Easter, London, Hotel, Easter Weekend

Easter Activities Near The Melita Hotel In London

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Easter.  A time of chocolate, lots and lots of chocolate.  It means two days off of work and a weekend of celebration.  It’s also the first bank holiday of the year in the UK and the first big school holiday too, the capital is teeming with things to do.

As always, the Melita Hotel is at the heart of it.  Where better a base than a beautiful, quiet, family run hotel that also just so happens to be practically on top of Victoria railway and underground station?  The possibilities are endless!

 

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If you’re finding it difficult to think past the fifth word of this article then I guess we’d better tell you some of the places to visit to get the best chocolate in London!

 

Paul A Young Fine Chocolates

This can be found in Wardour St just a short walk away from Oxford Circus or Tottenham Court Road tube stations.  The former is literally three minutes away from your Victoria base at the Melita Hotel.

The man in the name used to work as a head pastry chef and has a handful of other outlets in London.  All of the chocolate creations in the shop are handmade on site, in small batches using fresh ingredients.

Believe it or not, there is such a thing as the International Chocolate Awards, and Paul was named Outstanding British Chocolatier in 2014.

 

Choccywoccydoodah

Also within a few minutes walk of Oxford Circus Tube, Choccywoccydoodah (home of the Choccywoccyrocky Road) is a chocolate shop, stroke, chocolate themed cafe.

There’s a huge range of quality chocolate products on offer and the theme is art and design and one off sculptured fantasies (plus some rather naughty stuff).

Take your friends back a chocolate popcorn bar, or if you really want to impress them, take them a 3 kg full size, white chocolate skull.  No, really…

 

Café Prestat

Pop in to this tiny little café for tea and a pastry and leave with a box of gorgeous truffles or a bespoke hamper.

If you’re visiting over the Easter holidays there is also a wide range of chocolate eggs and Easter themed baskets to take your pick from.  We’re especially intrigued by Tilly the Bunny’s Best Kept Secret Hamper!

Best thing is, Sloane Square station is just a two minute journey from Victoria.  Perfect place for a quick visit if you’re staying at the Melita.

 

Other Festivities

Beanz Meanz Heinz Pop Up Bar

If the above statement means literally nothing to you, the chances are you’re not from round these parts, so let me explain.  This is something that is particularly British.

The British love baked beans.  Correction – The British specifically love Heinz Baked Beans.  Beanz Meanz Heinz is an infamous advertising slogan that is used to advertise said beans.  That slogan is now 50 years old which is a reason to celebrate.  Still confused?  Don’t worry, you will not be alone!

Even if you don’t fully understand the celebration, the pop up shop itself is located within the iconic Selfridges store, which is well worth a visit, beans or not.

At this pop up shop you can try all sorts of modern dishes, all themed around the staple dish of Heinz Baked Beans.  They’re only £3 each, so well worth a go, even if Heinz Baked Beans are completely new to you!  They are also selling collectable cans which have been signed by the guy who first came up with the famous slogan, all those years ago.  His name is Maurice Drake by the way…

 

David Hockney Exhibition at Tate Britain

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If your brow is set slightly higher than baked beans and their associated celebrities then this might be the exhibition for you.

A world famous artist displaying his art at a world renowned venue, David Hockney is one of only a handful of people who you could genuinely call an ‘art celebrity’.  This show isn’t a look back at his work, it’s a journey through his life’s work which doesn’t quite come to an end, at eighty years old he’s still current and still painting.

Hockney is a master of many crafts which you’ll appreciate as you wander from room to room.  Landscapes as diverse as Yorkshire and California feature heavily, as do a fair few lovers.

This exhibition runs through Easter until the end of May, Pimlico and Vauxhall tube stations are just a few minutes from the Melita Hotel.

 

The Velveteen Rabbit

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If you’ve got children with you on your trip to London and you dare to take them to the David Hockney exhibition, the chances are they’re giving you a hard time right now…  You may need something to bring them back on side, especially if you’ve already exhausted the chocolate shops.

