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Staying with us at our Great St Helen hotel this summer? Here are our top 5 local haunts (both the fun and the practical ones!) The Arcade –  Tucked away on a side street behind Liverpool Street Station, we come here for all our last minute needs. With a florist, chocolatiers and jewellers for the perfect gifts and a dry cleaners, cobblers and foreign exchange bureau for those more practical considerations.  Broadgate Circus – popular with City workers on their lunch break, Broadgate Circus is full of great restaurants. From Franca Manca......

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This July, Crown Group has rounded up our 6 favourite London events that will keep you entertained all summer long Wimbledon Tennis Championships 2019, 1 – 14 July The Wimbledon Tennis Championships return to the Old England Tennis Club this July. Since its inception in 1877, the Championships have been full of surprises. The key question fans on both sides of the Pond want answers to this year is how will Andy and Serena fare? It’ll definitely be a pairing to remember. https://www.wimbledon.com/ World Illustration Awards. 10 – 28 July, Somerset House......

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For the Active Dad: Test out the world’s longest tunnel slide, Queen Elizabeth Park White Water raft at Lee Valley White Water Centre, Waltham Cross Snorkel with the sharks at SEA LIFE London Aquarium, South Bank For the Culturally Curious Dad: Learn about military history at the HMS Belfast or check out the armoury at the Wallace Collection, Marylebone See the mummies and the Rosetta Stone at the British museum, Bloomsbury Trainspotters will love the London Transport Museum, Covent Garden For the Sporty Dad: Enjoy a stadium tour at one of the......

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3 Course Meal at the Houses of Parliament? Don’t mind if I do To celebrate the 200th birthdays of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, the Houses of Parliament are have launched the ‘Royalty and Splendour Tour and Dinner’. Included in your ticket is a 3 course meal, guided tour and the chance to meet (and quiz!) the House of Lords’ Executive Chef. Don’t forget to book early to avoid disappointment https://www.parliament.uk/visiting/venue-hire/commons/pop-up-restaurant/ Closest Crown Hotels: London Bloomsbury Hotels on Gower Street ZSL London Zoo Nights are back on this month Back by popular......

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One of the highlights of the London Social Scene is the RHS Chelsea Flower Show – hosted for four days each May in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea. The show attracts thousands of visitors from across the globe including HRH the Queen, landscape designers and avid gardeners. This year, The Duchess of Cambridge has been busy designing a garden called The RHS Back to Nature. Kensington Palace have recently revealed that the garden will have a ‘woodland feel’ and that the piece will have ‘ unique design features to inspire......

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Canalway Cavalcade: 4-6 May,  Little Venice If you are looking for a relaxing way to spend the bank holiday weekend, head to Little Venice and enjoy the waterway festival. As well as boating, there will be Morris dancing and a food festival! https://www.waterways.org.uk/…/canal…/iwa_canalway_cavalcade London Craft Week: 8 – 12 May, All over London London Craft Week returns to the capital next week for the 5th year in a row! Enjoy British creativity as you try your hand at traditional techniques. Book early to avoid disappointment! https://www.londoncraftweek.com/ The Affordable Art Fair, 9 –......

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The exhibition traces the impact Britain had on a young Van Gogh as he lived and worked here in his early twenties. Entering the first room, I found Dickens, prints and paintings of London – but none by Van Gogh himself. I was a touch unsure if I was in the right exhibition in all honestly! It took a wander through a few more rooms to recognise why those pieces had been hanging up earlier. However, after a short nip to see some incredible Van Gogh pieces, I almost wanted to return......

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Eggs, Eggs, Eggs! Easter and Eggs are synonymous these days but don’t forget that a 4 day break is the perfect time to indulge in some brunching and and a bit of theatre too! Check out some of our favourite activities in London this Easter. Friday 19 April: Passion of Jesus, Trafalgar Square A long standing Easter tradition in London, one hundred Wintershall players re- enact the final few days of the life of Jesus. The play is free for all but make sure you turn up early to get a good......

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Spring is approaching and Crown Group have put together a list of the best parks and green spaces near each of our hotels! It’s never been easier to plan your getaway! London Liverpool Street – Great St Helen Hotel: St Ethelburga’s Garden This hidden gem is tucked away behind St Ethelburga’s Church and provides a beautiful respite from the business of the City of London. London Bloomsbury – Hotel Cavendish and Arran House Hotel: Regent’s Park With 410 acres of green space, you will definitely be able to find a private spot.......

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If you’re in London this Mother’s Day, our team have hand picked their favourite activities no matter what your mother loves! For the afternoon – tea loving mother: Whilst most cafes and tea parlours are doing a Mother’s Day special, we were particularly impressed with Dominique Ansel’s Bakery. Promising a bouquet of daffodils for mum and a wonderful selection of sweet and savoury options, this is an afternoon tea you will definitely want to be booking in advance (Belgravia) https://www.bookatable.co.uk/dominique-ansel-bakery-belgravia-london#offers For the artsy mother: The Penguin Classic pop up store is offering......

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