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Ultimate London Bank Holiday guide

Our tips for how to enjoy the long weekend in St James’s…

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The coronation bank holiday weekend is fast approaching and we’re here to help you make the most of it. From tantalising moments for your tastebuds to soaking in the balmy sun in St James’s Park, upgrade your weekend plans with our guide.

Soak up art and culture

St James’s is a cornerstone of culture, with numerous galleries to explore. From the legendary Royal Academy of Arts to family-run Stern Pissarro, there’s enough to keep you busy all weekend.

If you want to maximise your time in the sunshine, stroll amongst the Union Jacks flying high above Jermyn Street and peruse shop windows dressed for the occasion. Or pop to St James’s Market to spot the striking art installation inspired by the official coronation emblem by James Glancy Design and Walter & Zoniel's "Spectra: Union" free art exhibition showcased within St James's Market Pavilion.

Indulge in spot of afternoon tea

Make an occasion of this weekend in London, after all, it is the King's coronation. Bite into finger sandwiches and sweet treats in the elegant ambience of The Ritz and meet with its certified Tea Master, or savour a Japanese twist on the traditional British tea at Ginza. Intrigued? Peruse our brew-tiful afternoon tea guide.

Enjoy a scenic stroll

Celebrate some of the last summer days this year in picturesque St James’s Park or St James’s Square. Test your nature knowledge and explore the different types of foliage found in this historic parkland. Reach total relaxation and settle down in a serene spot with an iconic picnic basket with all the picky bits and a coronation chicken sandwich at the ready from Fortnum & Mason.

Top staycation destinations

If you’re looking for a change of scene, why not book a last-minute staycation? A 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. Discover the West End on your doorstep from Sofitel St James’s or five star hotel, The Stafford. Explore our favourites and get your staycation inspiration.

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