Luckily, the Unicorn Theatre near London Bridge is putting on an absolute classic this Easter, The Velveteen Rabbit.  Based on a timeless novel written in 1922 by Margery Williams, this is a genius production suitable for anyone aged four and over.

A story about a boy and his toy rabbit that he can’t bear to be without, a special toy that is hoping itself it will one day become real.

This is a must see this Easter, it’s about a rabbit, so why wouldn’t it be?

 

Hampton Court Palace Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt

If you’re feeling adventurous and prepared to venture outside of central London for a real treat then consider this.  One of two surviving palaces owned by Henry VIII, a palace with both Tudor and Baroque styling which has been in existence since the 1500s.  The last King to call it home was George II.

Hampton Court Palace can be reached by rail from Victoria station in only 45 minutes.  The palace itself is host to a large number of pieces from the royal collection and the grounds also boast a famous maze and the largest grapevine in the world.

That’s all well and good, but what about the chocolate?!  Well, from 1-17 April the palace is home to the Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt!  Follow the map around the gardens, finding all of the gold bunnies before claiming your real chocolate prize.  After that, why not give yourself a much needed half hour break by showing your kids into the maze?  Everything is included in the price of the entrance ticket.

 

All of these activities and more are taking place in and around London over the Easter holidays.  Make sure you stay at the Melita Hotel for easy access to everything you need for a break in a wonderful city that you won’t forget.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


London Secrets, Destinations, Hotel, Best

Hidden Gems Nearby The Melita Hotel London

London is a big, bustling, busy city. There are people, hotels, bright lights, loud noises, it’s a city that brashly displays everything it hasto offer whilst seeming to shout “Look at me, look what I’ve got for you!”

It has things to see and things to do and it seems to want to tell you all about them, keeping nothing in reserve.  It’s hard to imagine that a heaving, pulsing metropolis such as London could harbour any secrets, but it does.

As well as being a thriving modern city London is also a historic one.  Historic cities tend to have lots of nooks and crannies, hiding places and unknown treasures.  Places where not everyone gets to venture.

One of those hidden treasures is of course the Melita Hotel.  On a quiet street in Pimlico that could never be described as heaving or pulsing, but is literally minutes away from where it is.  The Melita is a well maintained, family run townhouse hotel which offers you a home away from home.  Your own hidden gem from which you can uncover the other secrets of this capital city.

 

Kensington Roof Gardens

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As a city, London has an extraordinary number of parks and green spaces where you can relax and unwind in relative peace and quiet.  They’re generally huge, beautiful green open spaces and they are certainly no secret.  The Roof Gardens in Kensington however, is a little gem that isn’t so easy to find.  Especially from the ground.

Situated 100ft above the city, this really is an area where you can get away from it all.  Originally opening above a department store in the 1930’s, this is 1.5 acres of astonishing landscape. The outdoor space consists of three themed gardens: Spanish Garden, Tudor Garden and English Woodland, each with its own unique style and feel.

Within the English Woodland setting there is a pond where you can find several species of exotic ducks, as well as being a hangout for a group of Flamingos, naturally.

This oasis is just minutes away from the Melita Hotel and is completely free to enter.  There’s even a restaurant there so you can make a day of it.

 

Highgate Cemetery

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Imagine getting back from your trip to London and telling your friends all about it.  You’ll get the usual questions.

“Did you go to the Tower of London?”

“Did you go on the London Eye?”

“Did you get me a ‘My friend went to London and all I got was this lousy t-shirt’ t-shirt?”

You will probably be able to say an emphatic “Yes” to all those things, but you could also tell them what an amazing cemetery you visited.  Bear with me…

Yes, there are some famous people’s memorials here at the East Cemetery, George Eliot, Karl Marx and Douglas Adams to name three.  But it’s the mysterious West Cemetery that’s the real secret place to see.

It’s around 25 minutes tube travel from the Melita Hotel and you have to book a tour in advance, but it will be a tour you won’t forget.  First opened in 1839, the cemetery is hidden by thick foliage, keeping it well hidden from London’s prying eyes.

