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UK Staycation

UK Staycation

With the British government introducing a 14-day UK quarantine for anyone arriving from overseas, excluding the island of Ireland, you now face the prospect of being locked-up for two weeks when arriving back from any foreign travel.  Most other countries have also introduced mandatory quarantines for overseas travellers. That means if you want to go to France now, you will spend two weeks in a French quarantine to start your holiday and then two weeks in a UK quarantine to finish your holiday. In addition to the current rules, meaning you potentially need to spend nearly a whole month locked-up in return for an overseas trip, the uncertainty of what will happen in the future means no one can confidently book foreign travel for now.

Queue the UK Staycation!  A ‘staycation’ is a play on the words ‘stay’ and ‘vacation’, meaning a holiday you take closer to home.  With the problems detailed above regarding international travel, coupled with the added expense of travelling overseas, holidaying in the UK is set to become the new normal.  After all, no one wants to get stuck in a UK quarantine when they return from holiday as most trips are less than 14 days anyway.

Many people are asking, ‘Can I go on holiday in the UK?’.  Well, current government advice indicates that we will all be free to take a UK staycation from the beginning of July or possibly as soon as the end of June.  Bars and restaurants may well open by 22nd June so there soon will be plenty of activities to enjoy on your UK staycation.

Our hotels, such as Mercure London Hyde Park, are all open with some incredible special offers ready for you to book now. With regular enhanced disinfection throughout our hotels as well as new training for staff around social distancing and hygiene, you can confidently stay with us knowing we know how to look after you. Whether you fancy a stroll around Hyde Park or a visit to the London Zoo, our hotels near Hyde Park make excellent bases from which to explore London. There are so many great things to do outside in London from walks along the River Thames, to cycle tours around all the famous landmarks and monuments surrounding our hotels in central London.

The UK quarantine is the perfect excuse to rediscover the homeland on a UK staycation. Thanks to the open border without UK quarantine restrictions, it is also a great time for Irish people to come over and experience the quieter side of London without the crowds. Stop asking, ‘Can I go on holiday in the UK?’ and start booking our incredible special offers now before they go.  As they say: ‘The early bird gets the worm.’  In this case, the early booker gets the UK staycation deal!

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