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What to do in London in July?

July in London is a vibrant time, brimming with diverse activities and events that cater to a wide range of interests. As the weather improves and thoughts turn to holidays, there are more and more reasons to visit London this July.

The city’s warm weather provides the perfect backdrop for exploring London’s outdoor attractions.

At the height of summer, London is generally around 23C (70F) with peak temperatures around 30C (90F), making London outdoor events the choice for many.

Hampton Court Palace is amazing all year round, but RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival is the finest way to immerse yourself in vibrant summer blooms.

The largest annual flower show in the world, RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival runs from 2nd – 7th July 2024 and is a plethora of gardens to admire, talks to inspire, food to enjoy and of course, lots of plants.

Outdoor theatres, such as Regents Park Open Air Theatre as well as Pop up outdoor cinemas throughout city are a great way to enjoy the weather with this unique watching experience.

As we move into summer, details are also being finalised and tickets are available for most of the festivals and concerts throughout the month, for example:

With the aim of bringing artists, audiences and communities together, Spitalfields Music Festival 2024  runs from 27th June – 10th July with events around the borough so that everyone can find, explore and share extraordinary music in one of the most vibrant areas of London.

Starting Friday 28th June, BST Hyde Park confirm that 2024 line-up includes:

– Kings Of Leon (Sunday 30th June),

– Robbie Williams (Saturday 6th July),

– Shania Twain (Sunday 7th July)

– and Kylie (Saturday 13th July)
will join to make a fantastic few weeks of live music in the capital!

Summertime festival

As well as ticketed events, there are plenty of free things to do in London in July.

The wonderful Royal Parks, loved by young and old alike and suitable for picnics and staying calm amid the hustle and bustle of the city.

And never forget our many fascinating museums and galleries, such The British Museum, The V&A, Science Museum (brilliant for enquiring minds during the school holidays!) and National Portrait Gallery – all of which are perfect if the weather isn’t on your side after all!

The Bentley Hotel is ideally placed to enjoy all that London has to offer this July. Our lavish rooms with marble ensuite bathrooms are the perfect place to rest your head after a day exploring the city, while our traditional hammam (unique in London) and luxury spa packages are exactly what you need to refresh your senses.

See our Special Offers page for our latest deals, and as always, book direct for the best prices.

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South Kensington Events to Fill Your Calendar 

As the days grow longer and warmer, the city of London gears up for plenty of Spring/Summer events and exhibitions across the next few months. The Bentley Hotel is conveniently placed right amongst some of the best events London has to offer. Situated in the sought-after area of South Kensington, The Bentley shines out as a beacon of luxury and relaxation, guaranteeing to provide an unforgettable stay in a handy location so you can enjoy your stay to the full. In this blog, we will look at some of the top events in and around the area of South Kensington. 

  1. The Great Exhibition Road Festival South Kensington – Join this celebration of art, science, and culture right on the doorstep of The Bentley Hotel. From live demonstrations to hands-on activities and interactive displays, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at this vibrant festival of ideas. Taking place from the 15-16 June. 
  1. Natural History Museum, Birds Bizarre and Brilliant – South Kensington is the home to many of London’s famous museums like the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and The V&A Museum, which all make an excellent day out, jam-packed with things to see and do. One exhibition that is ruffling a few feathers is the Birds Bizarre and Brilliant at the Natural History Museum. This exhibit opens on May 24th and runs until 5th January, helping visitors discover the secrets to birds’ success and learn of their surprising story of survival. 
  1. Science Museum, Power Up – Not moving far from the Natural History Museum we get to the Science Museum and this summer they have an exciting exhibition which explores the history of gaming. Embark on a journey of nostalgia as you enjoy retro classics, all the way up to modern day virtual reality gaming. It’s the perfect family event for the summer that your kids won’t want to leave.
  2. BST Hyde Park – In amongst the beautiful surroundings of Hyde Park, the iconic British Summertime festival takes to the stage. With acts such as Shania Twain, Kings of Leon and Robbie Williams you’re promised unforgettable performances. Taking place from 29 June – 14 July, get your tickets now to be a part of the action. 
  3. Taste of London Festival – Held in Regent’s Park 13- 15 June, this gastronomic extravaganza brings together the city’s top chefs, restaurants, and food enthusiasts into a delicious event unlike no other. Sample different culinary delights from the various stands, tasting sessions, demonstrations and immersive experiences and enjoy the celebration of London’s culinary scene. 

