If you’re excitedly planning a trip to London for early 2017 and staying at the Park Grand London Paddington, then you’re sure to want to know what fun things there will be for you to do during your trip.
Luckily, since this is our capital city, there’s never any shortage of available activities for families, couples or any other audience. Many of them are short-term exhibitions or tours and so are well worth checking out during the brief period before they disappear and would make a welcome addition to your ‘always-on’ itinerary.
Let’s take a look at a quick round-up of what’s on for the beginning of new year at a range of locations within close proximity to your accommodation.
This stunning palace is well worth a visit in itself, but it often has special events scheduled – and two are particularly noteworthy. The first is Diana: Her Fashion Story, which opens on February 24th 2017 and features a new exhibition and temporary garden celebrating the life of this princess and fashion icon. You’re sure to see footage and examples of her beautiful outfits that will leave you feeling nostalgic for years gone by.
The second is a one-off entitled Panto and Performance on January 14th 2017, which aims to provide an insight into Victorian pantomime, music hall, theatre and performance and is sure to be thrilling for history buffs.
Royal Albert Hall
We could fill a book with upcoming events at the Royal Albert Hall, but one of the best for early 2017 will undoubtedly be Cirque Du Soleil’s Amaluna, which tells the tale of a castaway romance and the obstacles that true love presents. As with any such performance, it’s sure to be filled with jaw-dropping acrobatics and mesmerising acts that will wow away the new year blues. It runs from January 12th until February 26th 2017.
Natural History Museum
There’s always so much to see at the Natural History Museum that you may barely have time to schedule in the special events, but it’s sure to be well worth it if you do find a stray hour or two. One stand-out event is the Behind-the-Scenes Tour: The Spirit Collection, which runs between December 20th 2016 and March 31st 2017.
It will see the museum’s science educators take members of the public ‘backstage’ to see the zoology collection preserved in spirit, including a 8.62-metre-long giant squid collected by Charles Darwin.
Anyone who likes crime fiction or drama is sure to be in for a treat at the British Library, which is staging an event called Murder at the Manor Pop-up Shop between December 21st 2016 and March 5th 2017. It’s an immersive experience with a story that begins with a character called Murdo Magenta being found dead in his home in 1938. Beside him is a box of chocolates – and finding who sent them could be key to solving the mystery of who killed him. You’ll love cracking the crime and the accurate setting is sure to please history enthusiasts.
Anyone staying at hotels near Hyde Park shouldn’t miss out on the opportunity to visit this beautiful green space for a walk or picnic, but many people are unaware that it also stages a host of special events throughout the year. There are the ever-popular BBC concerts, of course, but the park also offers plenty of things for families to do too.
For example, on February 18th, you can go to Campfire Skills as part of the Natural Skills Programme. A survival expert will help you build a fire, teach you how to cook in the outdoors and share traditional campfire stories, which could present a great opportunity for quality time with younger family members away from digital screens.
There’s also a flower pressing workshop under the same programme on March 18th that is sure to appeal to craft enthusiasts and could lead to a brand new hobby.
As you can see, there’s no shortage of events set to take place in London at the beginning of 2017, and this is just a taste of them. If you want to find out more ahead of your stay at the Park Grand London Paddington, just take a look at Google Maps for attractions close to the accommodation and then visit the ‘what’s on’ sections of their individual websites.
You’re certain to find something for all tastes to fill your holiday schedule – and have you longing to return for more.