming with fantastic events, cultural happenings and things to do. Enjoy the capital’s many outdoor and open-air activities to make the most of the warm summer days. Don’t forget to hit up Europe’s biggest street party Notting Hill Carnival or bag a seat at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall. Furthermore London hosts family-friendly attractions to keep children entertained during the school summer holidays. Travelling solo? Don’t worry! It’s plenty of things to do and even more to see in London. Main football season starts in August. Soak up the atmosphere at one of the capital’s football clubs.
We have carefully chosen the events to make sure you have a wonderful time in London while staying at The Washington Mayfair Hotel.

PRUDENTIAL RIDELONDON FREECYCLE – 3 August 2019

Get together with family and friends to cycle on traffic-free central London roads for free, with Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle. The route features many of the capital’s world-famous landmarks, from Buckingham Palace to the Houses of Parliament and St Paul’s Cathedral. London’s greatest sights create an inspiring backdrop for a memorable day of cycling. The event, which attracted tens of thousands of cyclists in 2018, returns again as part of the wider Prudential RideLondon festival of cycling.

FILM4 SUMMER SCREEN AT SOMERSET HOUSE – from 8 to 21 August 2019

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

NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL – 24-25-26 August 2019

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

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BBC PROMS – until 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 – until 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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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.

 

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.

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.

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.

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

Book now: +44 (0)207 499 7000

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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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