If you’re stopping by London this September, why not take a trip to the iconic Mayor Thames Festival, a free celebration of the history of the famous river and the city that sits on its banks. With a whole host of activities taking place across the ten-day spectacular, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Displays of river-related art, music and educational activities make it a gala of cultural diversity. 2013 marks the first year the festival has been extended to ten days, so you don’t want to miss out on the jam-packed line up of festivities and fun.
The highly anticipated annual Great River Race is due to take place on the 7th of September. 300 crews from across the globe gather to compete in this river-based marathon of speed and endurance, spanning a 21 mile distance that passes many of London’s most popular tourist attractions. Stand by the finish line at Ham House and cheer in the winning competitors.
As night descends upon the river on the 15th, stand witness to a maritime opera performance like no other. The main performers of the symposium are described as “an armada of historic vessels from the age of sail, steam and diesel”, gathering and exploding in a collective concerto of booming ship horns and blasting cannons. The river becomes the stage with the stunning O2 Academy lighting the performance against the darkness. The heady musical elements and outstanding display of historic vessels of long ago will culminate in a truly unique performance.
After all this cultural enrichment you’re going to need a place to relax, ready for what the rest of the festival has in store. Why not take time to enjoy a traditional Afternoon Tea in our stylish Drawing Room and Conservatory? Delicate finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones and a choice of patisserie are served with a choice of tea. Please visit our website for more information.
This summer you can explore the royal grounds of Buckingham palace. You can take the opportunity to see some of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection, as well as The Queen’s Coronation 1953 exhibition, featuring royal dresses, uniforms and jewellery!
You may already know that this summer marked the 60th anniversary of The Queen’s Coronation in 1953. To celebrate this special occasion the palace’s ballroom will be transformed into the largest exhibition that has taken place for this particular occasion since the day of the Coronation in June 1953.
The centrepiece is The Queen’s white satin coronation dress, designed by Norman Hartnell, and the English purple silk robe worn by The Queen on the day of her coronation which took more than 3,500 hours to complete and more than 6.5 metres long.
Guests will be able to appreciate close-up the Diamond Diadem, one of The Queen’s most recognisable jewels, which she is pictured wearing on postage stamps and some banknotes.
For more information on ticket prices and details of the event please click here.
Enjoy Afternoon Tea at DUKES LONDON after your visit to Buckingham Palace, as DUKES is one of the closest hotels to the Palace just a short 5 minute stroll across Green Park.
First held in 1964, the Notting Hill Carnival has since become one of Europe’s diverse and largest street festivals, and it’s back this year from 25th-26th August.
The Caribbean theme inspired carnival in West London will be packed with steel bands, traditional Calypso music and tempting food stalls. As well as a day filled with great contemporary music, you can also take pleasure in tasting some of the best of West indie inspired food like jerk chicken, rice and peas and rum punch as well as the odd taste of other exotic cuisines. This carnival is a celebration and a great way to get together and spend August bank holiday weekend in London!
You can expect to see 50,000 performers and around 2.5 million people over the Carnival weekend. For that reason, if you are planning on visiting the festival, please remember roads will be closed so transport to and from the carnival may have to be on foot! But don’t let that put you off as the carnival is well worth the few minutes’ walk! For more information on this please click here.
After a long day soaking in the cultural atmosphere, why not take the time to wind down at our very own PJ Lounge? A quiet and tranquil setting, Dukes PJ Lounge is the perfect place to settle down for the evening. Afterwards you can head to Restaurant Thirty Six by Nigel Mendham where we can prepare a variety of mouth-watering dishes for you and your family.