30 June 2021
There’s never been a better time for a UK staycation than the coming months, but it doesn’t all have to be about the seaside or the countryside. Our cities are reawakening too, bringing with them new and reinvented venues, lots of alfresco events and plenty of joie de vivre. We’ve looked at our favourites for summer 2021.
Long-awaited exhibitions at major venues all over the capital including the V&A, the Tate Modern and the Royal Academy are reason enough to refresh your memory of London this summer. But the perennial favourites still have their charm: a foodie browse around Borough Market, an amble around Kew Gardens, a tour of the history-soaked Tower of London, antiques and vintage shopping on Portobello Road… These are just a few of the suggestions. New for 2021 are tours of the Buckingham Palace gardens, from July to September, and look out for outdoor theatre and cinema at parks and on rooftops around the city.
Stay river side at The Tower Hotel, as you enjoy the cosmopolitan city of London on a three-night city break. During your stay, you'll embark on a tour in a classic Mini Cooper to see where the most successful British band of all time lived, worked and made history. Be chauffeur driven around the key areas of London that defined the Fab Four and shaped British popular culture. You will be placed right in the cover shot at the famous Abbey Road Studios crossing, die-hard Beatles fans always take their shoes off.
• 3 nights at The Tower Hotel, London
• Standard Room
• Check in 25/06/21
• Includes British Rock n Roll & Beatles Tour of London
Terms and Conditions:
Subject to availability. Please give me a call for further details. Price based on two people sharing.
3 nights from £335 per person
Blending the retro and the contemporary, with some good old British seaside kitsch thrown in for good measure, ‘London-on-Sea’ never loses its appeal. A wander through the arty Lanes with their indie cafés, record stores and vintage emporiums is a must, as are a visit to the Royal Pavilion and a ride on the space age i360 with its South Down and Channel views. If you’re feeling sporty, sign up for paddle-boarding or kayaking between the piers. Events from the Brighton Fringe, England’s largest arts festival, carry on into July, and summer also sees open-air theatre. This is the perfect time to explore the the freshly launched graded cycle routes by The Living Coast by Bike, too, and to sample the delights of the new Shelter Hall seafront seafood market and bar.
The northern powerhouse has burst into 2021 better than ever, with exciting new attractions including the RHS Garden Bridgewater – the Royal Horticultural Society’s – fifth garden – and a reinvented Jewish Museum. This year also sees the eighth incarnation of the biennial Manchester International Festival with its focus on original new work hosted in venues all over the city; this year’s MIF includes commissions from Damian Albarn and The Patti Smith Quartet. Manchester also has a flourishing new outdoor eating and drinking scene at venues including Escape to Freight Island.
The world’s largest arts festival, the three-week Fringe, brings culture vultures to the Scottish capital every August. But Edinburgh teems with events and attractions all year round. Summer is a good time to hike the extinct volcano of Arthur’s Seat for wonderful views back down over the city. Other musts include a wander around the grandiose castle and a tour of the network of 17th-century alleyways and abandoned houses that lie beneath the Royal Mile. There’s also great artisan shopping to be had and amazing food and drink to sample in countless characterful pubs and restaurants.
Summer 2021 will be the first opportunity for most people to experience one of the UK’s most impressive new cultural venues, The Box cultural and heritage complex. Bringing together Plymouth’s City Museum, Art Gallery, Central Library and St Luke’s Church to create new galleries, it showcases Plymouth’s rich maritime and other heritage – this was the port city from which the Mayflower set sail for New England. Indeed, this summer is one to catch the large-scale Mayflower 400 celebrations of the anniversary of the historic voyage that were deferred from 2020.
To arrange your UK city break, contact your Travel Counsellor and take advantage of exclusive benefits including full financial protection and a 24-hour duty office ready to assist you before, during and after your stay.