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Guides & Itineraries
A riot of strawberries, cream, Pimm's and very good tennis (with rain a possibility) in this leafy enclave of south west London. June 27 - July 10, 2016.
The world’s leading horticultural event since 1913. Thousands of exhibits and wonderfully creative garden settings. May 24-28, 2016.
The Royal Academy clears gallery space every summer for emerging and established artists. More than 10,000 pieces are entered for consideration. June 13 - August 21, 2016.
Pomp, ceremony, and the best-behaved horses in the Commonwealth all gathered to celebrate the Queen’s official birthday. June 11, 2016. On Sunday June 12, The Mall in St James’s Park will be transformed for its largest ever street party, The Patron’s Lunch, to celebrate the Queen’s patronage of over 600 organisations on the occasion of her 90th birthday. It is hoped that The Patron’s Lunch will inspire people to host their own Patron’s Lunch in streets along the length and breadth of Britain and the Commonwealth.
A five-day celebration of the turf that has long been regarded as the centrepiece of the social season, and includes the Ascot Derby. June 14-18, 2016.
Somewhat removed from the idea of ‘messing about in boats’, there are over 200 races during the five days of this glorious event. June 29 - July 3, 2016.
Three miles long, 800 years old, and with 6,000 participants this is an annual must-see for Londoners and visitors alike. November 12, 2016.
A month-long season of river-related events: art, music, open days, family fun, talks, walks and boats galore. September 1-30.Totallythames.org
See and buy work by leading artists from over 170 galleries in the green and pleasant avenues of Regent’s Park. October 6-9, 2016.
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.
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.
Stunning new collections mean LFW is now one of the ‘big four’ catwalk influencers, and one of the highest profile events in fashion. September 16-20, 2016.
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
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. http://www.the-connaught.co.uk/mayfair-restaurants/espelette/
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
See 750 species of animal, meet the animals up close with an expert keeper and visit the new Land of the Lions, opening Easter 2016.zsl.org/zsl-london-zoo
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.
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!
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
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
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
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.https://www.dunhill.com/experience/us/the-homes/london-bourdon-house/
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
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
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
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
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
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
Down a quiet mews, expect French, Mediterranean and Niçoise classics from the London offshoot of this respected Nice restaurant. lpmlondon.co.uk
Claridge’s secret hideaway bar, the Fumoir, is tucked away behind an original 1930s Lalique panel. It serves sumptuous cocktails inspired by the original masters of the 1920s and 1930s..claridges.co.uk/mayfair-restaurants-bars/bars/the-fumoir/
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
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 before taking afternoon tea at the Connaught. Perfect. themountstreetdeli.co.uk
Headed up by one of our most talented chefs, Marcus Wareing, known for his light, modern, flavoursome food, this restaurant at the Berkeley holds two Michelin stars. the-berkeley.co.uk/knightsbridge-restaurants/marcus-wareing/
A modern interpretation of the old Chinese teahouse, this restaurant offers ‘all day grazing’, with authentic dim sum, wok-friendly dishes and ‘small-eats’.yauatcha.com
A relaxed venue in which to eat the finest British produce’
was the plan behind this almost rural pub in far-from-rural Fulham.harwoodarms.com
There are more than a dozen art galleries on Cork Street, showing and selling an ever-changing selection of contemporary and original works.
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
Practically our next door neighbours, the gallery represents 25 established and emerging artists, and there’s a year-round programme of exhibitions.
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
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
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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