21 Great Ideas for Your London Staycation

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21 Things to do during your london staycation

Explore one of the world's greatest cities with a staycation in London. A holiday in your own city is the perfect opportunity to get away from it all and change the daily routine, without the uncertainty of international travel. We hope this guide inspires your next staycation, from parents who have earned a relaxing break away from the kids or simply for anyone who wants to make the most of London. 

Discover the best of the city with our list of the top things to do and see at Ham Yard Hotel and beyond. From unmissable exhibitions to rooftop cocktails, this is our ultimate London checklist.

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  1. Visit the nearby Royal Academy of Arts to see the highly anticipated Summer Exhibition 2020, which will fall in winter for the first time in history
  2. Stroll through Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens and enjoy a picnic beside the Serpentine and seek out the Peter Pan sculpture
  3. Wander through the cobbled streets of Seven Dials in Covent Garden. Stop by Neal’s Yard, a colourful courtyard of shops, eateries and more
  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. Explore the city’s best bookshops, from Daunt’s in Marylebone to the historic Hatchards and Maison Assouline on Piccadilly
  7. Visit the Tate Modern’s Andy Warhol exhibition; a new look at the extraordinary life and work of the pop art superstar
  8. 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
  9. Be inspired by the world famous Kew Botanical Gardens, just a short drive or train ride away
  10. Visit Harrods or Selfridges, London's most famous department stores. Shop for top designer brands and delicious treats in the Food Hall
  11. Stroll through the streets of Soho, before enjoying a scoop of gelato at Gelupo, serving the finest Gelato this side of the Alps
  12. See acclaimed West End shows including Everybody’s Talking About Jamie and Six the Musical just moments from the hotel

  13. Enjoy a cocktail on the leafy Roof Terrace as you watch the sunset over the rooftops of Soho
  14. Settle down with a good book in the charming library. Curated by Ultimate Library, the collection includes a large section on London, its history, arts, literature, culture and politics and a wide selection on travel, world history and global issues. For those who want to escape there is an abundance of prize winning literature and thrillers
  15. Soak in the atmosphere with a signature Black Margarita cocktail in Ham Yard Bar
  16. Take time for tea and enjoy Ham Yard’s delicious award-winning Afternoon Tea in the sunny Orangery
  17. Aim for a strike at Ham Yard Hotel’s very own private bowling alley
  18. Pamper yourself with a luxurious manicure, facial or massage in Soholistic Spa
  19. Peruse the charming independent boutiques of Ham Yard Village, including Dinosaur Designs, Anabela Chan and hairdressers Lisa Whiteman
  20. Discover Ham Yard Hotel’s eclectic art collection, from Turner Prize winner Tony Cragg’s sculpture at the centre of Ham Yard Hotel’s courtyard, to the mesmerising A Million Times installation by Humans since 1982
  21. Settle in for the night with movies and popcorn in your stylish guestroom or a romantic dinner for two