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Ultimate London Bank Holiday guide

How to spend a long weekend in central London

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The long weekend is upon us and we are here to help inspire how you spend the weekend. Read on for ideas of what to do this Bank Holiday.

Soak up art and culture

Plan a trip to central London and include a gallery – or two. St James’s is a cornerstone of culture, with numerous galleries to explore, from the legendary Royal Academy of Arts and White Cube Gallery to family-run Stern Pissarro or Philip Mould Gallery. Keep an eye out for creative new planters from MTArt and British contemporary artist Claire Luxton, adding vibrant greenery to Regent Street. Find out more here.

Raise a toast

Have a tipple or two at one of London’s leading cocktail bars. From a St James’s hotel that was the birthplace of James Bond’s martini (Dukes Hotel & Bar) to rooftop heights at Aqua Kyoto and Treehouse Hotel where you can watch the sun setting over Regent Street, it is impossible to choose a bad spot to settle. Get further inspired here.

Book a table

Restaurants are finally open for indoor and alfresco dining. We love the choice of cuisine from around the world that our neighbourhood has to offer, as well as stunning interiors, rooftop terraces and outdoor pavement dining too. Find inside reservations here or outdoor options here.

Shop the latest looks

Strolling around the stores has never been so appealing, with super chic summer styles and seasonal accessories in abundance. Regent Street and St James’s is a neighbourhood bursting with the very best boutiques, from international flagships to hyper local London designers. Find your next brand to browse here.

Cycle around central London

The sun finally has its hat on and with next week being National Bike Week it’s the perfect time to grab your bicycle and enjoy the great outdoors. Discover our guide to safely navigating the West End on two wheels here.

Staycation inspiration

If you’re looking for a change of scene, why not book a last-minute staycation? A 5-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. See our favourite central London hotels here.

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