The cemetery is a secret garden, made up of eery catacombs and vast gothic tombs.  The architecture in the Victorian Pharaonic tombs and mausoleums is a must see and the entire place is a Grade I listed national treasure.

Keep on your toes here however, there is a rumoured occult past to the place, and it is the site of the notorious Highgate Vampire.  Best get back to the Melita Hotel before midnight.

 

Little Venice

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A little touch of Italy in London, kind of.  The reference to the famous Italian city is a nod to the beautiful waterways and boats, as opposed to any other kind of Latin similarity.

Situated just to the north of Paddington, the Regent’s Canal and the Grand Union Canal meet and create a positively picturesque corner of the capital.

Unique waterside restaurants, pubs and cafes are in abundance.  Boat trips on the canal are also available, some of which can take you from Little Venice to Camden Lock Market in less than an hour.  Not the quickest way to get there, but so much more relaxing than another journey on the tube, especially in summer, phew!

If summer is the time of your visit then you’ll find plenty more going on in and around Little Venice.  There’s a puppet theatre on a barge as well as an amphitheatre which puts on events throughout the year.

If you are a fan of sport then the spiritual home of cricket, Lords, is just a little further up the canal.  If you are visiting from abroad please note, do not try to understand the rules of cricket before your visit, just roll up to a game and enjoy the atmosphere!

 

Crystal Palace Park

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You’ll not find many London guidebooks encouraging you to venture south of the river.  When viewed from the London Eye the South looks like a flat desolate place whereas the North looks like a place of tall buildings, flashy lights and historic wonderment.  But secret gems are often where you’d least expect them.

Victoria station is a few minutes walk from the Melita Hotel, but this time we are not going on the tube.  South London is obviously too inhospitable and deserted to have a tube line running to it (you may hear some Londoners grumble in a sarcastic tone).

Instead we’re going to jump on a good old fashioned British Overground train and stay on it until we reach the handily named Crystal Palace station.

As the name suggests, Crystal Palace Park was the resting place of the famous Crystal Palace, after it was moved from Hyde Park after the Great Exhibition. Unfortunately, the great building burnt down in 1936 but the name and the park remained.

As well as the remains of the Crystal Palace itself, the park also boasts a cafe, children’s play area, a maze, a fishing lake, a concert bowl.

However, what sets Crystal Palace Park apart from other parks in the capital, is it houses the remains of a Victorian theme park.  A dinosaur theme park, the Victorian equivalent of Jurassic Park.

The dinosaur models are local icons and were put there by the founder of the Natural History Museum.  They’ve been enjoyed for over a hundred years and what gives them added modern interest is that they are so spectacularly wrong!

The scientists of the day unfortunately put a fair amount of dinosaur bones in completely the wrong order which means these models look nothing like the dinosaurs they are based on, something that makes them very unique!

Fortunately, modern day plaques have been erected to show you how the dinosaurs should have looked.

 

These are just a few examples of the many secrets London hides within its sprawling borders.  There are many more to find and we don’t want to reveal them all at once!

Whatever the reason for your visit to London, setting up base at the Melita Hotel puts you in the perfect position to thoroughly explore everything it has to offer.


Theatre Weekend in London

Some of London’s Best Theatre

One of the best tips someone can give you when visiting London is not to wear yourself out at the sights, shops and museums during the day.  Make sure you save some energy for the nighttime!

When it comes to live entertainment, London really is the the world’s number one destination.  The city’s West End is notorious for it’s dazzling array of shows and when you’re staying in London there really is no excuse for not going to see one.

When you stay at the Melita Hotel you are within touching distance of some of the best shows at some of the greatest venues in the capital.  The Melita is very much a family hotel so whether you are on a special couple’s night out or going to see a musical with the entire family, we’ll give you a comfortable experience, sure to remember.

 

Wicked

The Melita is ideally situated for all public transport, but why travel when one of the most successful musicals of all time is within walking distance of your comfy room?  The Apollo Theatre is unmissable, right outside the main entrance of Victoria Station.

