Our boutique Soho hotel in central London is near to Piccadilly Circus and Oxford Street, putting you right on the doorstep of a plethora of entertainment!
Take a look at what's going on around us and please let us know if we can offer any assistance:
Gifted: From The Royal Academy To The Queen: 1st November - 16th March
The Royal Academy of Arts presented a gift of 97 works on paper to Her Majesty The Queen, and this exhibition shows the entire portfolio of works, displaying the full breadth of the Membership of the Royal Academy and offering a further spectacular memento of The Queen’s Jubilee year.
Collider: Large Hadron Collider Exhibition: 13th November - 6th May
A new exhibition about the Large Hadron Collider is now open at the Science Museum, transporting visitors into the heart of one of the greatest scientific experiments of our times. Collider will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the famous CERN particle physics laboratory in the first exhibition of its kind, offering visitors the closest experience possible to visiting the famous site itself. The immersive exhibition will blend theatre, video and sound art, taking visitors to the site of the LHC where they can explore areas including CERN’s Control Room and a huge underground detector cavern.
Walk With Great Masters: 27th January - 31st March
Considered by the Guardian as “the best walking tours in London”, Fox and Squirrel are pleased to offer an art historical experience at the National Gallery. Guided by a contemporary artist or curator, this walk is a loosely chronological tour of the highlights on display in the National Gallery’s permanent collection, creating a harmonious insight into one of London’s most complete collections of Great Masters.
Pancake Day: 4th March
Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, falls between 2nd February and 9th March, depending on the date for Easter. In 2014, Pancake Day falls on Tuesday 4th March.
Pancake Day is the traditional feast day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday. Lent (the 40 days leading up to Easter) is traditionally a time of fasting.
Pancake Day became a great way to use the foods that were given up for Lent: milk, butter, and eggs. Pancakes have featured in recipe books as far back as 1439!
Pancake Day Restaurants
Don't miss out this Pancake Day. Head to one of London's brilliant pancake restaurants or crêperies for a Pancake Day feast.
Crepeaffaire – 173 Wardour Street, Soho, W1F 8WT
The Soho Creperie – 63 Dean Street, Soho, W1D 4QG
Pancake Races in London
As well as eating pancakes, there's a long tradition of pancake races in London. Participants have to toss pancakes in a frying pan while completing the course. The races often raise money for charity, and among the most notable of these are the Better Bankside Charity Pancake Day Race, Great Spitalfields Pancake Race and Greenwich Market Pancake Race.
If you don't fancy racing yourself, you can always cheer on the runners!
Casablanca, with Pre-Show Piano and Sparkling wine: 9th March at 3.20pm and 26th April at 6.15pm
Re-live the classic romance "Casablanca" with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, and enjoy a very special 30-minute pre-show performance by pianist Cyrus Gabrysh. A free glass of sparkling wine will also be available, and dressing to impress (ie fancy dress!) is very much encouraged.
The Prince Charles Cinema is tucked away down one of Leicester Square’s side roads. It has two screens which seat 285 people downstairs and 104 upstairs. The venue shows a wide variety of classic old films, cult movies and sing-a-long and quote-a-long specials where audience participation is encouraged.
(find more information at http://www.londondrum.com/events/?p=24728)
Free Lunchtime Concert, at St. Martin-in-the-fields: 10th, 11th, 14th, 17th and 18th March at 1pm
They feature everything from solo pianists and violinists, to string quartets and vocal groups (see website for details about which group is playing on which day).
St. Martin-in-the-Fields is the parish church of Buckingham Palace, and has strong connections to the Admiralty. It has a brass-rubbing centre downstairs, and its own classical orchestra for evening concerts.
St. Patrick's Day in London: 16th - 17th March
St. Patrick's Day Parade
Every year, London hosts a St Patrick's Day Parade with marching bands, floats, street theatre and more. All 32 Irish counties are represented, dressed in their traditional county colours. Other parade participants include members of London's Irish community and other Londoners.
