It’s been a tough ride for city break hotels. With shops shut, gallery exhibitions paused, and restaurants boarded up, formerly thriving urban centres have been left an empty shell.
But as the UK starts to emerge from lockdown with a gradual reopening of venues, England’s capital is set to shine again.
From May 17, hotels will be fully reopening across the country, and to encourage visitors to return, many are participating in the inaugural Hotel Week. Bookable now, a number of special packages and generous discounts are available for stays from May 28 to June 6, 2021 – with some extending further into the summer.
But what should you do once you get there? Experts from several of the participating hotels have shared their tips on where to go and how to rediscover one of the greatest cities in the world.
Concierge Iain Haigh says: “The Royal Academy of Arts is a five-minute walk from the hotel; it’s free for the general galleries. Book to see exhibitions this summer, including Tracey Emin and Edvard Munch, David Hockney, and Michael Armitage.
“Some of London’s finest shops are also on the doorstep – including Fortnum & Mason and Hatchards Bookshop…