Park Life – Now spring has sprung, why not plan a visit to London over the summer months and treat yourself with the ‘Great Weekend Deals’ package at London Bridge Hotel? Rates start from GBP99 for an overnight’s stay with free internet. Add a full buffet breakfast for only GBP10 when booking in advance or head to the hotel’s cosy Quarter Bar & Lounge for an à la carte selection.
So now you have a great rate at a property in the heart of London’s newest neighbourhood – London Bridge Quarter – where else should you go and what should you do this summer? With rates like this, multiple weekends can be enjoyed in town, especially with the closeness of the Jubilee Line and Northern Line underground, just five minutes from the hotel from London Bridge Station.
London comes alive in the spring and summer months with everyone heading to one of London’s eight Royal Parks to enjoy the summer planting, to play with the kiddies, walk the dog or simply to chillax and take in the sun. But what else can you do?
Go boating on the Serpentine, Hyde Park – from April to 31st October, take a boat out on the Serpentine and lose track of the world as you take one of the fleet of rowing and pedal boats for a spin. The UK’s first Solarshuttle, a magnificent vessel which glides silently across the lake – powered only by the sun.
Go swimming on the Serpentine, Hyde Park – The Serpentine Lido is open every weekend in May and for seven days per week from June to 12th September for both intrepid swimmers and for the little ones with a toddler’s pool available. The Serpentine Swimming Club is the oldest swimming club in the UK and they swim every morning including the famous Christmas Day swim.
Wake up and smell the roses!
Early summer is the best time to view The Rose Garden in Hyde Park – located close to Hyde Park Corner. The Garden opened in 1994 and features spectacular seasonal planting in both the spring and summer with flowers lasting until the first frosts of winter. The roses are mixed with herbaceous planting, creating rich seasonal flower beds and strong scents.
Perhaps the best park to see the roses is in The Regent’s Park. Queen Mary’s Gardens were designed in honour of King George V’s wife and is London’s largest collection of roses with approximately 12,000 roses planted within the gardens. There are 85 single varieties on display but this is not the only treasure of the gardens. The Delphinium border has full National Collection status. The Mediterranean Borders are well established, and the Begonia Garden, with its 9,000 begonias, is twice yearly planted with seasonal bedding. The best time to visit? The first two weeks of June.
Summer Dates Around the Gardens:
Watch the birdie! If you do go to the Trooping of the Colour, watch out for the four pelicans that live in St James’s Park – they get fed around 2.30 – 3.00 pm daily adjacent to Duck Island Cottage by Horseguards Parade – they’re a feisty bunch.
For travel to the Royal Parks from London Bridge Station:
For Hyde Park and The Wellington Arch, take the Jubilee Line to Green Park and either walk or change to the Piccadilly Line for one stop to Hyde Park Corner. (15 minutes journey time)
For The Regent’s Park, take the Jubilee Line to Baker Street, then Bakerloo Line to Regent’s Park. (14 minutes journey time)
For St James’s Park and Buckingham Palace, take the Jubilee Line to Westminster, then the District or Circle Line to St James’s Park. (13 minutes journey time)
For Primrose Hill, take the Northern Line to Chalk Farm (17 minutes journey time)
For Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, take the Jubilee Line to Baker Street (11 minutes journey time)
Photo credit thanks to the Royal Parks / Anne Marie Briscombe / Indusfoto Ltd / Giles Barnard / Magellan / Sue Lowry / Phil Russell
Background: The independent London Bridge Hotel combines cool and contemporary accommodation with the buzz of the city. Situated in the heart of the historic and thriving Borough of Southwark within the dynamic London Bridge Quarter, London Bridge Hotel provides the perfect setting off point to enjoy all the attractions of the capital and the River Thames.