Planning a family staycation in London and looking for things to do with the little (or not so little) ones? We know that with so many options you’re truly spoilt for choice with activities and events during your February half term holidays in London. From thrilling museums, immersive art exhibitions and awe-inspiring theatre shows throughout London the choices are endless.
Whether it’s your first time in London or your one hundredth visit, if you’re here to see the sights, more often than not the most efficient way to see the City is by using a local tour guide. You can see this amazing City in a multitude of different ways; you can race down the River Thames hiring a boat or catch an Uber boat (yes they’re a thing!), ...
It can certainly be said that Vault Festival has been through the ringer the last 24 months; after subsequently being shut down whilst at its’ peak in March of 2020, being unable to run throughout 2021 and suffering a huge loss by having to cancel just a few weeks before its 2022 installation anyone would have believed this may be the end.
The London Art Fair had it inauguration in 1989 and was founded by London’s Business Design Centre where the Fair continues to take place to this day. The purpose of The London Art Fair is to provide a space in which artists from all over the globe are able to showcase their exceptional Modern and Contemporary Art, and where art aficionados are able to both view and purchase the artworks.
The exhibition is running until Sunday 21st May 2023 in the Blavatnik Building in the Tate Modern, it is free entry for members and £16 for non-members. Advance booking is recommended and concessions are available. The exhibition is also open until 10pm for Tate Modern Lates session times.
Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park was inaugurated in 1872 by an act of parliament that set aside a small part of Hyde Park explicitly for the use of public speaking. If you don’t know where Speakers’ Corner is, you can find it on the north-east side of Hyde Park, the two nearest tube stations being Marble Arch and Oxford Circus just to give you some idea.
In January 2023, The Royal Shakespeare Company will be bringing you it’s riveting performance of The Tempest. Running at The Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon you will be able to witness this outstanding performance from Thursday 26th January until Saturday 4th March 2023.
The Serpentine New Year’s Day fun run is back! Starting in Hyde Park, runners have a choice between a 3k or 10k run to start off their New Year with a rush. The race itself starts at 11am and runners navigate on entirely traffic free paths through Hyde Park, most of the race takes place in the grounds of Kensington Gardens.
In 2023, Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year and Spring Festival across the globe, falls on Sunday 22nd January. Each year the celebrations attract hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world, organised by the London Chinatown Chinese Association (LCCA), the free Chinese New Year celebrations usually feature an awe-inspiring parade and a vibrant one-day festival that takes place in Trafalgar Square.
The London Short Film Festival was founded in 2003 and is a BAFTA-qualifying, internationally regarded independent short film festival. Every January for the past nineteen years the London Short Film Festival hosts a ten day event that consists of short films, in conversation with various directors, producers, actors, etc. and multidisciplinary curation enabling everyone who attends to get a full experience of the world of Short Film.
The grand opening will be November 2022, and the team over at Hotel Indigo London Paddington invites you join them as they celebrate the opening of a truly awe-inspiring experience that you will not want to miss. The Garden Terrace will be available for everything from private dining & parties to a social call in for an after-work catch up with colleagues or friends.
One issue that can arise around this time of year is figuring out which of the festive markets to go to, with there increasing popularity over the years the amount of markets popping up all over the place can be dauting. To make it easier for you to decide which market suits your needs the most we’ve compiled a ‘short-list’ of the most popular top festive markets in and around the city of London.
There really is something magical about taking a self-guided walk through the Royal Parks in autumn. In the spring of 2020, The Royal Parks launched a campaign called ‘More Than Bugs Trails’. There are eight Royal Parks in total and we’re very lucky to have Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens just a short walk from our front door. The Royal Parks are a glorious insight to how nature can thrive when it is nurtured properly.
In October 1995 whilst the 25th Annual World Pasta Congress was taking place the idea for creating a ‘World Pasta Day’ was conceived. Pasta aficionados from all over the world had gathered to discuss the versatility of the noodle, it became apparent amongst the committee that spreading the knowledge of the globe’s panorama of pasta was of great importance.
This year the Southbank Centre is celebrating the 13th National Poetry Library Open Day which takes place on Saturday 29th October in the Royal Festival Hall. Attendees will be able to view a handpicked selection of rarities from the depths of the collection that are scarcely seen.
