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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 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.
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
The stars of London fashion week are the latest characters to inspire new wax figures at the world-famous wax emporium; also see the Star Wars Experience, with life-like figures of the favourite heroes and villains of the movies. madametussauds.com
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
Over 55 interactive rides and attractions at this Windsor-based experience: fly through the treetops to escape fearsome dragons, ride the thrilling rapids with a Viking fleet, join Lego divers on a magical underwater adventure or enjoy the UK’s only Lego Star Wars Miniland Model Display. legoland.co.uk
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, with lunch and dinner seven days a week inspired by authentic
regional and seasonal flavours.
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. royalacademy.org.uk
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 has three special exhibitions to celebrate
the Queen’s 90th birthday. 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. A day out.windsor.gov.uk
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