London events you can't miss this summer
As the weather warms up and the sun comes out, visitors flock to all the great London summer events that take place during June, July and August.
London’s Sports Scene
There are well-known sports venues in London, and they don’t come more famous than Wimbledon. This fortnight of tennis attracts tennis fans, celebrities and even royalty. The Wimbledon Championships takes place from 1st July to 14th July 2019.
At The London Stadium in Stratford, the Boston Red Socks play the New York Yankees on 29th June. The first major baseball game arranged outside of the USA.
Twickenham, the home of England Rugby, holds the Rugby Union Quilter Cup on June 2nd with England XV versus Barbarians. And on the 11th of August England plays Wales.
Royal Ascot takes place 18th – 22nd June 2019. This huge horse racing event is all about enjoying the finer things in life.
The Cricket World Cup is on from 30th May to 14th July 2019. The matches are played at the Kia Oval and Lords and some of them in other locations outside London. Make sure not to miss the Final on the 14th of July at Lords!
Live Music In London
Metallica, the American heavy metal band, plays Twickenham stadium on June 20th.
In north London, Wembley Stadium hosts major football matches but is also a great music venue. In June this summer, the list of big names performing at Wembley includes Fleetwood Mac, Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, The Eagles, Sheryl Crow and Vance Joy.
Summer activities in London parks
Richmond Park is a glorious green space known for the deer that roam free there. You can hire bikes from the Parkcycle centre, or scale Henry’s Mound to take in the spectacular view.
At Syon Park, there's a full itinerary of summer activities London. Every Wednesday afternoon there’s a free tour of the house and garden. On June 12th and 13th, the opera Madame Butterfly is being performed in the Great Conservatory, and for 8 days commencing 20th July, a free Tree Trail is on offer as part of National Park City Week.
Take in a Shakespeare play at Osterley Park. A Midsummer Night’s Dream is being performed outdoors on the 15th June, and Much Ado About Nothing can be seen on 3rd August. For the family, there are craft days and veggie-planting days organised on several dates throughout July and August.
Kew Gardens houses botanical delights, and they also have events taking place in the summer. From the 20th July to 26th August Alice In Wonderland takes place in the theatre. From July 9th to July 14th Kew The Music welcomes Billy Ocean, Beverley Knight, Jools Holland, Rick Astley and Jess Glynne to the stage.
Hampton Court offers a great day out, but there are also incredible events arranged at the venue. The Hampton Court Festival, 6th to 22nd June, has an amazing line up of top acts such as Busted, The Jacksons, Jools Holland, Tears for Fears and Kylie. From 4th to 7th July, the RHS Hampton Court Garden Festival offers floral displays, creative gardens and an opportunity to buy plants of all kinds.
An ideal hotel for your summer stay in west London, Heston Hyde Hotel is within easy reach of all of these great events. Osterley Park is just 3 miles away with Twickenham, Kew Gardens, Richmond Park and Hampton Court Palace around 25 minutes away by car.
If you've already planned your Easter holidays, don't read this!
With a four-day bank holiday weekend to look forward to, spoil the family with a plan of things to do in the Easter Holidays. London has an incredible range of Easter Events for kids, and they are all within easy reach of West London by tube or train.
1. Hunt for Easter chocolate at Hampton Court and learn all about the history at the same time. Youngsters follow the clues to find golden rabbit statues, and they claim a Lindt Gold Bunny at the end if they complete the challenge.
2. With luck, the weather at Easter will be fine so a visit to the London Wetlands would be fun. Hunt for giant ducks on the wetland trail and win a chocolatey prize if you find them all. Try a spot of pond dipping at the same time.
3. See the baby animals at Battersea Park Children’s Zoo and search for the colourful eggs inside their enclosures. Around Easter time, lots of new animals are born every year at the park and it’s the perfect time for a family visit. There's also an adventure playground if the little ones have energy to burn.
4. At Osterley Park, your family can join in the Cadbury Easter Egg hunt. The gardens at Osterley attracts a variety of birds and you can spot them as you walk around the site. Stop by the stables to pick up your egg.
5. On Good Friday, 20,000 people are expected to gather outside the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square for a free performance of The Passion of Jesus. This 90-minute re-enactment of the Crucifixion is enjoyed as part of Easter Holiday breaks UK each year.
