LET’S GET PHYSICAL
Pack a picnic and visit the Chelsea Physic Gardens, the oldest botanical garden in London, established in 1673. Sit underneath the largest outdoor olive tree and bask in the historical, verdant glory of this magical hidden gem.
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London got a whole lot more jolly when former Mayor Boris Johnson introduced a bicycle scheme to the city. There are miles and miles of cycling routes, so whether it’s a trip along the river or a journey through the Royal Parks that you’re after, or you simply fancy cycling to your favourite department store, consider it a must-do.
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Richmond Park is one of the wildest parks in Britain. King Henry VIII used to hunt there and the deer still wander this south-west London wilderness. See if you can find the Royal Ballet School, tucked up a long avenue of trees in the very centre of the park, or why not let us book you a horse riding lesson?
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Kew Gardens is home to one of the most beautiful botanical collections in the world, offering the chance to see diverse flora and fauna in tropical glasshouses and in open parkland. There are daily hour-long tours run by experienced volunteer guides, or you can book specially-themed tours which take you behind the scenes.
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SOLID AS A ROCK?
The Serpentine Gallery, tucked away in London’s Kensington Gardens is a short walk from our hotel lobby. The 2017 Serpentine Summer Pavilion, an installation which changes each year, is in place until November 19.
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The best way to enjoy London is on foot. Why not join one of the many guided walking tours and discover some of the best-kept secrets of this wonderful city. From foodie and fashion walks to routes taking in photography opportunities and famous film locations, our concierge can point you in the direction of a specialist sightseeing stroll to suit your interests and passions.
Hyde Park Running Guide
With Hyde Park just on our doorstep, our unique running guide will tell you what you need to know.
When it comes to fine dining, there’s a huge choice in the neighbourhood – starting with The Connaught itself.
For something a little different in this diverse city, our concierge recommends some of his best-loved spots.