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Guides & Itineraries
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 new figure of Her Majesty The Queen, and the Marvel Super
Heroes 4D movie experience are alongside 300 increasingly accurate wax
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, 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 brand new LEGO Star Wars MINILAND Experience is now open,
plus 55 rides, shows, LEGO workshops and the Waterworks fountains. A day trip.
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
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
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
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
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
Michelin starred cuisine at the Connaught from this remarkable chef, including a Saturday Brunch for dedicated foodies, or more informal dining.
Down a quiet mews, expect French, Mediterranean and Niçoise classics from the London offshoot of this respected Nice restaurant. lpmlondon.co.uk
A charming haven tucked away behind New Bond Street with very
fine restaurants and bars to help revitalise the efforts of the most ardent
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
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
Perfect pre- or post-theatre, legendary French chef Pierre
Koffmann is cooking up a storm in his bistro-style restaurant at the Berkeley in
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
There are more than a dozen art galleries on Cork Street, showing and selling an ever-changing selection of contemporary and original works.
Bond Streets both new and old are laden with galleries, including specialists in Klimt, Schiele, Bacon, Spencer, Freud and contemporary art.
Founded to promote the arts and design, The Royal Academy has
both permanent collections and a series of major shows throughout the year.
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
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
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
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
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.
The world’s leading horticultural event since 1913. Thousands of exhibits and wonderfully creative garden settings. 18th-25th May 2013.
The Royal Academy clears gallery space every summer for emerging and established artists. More than 10,000 pieces are entered for consideration.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Live performances, kids' choirs, carnival and street theatre groups and a stunning fireworks finale on Sunday evening. 8th-9th September 2012.
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.
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. 14th-18th September 2012.
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