© Alan Barbier
With the last few months proving to be a washout, why not plan a visit to the Capital this spring and with rates starting at just £99 per room at Kensington House Hotel* now has never been a better time to explore London floral displays and take a walk amidst the flowers. This great value package includes; overnight accommodation, continental buffet breakfast and a bottle of house wine.
Here is our top park pick:
Every year millions of Londoners and tourists visit Kensington Gardens, one of the capital’s eight Royal Parks. Kensington Palace, the Italian Gardens, Albert Memorial, Peter Pan Statue and the Serpentine Galleries are all located within its 265 acres. Planted with formal avenues of magnificent trees and ornamental flower beds with 1000’s of bulbs planted every year. New for 2016 is the allotment which is open daily from 9:30 am – 4:00 pm. Visitors are welcome to wander in anytime to enjoy and relax at the allotment, as well as pick up some useful tips for growing their own fruit and vegetables.
Hyde Park covers 350 acres and is home to a number of famous landmarks including the Serpentine Lake, Speakers’ Corner and the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain. The park also offers various recreational activities including open water swimming, boating, cycling, tennis and horse riding. A timeless classic and a must see is theRose Garden. The rose planting is mixed with herbaceous planting, creating rich seasonal flower beds and strong scents. The spectacular seasonal bedding is a hugely popular feature; the gardens attract high numbers of tourists particularly in the summer months and are still popular throughout the year with local residents and office workers as a quiet contemplative place.
RHS Chelsea Flower Show – 24th – 28th May:
Over 500 exhibitors will already be making plans and tending to their most prized plants in preparation for the 2016 Chelsea Flower Show, which has taken place annually (apart from a few gaps during the two world wars) for over 100 years now.
Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park – 2nd, 8th and 9th July
Now fully established, Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park, is a totally unique and world class event which entertained over 350,000 fans in London.
In 2016, each live music-packed weekend will be linked by a midweek programme of diverse entertainment, accessible for all to enjoy. From Monday to Thursday, the entire site, saved for the main stage, will give visitors the chance to get involved with smaller, more intimate events offering film, music, literature, sport and a specific family day that will expand the experience to genuinely appeal to the whole family. The headlining acts for 2016 are Florence + The Machine, Kendrick Lamar, Mumford & Sons and Take That.
RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show – 5th – 10th July:
The RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show in 2016 will once again bring you all the fun and excitement of a spectacular summer festival, in a historical setting. After a hugely successful 2015, look out for the famous Rose Marquee, brilliant show gardens and great family attractions in 2016.