October is here (we know right?!) and with it comes what has become known as #spookyseason whereby Halloween is stretched out for the entire month. Whether you are a Londoner or are visiting within the month here are our top 10 things to do in London to put you in the spooky spirit.
The marathon – which was the first of its kind – is a magnificent 13.1 mile route that navigates the runners through the capital’s world renowned landmarks through four of the eight Royal Parks - Hyde Park, The Green Park, St James’s Park and Kensington Gardens. The event was so well received that it won the award for Best New Event at the Runner’s World Awards.
The Queen’s body will now be flown to RAF Northolt in London where it will then be taken to Buckingham Palace by King Charles III, Camilla, the King’s consort and other members of the Royal Family. On Wednesday 14th September Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will be moved to Westminster Hall where she will lie in state for four days, The Queen's coffin will leave Buckingham Palace at 14:22.
The Serpentine Lake is located in Hyde Park in the heart of central London and is easily accessible via public transport. Once inside Hyde Park, you’ll be able to follow a signposted route to the Start Area, which is on the north bank of the Serpentine Lake, between the Serpentine Gallery and the boathouses.
A lot have things have changed in the last few years, in hospitality how hoteliers approached interacting with travellers became a focal point for the industry. In very rare instances contactless became king with off-site concierges guiding people to their rooms and online check in available it really became a time of the future.
On Saturday 3rd September, 2022, The Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert will be taking place at London's iconic Wembley Stadium. Taylor Hawkins was an expert drummer and was most known for his contribution to the Foo Fighters back catalogue of which he played on nine of their albums between 1999 and 2021.
All Points East is an annual music festival held over two weekends in London's Victoria Park, previously run by AEG Presents. The 10-day-event first took place in 2018, and includes four days of community aimed activities which goes by the name “In The Neighbourhood”, these series of events was rounded off with three headline shows by huge world renowned acts in the APE presents series.
With Summer in full swing it would be silly to not take advantage of this glorious weather we’ve been blessed with this year, although lunch in a restaurant may seem appealing there really is nothing better than eating al fresco with your nearest and dearest (under the canopy of a tree).
This year’s instalment of Winter Wonderland Hyde Park 2022 is bigger and better than ever. Spectators can expect to find activities like ice sculpting workshops, family-friendly workshops delivered by Zippo’s Christmas Circus and for the more daring guests there is a wilder fare at Cirque Berserk.
Enjoy live music from some of London's hottest talent in this free live performance! Merchant Square Paddington has partnered with Busk in London to bring you London’s best emerging talent. On the third Thursday of the month, bar September, you can enjoy your lunch accompanied with some live music.
The Queen Elizabeth II will become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee after 70 years of service. From street parties and ‘Big Jubilee Lunches’ happening across the UK, to London’s Trooping the Colour, Service of Thanksgiving, concert and pageant, the nation and commonwealth will come together over four days to mark The Queen’s 70-year reign.
Helping hotel guests to have an incredible stay with us at London Town Group Hotels was a key driver for the introduction of Amazon Alexa for Hospitality within our 72-room luxury Mercure Hyde Park Hotel in 2021.
London COVID lockdowns have caused huge problems to London shopping centres like Westfield London that have seen footfall drop to unprecedented levels. Now tier 2 shopping rules allow you to come and experience traditional Christmas shopping in London and also support struggling high-street businesses to save them from ruin.
Enjoy family fun in the City this half-term, take the kids to the capital's top attractions and take advantage of these fantastic events.
With exciting museums, interactive exhibitions and brilliant theatre shows, you’ll find plenty of things to do during the half-term week in London to suit all budgets and ages.
The incredible, award-winning Winter Lights returns to Canary Wharf in January for a sixth year in 2020.
BOOK a night stay at Mercure London Hyde Park now and take advantage of this immersive, sparkling experience in the City.
For a vibrant festive hub in the city centre, look no further than Leicester Square! From 8th November to 5th January, this iconic London landmark will be transformed into a buzzing world of wintery wonder, with entertainment, illuminations and an excellent Christmas market.
Winter Wonderland – “London’s biggest festive extravaganza” (Marie Claire) – returns to Hyde Park this November! The launch event is at 4pm on 21st November, and Winter Wonderland then throws its doors open every day from 22nd November to 5th January 2020 (except Christmas Day itself), 10am to 10pm.