6. Easter Sunday services in London are open to the people in most churches including Westminster Abbey, Southwark Cathedral and St Martin’s in the Field. Join other worshippers in song on this holy day.
7. There’s nothing like a Sunday Roast at Easter, especially if you have been out and about in London all morning. Around the Tower Bridge area there are a number of British pubs serving roasts along the river. Venture into St Katherine Docks and you will find tradition eateries galore, but as fewer tourists know this part of town, it's a little quieter.
8. Pop along to Choccywoccydoodah in Covent Garden. This speciality store makes incredible creations out of chocolate, and they promise to deliver something special at Easter time. You can buy the family something tasty to remind them of Easter family holidays together.
Over the Easter weekend, most attractions will be open as usual, and public transport will still be running to a Bank Holiday timetable. Take the kids to see The London Dungeons, The Aquarium, Warner Brothers Studio Tour or a London theatre show to complete your break away.
After booking your Easter holiday deals at Heston Hyde Hotel, start planning a great family weekend in London. Hop on the tube at Hounslow West and a 1-5 zone travel card will take you everywhere you want to go.
The Perfect Spring Break in London
The perfect spring break London has to offer will include certain elements, such as an event that only takes place at this time of year, and something quintessentially English, like an afternoon tea. The capital of the UK has plenty to offer visitors during the springtime. It is a relatively green city by Western standards and some of its parks are at their best in the early part of the year when its trees and bushes are in bloom. Whether you are coming in the Easter school holidays or earlier in the year, there are plenty of locations to enjoy the city's sunset, from one of London’s rooftop bars, for example. What should you plan for during your spring break in the capital to make it unforgettable?
A popular springtime attraction is the Thames Championship Course. Find a good spot on the riverside to observe some of the planet's leading rowing crews compete in it. The Head of the River Race and the Women's Eights Head of the River Race are highlights among an exciting programme. If you like sport, then how about cheering on the participants in the London Landmarks Half Marathon as it progresses around central London? Another top attraction in spring is the glorious Chelsea Flower Show which features concept gardens and new ideas in horticulture. There are also lots of Easter weekend activities, many of which are fun-filled family events that are great for children, such as Easter egg hunts.
Enjoying a cup of carefully prepared tea with scones, cakes and sandwiches is a very well established practice in London. There is no better place than the Heston Hyde Hotel’s Glasshouse Restaurant to enjoy this fine tradition. Why not sample our afternoon tea during your spring break or for another special event at this time of year, such as Mothers' Day? Our afternoon menu includes traditional English afternoon tea, Indian afternoon tea and Prosecco afternoon tea to add a little sparkle. You can enjoy the refined but informal atmosphere in comfort and in a time-honored tradition.
Getting the Accommodation Right
London might be one of the premier spring break destinations in the world, but you must find somewhere good to stay to enjoy the best of it. With a superb location for central London and onward journeys to the capital's major air hub at Heathrow, the Heston Hyde Hotel makes for an ideal base during the spring. From here, you can explore every part of the city, from trendy Camden Town to the theatres of the West End. There's a spa, a gym, an indoor pool, a bar and a restaurant to return to after a full day of exploring the city. We also have free parking plus air-conditioned and soundproofed guest rooms to help you relax in style.
How to plan the perfect wedding near Heathrow Airport
You deserve the best possible wedding experience – everything needs to be just as you wanted it to be, so you remember your big day for all the right reasons. That's where Heston Hyde Hotel comes in, as we'll help you plan your wedding to perfection. Our friendly, experienced team will work with you to make sure that you'll always look back on the occasion with a smile. When you're looking for the ideal wedding venues near Heathrow Airport, you'll want both easy transport links and an attractive, peaceful environment for your celebration. Heston Hall Hotel is just four miles (seven kilometres) from the airport, yet it's set in 18 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens featuring tranquil wooded areas for an extra touch of romance. We're also simple to reach from the capital's other airports, with London City and Gatwick both under an hour's drive away.
Eat and drink in exquisite style
Every wedding party has different needs, so we'll work with you to make sure everyone is catered for with uncompromising quality. At Heston Hyde Hotel we're always ready to accommodate special dietary requirements. With our offering of carefully selected Kosher, Halal and Asian wedding menus, we are also one of the best Asian wedding venues in west London. We're waiting to serve you with our in-house catering team or to work with external caterers as you prefer. With banqueting space for up to 1,000 people, among the largest such spaces in London, we can deal with even the largest celebrations. From wines to seating arrangements, we'll do everything to help you make it a day to remember.
