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    Seasonal

    Seasonal

      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

      A short walk

    • Madame Tussauds

      A new figure of Her Majesty The Queen, and the Marvel Super Heroes 4D movie experience are alongside 300 increasingly accurate wax likenesses. madametussauds.com

    • 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

      A little further

    • Legoland

      The brand new LEGO Star Wars MINILAND Experience is now open, plus 55 rides, shows, LEGO workshops and the Waterworks fountains. A day trip. legoland.co.uk

    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

    • South Molton Street

      As well as Browns Fashion, Grays Antique Market is a fascinating warren of stalls with jewelry, art, ephemera and many Art Deco pieces for sale. southmoltonstreetlondon.com

    • 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

      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

    • 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

      Special events

    • 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

    • Hélène Darroze at the Connaught

      Michelin starred cuisine at the Connaught from this remarkable chef, including a Saturday Brunch for dedicated foodies, or more informal dining.

    • 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

    • Lancashire Court

      A charming haven tucked away behind New Bond Street with very fine restaurants and bars to help revitalise the efforts of the most ardent shoppers. lancashirecourt.com

      A short walk

    • Princi Bakery

      Soho smells wonderful these days thanks to Rocco Princi’s artisan bakery, with hand-made wood fired breads and patisserie (pizzas also available to order). princi.co.uk

    • The Wolseley

      Famous for its breakfast, this former car showroom is now a café-restaurant, designed by David Collins, serving sublime food and drink throughout the day. thewolseley.com

    • Koffmann's

      Perfect pre- or post-theatre, legendary French chef Pierre Koffmann is cooking up a storm in his bistro-style restaurant at the Berkeley in Knightsbridge. the-berkeley.co.uk/koffmanns.aspx

      A little further

    • St. JOHN

      Specialising in ‘nose to tail eating’, this former smokehouse serves up nourishing, superbly prepared food. It was awarded a Michelin star in 2009.stjohnrestaurant.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.

    • Bond Street Galleries

      Bond Streets both new and old are laden with galleries, including specialists in Klimt, Schiele, Bacon, Spencer, Freud and contemporary art.

    • 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

      A short walk

    • V&A

      The ‘world’s greatest museum of art and design’ displays thousands of pieces in almost every medium from the last 2,000 years. Open late on Fridays. vam.ac.uk

    • Buckingham Palace

      The magnificent London residence of the Royal Family is open to visitors, and this year includes a special exhibition ‘Diamonds: a Jubilee celebration’. royalcollection.org.uk

    • The Wallace Collection

      Set in an historic town house, the Collection has celebrated exhibits including paintings, porcelain, furniture, arms and armour. A fine café is open too. wallacecollection.org

      A little further

    • Windsor Castle

      Windsor is the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world as well as the Queen’s official residence, and is showing 60 portraits celebrating the Diamond Jubilee. A day out. windsor.gov.uk

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