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21 Great Ideas for 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 The Soho Hotel and beyond. From unmissable exhibitions to the Soho Summer Street Festival, this is our ultimate London checklist.

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  1. 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
  2. Visit the nearby Royal Academy of Arts to see the five-star ‘Picasso and Paper’ or ‘Gaugin and the Impressionists’ exhibitions
  3. Stroll through Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens and enjoy a picnic beside the Serpentine and seek out the Peter Pan sculpture
  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. Explore the city’s best bookshops, from Daunt’s in Marylebone to the historic Hatchards and Maison Assouline on Piccadilly
  8. Visit the Tate Modern’s Andy Warhol exhibition; a new look at the extraordinary life and work of the pop art superstar
  9. 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
  10. Be inspired by the world famous Kew Botanical Gardens, just a short drive or train ride away
  11. Visit Harrods or Selfridges, London's most famous department stores. Shop for top designer brands and delicious treats in the Food Hall
  12. Stroll through the streets of Soho, before enjoying a scoop of gelato at Gelupo, serving the finest Gelato this side of the Alps
  13. Head to the leafy Regent's Park, where the famous Open Air Theatre is showing Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar under the stars
  14. 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
  15. Stroll through the chic streets of Marylebone with its charming village feel, discovering unique boutiques and cafes as you go
  16. Take a trip to South Kensington to visit The V&A’s latest exhibition, Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk. This exhibition presents the kimono as a dynamic and constantly evolving icon of fashion, revealing the sartorial, aesthetic and social significance of the garment from the 1660s to the present day, both in Japan and the rest of the world

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  17. Enjoy a delicious meal or signature cocktail in Refuel Bar & Restaurant, which features a colourful mural by Alexander Holweg and an intriguing collection of vintage fuel cans and dinky cars, in homage to the hotel's past as an NCP car park
  18. Settle down with a good book in the charming Library or relax in the colourful Drawing Room
  19. Discover The Soho Hotel’s eclectic art collection, from the 10ft bronze sculpture of a cat by sculptor Fernando Botero, to a colourful painting by Carla Kranendonk
  20. Book into one of The Soho Hotel's luxurious top floor Terrace Suites, each individually designed by Kit Kemp. The sweeping terrace is the perfect setting for a candlelit dinner party
  21. Enjoy an indulgent massage from Soholistic Spa in the hotel's treatment room