With its location on a quiet square in the very heart of London's smart Mayfair district, and just a stone's throw away from its best shopping, cultural attractions, parks and theatres, The Beaumont is perfectly placed to discover London at the weekend.
The concierge team at The Beaumont know London inside out, and they are here to help guests look beyond the obvious tourist clichés. Here are some of their top recommendations for this month:
I like to go to Borough Market on Saturdays, sampling bits and pieces from the many, varied food stalls, and then visit some of the local wine bars for a few drinks. I may then walk along the Thames to the Tate Modern to see the regular collection or an exhibition, all of which are free. Afterwards, I will go for dinner in Davy's Pub, a traditional English pub with British food and a large wine cellar. On Sundays, another market beckons: Brick Lane Market, for vintage clothing, crafts and quirky items, followed by the Dicken's Inn at St Katharine's Dock for lunch and a few beers overlooking the river.
I go to cinema, and I really like the Picturehouse Central on Shaftesbury Avenue: they have an eclectic programme and there is a lovely casual restaurant and bar inside for a snack before or after the movie. Alternatively, a short walk from The Beaumont brings you to the Curzon Mayfair, a bastion of world cinema since 1934, with 2 screens including the palatial Screen One. On Sundays I wander around Seven Dials near Covent Garden. I really like the ambience of the area with its seven cobble-stone streets dating back to 1690, full of small fashion and beauty boutiques, café and restaurants.
On Saturdays, I like to browse in Portobello Market. I am interested in antique books and maps and I always end up buying something I don't need. With my children, I like to visit the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden. There is plenty to do to keep them busy, like driving a bus. For grownups, their Hidden London is a programme of tours at disused stations and secret sites & tunnels. Fascinating! In good weather, I take the children to the Princess Diana Memorial Playground in Hyde Park. It is a safe place for them to run around. The giant pirate ship is a must for young adventurers.
I love the theatre and go often. The National Theatre on the South Bank runs a repertory programme in its 3 auditoriums and there is always something interesting, whether a Shakespeare, or new musical theatre from the US, or contemporary writing. The productions and casts are generally outstanding. Waterloo Bridge nearby offers the best views of London - don't miss them. My Sunday-must is a traditional British 'roast' lunch, which I particularly enjoy at The Queens Pub in Primrose Hill. This is a very pretty area, and I recommend a post-lunch stroll by the canal and through Regent's Park.
Our Concierge team is always on hand to advise and bring our guests insider access.