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    Seasonal

    Seasonal

      Special events

    • Regent’s Park Theatre

      Currently showing Ragtime and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, this is a truly magical evening’s experience in one of London’s most ancient parks.openairtheatre.org

      Spring/Summer

    • Wimbledon

      A riot of strawberries, cream, Pimm's and very good tennis (with rain a possibility) in this leafy enclave of south west London. Late June to early July.

    • Chelsea Flower Show

      The world’s leading horticultural event since 1913. Thousands of exhibits and wonderfully creative garden settings. 18th-25th May 2013.

    • The Summer Exhibition

      The Royal Academy clears gallery space every summer for emerging and established artists. More than 10,000 pieces are entered for consideration.

    • Trooping the Colour

      Pomp, ceremony, and the best-behaved horses in the Commonwealth all gathered to celebrate the Queen’s official birthday. June 2013. Date to be confirmed.

    • Royal Ascot

      A five-day celebration of the turf that has long been regarded as the centerpiece of the social season, and includes the Ascot Derby. 18th-22nd June 2013.

    • Henley Royal Regatta

      Somewhat removed from the idea of ‘messing about in boats’, there are over 200 races during the five days of this glorious event. 3rd -7th July 2013.

    • Regent’s Park Theatre

      Currently showing Ragtime and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, this is a truly magical evening’s experience in one of London’s most ancient parks.openairtheatre.org

      Autumn/Winter

    • Lord Mayor’s Show

      Three miles long, 800 years old, and with 6,000 participants this is an annual must-see for Londoners and visitors alike. 10th November 2012.

    • The Mayor’s Thames Festival

      Live performances, kids' choirs, carnival and street theatre groups and a stunning fireworks finale on Sunday evening. 8th-9th September 2012.

    • The Frieze Art Fair

      See and buy work by leading artists from over 170 galleries in the green and pleasant avenues of Regent’s Park. 11th-14th October 2012.

    • Christmas lights

      The styles and approaches may differ from street to street, but there’s no denying that London’s Christmas lights bring a sparkle to last-minute present shopping.

    • New Year’s Eve fireworks

      The banks of the Thames swell with revellers not only wanting to hear the midnight chimes of Big Ben – but to gaze in awe at the now legendary firework display.

    • London Fashion Week

      Stunning new collections mean LFW is now one of the ‘big four’ catwalk influencers, and one of the highest profile events in fashion. 14th-18th September 2012.

    Family

    Family

      On the doorstep

    • Horse Riding

      The Hyde Park Stables can organise group and private rides from 7.15am onwards, from age five upwards, with plenty of riding wear available to hire. hydeparkstables.com

    • Espelette

      Brasserie-style dining at the Connaught, you’ll enjoy stunning food at breakfast, lunch, dinner or afternoon tea – and have sweeping views of Mayfair village. the-connaught.co.uk/espelette.aspx

      A short walk

    • Natural History Museum

      A colossal animated T-Rex turns this fascinating museum into a real-life ‘Night at the Museum’. And there’s skating outside in the winter months. nhm.ac.uk

    • ZSL London Zoo

      See 750 species of animal, and the new Play Penguin Beach. You can also attend an introduction to Zoo Keeping for 11-15 year olds. zsl.org/zsl-london-zoo

    • The Serpentine

      There is a good supply of rowing and pedal boats available at the boathouse on the Serpentine for this popular summer pursuit in Hyde Park. royalparks.org.uk/parks/hyde_park/facilities.cfm

      A little further

    • Thorpe Park

      You’ll need a day, and lots of energy for the awesome rides at Thorpe Park, and with names like ‘Stealth’ and ‘Colossus’, you’ll need a little Dutch courage too!

