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Explore the Great Outdoors and Find Some Hidden Gems

Tuesday, 03 August 2021
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We’re delighted to be welcoming guests back to The Cavendish London as summer moves on and there’s certainly no better time than August to enjoy London’s fantastic free open spaces as well as some hidden gems you may not be aware of…

With St James’ park and Green park on our very own doorstep, a midweek break with us here in the heart of central London – or even a weekend stay with that someone special – means that a stroll in the park with a picnic is a must on a glorious summer’s day. Take a trip into our famous neighbour, Fortnum and Mason, to spoil yourself with some of their world famous Scotch Eggs (that runny yolk is to die for!) along with a nice bottle of something and a few tasty nibbles, then head out with a blanket, not forgetting the sunscreen!

Forever Green

Green Park, just off Piccadilly and right next to Buckingham Palace, is said to have got its name when King Charles II’s wife demanded all the flower beds be removed after she caught him picking flowers for his mistress. Today the 40 acre park is a peaceful oasis amidst the hubbub of central London and is perfect for that picnic surrounded by its famous greenery.

Its slightly larger neighbour, St James’ Park, borders onto the Mall and Horse Guards Parade running up to Buckingham Palace again. If you stroll here you can take in the impressive views of the lake and fountain from the park’s café where you may also catch a glimpse of the park’s other residents, the pelicans, who have resided in the park for the last 400 years having originally been given as a gift for Charles II.

Art’s Alive!

Right on The Cavendish’s doorstep until the end of August is also the ‘Art of London’ season. Piccadilly Circus and the surrounding area have been used as a canvas to provide five Royal Academy artists with the opportunity to transform spaces into vibrant and original artworks which are accessible to everyone.  From 30 hanging flags to 13 pedestrian crossings and a classic art trail, art has also taken over the iconic screens – Piccadilly Lights – which  overlook Piccadilly Circus, in a ten screen augmented reality experience which you can participate in via your mobile phone. Simply download the app by searching for ‘Art of London AR Gallery’.

Since early 2020 there has also been a trail of interactive statues around Leicester Square. So, in the home of London’s film and entertainment industry, rediscover some famous characters including Mr Bean, Paddington Bear, Mary Poppins and even grab yourself a ‘selfie’ sat in the Game of Thrones ‘Iron Throne’. To follow the trail and to see what other characters can be discovered, simply go to: https://artoflondon.co.uk/events/scenes-in-the-square

Finding those gems

Staying outdoors, there are several other places worth exploring that are just off the beaten track but well worth a visit. Nestled in the heart of Mayfair, just off the hustle and bustle of Piccadilly and Oxford Street is Shepherd’s Market. It offers a wonderful mixture of boutiques, cafes, small independent businesses and traditional pubs which exude a village-like atmosphere in the middle of the city. Just a 12 minute walk from The Cavendish – or stroll over from Green park after your picnic – and take in a drink at one of the four traditional pubs; The King’s Arms, Market Tavern, Ye Grapes or Shepherds Taven or simply inhale the ambiance of this chic little enclave of passageways and hidden corners.

Speaking of passageways, only 5 minutes from The Cavendish is Crown Passage which sits between King’s Street and St James’ Street off Pall Mall. A picturesque alley again lined with quaint old shops and still lit by gas lamps, the passage dates back to the 1630’s when it hid the smaller ‘trades’ from the eyes of the passing gentry who were busy buying homes in this fashionable area. Noted for the 400 year old Red Lion pub, it is a real walk back in time and one that can easily be done on your way back to The Cavendish from your day in the great outdoors.

Back in time for tea

After a day exploring, there’s no better way to relax than enjoying a pre-dinner drink in the Mayfair Lounge and Grill bar at the Cavendish or even spoiling yourself with a Rosa Lewis inspired Afternoon Tea served every day in the lounge between 2pm and 5pm. Overlooking Jermyn Street, you will be able to enjoy homemade sandwiches, buttermilk scones, and a selection of cakes and pastries, all complemented by an extensive selection of teas.

Then all that is left to do at the end of the day is relax, sleep and repeat… tomorrow is just another experience away.

Why not stay and book our Afternoon Tea Overnight Experience package from £212 per night. Find out more.

Credit image:Photo by Sapan Patel on Unsplash

Author: Cavendish.London