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Wicked is a multi award winning musical and if you have a chance to see this spectacular show, it won’t be difficult to see why.  Yes, it’s set in the same world as The Wizard of Oz but rest assured that this isn’t a re-hash of an old story.  It’s a completely alternative tale about the life of the Wicked Witch of the West before and during the story of The Wizard of Oz.

We see her relationship with Glinda the Good Witch and finally learn why she ended up having such a public fall from grace.

A show that originally divided the critics but has never divided the audience, this is a definite must see!

 

Matilda

Just a tube ride away there is a musical for the entire family, based on the twisted genius of Roald Dahl.  The Cambridge Theatre is close to both Covent Garden and Piccadilly Circus tube stations. 235734_770_preview

This is a show that will captivate both adults and children, especially if they’ve grown up loving the world of Roald Dahl.  Matilda is a musical that celebrates the anarchy of childhood and the imagination of children.  It tells the story of a magical little girl who challenges the status quo and follows her as she attempts to distance herself from her destiny.

The music is provided by the much loved comedian/musician Tim Minchin, who made his name performing impressive shows at the Edinburgh Festival.

Although this is a family show, tickets are strictly for people aged six and over.

 

Mama Mia

Not really one for the kids but a show that adults will love, ideal for that long awaited couples night out.mamma-mia-770x400-2

If you’ve seen the film you’ll know what to expect.  Based on a Greek island, a mother, her daughter and three possible fathers take a trip down memory lane on the eve of the daughter’s wedding.  The aim is to find out who the father is so he can give his daughter away.

Based around the music of the legendary Abba, this musical originated in the West End in 1999. It will certainly be a night to remember as you hear all of your favourite Abba tunes, from the opening ‘I Have a Dream’ right through to a finale of ‘Thank You for the Music’.

This musical is at the Novello Theatre in the heart of the West End, you can take the underground from Victoria Station, minutes away from your base at the Melita Hotel.

 

The Mousetrap

 

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If musicals aren’t your thing then why not go for a more traditional play?  What could be more traditional than a “whodunnit” mystery?

However, the Mousetrap isn’t just any old “whodunnit” play. It is the longest running West End show.  But not only that, it is actually the longest running play in history!  It opened in 1952 and has been running continuously ever since.  That’s over 26,000 performances!

That’s not the only thing that sets this Agatha Christie play apart.  It is also known for having a twist at the end, turning the “whodunnit” genre on its head. It is tradition for the audience to be asked not to reveal the twist after leaving the theatre.  So if you do go and see this record breaking performance, keep your lips sealed!

The Mousetrap has been at St Martin’s Theatre since 1974, the theatre is walking distance from Covent Garden and Leicester Square tube stations.

 

The Woman in Black

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Definitely, unquestionably and beyond any doubt, this is NOT one for the kids!

Even if you’re a fan of horror movies and have seen the film of the same name, prepare to be more terrified than you ever have been before.  Nothing can prepare you for the fear and trepidation you will experience from watching this mind blowing production of terror.

This show has been running in the West End for 27 frightening years and bring’s Susan Hill’s dramatic ghost story to life.  It’s not only a shock for the eyes, but for the ears and all the other senses.  Even the show’s programme gives credit to only two actors, so who’s this coming on stage…

This can be seen at the Fortune Theatre in Russell Street, Covent Garden.

The Melita is a townhouse hotel situated on a quiet street in Pimlico but wonderfully located for all of London’s amenities, including the bright lights of the infamous West End.  It offers hospitality and a level of personal service that you only find at a family run hotel.  Couple this with great value and you have the ideal base for your London adventure!

 

 


London Hotel Near Westminster Abbey

The History of London Westminster’s Four Most Famous Gardens

The History of London Westminster’s Four Most Famous Gardens

Planning to spend some time with us in Victoria? We’re excited for your arrival! Our little historical neighbourhood is home to some of England’s most treasured historical locations, making it the perfect home base for first-time visitors and history buffs.

