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It’s time to pack a bag, the summer holiday season is here.

In the words of Madonna ‘we need a holiday’. Whether you’re planning a staycation or dusting off your passport, central London has all you need to prep, plan, and relax this summer.

Holiday Packing

Pack like a pro and rock up to the hotel in style with a travel bag from one of our central London brands. Choose from Longchamp’s classic Le Pliage travel bag for shorter stays or visit TUMI and check out its latest range of durable luggage options, all engineered to endure the bumpiest of journeys. Ready to go? Check out Aspinal of London's handcrafted passport holders or dial up the brightness in your wardrobe in New & Lingwood's summer-ready linen loungewear.

Sun, Skin and Shades

We all know how important it is to protect your skin, especially in the summer sunshine. Get a tailored skin consultation at Aesop to find out exactly how to prep, protect and maintain healthy skin when having fun in the sun.

Protect your eyes and enhance your summer style with a new pair of sunglasses from Cubitts, who offer options with prescription lenses too so you never have to slow down plans. For protection on the go, choose from ASSOS's expert range of cycling eyewear.

Cheers To You, Summer

With the Piccadilly line running direct to Heathrow, there really is no better place than central London to kick off your holiday in style. Whether you want to raise a glass of the good stuff at Franco's or Rowley's, enjoy summer inspired cocktails and small plates at The Beau Brummell or grab a quick pre-flight nibble at Richoux, central London has something for every taste, tipple, time frame and budget.

Central London’s Calling

If you’re looking to stay on UK soil, why not book a last-minute staycation to central London? A five star city break might be just what you need (and deserve) to relax and rejuvenate, and to explore the heart of the city without worrying about the journey home.

Take your pick from hotels ranging from the iconic Haymarket Hotel to magnificent The Trafalgar St James, whose sky high bar will give you the most magnificent views of Trafalgar Square. For a quintessentially British experience, Dukes Hotel has it all, pairing cosmopolitan luxury with a timeless, welcoming atmosphere. For other ideas, check out our guide to the best hotels for a central London staycation.

There are bars and restaurants aplenty for you to explore too - with al fresco offerings lining Jermyn Street and St James's Market, and and inviting cafes ready to help you refuel after a long day shopping. Who needs to go abroad when you have a world of dining to explore right here in central London?

For more ideas on places to visit, check out our guide to the best cocktail bars in central London. Needing to cool off, will it be one scoop or two at London's top ice cream parlours?

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