These are just a few of the events that we are excited for over the next couple of months without even mentioning The Chelsea Flower Show (21-25 May) and of course the event of the summer – Wimbledon (starting 1 July)! There are screenings of UEFA 2024 matches throughout the city too, as well as the upcoming Bank Holiday to take advantage of! Keep your eyes peeled for more summer events highlighted in our blog and make sure to book your stay to complete your London visit. If you are planning to extend your stay, make sure to check out our ‘Stay Longer Save More’ London hotel offer and save 20% on our best public rate. Our Summer Spa Packages will also be live from 24th May. We can’t wait for Summer – can you? 

Spring 2024 in London, South Kensington

Feeling the winter blues lately? Fear not, as the arrival of spring is just around the corner, promising brighter days ahead. The longer days are perfect for exploring London and Spring offers a unique opportunity to see the city as new life emerges and the city comes alive with all the vibrant colours of nature. March-May contains several holiday periods and bank holidays which can make the perfect opportunity to book a mini-break to London. Events such as The London Marathon and the other Spring months offer an ideal time to visit London with fewer crowds compared to the summer months and warmer days than winter.  

The Bentley Hotel is nestled in the heart of South Kensington and offers a prime location for seeing London in all its Spring glory. Hyde Park is only a short walk from the hotel and offers a chance to embrace the outdoors. Take a leisurely stroll through the parks, following the picturesque paths and spotting all the newly sprouting daffodils and tulips in early spring or the colourful floral displays as we head further through April into May. If you can’t get enough of London’s green spaces, then Hyde Park is not the only option, each of the Royal Parks offer something unique and beautiful in the amongst the architecture of the city. Visit Kensington Gardens, Green Park, The Regent’s Park and St. James Park all in the vicinity of South Kensington and The Bentley Hotel. There are scheduled walks and walking tours which you can find on the Royal Park’s website and navigating to the events section to see what’s planned. For a more immersive experience of the parks, why not take to the waters of The Serpentine Lake during April and explore Hyde Park from the water. Hire a Pedalo or a Rowboat and relax! Top off the day if the weather’s good and dine al fresco with a delicious picnic! 

Another location just a short walk away from The Bentley Hotel is The Royal Albert Hall, an iconic cultural landmark in South Kensington. Make sure to visit this special venue and admire its stunning architecture and rich history. As Spring unfolds, this iconic venue comes alive with a diverse array of shows and performances that appeal to every taste and interest. From classical concerts to contemporary gigs, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. You can also book a guided tour of the hall which offers a fascinating glimpse behind the scenes, finish this with a very special afternoon tea in amongst the hall’s grandeur.  

There is not long to go till the London Marathon 2024, taking place on Sunday 21 April. This event has been taking place since 1981 and is a big moment in the London Yearly calendar. Why not cheer on the participants right near the finish line on The Mall located in St James Park. Have a chance to see professional athletes and laugh at the funny costumes as you join in the vibrant atmosphere of the marathon. 

We hope that you see why we think The Bentley Hotel is the perfect location for a Spring break in London this 2024. You can guarantee to have a trip to remember in our luxury 5* rooms and suites. Plus, our spa, Le Kalon, is a haven of relaxation in amongst the busy London metropolis and boasts London’s only traditional Turkish Hammam. As Mother’s Day approaches on Sunday 10th March, we have some special Mother’s Day Spa Packages available to book or as Gift Vouchers. Pampers are available as a relaxing treat for Mum or also available as an experience for two. All our Spa packages can be purchased as gift vouchers, which offer full flexibility, are valid for 12 months and can be purchased with just a few clicks, so no matter the occasion a Bentley Hotel Spa Voucher makes gift giving easy.  

London – The City of Love

As 2024 gets into full swing, is love on your mind? Many are thinking about love at this time of year, after leaving December, which is the most popular month for wedding proposals and with Valentine’s Day approaching.

So, whether you have just started a new relationship, are recently engaged or been together for years, every relationship can benefit from taking some quality time out of everyday life to focus on being a couple. No matter the time of year!  

When asked the question ‘What is the city of love?’ Paris may immediately spring to mind, but we think there’s no better city for sparking romance than London. After all, the city’s beautiful architecture sets the stage for the perfect romantic backdrop. Take a moment to think about Tower Bridge perfectly illuminated across the shimmering River Thames, the London Eye’s gentle rotation and the regal presence of Buckingham palace… It all lends to creating the perfect atmosphere for a romantic weekend away.

In this article we’ll talk about how to plan a romantic weekend in London. 

1. Take a Stroll in the Royal Parks: Let nature’s beauty enhance the connection you share as you wander hand-in-hand through the picturesque landscapes of Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens or Regent’s Park. You’ll be spoilt for choice by the green spaces available in London. Top tip! These areas make the perfect spot to plan a romantic London picnic, you can go to town with a luxury hamper or simply pack some chocolate covered strawberries and prosecco to share. It’s guaranteed to go down a treat. 