The Melita is close to both the Thames and the famous Tate Britain art gallery, is surrounded by delightful restaurants and pubs, and is just steps away from a long list of unique historical locations that will inspire your adventurous heart. While we very much recommend seeing these, sometimes what our guests desire most is a bit of time spent in the great outdoors.

Fortunately, The Melita’s amazing location places us just steps away from four of Westminster’s best gardens, three of which reside in Westminster Abbey itself, and most of which have been in place for decades, if not centuries.

Not sure where to stop first? We’ve highlighted a few of the best options and dug up a bit of their history to tempt your imagination and draw you in. The perks of a staying at a hotel near Westminster Abbey.

 

Eccleston Square Gardens

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Though you’d never guess today, Eccleston Square Gardens was originally the location of little more than a large swamp. This small but beautiful gardens was originally owned by the Dukes of Westminster, and was drained and then developed into a garden by Thomas Cubitt over the course of 1838.

Eccleston Square Gardens sits in a particularly advantageous location in much the same way as all of Westminster; it’s technically situated on floodplains from the Thames, making it especially fertile. This is just one of the reasons it was originally used as a market garden in the 1800s. Before it was developed, this beautiful garden provided both food and willow shoots for basket making to all of the local Westminster area.

When Thomas Cubitt began developing the area into a more habitable social gathering point, his original goal was to bring the charm of the English countryside into the city. Not everyone was in agreement to this, however; the farmers who were originally using the land objected to its removal and reconfiguration and protested for a time. A compromise was eventually reached: the farmers were moved to Lincolnshire, and barricades were erected around all of Eccleston Square to keep out undesirables while the work was completed.

Today, Eccleston Square Gardens belongs, for all intents and purposes, to the community that surrounds it. This wasn’t always the case; over the years, it came under threat several times, first after damage in the Great Storm of 1987, and then again when it was purchased out by a local real estate company with the intention of creating a car park. The current ownership, an organisation titled Eccleston Square Garden Ltd, was created solely to purchase and protect the land for years to come.

Because Eccleston Square is a private communal garden, you cannot enter without being accompanied by a member. However, the gardens do hold a number of public events throughout the year. For more information about access and tours, write to ecclestonsquare@harrisonholt.co.uk.

 

Westminster Abbey Gardens

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Considered to be some of England’s oldest gardens, Westminster Abbey Gardens isn’t just one garden, but three individual gardens in total. These include the College Garden, the Garth, and Little Cloisters, each intimately connected in history, development, and cultivation.

A quick note: The Abbey gardens are best seen on a tour, as not all areas are accessible to the general public, but booking a tour is fairly easy and highly recommended anyway. The history of Westminster Abbey itself is fascinating and detailed, making it an excellent adjunct to any English garden lover’s itinerary.

 

The College Gardens

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The College Garden is thought to be the oldest of all three, and is believed to date back approximately 900 years. Most historians agree that it is the oldest garden still in cultivation throughout England, and to a less specific degree, most of the British Isles. It was originally used by the Benedictine monks to grow healing herbs and plants, many of which were used not only to minister to the monks, but also to Britain’s citizenship.

The College Garden is unique in many ways, the least of which is the fact that the majority of infirmary gardens have long since been removed. It was also home to the monk’s cemetery and paid homage to the cycle of life and death itself. An orchard planted directly beside the original cemetery drew attention to new life from death, while plants like Lady’s Bedstraw were said to honour the Virgin Mary herself.

The College Gardens still retain many historic elements, some of which date back hundreds of years. The somewhat crumbling stone precinct wall itself is the oldest of these, dating back to the late 1300s. Each of the four saint statues in the centre of the gardens was carved in 1686 by sculptor Arnold Quellin, and while they aren’t in the best of shape today, they still inspire and call out to the soul. Most of the other features, including the fountain and bronze statue that sits at one end of the garden, are newer, having been installed within the last 20 years.

 

The Garth

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Just a few steps away from the College Garden lies The Garth. This garden, too, was originally owned by the Benedictine monastery, and was important in the daily lives of the monks who sometimes lived out their entire lives there. It was considered the primary place for monks to go to rest their eyes and escape the intrusion of everyday life.

