A Guide to London For A Friend’s Holiday

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Things to do in london with friends

You don’t head to London for a night out with friends all the time! Make it special with our hand-selected picks of the best of the best when it comes to the weekend. If you’re into dining or dancing, London has some of the absolute best spots to choose from.

Friday night

After you’ve checked into your Hyde Park boutique hotel London, you’re ready to get going. Head to one of London’s most exclusive restaurants, the Chiltern Firehouse, for a special occasion meal; it’s not cheap, but it’s got some of the best food in London. Michelin-starred chefs cook for you and will start your weekend off with a bang.

Saturday

Wake up in your bed in the Shaftesbury Hotel Collection and get ready for a day of exploration! If you’re staying near Hyde Park, why not explore this most famous of all the Royal Parks? Go round the Serpentine and see if you’re brave enough to go boating. If it’s not very nice weather, the Serpentine Gallery is always a good call—it has some stunning pieces from internationally renowned artists and new, emerging visionaries alike.

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Why not head to Harrods? It’s the most exclusive shop in London, for good reason; it’s owned by a royal family. There are 330 different departments here, so you’re sure to find something you like—whether it’s the personal shopper, the unbeatable beauty department, or one of the 32 restaurants inside the five-acre shop.

Decide which food cart you’re going to choose when it’s lunchtime! London has a thriving street food culture with different cuisines emerging and stealing the hearts of everyday Londoners on a regular basis.

London’s West End is an attraction that’s better with friends. Pick a show, whether it’s a weepie like Phantom or Les Miserables, the new kid on the block like Hamilton, or a family favourite like Wicked or The Lion King. You’re guaranteed to head back to your Hyde Park boutique hotel London with a song in your heart.

Sunday morning

The Shaftesbury Hotel Collection is close to plenty of amazing brunch spots. Whether you want to start Sunday off with boozy Bloody Marys or mimosas, or would prefer an indulgent treat with more sugar in it, find a bakery or restaurant nearby that can cater for all tastes. If you’re on holiday together because it’s a birthday, head to Dominique Ansel’s bakery and try the cakes so good they became a new invention. A cronut (that’s a mix between a croissant and a doughnut) first thing on a Sunday morning. What could be better?

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Then it’s time to walk off some of the sugar. Take a stroll down the towpaths of the Regent’s canal or slip into the John’s Trip canal boat, which takes you from Paddington to Camden Lock and back again, while telling you all about the history of the places you’re sailing through. The boat is over 100 years old and has sailed out since the 1950s.

It might be time to go home, but you won’t have wasted a second!