As we emerge from our winter hibernations, spring is the perfect time for a visit to the capital especially with so many key dates during March to look forward to or celebrate.
Here at The Cavendish, we can guarantee you a wonderfully warm welcome as you explore London this spring with so many iconic things to see and do…
Find your inner leprechaun
Whether you have Irish in your DNA or not, St Patrick’s day on 17th March welcomes everyone to enjoy the ‘craic’ and participate in some Guinness and Irish whisky drinking (other types of alcohol are available!) and Irish shenanigans. Follow the parade through central London on 17th March and enjoy the free festival in Trafalgar Square which showcases the best of Irish culture, food and drink. A quick internet search will highlight the best Irish bars to visit on the day with the celebrations bound to roll over into the weekend.
Sunday 19th March is Mothering Sunday so why not treat her to something special or let her experience something completely new.
The Mayfair Lounge at The Cavendish will be serving up a sumptuous afternoon tea which any Mum will adore (especially if accompanied by a chilled glass of bubbles) so why not book a stay with afternoon tea then also explore some of the amazing activities, especially for Mums, that are happening around London including…
Making a Mother’s Day cake together, Italian style, at Eataly in Bisphopsgate. Learn to make a wonderful Italian pineapple sponge cake (accompanied by a glass of prosecco of course!) under the watchful eye of a pastry chef. Take home the finished cake to enjoy on Mothering Sunday itself. Classes last two hours and take place on Saturday 18th March. Book via Eventbrite here
Or if history and some fresh air is more your thing, check out the Royal Coronation walking tour. This special new guided walk to mark King Charles III’s coronation is a gentle 90-minute walk through the heart of beautiful royal London beginning at Westminster Abbey. Hear about some of the quirkier stories associated with coronations as well as seeing the key royal locations. For more information and to book tickets, click here
. Finishing at Buckingham Palace, it’s only a short, pleasant stroll back to The Cavendish to treat Mum to that all important afternoon tea especially after all that walking!
Sticking with the royal connections, Kensington Palace gardens re-open from 5th April (just in time for Easter) with a brand-new exhibition ‘Crown to Culture’, which highlights how the trailblazing fashion of 18th century Georgian Britain has influenced and inspired today’s red-carpet fashion looks. What a show-stopper!
Perfect for Mum, or indeed anyone special, there is a plethora of fabulous West End shows running this spring. From the smash hit ‘Mamma Mia! The Musical’ featuring the sing-a-long hit songs of Abba to the hilarious ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ when an amateur drama society puts on a murder mystery and mayhem ensues, there will be something for everyone. From comedy and music to the gripping Agatha Christie classic, ‘Witness for the Prosecution’, London’s theatreland can always be on your agenda when visiting.
Row, row, row your boat…
Sunday 26th March sees the annual Oxford and Cambridge University boat race on the Thames. The pale blues go head-to-head with the dark blues in a race which began in 1829 for the men and 1927 for ladies. The race now attracts crowds of around 250,000 which line the four and a quarter mile course from Putney Bridge to Mortlake. Last year saw the dark blues of Oxford win the men’s race whilst the ladies of Cambridge took the women’s race – but will they both retain their titles?
The race takes between 16 – 18 minutes with the best tube stations for spectators being Putney Bridge, Hammersmith and Kew Gardens. The ladies’ race starts first at 2.23pm with the gentlemen’s race beginning an hour later.
Easter is only a few weeks away (7th – 10th April) so book your stay now to enjoy an egg-cellent weekend with us here. There will also be events happening over the next few weeks and months as the capital gears up for the coronation of King Charles III on Saturday 6th May. London is likely to be heaving that day with the celebrations spilling over onto the Sunday and bank holiday Monday on 8th May. If you’re considering a visit, don’t forget to book now and book direct via your Ascott Star Rewards (ASR) loyalty programme to gain not only the best rate, but star rewards for future stays with us too.
We look forward to welcoming you this season to pop a spring into your step with a stay with us here at The Cavendish.