Summer Bank Holiday London: City Break in the Capital

bank holiday picnic

When it comes to planning an indulgent London weekend, one could not be better timed than over the August bank holiday. Enjoy the capital’s last days of summer, whilst also gaining an additional day to spend as best suits you: unwind in a lavish London serviced apartment, have a leisurely day resting after a night on the town, or spend some quality time with your family in a city filled with bank holiday activities. So why not make the most of a long weekend by enjoying your summer bank holiday in London this year? Join us as we discover why a bank holiday weekend in the city makes for one of the very best London city breaks money can buy.

Park Life

Richmond picnic summer bank holiday in london
Whether in a city centre park, or a more rural variety such as Richmond, a true British bank holiday should always involve a picnic

A summer bank holiday in London wouldn’t be complete without time spent in one of the city’s many wonderful parks. Whether exploring the expansive Hyde Park, or deer spotting in Richmond Park, a day or afternoon enjoying the great London outdoors should be part of any London weekend break. But one bank holiday tradition we highly recommend in London is that of the picnic. Not only a perfect way to spend time with your romantic partner; a bank holiday picnic in London is also ideal for family days out. Take advantage of the sprawling fields, woodland and ponds of London’s parks for a memorable day with your loved ones. Alternatively, if you prefer the urban scene and are fond of photography, the gardens of St Dunstan provide a green getaway featuring the remarkable remains of a bombed church.  

Park lover’s apartment – The spacious and stylish Southwell Gardens Apartments in Kensington are just a short walk away from Hyde Park, and are also in close proximity of many family favourite destinations such as the Natural History Museum.

Retail Therapy

summer bank holiday London oxford street
Oxford Street is without a doubt the centre of shopping in London, if not the UK – fortunately we have many serviced apartments nearby for those shopaholics out there

A long London weekend is a prime opportunity to indulge in a shopping spree or two. London is a shopper’s paradise, and is filled with both independent boutiques and luxury high street shops and high fashion department stores. Oxford Street is a shoppers’ institution in itself, and is home to the flagship stores of many major British retailers, such as Selfridges, Debenhams and John Lewis. Just a mile away from this iconic street you can find Harrods, filled with fascinating items and displays for children and adults alike. There are many more shopping experiences in the city to entertain the young ones during your summer bank holiday in London, including the mesmerising toy store Hamleys, and the always enchanting Disney store. For a more crowd pleasing shopping trip, make your way to Covent Garden, where the unique sheltered shops provide plenty to see for all the family, and the regular street entertainers ensure children are always kept amused.

Shopaholic’s pad – There are plenty of excellent apartments near Oxford Street in our portfolio, but if Covent Garden is more your scene we recommend the effortlessly chic Floral Street Apartment.

Delectable Dining

summer bank holiday in London restaurant with friends
London has a restaurant for all occasions, so celebrate in style at one of the best

Celebrate your luxury stay in London with a lavish meal or several! Of course, the beauty of staying in a luxury serviced apartment in London is that you can enjoy meals at home, whether you make the most of the excellent kitchen facilities and create a delicious banquet, or simply have some fine food delivered to your door. But no matter where you stay during your summer bank holiday in London, you will find a wide selection of exquisite cuisines just a matter of minutes from your door, no matter if you’re seeking vegan exclusives or Middle Eastern delicacies. If you’d prefer something a little more unusual than your typical fine dining experience, book yourself onto the floating Australian restaurant that is Daisy & Green. Set on two beautiful, and exotically decorated, canal boats, these venues offer everything from breakfast and brunch, to dinner parties and live music.

Foodies’ flat – Although, as mentioned, virtually everywhere in London is serviced by fantastic restaurants, to be in the heart of it all you should stay at the inimitably fashionable Armitage Marylebone near Camden.

Take to the Water

Cruise boats London
There are many cruises operating on the Thames, providing excellent days out on the river tides

With all its waterways and lakes, it would be rude not to enjoy a boat ride or two when spending your summer bank holiday in London. Luckily, London has plenty of excellent boat hire companies to choose from, as well as a selection of boat types to satisfy your appetite! Our first stop is, of course, the Thames (find out more about this incredible river in our recent blog of lesser known Thames facts) which, with its mammoth size, provides a plethora of boating opportunities. Thamesjet is designed for adrenaline junkies – offering heart pounding RUB speedboat experiences along the river Thames; certainly an outing to remember on a quiet bank holiday weekend! For something more relaxed, enjoy a cruise along the river with City Cruises. Providing plenty of opportunities for photographs of your favourite London sights, this cruise option is better suited to those who like to appreciate the city scenery. If you’re looking to make more of a splash, you may want to hire the Electric Barge, which acts as a floating party vessel! With a fully stocked bar with snacks available, you can celebrate in style with your family and friends while enjoying a three and a half hour cruise through Little Venice and Regents Park.

Boaters place – If you plan to be waterside throughout your stay, enjoy the excellent river views afforded at Fraser Place Canary Wharf apartments.

Get ahead of the game and book your summer bank holiday in London today. Make an enquiry with our team and find your perfect bank holiday apartment.

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