This winter time there’s only one way to see London, by escaping to it.
It’s fair to say London’s a pretty big place, so come and get lost in the city’s unbridled passion for galleries, exhibitions, shows and of course, those winter sales.
Open until 6th January, Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park is a slice of Christmas in one of London’s most famous places. A spectacle and a treat no matter where you’re from and guaranteed to be a spirited affair. Winter Wonderland offers rides, fairs, food and drink as well as workshops – that’ll make you just as busy as the little ones.
“A mesmerising trail illuminated by one million glimmering lights”, is how Kew Gardens describe their lights over the winter break - and we couldn’t agree more. An after dark landscape that is transformed by a host of newly commissions artworks of light and sound. Happening until 5th January, the inspiration is courtesy of the Gardens and offers a range art, light and sound from a roster of incredible artists.
The Natural History Museum Ice Rink is one of one London’s favourite happenings in the winter time. Located on the ground of the iconic Waterhouse building the ice rink is a beautiful ice rink featuring, not just a 30ft tree, but also a cafe bar serving up hot chocolate, cream teas or prosecco and cake, with a viewing platform providing a view of the sparkling action below.
Located a short jaunt from The Pilgrm, The RIBA Library is one of our favourite places to take some time and have a moment. If you’re an archi lover then pop round, entry is free and you’ll have access to periodicals, journals and of course access to over 100,000 images on their image library. Rare books and photographs by Robert Elwall are also available but by appointment only. RIBA is closed for the Holidays from Dec 22nd but re-opens January 2nd.
It happens annually, you can always count on it and it is guaranteed to make up for any festive mishaps or blues - the Boxing Day and January Sales. Make the loved ones love you more, because London is bursting with great offers during the sale. The Pilgrm is perfectly positioned for Harrod’s, Selfridges and Harvey Nichols – so if your loved ones don’t love your presents this year, consider the sales as redemption.
January is host to London Art Fair in London’s leafy and effortlessly cool Islington neighbourhood. Connected to the best galleries from around the world with, “both seasoned and aspiring collectors, providing a unique opportunity to discover and champion the most outstanding modern and contemporary art of our time”. London Art Fair believe that art offers a lens to see the world – and with Boundary Gallery, VIGO and Rebecca Hossack Gallery and others, all exhibiting, we happen to agree.
One of the best things about the holidays are warm, cosy pubs - and fortunately West London is brimming with exciting Sunday lunches, each rooted in tradition. One of our favourites is a little north of The Pilgrm is the The Hero of Maida, a traditional Victorian pub with a courtyard garden. Serving independent beers from family-run breweries, great wines, and an all-day menu overseen by chef-restaurateur Henry Harris.
If these cultural happenings just happen to tickle your fancy, then why not book our Winter promotion rate, which offers 10% off the best available rate and includes English Breakfast - available from now until February 28th.
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