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Ultimate London Bank Holiday guide

How to spend a long weekend in central London

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The last of the summer long weekends is fast approaching and we’re here to help you make the most of it. Read on for ideas of what to do this Bank Holiday.

Follow the lions

Some unexpected guests have arrived in the West End in the form of a pride of beautifully designed lions. Follow the trail of 27 life-size lion sculptures until 27th September and learn all about the famous faces behind each design as well as the importance of wildlife conservation. Read all about the lions.

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. Or, if you’re in the mood for some open air art, take a stroll down Piccadilly and spot the brightly coloured flags and crossings brought to you by Art of London.

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.

Indulge in spot of afternoon tea

Looking for something a little special for the Bank Holiday weekend? Afternoon tea is the answer. Let your imagination run wild with a host of afternoon teas from Van Gough inspired treats at Hotel Café Royal to an afternoon tea created with The East India Gin Company at Dukes. Read our round-up to the best afternoon teas for more inspiration.

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

There’s no better way to explore the capital than on two wheels, especially when you can make the most of the last of that summer sunshine. Discover our guide to safely navigating the West End on two wheels here and why not pick up all you need for a picnic en route.

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 to plan your stay.

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