    Shopping

    Shopping

      On the doorstep

    • Bond Street

      Barely a yard of this connoisseur’s paradise is free of a luxury brand. Visit Mulberry, Prada, Miu Miu, Hermes, Church’s, YSL and many, many more.
      bondstreet.co.uk

    • Sotheby's Auction Shop

      Along with valuations, and private sales, Sotheby’s is also a fascinating place to visit, with a varied and always changing schedule of public sales. sothebys.com

    • Mount Street

      Late morning at Marc Jacobs, coffee, then a light lunch at Scott’s, then a stroll in a pair of Louboutins, finishing at Balenciaga, before taking tea at Espelette. Perfect. mountstreetmayfair.co.uk

    • Bourdon House

      Who says men can’t be pampered? Alfred Dunhill’s London Home sells bespoke leather and menswear, and has a barbershop, spa and screening room. dunhill.com/the-homes/london/

      A short walk

    • Liberty

      An emporium in the very best sense since 1875. Rich heritage combines with cutting-edge designers in this stunning store where you can get ‘lost in luxury’. liberty.co.uk

    • Marylebone High Street

      Daunt Books, Divertimenti, The Conran Shop, Diptyque and Skandium are just some of the stores in this revitalised area just moments from Oxford Street. marylebonevillage.com

      A little further

    • Alfie’s Antiques Market

      Antiques, collectibles, 20th century pieces and much more make this Marylebone institution and its dealers well worth a visit. Open Tuesday to Saturday. alfiesantiques.com

      Special events

    • Portobello Road

      Arguably the most famous street and antiques market in the world (and the most filmed). Open every day but Sunday, and especially crowded on Saturdays.
      portobelloroad.co.uk

    • Borough Market

      Saved from demolition, the market is a source of exceptional British and international produce (as far back as 1014), and open from Thursday to Saturday. boroughmarket.org.uk

    • Columbia Road

      Open from 8 until 3ish on a Sunday, Columbia Road is an ‘oasis’ of foliage and flowers, small galleries, cake shops and vintage clothing stores. columbiaroad.info

    Food

    Food

      On the doorstep

    • Le Petite Maison

      Down a quiet mews, expect French, Mediterranean and Niçoise classics from the London offshoot of this respected Nice restaurant. lpmlondon.co.uk

    • The Fumoir

      Claridge’s sumptuous Fumoir, tucked away behind an original 1930’s Lalique panel, serves equally sumptuous 1930s inspired cocktails.claridges.co.uk/mayfair-bars/the-fumoir.aspx

    • Scott’s

      As well as terrific people-watching, Scott’s serves up some of the finest oysters, fish, crustacean, seasonal game and vegetarian dishes in London. Best to book.scotts-restaurant.com

    • Mount Street Deli

      A relative of Scott’s, the Deli offers dining on its terrace overlooking Mount Street, and year-round events that showcase interesting food and drink to try and buy. themountstreetdeli.co.uk

      A short walk

    • Marcus Wareing

      Marcus Wareing is one of our most talented chefs, known for his light, modern, flavoursome food. His restaurant at The Berkeley holds two Michelin stars. the-berkeley.co.uk/marcus_wareing.aspx

    • Yauatcha

      A modern interpretation of the old Chinese teahouse, this restaurant offers ‘all day grazing’, with authentic dim sum, wok-friendly dishes and ‘small-eats’. yuatcha.com

      A little further

    • Harwood Arms

      ‘A relaxed venue in which to eat the finest British produce’ was the plan behind this almost rural pub in far from rural Fulham. ‘Diners’ Choice’ Winner 2012. hardwoodarms.com

    Culture

    Culture

      On the doorstep

    • Cork Street Galleries

      There are more than a dozen art galleries on Cork Street, showing and selling an ever-changing selection of contemporary and original works.

    • The Royal Academy

      Founded to promote the arts and design, The Royal Academy has both permanent collections and a series of major shows throughout the year. royalacademy.org.uk

    • Timothy Taylor Gallery

      Practically our next door neighbours, the gallery represents 25 established and emerging artists, and there’s a year-round programme of exhibitions.

      A short walk

    • Houses of Parliament

      One of the city’s most stunning buildings, this ancient parliament is a piece of living history. Visitors can attend debates or watch laws being made. parliament.uk/visiting

    • Westminster Abbey

      Lovers of English literature can pay homage to Austen, Barry, Betjeman, Blake, Bronte, Burns, Byron, and Coleridge. And that’s only up to the C’s. westminster-abbey.org

      A little further

    • Hampton Court Palace

      In the 1530s, Henry VIII spent the equivalent of £18 million rebuilding the Palace. The result is, arguably, one of the most magnificent royal palaces in the world. A busy half day, or wonderful full day out. hrp.org.uk/HamptonCourtPalace/

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