Situated in the centre of the Abbey itself, and entirely closed off from the outside world by its four gothic walls, the Garth’s beauty isn’t in its plants, but in its surroundings. By itself, it’s little more than a well-kept square of green grass, albeit a very well-kept square indeed.

Though it is closed off to the public, members of the Abbey and those on tour can catch a glimpse of it in person. Unfortunately, no pictures are permitted inside Westminster Abbey, so the only thing you can take away is sweet memories.

 

Little Cloisters

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The third and final garden in Westminster Abbey, Little Cloisters, originally served as a restful garden for sick and infirm monks. Services were often held here for monks who weren’t well enough to attend the Abbey’s services, or for those who were aged and in their last years. It was considered a place of restorative rest, but was accessible to any monk at the Abbey who desired peace.

This small but beautiful garden shaded monks from the sun, protected them from the wind, and was easily accessed by any one of the surrounding cloisters. Strolling the pathways here slowly, it’s easy to see how this type of lifestyle could become more attractive than living on the outside.

Along its Eastern side remains the Chapel of Saint Catherine, one of England’s most famous religious meeting spaces prior to the 15th Century. It is also the site of several historically relevant events and decisions, including Henry III’s sworn pledge of allegiance to uphold the Magna Carta in 1176. The chapel itself, built in the 12th Century, consisted of little more than a congregation section surrounded by two aisles.

Out of the three main gardens in the Abbey, this is in many ways the most charming and the most popular, perhaps because it is the only one of the three to be open to the public all year round. Ancient walls imprinted by the erosion of time stand dramatically aside the gardens, draped with beautiful green ivy during the summer months. The centre fountain, while not an original installation, deserves respect for its age, too: it dates back as far as 1871.

The gardens are carefully cultivated and planned out to burst forth with colour during the growing season, but don’t count out Little Cloisters in the winter; there’s something truly charming about watching the snow fall down over the fountain at Christmas, too.

If you want to book a hotel near Westminster Abbey choose Melita and spend unforgettable time in London.


Autumn In London, London Events

London in Autumn: Events & Activities to visit during your stay in London

Many people visit The Melita at Christmas, or in the heat of summer, and with good reason. There is just something truly special about strolling the streets as the snow falls on Christmas, or as the sun sets over the Thames on a warm night.

But London is a thriving, beautiful city at other times of the year, too, and a visit during what many consider the off-season shouldn’t be overlooked. London in Autumn can be particularly enchanting with the changing leaves, sweater-appropriate weather, cosy cafes and bountiful bookstores around every corner.

Even if you already live in London, a holiday at The Melita can be a fabulous way to relax, unwind, and feel cared for over a weekend holiday. Free breakfast gets you prepared for your day, while your room is your home base for whatever manner of adventure you’d like to have, be it just curling up with a good book or attending a local art show.

If you’re still not sure about visiting London in autumn, let us convince you; we think these reasons are compelling.

London Autumn Events

AUTUMN EVENTS IN LONDON

London Parks in Autumn : Fall Colors in the Royal Parks

Sure, a stroll through London’s Royal Parks is nice any time of year, but autumn is unique in that the leaves are changing. Come at the right time of year–when the leaves are in their full finery–and you’ll be treated to a dazzlingly-bright array of yellows, oranges, reds, and rusts that’s as much an art scene as any other painting you’ll find in our halls.

Because the Royal Parks encompass multiple locations, some of which are exceptionally large, there’s plenty of room to wander. Sit and watch the leaves fall at Hyde Park, or take a coach or lorry to nearby Greenwich Park, just 11 kilometres away, to watch the deer nip at the last of summer’s plants and autumn apples.

Nearby Kyoto Gardens makes a stunning stopover for photo opportunists, those getting married, or anyone who just appreciates Japanese gardens against a background of bright fall colours.

Science lovers may want to visit on September 3 for “An Introduction to Bats and their Natural History” in The Regent’s Park. Led by conservationist Roger Havard, this event teaches attendees about the importance of protecting bats, and how crucial they are to London’s ecology.

