Charlotte Street Hotel - 21 Great Ideas for Your London Staycation

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21 Things to do in London Right Now

A London staycation is the perfect opportunity to get away from it all and explore one of the world's greatest cities. This guide is for those who want a change of scene, for parents who are ready for a well deserved break or simply for anyone who wants to enjoy infinite exciting things to do on any given day.

Discover the best of London with our list of the top things to do and see at Charlotte Street Hotel and throughout the city.

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  1. Visit the nearby British Museum to see the ‘Arctic: Climate and Culture’ exhibition or Edmund de Waal’s ‘Library of Exile’

  2. Visit the famous Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park, currently showing Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar under the stars

  3. Stroll through leafy Regent’s Park, discovering sights including the picturesque Queen Mary’s Rose Gardens created in the 1930s, showcasing 12,000 rose bushes on landscaped grounds or the world famous London Zoo

  4. Visit the National Gallery’s ‘Titian: Love, Desire, Death’ and ‘Nicolaes Maes: Dutch Master of the Golden Age’ exhibitions

  5. Stroll along the River Thames, discovering historic sites as you go such as Cleopatra’s Needle and the spectacular views from Waterloo Bridge

  6. Pay a visit to our sister hotel, Ham Yard Hotel to enjoy an award-winning Afternoon Tea in the bright and sunny Orangery

  7. Be inspired by the collection at the Grant Museum of Zoology. Inside this grand Edwardian building, you'll find extinct dodo specimens, one of only seven quagga skeletons in the world, and more

  8. Discover London's best restaurants and bars, which are currently celebrating the Soho Summer Street Festival. The streets of Soho have been pedestrianised to create a wonderful European-style al fresco dining hot spot during the summer months

  9. Explore the city’s best bookshops, from Daunt’s in Marylebone to the historic Hatchards and Maison Assouline on Piccadilly

  10. Wander through Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens and enjoy a picnic beside the Serpentine or seek out the Peter Pan sculpture

  11. Visit the Tate Modern’s Andy Warhol exhibition; a new look at the extraordinary life and work of the pop art superstar

  12. Enjoy a spot of retail therapy in the renowned designer boutiques of Bond Street and Regent Street. While you’re at it, pay a visit to iconic department store, Liberty London

  13. Be inspired by the world famous Kew Botanical Gardens, just a short drive or train ride away

  14. Visit Harrods or Selfridges, London's most famous department stores. Shop for top designer brands and delicious treats in the Food Hall

  15. Stroll through the chic streets of Marylebone with its charming village feel, discovering unique boutiques and cafes as you go

  16. Discover the eclectic Wallace Collection, a museum of world-sourced antiques, sculpture, artworks and armour, set within a palatial townhouse

  17. One of London's most visually appealing markets, pay a visit to Columbia Road Flower Market, which overflows with bucketfuls of beautiful flowers every Sunday


  18. Charlotte Street Hotel is inspired by the Bloomsbury Group, a set of fascinating artists and writers including Virginia Woolf, Vanessa Bell and Roger Fry who lived and worked in the area during the early twentieth century. Be inspired by the hotel’s collection of their original artworks in the Drawing Room and Library

  19. Enjoy a delicious meal or signature cocktail in Oscar Bar & Restaurant, which features a colourful Bloomsbury inspired mural by Alexander Holweg

  20. The heated terrace at Oscar Bar & Restaurant is one of the best spots in London for alfresco dining, whether it’s a long lunch or an evening cocktail

  21. From November, enjoy dinner and a movie at Charlotte Street Hotel’s Weekend Film Club, with dinner followed by a screening of the latest releases in the luxurious, state-of-the-art cinema