Hyde Park sits right on our doorstep, in all its 350-acre stunning splendour. There are some hidden treasures to discover in London’s largest Royal Park, however, so why not take part in a Royal Parks walking tour? Covering around 1.5 miles, and lasting no longer than 2 hours, these informative tours are a wonderful chance to experience the park at a whole new depth.
One of the world’s most renowned annual classical music festivals, the BBC Proms, will draw to a spectacular close in Hyde Park on 14th September with Proms in the Park. Celebrate the grand finale of this two-month musical extravaganza with this spectacular outdoor concert: the largest open-air classical music event in the country, you can expect live music, fireworks, singalongs – and, of course, a plethora of exceptional talent!
Celebrate summer by trying your hand at the quintessentially British sport of lawn bowls! Until 23rd August, Festibowl takes up residency in Montgomery, right next to Canary Wharf tube station: with grass beneath your feet, an ice-cold drink in one hand and a lawn bowl in the other, and a group of friends, could there be a better way to spend a sunny summer’s day?
Nominated for four Oscars, 2018 release, Mary Poppins Returns will take you on a nostalgic journey with a musical fantasy like never before. Years after her original visit, the magical nanny, Mary, returns to help the Banks siblings and Michael's children through a difficult time in their lives.
On Thursday, the 15th of August, watch singer/songwriter Josh Gleaves perform for free at the Floating Pocket Park! As a part of the Summer of Fun programme of events, The London Busking Company has been trying their best and even succeeding at putting up some really good gigs around the city.
Ever wondered if you could handle heights? Enjoy the peak with no fear? Here is your chance to know for sure. Part of the Summer of Fun Programme, the Merchant Square will host a High Ropes Course to let you challenge your friends, family members or date to see who can be quick, efficient and get around the course the fastest!
One of London’s most iconic summer events is Notting Hill Carnival: taking place over the last August bank holiday weekend, on 25th and 26th August, this internationally renowned festival celebrates Caribbean culture and traditions in London, attracting over a million visitors each year.
Are you brave enough to tackle the world’s longest, fastest urban zip wire? Back in London until 15th September is Zip Now, an absolute must for adrenaline-junkies: the zip wire is 100 feet high and 225 metres long, and whizzes you past some of London’s most iconic landmarks at speeds up to 50 kilometres per hour!
Outdoor theatre is a stalwart of British summer, and some of the country’s best productions can be seen at the award-winning Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. Rightly labelled “one of the capital’s most exciting spaces” by The Guardian, this pioneering theatre presents performances of exceptional quality against the beautiful backdrop of a Royal Park.
London Festival of Architecture comes to London for the month of June.
The festival looks at the capital's buildings through tours, talks, installations and other activities including a comedy show at the top of the BT tower 1-30 June.
Take part of the action and stay the night at Mercure London Hyde Park in June.
Looking for a family day out that won’t break the bank? Here’s five of our top picks for family fun this summer – and best of all, they’re completely free!
All five days out are an easy walk or tube ride away from the Mercure Hyde Park: book now and start planning your summer of fun!
Book your tickets now for Paddington Covers 2019, grab your friends and family and get ready to party in the sunshine.
The 2019 line up
Friday 28 June Stevie Wonder, Bon Jovi, Madonna and The Rolling Stones
Friday 26 July Dolly Parton, Elvis, Adele and ABBA
Friday 30 August Bryan Adams, Take That, Ed Sheeren and Queen
BOOK a night stay now at Mercure London Hyde Park to take advantage of all the action.
More than a million art-lovers visit the Serpentine Galleries each year, and it’s not hard to see why! Located either side of the Serpentine in Kensington Gardens, these beautiful galleries opened in 1970, and have been celebrating and supporting new ideas in contemporary art ever since.
Explore London events in April 2019, there is always lots going on in the bustling city. Read our guide as top tips for things to do in April this year:
BOOK NOW for a night stay at Mercure London Hyde Park now for April 2019, rooms available from just £99.
Family attractions and activities for kids in London
Keep the whole family entertained with a weekend in London, There are plenty of kid-friendly places to visit in the Capital.
For a fun-filled weekend in London, Book a night stay now!
Time Out 50 Years, 50 Covers Exhibition
Museum of Brands, Ladbroke Grove
An exhibition of Time Out cover designs, dating right back to our first issue in 1968.
Visit the Exhibition and take advantage of a night stay at Mercure London Hyde Park just moments away.