Finally, even sports lovers and the highly active will find that London is abuzz with fall activities they can take part in. On September 18, the London Duathlon takes place.

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London’s Restaurant Festival

Starting on October 1 and carrying over through Halloween is the London Restaurant Festival. This incredible event is a foodie’s dream; restaurants compete for your business by offering steep discounts on fall and winter dishes all across the city.

Many, many restaurants take part–you’ll find an extensive list of options here–and dishes range from fresh foods like sushi and salad to rich, decadent desserts like cheesecakes paired with oaky, woodsy merlot wine. Highly recommended is a stop at STK London, a swanky restaurant offering temptations like lamb, crab, and other gourmet grill options. On warmer days, head to Babylon at the Rooftop Garden for stunning views and delectably autumn-inspired options like White Onion and Aspall Organic Cyder Soup or Roasted Scallops.

Because this event is so extensive, finding a place that’s participating is generally as easy as stopping in at the next one you see and asking what they have to offer. Chefs play with everything from colour to flavour, tempting your taste-buds to indulge again and again.

As always, The Melita staff is here to help when you attend. If you have any questions about finding the perfect location for your tastes while you’re visiting with us during the festival, don’t hesitate to ask a staff member to help you locate the right restaurant.

 

Food Festivals Galore

The London Restaurant Festival isn’t the only reason foodies flock to the area in late summer and autumn; this time of year is host to food festivals galore all throughout England. On August 27, the United Kingdom’s biggest celebration of food, is the Foodies Festival at Alexandra Palace. This takes place just 12 kilometres away from Pimlico street where our townhouse hotel is situated, and is easily accessible via coach or car. Then, on September 29, the London Oktoberfest festival at Millwall Park, Canary Wharf. This is a busy event with space for up to 3,300 people and protection from the elements.

These are just examples; all told, depending on how far you’re willing to travel, a stay in autumn in London may warrant you access to everything from vegan food festivals to superfood workshops. Whether you’re a budding chef or just someone who loves a good meal, it’s a great time of year to be visiting.

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Halloween Masquerades and Parties

Halloween is a favourite holiday for many of our visitors from overseas and with good reason; it’s a time to be creative, playful, and even artistic, no matter your age. While England doesn’t traditionally celebrate Halloween in the same way as Canada or the United States, that doesn’t mean it isn’t celebrated at all. Visiting London around October 31 will provide you with access to some of our most interesting and creative Halloween-themed events.

Many of London’s Halloween celebrations play out on the stage, such as with “Haunted at the Medieval Banquet.” This delightfully spooky play and performance takes place on October 28, 29, and 30. An immersive theatre show to be sure, this location encourages you to dress up for the event and become part of the scene. Dishes served are suitably spooky, and sometimes creepy, making them perfectly exciting to teens and older kids, too.

Those looking for a party can find that here in London, too; the annual Halloween Ball at the Mansion takes place each year on October 29, but the North West London location is kept secret until the very last moment. This is, at its heart, a club night where certain costumes are encouraged, but a dress code and rigorous security measures make this fairly upscale in comparison to other options. Tickets to the event can be booked online, with the final location revealed shortly beforehand.

London Literature Festival

The London Literature Festival

If curling up with a good book and a cup of cocoa on a cool day remains one of your favourite activities, consider visiting during the London Literature Festival. This event takes place from October 5 through October 16, and features many unique events and workshops for all who appreciate the art of writing. Hear from authors like Margaret Atwood on her new novel, Hag-Wood, or attend a panel to listen in on a discussion about the accomplishments of David Bowie.

The London Literature Festival even has educational workshops for young adults, many of which are hosted by young adult authors themselves, making this an excellent time to visit with a teen who loves to read.

Authors who come in London in autumn will find The Melita’s Superior rooms make an excellent retreat; they’re cosy, comfortable, and set up well for writing. With our staff ready to take care of your needs, you’re free to attend events and enjoy your writing without stress.