A London Summer

22 June 2017

A London Summer

We have reached that wonderful time of year when the days are at their longest and light evenings seem to stretch on forever. And in terms of the British summer, it is really just the beginning. And this is most certainly the case when it comes to the London summer events calendar, which is jam packed with some amazing things to do in the coming months.

There is nothing better at this time of year, than to take a few days out and head into London, check into a luxurious hotel and spend some time immersing yourself in this most vibrant of cities. To help you plan your trip, we have listed some of the best events in London this summer and then rounded off with two fantastic hotels for your stay that we know you will love. So, get yourself a glass of something cold, sit back and enjoy planning your London trips this summer.

EVENTS

 
Hampton Court Flower Show - Image courtesy of Rictor Norton & David Allen

June in London

London Festival of Architecture – 1st to the 30th June. Various venues with 450 exhibitions to choose from.

Hampton Court Palace Festival – 8th June to the 24th June. Celebrating its 25th year anniversary with nine nights of music in the open air court of Henry VIII’s palace.

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition – 12th June to the 20th August. The largest contemporary art exhibition in the world. An impressive show that gives an excellent cross-section of contemporary art every summer.

GROW London – 21st June to the 24th June. A relaxed, friendly contemporary gardening fair for novices and experts alike, GROW London has plenty of inspiration, even if you only have a window sill to call your outdoor space.

July in London

Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championship 2017 – 3rd July to the 16th July. The world famous tennis tournament and the most watched event in the Grand Slam calendar, brings thousands of visitors to the All England Club for Pimms, Strawberries and of course tennis!

British Summer Time: Open House – 3rd July to the 7th July. Hyde Park hosts Open House; a week of free outdoor films, live music and entertainment. As well as Wimbledon Championship screenings from 12noon every day, two films will be shown each evening at 6pm and 8.30pm. 

RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show – 4th July to the 9th July. Held within the grounds of Henry VIII's palace - where he built one of the finest gardens in the world - the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is a highlight of London's summer calendar. 

The BBC Proms – 14th July to the 9th September. Held yearly at the Royal Albert Hall, the Proms is arguably the most popular season of classical music the world over, featuring a varied but accessible programme of 90 or so concerts in eight weeks. 

August in London

Camden Fringe – 31st July to the 27th August. Bringing together comedy, theatre, poetry, dance and much more, the Camden Fringe boasts over 250 different productions and shows across 25 venues in north London borough throughout August. 

London Craft Beer Festival – 4th August to the 6th August. The London Craft Beer Festival returns for its 5th year in 2017 and is moving to a new venue in Hoxton Square. The Shoreditch Electric Light Station will play host to over 40 breweries and more than 300 beers for the event.

BBC Good Food Festival – 26th August to the 28th August. Taking place over the August Bank Holiday weekend, the BBC Good Food Festival comes to Hampton Court Palace giving visitors a great selection of food to sample and expert tips from well known cooks and chefs. 

Notting Hill Carnival – 27th August and the 28th August. The Notting Hill Carnival sets London on fire in a blaze of Caribbean spirit as extravagantly costumed dancers, calypso, soca musicians, giant sound-systems and steel bands are joined by over one million revellers of all ages.

HOTELS

So now that you might have a few event dates in your diary (making sure you factor in time for some shopping and dining to really make the most of a trip to London) the question is, where to base yourself for your stay. London is home to some truly exceptional hotels and we are delighted to be able to showcase two of the finest for you.

The Ned, 27 Poultry, London, EC2R 8AJ


Photo courtesy of The Ned, Facebook

Without doubt, this is London’s hottest new venue and hotel. Launched at the end of April with a week’s worth of parties attended by everyone from Eddie Redmayne to Princess Beatrice, this £200 million hotel and members club, replete with eight restaurants, 252 rooms and rooftop pools with unsurpassed views across London, well and truly arrived with a bang!

Located in what used the be the HQ of The Midland Bank, you will immediately be blown away by what is a Grade 1 listed Art Deco masterpiece designed by Sir Edwin “Ned” Lutyens in 1924. Entering through the front entrance, you are struck by the vibrant atmosphere with plenty of people enjoying food and drinks at the hotel’s numerous restaurants and bars. Head through the hustle and bustle to the calmer atmosphere of the hotel’s check in lobby, where you will be received by the hotel's friendly staff.

Rooms and Suites are all stunning with a nod to 1920’s glamour, and they range in size from intimate to large scale. You might never feel the need to leave your room with 200ml bottles of Cotswold artisan gin in the cabinet, bathrooms furnished with mahogany baths and a comprehensive array of Cowshed products. Dial zero on the rotary phone to have just about anything delivered to your room by the concierge service.


