Thursday, 27, February 2020
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4 unbeatable ways to spend your extra leap year day this 2020
Put your extra leap year day to good use with our list of the most fun activities in London
Spend your leap year with The Doyle Collection
Based in the ever so stylish and idyllic location within Bloomsbury, live out your day in true decadence within The Doyle Collection’s Coral Room bar at The Bloomsbury hotel. Vibrantly painted and designed by renowned Martin Brudnizki, the salon bar is a haven for chilled breakfast, light bites and Afternoon Tea from 10 am daily, to lively cocktails and DJ sets from 6.30 pm on weekends.
If a slightly more cosy and intimate setting is what you prefer, then venture through to Dalloway Terrace, accessible through the hotel and perfectly nestled in the slightly more secluded part of the hotel. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, including a selection of vegan dishes, alongside a seasonal changing menu and floral installations are both something to look forward too as well as no two visits are the same.
With both Hyde Park and Holland Park in close walking distance, The Kensington is the perfect starting point for any fun-filled weekend exploring London’s best spots. The hotel’s newly renovated family rooms offer guests a charming stay with the ease of special kids features within each room, organised by the hotel staff, as well as a selection of luxurious suites to choose from.
After a day of exploring, retire to the Town House restaurant and enjoy a delicious choice of meals prepped by the talented chefs before enjoying a well-deserved cocktail or two at The K Bar.
For a wellness fix, head to The Marylebone hotel in West London for some R&R within Third Space wellness club. All guests staying at the property automatically gain access to the exclusive members-only health spa and its treatments. Opt for an indulgent pick of massages, facials and gym classes all uniquely tailored to make you feel at your best.
If you want to keep the health flow going, head over to The Juicery bar within the 108 Brasserie and sip away at some expertly prepared juices and smoothies promised to give you that extra health kick. Choose from superfood supplements to targeted blends to help fuel your day.
Take a walk around Holland Park’s Kyoto Garden
For a dose of calm and serene energy to kick of your extra day, what better way to spend it than with a leisurely walk around Holland Park’s stunning Kyoto Garden. Designed to emulate the pristine and colourful garden of Japan, Kyoto’s 22 hectares of greenery within London, offers visitors a unique landscape and setting to take a moment of reflection and absorb the still beauty that surrounds.
Take in sights of tranquil waterfalls and ponds full of beautiful koi carp surrounded by stone lanterns and maple trees in its calm atmosphere. If you’re lucky, you may even spot a peacock or two.
Culture fix at Tate Modern
To be inspired and challenged, head over to Tate Modern, based in what was Bankside Power Station for a well-needed culture fix. Step inside and you can discover works by the likes of Warhol, Steve McQueen and Hockney, as well as eye-grabbing installations, which are all part of the free permanent collection. The Switch House extension has an incredible 360-degree view of the London skyline for an added bit of viewing pleasure.
The Tate Boat, which runs up and down the Thames, passing iconic landmarks, such as the Millennium Bridge as your journey between both Tate Modern and Tate Britain. Running every 40 minutes during gallery opening hours, just tap in and out with an Oyster or contactless card as you would on the tube or bus, for an extra bit of sightseeing.
Eat your way around Seven Dials Market
Based in central London and just a short walk from Covent Garden tube station, Seven Dials Market is a lively new foodie spot, which has taken up residence under the roof of an ex-banana warehouse.
Serving up a selection of delicious food from a number of stalls run by some of the city’s most talented entrepreneurs to feed hungry Londoners each day of the week. Journey in, where you will a find buzzing food hall full of the best street food downstairs, a balcony of countertop cafes upstairs and an aisle of picturesque bookshops and flower stalls within the entrance.
Open from 1lam on Mondays through to Saturday and 12pm on Sundays, head down for some delicious treat.