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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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1 Shrove Tuesday, 5 March (All over London) Tuesday 5 March is Shrove Tuesday – historically the day we empty our larders of all sweet goods and turn them into pancakes! London has some excellent pancake shops – My Old Dutch near our Tottenham Court Road and Bloomsbury Hotels and The Breakfast Club near our Liverpool Street Hotel. Don’t forget to book! 2 WOW: Women of the World Festival, 8 – 9 March (Southbank Centre) To celebrate International Women’s Day, the Southbank Centre is hosting a two day festival with Naomi Klein and......

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If you’re heading to London for half term this February, Crown Group have put together an itinerary that we think you and your little ones will love! Monday How to Train Your Dragon, Piccadilly Cressida Cowell, author of How to Train Your Dragon, is speaking at Waterstones Piccadilly. She will also be signing books and giving you a sneak preview of the third film https://www.waterstones.com/events/how-to-train-your-dragon-party-with-cressida-cowell/london-piccadilly Tuesday Nature Explorer: Wild Skills, Hyde Park Build a fire without matches and cook your own bread! This event will hone their wild skills! https://www.royalparks.org.uk/whats-on/upcoming-events/nature-explorers-wild-skills?&f.Park%7CB=&&meta_d1year=2019&meta_d1month=Jan&meta_d1day=11&sort=metaS&num_ranks=12 Wednesday RAF......

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With average temperatures of 5 degrees this January, it might not be the best weather for a stroll along The Thames. However, London still has plenty to offer with some of its top museums and galleries just a stone’s throw away from a Crown Group Property British Museum, Bloomsbury/ Kings Cross: The British Museum is one of the world’s oldest museums – home to the Rosetta Stone, Egyptian Mummies, the Elgin Marbles and the Lindow Man. This year, its special exhibitions include ‘I am Ashurbanipal: king of the world, king of Assyria’......

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Are you ready for a fabulous 2019? Here are 5 of our London favourites this January: New Year’s Day Parade, New Years Day, Piccadilly Circus 12pm: With 10,000 participants and over 500,000 spectators, this promises to be a spectacular way to bring in the New Year. And, as if the parade wasn’t enough, the London New Years Day Parade concert series and the Grand Finale of the London International Choral Festival will be running alongside the parade. https://lnydp.com/ Twelfth Night Celebration, 6 January, Southbank 2pm: Beginning by Shakespeare’s Globe and travelling along......

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After the rush of present shopping and getting ready, the Big Day is here! And you’re wondering what to do between opening all the presents and eating all the turkey! Well, if you’re in London, I can guarantee that you’ll still find things to do. If you’re up early (and I mean very early!), Peter Berhoud runs a 5:45 am tour of the West End: http://www.peterberthoud.co.uk/christmas-day-walk-london/ Whilst London won’t be totally empty, it will be the closest thing to it that you’ll see all year. If you’re looking for a more leisurely......

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Christmas shopping to do but don’t want to be stuck in the Oxford Street crowds? Check out these festive markets with gifts, food and even the odd ice rink! Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland, 22 Nov – 6 Jan Returning for the 12th year, Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park has something for everyone. With over 200 fairy lit Bavarian chalets, you’ll find decorations and gifts galore! In addition, you can book tickets for the ice rink; to see one of the many shows or even book an ice sculpting class! https://hydeparkwinterwonderland.com/about-winterwonderland/ Southbank Centre......

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November Special Events: Bonfire Night, 2 – 5 November Many of London’s parks and open spaces will be hosting bonfires and firework shows for Bonfire night this year. Our favourite is the Alexandra Palace show held on both friday 2 and saturday 3 November. Book your tickets here: https://alexandrapalacefireworks.seetickets.com/tour/alexandra-palace-fireworks-festival Regent Street Motor Show, 3 November Regent Street will be hosting its annual motor show on the 3 November, just a short walk away from our Tottenham Court Road hotels. Come along to see 125 years of motor car history (including classic and......

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