REGENT’S PARK & LONDON ZOO
2.3 miles, 45 mins, linear walk
Turn left out of The Connaught and cross Grosvenor Square, head to Portland Square via North Audley and Orchard Streets then walk all the way down Baker Street to Regent’s Park. Or take a more scenic route down Chiltern Street and pause for a coffee.
Once you reach Regent’s Park, cross the bridge over the boating lake and follow the path round to Inner Circle where you’ll find Queen Mary’s Rose Garden and The Japanese Garden. By taking Chester Road and then turning left on to The Broad Walk you can wander all the way down to London Zoo and discover the city’s very own penguins, lions, reptiles and butterflies.
When it’s time to head back, follow the Outer Circle road anti-clockwise through the park, via The Boathouse Café for ice creams, and retrace your steps to The Connaught.
2.1 miles, 45 mins, circular walk
Turning left out of the hotel, walk to Grosvenor Square. Keep going along Duke Street, which will take you to Oxford Street, opposite Selfridges where our concierges can arrange a stop off for a private shopping experience. At the very least, remember to check out the windows before turning east and continuing down to Oxford Circus.
Turn right into Regent Street, linger a while at Liberty before heading down to Piccadilly Circus. Turn right along Piccadilly, stopping at Fortnum & Mason for delicious teas and hampers or picking up something to read from Hatchard’s, the UK’s oldest bookstore. Turn right into Old Bond Street where you’ll discover the world’s most iconic brands or, if you prefer, take an atmospheric cut through the luxury boutiques of Burlington Arcade, a beautiful covered passage protected by Beadles in top hats and tailcoats. When you reach Grosvenor Street, turn left to return to The Connaught.
1.4 miles, 30 minutes, circular walk
From The Connaught head down Mount Street towards Berkeley Square then cross over in to Bourdon Street and on to Grosvenor Hill where you’ll discover Gagosian and Almine Rech, two of London’s most renowned contemporary art galleries tucked away in a modern alcove at the heart of Mayfair.
From here take Broadbent Street then turn right on to Grosvenor Street up past Beaux Arts and Victoria Miro which are both well worth a look in if you have a moment. Crossing over St George Street in to Maddox Street you’ll find Maddox Gallery halfway up, you won’t be able to miss it for its fabulous seasonal floral façade. Inside you’ll discover a rotating exhibition of contemporary and hyper realistic works from emerging artists and the likes of Mr Brainwash, Bradley Theodore and David Yarrow.
Double back and turn left on to Mill Street then cross over to Savile Row where you’ll find Hauser & Wirth on the left which claims world-famous artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Don McCullin, Jenny Holzer and Roni Horn.
If you can tear yourself away, continue down Savile Row on to Clifton Street and through on to Grafton Street for the last two stops, firstly Sprueth Magers on the corner and then David Zwirner before heading back to The Connaught via Hay Hill and across Berkeley Square.
HYDE PARK PICKNICKING
2.6 miles, 1 hour, circular walk
Turn hard right out of The Connaught, collecting something delicious from The Connaught Patisserie en route and walk along Mount Street to Park Street. Cross over into Hyde Park using the underpass, and bear right past the Joy of Life Fountain towards the Reformer’s Tree where you’ll find plenty of green space to pause for your picnic. Afterwards, bear left and walk towards the far end of the Serpentine Lake, joining West Carriage Drive by The Serpentine Sackler Gallery which is always worth a visit. Cross the bridge over the lake, after a paddle in one of the Serpentine’s rowing boats, then pass the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain and follow the line of the lake before heading back to Park Lane.
Take South Street and South Audley Street to discover the blue plaques of Charles X, Lord Ashfield and Constance Spry en route before meandering through Mount Street Gardens back to the hotel.