Great accommodation at the best deal
With over 300 guest rooms and suites, all air-conditioned and furnished to the highest standards, Heston Hyde Hotel is among the finest wedding venues near Heathrow. Wedding guests who stay with us are eligible for special group rates, making it excellent value, too. All our rooms and suites boast well-appointed bathrooms with walk-in showers or bathtub combinations. Soundproofing that's class-leading among Heathrow wedding venues makes staying at Heston Hyde Hotel feel like you're in the heart of the countryside, far from the bustle of the city outside, and will allow you to get a blissfully quiet night's sleep ahead of your big day.
We’re not just there for the wedding
Our service to you doesn't end with the wedding feast. We're also pleased to help with planning other activities, whether you want to treat your guests to a trip to a local landmark or enjoy an intimate group outing. With its Hounslow location and the M4 motorway on its doorstep, Heston Hyde Hotel is perfectly positioned for exploring the local area. If you're sports fans, getting to the likes of Royal Ascot, Twickenham or Wembley is also easy, and we're even able to offer a shuttle service to Twickenham on match days (small charge applies). Whatever your needs and plans, we're here to help you make them happen.
Legoland Windsor: the secret to happy kids...and happy parents!
If you have pre-teen children, and are planning to visit the sites and attractions around the UK, be sure Legoland is near the top of your list.
The lovely land of Lego
Situated in 150 acres of pristine parkland on the edge of Windsor, Berkshire, Legoland was opened to the public in 1996, and has been attracting families and young children ever since. Constructed from over 80-million Lego blocks, this bright and colourful theme park is seriously aimed at the younger family members. That said, what is it that makes for happy parents – if not happy children. From the Lego driving school to over fifty rides, your little darlings can flee dragons in the tree canopy, explore underwater with the Lego divers in the Atlantis Submarine or ride the rapids in a lookalike Viking war-canoe. Whatever the age, there is plenty to keep the whole family occupied for days on end.
Central hotels near Legoland Windsor
If you are looking for other things to do near Legoland Windsor, it is a good idea to choose a hotel reasonably central to all the attractions you want to visit. Whether you are visiting from outside the UK and landing at Heathrow, or travelling from other UK areas by car, the Heston Hyde Hotel is an excellent choice. Just off the M4, five miles from Heathrow and an easy commute to central London, it is just a pleasant 30 minute drive in the opposite direction to Windsor and its numerous attractions.
Ideal for families; rooms are all en-suite, and can be booked with inter-connecting doors so parents can enjoy their own time, with the children sleeping in adjoining rooms. Rooms have all the facilities you would expect from a high quality hotel including air-conditioning and soundproofing. Hotel amenities include a gym, spa, sauna and indoor swimming pool, as well as the usual free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is taken in the Glasshouse Restaurant, and a relaxing drink can be enjoyed in the Atrium Bar. With free parking for guests, and a 24 hour reception desk, all you have to do is plan your day’s activities. For business guests, meeting and function rooms are available.
Other things to do near Legoland Windsor
While the kids might want to spend all their time at Legoland, a break away from the park will do everybody some good. Just a ten minute drive from Legoland sits the oldest and biggest castle in the world which is still inhabited – Windsor Castle.
With Queen Elizabeth II in residence most weekends, the castle has over nine-hundred years of royal history and scandal concealed forever within its majestic walls. Tour the castle as a family, or enjoy a daytime or evening organised tour. View the Royal Art Collection, one of the largest in the world, and held in trust by the monarch for future kings, queens and the nation. Then relax a little, by enjoying a family picnic in Windsor Great Park.
Canoe and Kayak Tours near Windsor
If the older members of the family are getting itchy feet counting Lego blocks, perhaps a few hours on the river might brighten them up. Just ten minutes from the park you can explore Windsor from the River Thames. Organised transport will ferry you and the boats to Cookham. From there you can enjoy a leisurely paddle back downstream, stopping for lunch or a little light refreshment on the way.
If you want to visit attractions in Greater London, choose one of the central hotels near Legoland Windsor, and make sure you spend less time travelling and more time enjoying the things you’ve come to see.
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