Strictly Come Dancing Live in London.
The sparkling line-up of celebrities and professional dancers will be joining tour host, Ore Oduba and the Live Tour judging panel of awesome foursome Craig Revel Horwood, Dame Darcey Bussell, Shirley Ballas and Bruno Tonioli, as they dance around the country for 29 glittering shows from 18 January 2019.
BOOK a night stay now and enjoy a night of showbiz in the city.
The long-awaited arrival of the London Mastaba is finally here!
Whether you are passing by the park or having a picnic in the sun make sure you visit – make a weekend out of it and book to stay at the Mercure Hyde Park Hotel, located moments away from this rare attraction.
This summer, Hyde Park not only offers beautiful scenery and nature but it is also a prime sight to view some of London’s finest pieces of art.
If you are visiting London with the family, make sure you check out the art on display at Hyde Park and book to stay at the Mercure Hyde Park Hotel.
On the 8th and 9th of August bring the whole family and connect with nature at Hyde Park’s discovery day. There are many activities on offer which are sure to be exciting for everyone.
Take the kids and make a weekend out of it! Book to stay at the Mercure Hyde Park Hotel.
With the sun out there are many things to do at Hyde Park that we’re sure you’ll enjoy. Whether it is enjoying the wilderness or going for ice cream – there is something for everyone.
Book to stay at the Mercure Hyde Park Hotel, located minutes away from London’s best picnic spots.
BARCLAYCARD PRESENTS BRITISH SUMMER TIME HYDE PARK 2018
Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park 2018: Michael Bublé, Van Morrison, The Shires
Paddington: Start your day in Paddington station, where the polite bear first arrived from Darkest Peru. Head over to platform one, where you can pose for a selfie with the bronze Paddington Bear statue under the clock, near to where the loveable Brown family first found him.
Paternoster Square is turning yellow this weekend with a field of glowing daffodils
This weekend, Paternoster Square by St Paul's will once again be illuminated by 4000 resplendent daffodils. The flowers, and a series of stained-glass structures, will light up each evening in support of the Great Daffodil Appeal.
Returning to London is the world’s best equestrian Christmas party, The London International Horse Show, and we couldn’t be more excited. Taking place at Olympia, The Chilean Huasos will be showing of their speed and skill, giving us the chance to experience a unique display.
Every year, the Serpentine Galleries commissions a different architect to design a unique temporary structure to be enjoyed by guests, and this year, they have out done themselves. Award-winning architect, Diébédo Francis Kéré, has designed the 2017 Serpentine Pavilion.
On the 9th of December 2017, Hyde Park will be hosting an exciting traditional crafts day. You’ll have the chance to escape the busy shopping streets for the morning, and instead enjoy a quiet morning in nature, creating your own natural festive decorations.
Frieze London is the contemporary art event of the year. In addition to being able to see and buy art by over 1,000 of the world's leading artists, the fair features Frieze Projects, the fair's unique, critically acclaimed programme of artist commissions and Frieze Talks, a prestigious programme of debates, panel discussions and keynote lectures.
Paternoster Square is turning yellow as 2,100 handmade daffodils descend on the space to mark the Great Daffodil Appeal 2017, with each flower representing a Marie Curie nurse who provides care and support for people living with terminal illness.
Mercure London Hyde Park Hotel is an exclusively designed boutique hotel, discreetly hidden in Talbot Square. This brand new hotel offers 72 newly furnished and contemporary bedrooms in one of the most elegant and central boroughs of London.
The new Mercure London Hyde Park will accept its first guests in November, AccorHotels has confirmed.
The hotel, which is situated at 8 – 14 Talbot Square in four grade II listed London Victorian mansions, just two minutes’ walk from both Paddington and Lancaster Gate stations.
AccorHotels today announces that the new Mercure London Hyde Park will open to guests in November this year.
The Mercure London Hyde Park is situated at 8 - 14 Talbot Square in four grade II listed London Town Houses just two minutes’ walk from both Paddington and Lancaster Gate stations. The hotel offers 72 rooms including 3 suites and will be run by London Town Group of Companies Ltd under franchise.
AccorHotels is set to open a new Mercure property this November.
Housed within four grade II listed town houses, the Mercure London Hyde Park will be within walking distance of Paddington and Lancaster Gate underground stations. It will have 72 rooms, including three suites, a restaurant, bar and fitness center.