17 Reasons To Take A London Staycation This Summer
This summer, why not take a London staycation? People from all over the world flock to London in summer, so make the most of your capital city. Whether you're into sports, culture or just dancing the night away, you're sure to find something in London's summer sunshine.
Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
A true London landmark, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre is a fixture of London summertime. Voted London Theatre of the Year in this year's stage awards, the Theatre's lineup this summer includes A Tale of Two Cities, Jesus Christ Superstar, On the Town and Oliver Twist. Book a room at Grange Langham Court Hotel for a London staycation right outside the gates of beautiful Regent's Park.
Opera Holland Park
Opera Holland Park is widely regarded as one of the most exciting, innovative and accomplished opera companies in the UK, with a history of producing both rarities and popular favourites. This summer, enjoy Alice, Zazà, Kat’á Kabanová, Don Giovanni, La rondine as well as The Royal Ballet School's end of year performances. Grange Strathmore Hotel is just a short cab ride from Holland Park and the Royal Albert Hall, making it ideal for opera lovers looking for a staycation in the capital.
Notting Hill Carnival
Every August bank holiday (25th-28th August), the streets of West London burst with colour and music as Europe's biggest street festival, Notting Hill Carnival, returns. Elaborate floats and colourful costumed performers wind their way through the streets to the sound of steel bands and calypso music. Join the celebrations and explore the flavours from the tempting street food in one of London's biggest annual events. If you want to add some Caribbean flavour to your London staycation, book a stay in our most westerly hotel, Grange Strathmore Hotel.
Horse Riding in London
Ever fancied horse riding in the centre of London? There is no better way to enjoy London's parks in summertime than trotting around and soaking up the sights. Riders of any skill level can visit Richmond Park or Hyde Park to enjoy a more natural side of London that many people rarely consider.
Thames River Cruises
Get the best views of the city in comfort and style with a Thames River Cruise. Featuring bars, cafés and live commentary, a city cruise allows you to make the most of a London staycation, offering exquisite views of many of the city's famous landmarks. Whether you want to hop on and off at your leisure, or enjoy a showboat dinner cruise, the river is the best way to appreciate the famous London skyline. Grange City Hotel and Tower Bridge Hotel are minutes away from Tower Bridge and the river, making them ideal places to stay to take in the views.
If cruising isn't your thing and you'd rather captain your own vessel, London's parks offer plenty of opportunities to splash around and enjoy the sunshine. Hire boats and pedalos from Alexandra Palace, Greenwich Park, Regent's Park and many other of London's summery green spaces.
Take time out from the hustle and bustle to immerse yourself in the extraordinary sights and scents of Kew Gardens. Enjoy the rose garden, the famous Palm House or Kew the Music picnic concert (11th-16th July) within the stunning and inspiring grounds of London's largest UNESCO World Heritage site.
London Zoo "Zoo Nights"
See London Zoo in a whole new light this summer with London Zoo "Zoo Nights" (2nd June - 14th July). As the sun goes does down, the curtain goes up on the most original after-hours events in London. Featuring a celebration of bioluminescence, street entertainers, zoology talks and more, Zoo Nights promises to be an unmissable summer event. Make your Zoo Nights staycation easy by staying at one of Grange's many nearby hotels.
Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace
22nd July marks the summer opening of Buckingham Palace, a chance for visitors to explore the garden and State Rooms. Take a guided tour of the beautiful garden and discover the rich and fascinating history of Buckingham Palace. Nestled just behind Westminster Cathedral, the Grange Wellington Hotel is ideally located and elegantly appointed for those looking for a staycation that has a more prestigious feel.
Anyone for tennis? Or perhaps strawberries and drinks on Murray Mound? For two weeks at the start of July (3rd - 16th), London is the heart of the tennis world. One of the biggest sporting events of the summer, Wimbledon is a fixture of London summertime. Never miss a shot by booking your staycation at a Grange Hotel today.
Pride in London 2017
Bigger and better than ever, Saturday 8th July the Pride in London Festival reaches its peak with the Parade and exciting main events. Celebrate diversity in the community with a series of events and exhibitions all over the capital in June and July. Pop over to Trafalgar Square to catch the winner of Pride's Got Talent or head to St Andrew's Church on 24th June for the Big Gay Iftaar. If you're in London to celebrate the diversity of the capital, Grange Hotels are an ideal place to book your staycation. Centrally located to make it easy for you to get around, Grange Hotels are a perfect place to stay while exploring all the Pride events going on this year.
BBC Proms 2017
On 14th July 2017, the Royal Albert Hall opens its 123rd season of the world-celebrated Proms. Hosting over 90 concerts, this year's Proms features a tribute to the work of John Williams, a celebration of the 300th anniversary of Handel's Water Music, a series of jazz and soul and much, much more. Whether you're a first time goer or an experienced Prommer, book your room at the Grange Holborn Hotel for a musical London staycation like no other.
Art Night 2017
Art Night is a contemporary arts festival that puts art into extraordinary locations around London for one night a year. On 1st July 2017, the festival takes place in East London, transforming it into art by some of the world's most exciting artists working today. This year, one of the premier events takes place at the Bascule Chamber of Tower Bridge, so why not make your Art Night complete by booking a London staycation in a nearby Grange Hotel.
The West End
No matter what the time of year, a London staycation is not complete without a dose of theatre. London's West End plays host to the world's leading lights of the stage. This summer, you can enjoy Benedict Andrews' production of Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the Apollo Theatre (July 13th - Oct 7th). In the mood for a musical? Catch Dreamgirls at the Savoy Theatre. There is something for everyone on the West End and Grange has a wide selection of hotels a stone's throw from the stage.
Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion
This summer, the V&A is hosting an exhibition of influential Spanish couturier Cristóbal Balenciaga, with over 100 pieces crafted by the master of couture, his protégées and contemporary fashion designers working in the same innovative tradition. A must-see exhibition for fashionistas everywhere, explore the history and influence of one of fashion's heavyweights.
Somerset House Summer Series
Offering a diverse and dynamic public programme of contemporary arts and culture, Somerset House offers a series of special music events over summer. 2017's Summer Series includes performances by Norah Jones, Goldfrapp and Foster the People. Located on the river next to Waterloo Bridge, and a short walk from Temple Station, be sure not to leave the Summer Series out of your London staycation experience.
IAAF World Athletics Championships
In August 2017, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will light up for the biggest global sporting event of the year - the World Athletics Championships. Over 10 days, the world's top athletes will complete for glory in London's iconic Olympic stadium. If you need an athletics fix to tide you over until Pyeongchang 2018, you don't want to miss this.
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