Photo courtesy of @thenedlondon 

Once you are settled in and ready for an evening drink, head to the roof top terrace. Reserved for members only (hotel guests are made members for the duration of their stay), the terrace is home to a heated pool with views over the London skyline (including St Paul's and The Shard) and two converted domes with further terraces for eating and drinking.

You are spoilt for choice on the eating front with eight restaurants to choose from including Zobler’s Deli, a New York-style Jewish deli, to Malibu Kitchen. The original Grade I-listed walnut banking counters also make for a great place to get a drink if the weather doesn't lend itself to sitting out on the rooftop terrace.


Photo courtesy of @thenedlondon 

After dinner head to the members club ‘Ned’s Club Downstairs’. As mentioned, Ned’s is situated in what was the former home of The Midland Bank and the original vaults are still here. Instead of housing gold bullion, they are now home to an exclusive cocktail lounge – spend the evening surrounded by 3,000 safety deposit boxes and enjoy live music from visiting DJ’s. Ned’s Club Downstairs stays open as long as you want, so if you are up for partying the night away, then this is the place to be.

After a long night, help yourself wake up by making the most of the exceptional Gym and Spa facilities. Located on the lowest level of the building, Ned’s Club Active offers you personalised training programs, yoga and spinning classes or even a round of boxing in the boxing gym (although maybe not the best choice of activity after a heavy night!).

Ned’s Club Relax is built around a 20 metre indoor pool and is an ideal space in which to unwind. Complete with a sauna, steamroom, traditional Moroccan hammam and eight treatments rooms, there are marble-clad male and female changing areas, and a library-style Club Room where you can enjoy a post-treatment tea or juice from The Mint Bar.

Without doubt, The Ned is an exceptional hotel and has already developed a loyal following in the few short months it has been open. Well worth a visit!

The Marylebone, 47 Welbeck Street, London, W1G 8DN


Photo courtesy of The Marylebone Hotel, Facebook 

Located just minutes from Oxford Street and in the heart of Marylebone Village, The Marylebone Hotel provides easy access to the best that London has to offer. Part of the Doyle Collection, a family owned luxury hotel collection, The Marylebone is an incredibly charming hotel with its own individual character, which sets it apart from the main hotel chains. With impeccable service and a superb location, this is the perfect choice for visitors who are looking for something a little bit different.

As winners of the Best Urban Hotel in the Conde Nast Johansens UK & Ireland Awards for Excellence 2016, you know you will be staying at a top-notch hotel and it certainly does not disappoint. Choose from a wide range of rooms which include luxurious touches, such as Italian marble bathrooms with heated floors, super comfortable pillow top beds and Nespresso coffee machines.


Photo courtesy of The Marylebone Hotel, Facebook 

The hotel also has several stunning Terrace suites. The newly refurbished Marylebone suite offers guests a fabulous rooftop experience, whatever the season. Immaculately finished in a sophisticated palette of linens, wools and silks, the suite includes an open plan living area, separate dining area and access to a wet bar. The fully furnished cedar-clad terrace, meanwhile, comes complete with its own fireplace, outdoor TV and retractable roof, making it perfect as an interior and exterior space throughout the year. A very special suite – it is quite the experience to settle down in front of an open fire, glass of champagne in hand and the terrace roof rolled back looking out over London as the light fades into evening.

Enjoy lunch or dinner at the hotel’s restaurant, 108 Brasserie, which has a passion for serving cuisine made with the finest ingredients – from grass-fed British beef to artisanal cheeses - only the freshest produce sourced from highly respected local suppliers such as Aubrey Allen and La Fromagerie are used. Breakfast or just a coffee mid-morning can be taken in 108 Pantry, a bright and modern space located in The Marylebone hotel’s Edwardian townhouse. You can also sit outside at Parisian style tables, watching the world go by – a really enjoyable experience.


Photo courtesy of The Marylebone Hotel, Facebook 

The hotel has an extensive Fitness and Spa centre - guests enjoy complimentary access to on-site Third Space, one of London’s premium members-only health clubs, with cutting edge equipment, expert fitness professionals and trainers, a range of complimentary fitness classes for all levels and interests, and a wonderful menu of health and beauty treatments. Rare in Central London, The Marylebone also has an 18m ozone–treated swimming pool.

And hitting the town could not be easier. Step out of the hotel into the excitement and buzz of Marylebone Lane, explore the world-famous stores of Bond Street and Mayfair and get away from the hustle and bustle in the elegant green spaces of Regents Park and Hyde Park, all just a short walk away.

We really love this hotel. It has a unique vibe to it which makes it really stand out in lots of ways. If you want to be centrally based during your next trip to London, it is hard to beat!

For further details on these hotels and to book or any others in our collection please call the Oxford Private Travel team on +44 1993 899 430 or click here for more contact details.