This year the parade takes place on 16th March, the day before St Patrick's Day. Among the numerous marching bands, dance groups and sports clubs you'll easily spot the 5-metre tall firebird breathing a fountain of sparks and a 10-metre high St Patrick.
St. Patrick's Day Festival in Trafalgar Square
The free St Patrick's Day Festival in Trafalgar Square is a great chance to experience Irish culture: you can enjoy traditional music, dancing, comedy and film, and sample produce from the Emerald Isle. The 2014 festival will be held on 16th March and is set to be a dance fest, with a focus on the "World of Dance".
Headlining the festival is Riverdance, the world-famous Irish dance troupe that is returning to London ahead of its 20th anniversary tour. Other acts not to miss include performances from cast members of musical The Commitments, Irish folk group Kila and the likes of stand-up stars Aisling Bea and Jarlath Regan in the London Irish Comedy Festival Marquee.
There's also the chance to sample Irish fare such as cheese, salmon and black pudding at the food market on the square.
Rowing - Head of the River Race 2014: 29th March
The Head of the River Race is one of the London's longest running sporting traditions.
Every spring, 400 crews from around the globe take to the waters of London's famous river Thames to compete in this historic boating event.
The race was started in 1926 by Cambridge and Tideway oarsman Steve Fairbairn. It was conceived as a way for crews to practice long rows during winter, in preparation for the summer regatta.
The annual event now sees hundreds of boats, each manned by eight men, row over the 4.25 mile (6.8km) championship course from Mortlake to Putney. The race sees crews from all over the world competing, from Australia to Austria.
It is customary for the previous year's winner to start first. They are followed at 10-second intervals by other crews in finishing order and finally, the new entries start in alphabetical order.
The event is a great way for Londoners and visitors alike to celebrate the start of spring as they cheer on teams along London's picturesque river Thames.
Don't forget to pack your Pimm's and arrive early to grab a good viewing spot! The race starts at 2.15pm.
Where to watch the Head of the River Race
The banks of the river Thames brim with spectators for the race. See the crews off from Chiswick Bridge, cheer them on from Barnes Bridge as they gather pace, or see the crews approach from the busy Hammersmith Bridge – alternatively, you may be lucky enough to find a spot on the river banks along the course or a seat in a cosy pub. All of these locations can become very busy, so get there at least 45 minutes before the race to secure a good spot.
Mother’s Day: 30th March
Say thank you to your mum and spend an unforgettable Mother's Day in London. We've got it covered; from pampering to gifts, from special lunches to West End shows.
Go ahead and spoil your mum. She deserves it! It is the perfect excuse for a Sunday lunch or that traditional Afternoon Tea.
Mother's Day is a popular date for dining out so book restaurants in advance and make sure you mention any special offers at the time of booking.
Share the magic of a musical with your mum. Choose from the Top 10 London Musicals or one of the many other world-class productions now on.
Check performance dates and times as not all productions have Sunday shows. Fridays and Saturdays are the busiest days of the week so it's a good idea to book well in advance.
Bang in the creative heart of London, Soho Theatre is a major new writing theatre and a writers’ development organisation of national significance. With a programme spanning theatre, comedy, cabaret and writers’ events and home to a lively bar, Soho Theatre is one of the most vibrant venues on London’s cultural scene.
For a full list of their shows visit www.sohotheatre.com/whats-on/
Football has always been a huge draw for people visiting London and as the capital now has six teams (Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, QPR, Chelsea, West Ham & Fulham) in the premier league there is always a high profile match at weekends. Tickets can be tricky to get hold of for some games but it is always worth asking the question at reception.
Museums and galleries are always a great way to spend an afternoon. Whether it’s wondering what the latest feature piece in the Tate Modern actually means or enjoying old (and we mean prehistoric!) classics like the dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum, there will always be something to see.
If your request is something simpler – perhaps a recommendation for a good local bar or restaurant – then please do not hesitate to talk to our team. We work closely with many of the local businesses and will have a number of exclusive offers with some of our favourite local places that we can offer our guests soon!
If we can be of any assistance, no matter what the request, please just let us know: email@example.com