With so much uncertainty around overseas travel this year, many of us are looking for holidays a little closer to home. Luckily for us, England is packed full of some beautiful destinations and must-visit areas. When it comes to city breaks we usually think of European delights or high-rise buildings across the pond, but London certainly should not be dismissed. It is the perfect destination for a summer holiday this year, and with lockdown beginning to ease, there is so much to see and do in the capital. If you are ready to rediscover London and start planning your city break this year, read on for our ultimate guide.
London Shops Reopening
London is well-known as a shopping destination, and is home to many famous shopping districts and department stores All non-essential retails shops have been closed due to the lockdown, but from 12th April they will begin to open their doors once again. Harrods is a world-famous luxury store in Knightsbridge which will be welcoming shoppers back next week. The lavish store is usually full of crowds, but this Summer you can explore the food court and designer floors in a much quieter setting. Selfridges and Harvey Nichols are just a couple more big name stores that are reopening in a matter of days, so a shopping trip to London has never looked so good. With less crowds in London than ever before, famous shopping spots like Oxford Street, Kings Road and Westfields will all be blissfully quiet during your holiday.
Return Of The West End
The theatre world has been hit hard by the Coronavirus pandemic, and it has been over a year since the iconic West End had to shut down. Heading to a breathtaking performance is a favourite among Londoners and tourists to the city, and from 17th May we can take to the stalls once again. Many famous West End shows are preparing for their Covid-safe reopenings, including Hairspray, Pretty Woman, Mamma Mia, Matilda, Lion King, The Phantom of The Opera and more. Most shows have tickets available now, and as spaces are limited due to social distancing you should be sure to book in advance.
Dining And Drinking In London
London offers endless options when it comes to eating out and drinking. There are famous restaurants which have been around for decades, and pop-up street markets offering some truly unique cuisines. Most eateries, bars and pubs in London have struggled during the past 12 months, and now is the time to support your local favourites. Outdoor dining will be reopening in London from 12th April, and you will be able to dine indoors from 17th May. Throughout the capital there are plenty of rooftop bars where you can enjoy the sunset over the skyline, or traditional British pubs serving hearty home-cooked meals. If you are travelling to London for a celebration this Summer, why not book a delicious Afternoon Tea at The Rembrandt?
Peaceful Tourist Attractions
The city of London is usually buzzing with tourists and visitors from all over the world. There are loads of tourist attractions and things to see and do in the city, which most locals avoid due to the crowds. This Summer in London is set to be very different, with many tourist attractions open in a much quieter setting. On your holiday in London you can visit your favourite museums, such as the V&A or Natural History Museum, without the crowds. Museums will be opening from 17th May, along with most other London attractions. Family favourites such as London Zoo and Sea Life Centre will be welcoming guests back this Summer, as well as famous sights like the London Eye.
At The Rembrandt, we are so excited to be able to open our hotel doors once again on 17th May. Located in the heart of South Kensington and Knightsbridge, you can stay in the heart of all the action this Summer. Book your stay with us from £125 and enjoy a free bedroom upgrade, free breakfast and a free drink in the bar. The safety and wellbeing of our guests and staff is our main priority, and you can find out everything we are doing to ensure you Stay Safe at Sarova here.
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