Once again this summer, with the pandemic putting the sunny beaches of the Mediterranean out of reach and worldwide travel in the doldrums, there has never been a better time to explore London in all its summer glory. And London certainly is looking a glorious prospect over the next couple of months with lots to see and do as Covid restrictions are eased.
Staying in the safe environment of The Cavendish London - perfectly situated in the heart of the city – you and your family can experience, first-hand, the delights that summer in the city holds.
Although there is a wealth of Royal parks on the doorstep of the Cavendish including St James’ Park and Green Park, why not spread your wings a little further (or take around a 40 minute walk or even hire a bike!) and take in Regent’s Park. From 17th – 24th June you can enjoy Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s classic Romeo and Juliet. What could be more magical than sitting in the lush setting beneath the trees to watch this mesmerising performance? The programme continues through summer with Anansi the Spider (7-24 July), Carousel (31 July-25thSept) and Dragons and Mythical Beasts (13th Aug – 5th Sept) which is suitable for children aged 3 and above.
And if beasts are your thing, whilst in Regent’s Park, ‘paws’ for a visit to the world famous (and the world’s oldest) ZSL London Zoo. Situated on the north corner of the park, the Zoo has been attracting visitors since first opening to the public in 1847. With its collection of over 16,000 animals varying from Armadillos to Zebras, it’s a real summer day out for everyone. Due to current restrictions, tickets do still need to be booked online but you can arrive at any time after the time on your ticket.
On the doorstep
With the Cavendish being situated in the heart of St James’, the West End’s theatre land is only a mile away. June sees the return of Adam Kay to the Apollo theatre in ‘This is Going to Hurt’ with his hilarious tales of being a junior doctor along with a new musical version of Cinderella which opens at the Gillian Lynne theatre. Other musical extravaganzas include; Tina – the Tina Turner musical at the Aldwych theatre; Hairspray the musical at the London coliseum and Be More Chill the mind-bendingly delightful hit from Broadway which re-opens at the Shaftsbury theatre having been forced to close in March last year due to the pandemic.
Our concierge will be delighted to organise tickets to shows for you or alternatively pre-book before your stay. You can always enjoy a wonderful pre-theatre meal in our Mayfair Lounge and Grill which will set you up for your matinee or evening entertainment.
You must also schedule in a visit to the Royal Academy which is literally on the Cavendish’s doorstep.
June sees the RA Schools’ Show return after a year-long hiatus. Running from 17th June it showcases the work of 16 artists who have just completed their postgraduate study at the RA schools and now transform their work from their studio spaces to the gallery. This is one of the free to view exhibitions but tickets still need to be booked in advance. The Academy is also delighted to be showing a collection of David Hockney’s iPad paintings which is surely a tonic to lift any art lovers’ spirits. Check out the full itinerary of what’s on at the RA at www.royalacademy.org.uk.
Back in time for dinner
London is also renowned for its fantastic selection of museums, many of which are free. Travel back in time at the V&A which houses one of the best collections of art and design objects in the world including fashion, furniture and photos through to the British Museum where you can retrace the history of humankind. Smaller, lesser known museums worth a visit include the Wellcome Collection’s array of quirky exhibits from science, medicine and life and the Bank of England museum where you can learn all about the history of British currency or, in other words, money, money, money!
When all this leaves you tired but happy, be back at the Cavendish in time for dinner. Enjoy the delights of the Mayfair Lounge and Grill where you can kick back and enjoy a drink or two before tucking into a fine dining experience like no other. We’re sure you’ll agree that a stay with us at the Cavendish this summer, with all there is to see and do in London, will more than make up for missing out on the Mediterranean…
We look forward to welcoming you soon and remember, book direct with us for three nights or more and you’ll receive a 20% discount.