2. Sample London’s Culinary Scene: There are the thousands of eateries available to choose from in London’s comprehensive restaurant scene, whatever your foodie wish you can be sure to be able to satisfy it! Whether you want to go all out and go on a gastronomic adventure by booking a table at a Michelin star restaurant or share an intimate meal in a dimly lit bistro.  

3. Explore the City by Water: For a unique perspective on London, why not book a romantic cruise along River Thames. The city takes on a different charm when viewed from the water, with iconic landmarks transforming into silhouettes against the night sky.  

4. Date Night in the West End: What better way to cap off a romantic day than with a date night in the West End? Lose yourselves in the world of theatre, where captivating performances and timeless stories unfold on the stage. The West End’s enchanting atmosphere is the perfect backdrop for creating memories that will linger long after the curtains fall. 

5. Couples Spa at the Bentley: Unwind side by side, let the stress melt away, and create lasting memories with a Couples Spa Package. It’s the perfect escape from every day and the best London date activity. At the Bentley we have a selection of packages designed specifically for two, which are also available to purchase as gift vouchers to use at the perfect time. What better way to say I love you?  

We also have a selection of special edition Valentine’s Day Spa Packages available, which combine the scents of love into a sumptuous experience to immerse all the senses. We also offer 10% La Sultane de Saba products with these packages. 

No matter the season, London emerges as an ideal destination for a romantic break. Elevate your experience by opting for a stay in a luxury suite at The Bentley, where spacious opulence takes your plans to another level. Plus, why not consider booking our Date Night package to add some extra special touches to your break, like pre-dinner cocktails, dinner included and spa perks.  

We hope to see you soon at The Bentley Hotel and Spa London.  

Goodbye 2023, Hello 2024 – January in London

Hello 2024, and goodbye 2023. The new year is nearly upon us. What are your 2024 travel plans? Why not kick the new year off in style by booking a last minute trip to London. There are lots of things going on, Boxing day and January sales are beginning, New Year’s celebrations approaching and there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy London’s best attractions without the queues at a quieter time of the year. In this latest article, we’ll talk about how to get the most from your January stay! 

For those keen on seizing fantastic deals during the upcoming sales season, London is the ultimate shopping haven. Whether you prefer the grandeur of London department stores like Harrod’s, the classic Oxford Street London shops or the allure of luxury boutiques along King’s Road, London offers a diverse shopping experience for all.  

However, whilst we all love a successful shopping trip we know that it can be tiring so why not enhance your day and consider booking a stay at The Bentley Hotel Kensington? Positioned strategically amidst London’s best attractions, our luxurious hotel ensures you’re in the heart of the action. Say goodbye to parking hassles and hello to a convenient base near the hottest shopping destinations.  

Plus an extra tip to improve the experience – book a classic British treat in Peridot restaurant and recharge with a delicious Afternoon Tea ready for another round of retail therapy! So, get ready to put your feet up in one of our spacious rooms or suites and take a load off after a successful day of retail therapy. 

After the indulgence of the holiday season, there’s a no better time to reset and rejuvenate. A detoxifying spa package at Le Kalon Spa not only provides a physical detox but also serves as a mental and emotional reset, allowing you to embrace the new year with a clear mind and invigorated spirit. Whether it’s a nourishing facial, a calming massage, or a steamy hammam… A January spa day in London is a wonderful way to prioritise self-care and set a positive tone for the year ahead. 

We have an exciting selection of new spa packages coming very soon which allow you to do just that. Our January Detox Spa Packages incorporate the best nourishing products with fragrances like green tea and ginger that will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Pick your perfect combination of treatments including, aromatherapy massages, radiance facials, self-use hammams and more for the best London spa experience. Take a look at all of our spa packages here. 

We hope you have a lovely start to the year and enjoy your January in London. Thank you to everyone who helped make 2023 a special year and look forward to welcoming you to The Bentley Hotel in 2024. Here’s to a great year of opportunities.  

Your Ultimate Winter Getaway at The Bentley Hotel, South Kensington

As the winter chill begins to settle in, have you planned a magical escape to the heart of London? For those seeking a perfect blend of luxury and comfort, The Bentley Hotel in South Kensington stands out as an ideal choice. This beautiful hotel, nestled in one of London’s most popular areas, offers an exquisite winter experience that combines opulence, relaxation, and indulgence…. So what are you waiting for? Go on and treat yourself! 

Why Choose The Bentley Hotel in South Kensington? 

1. Winter Wonderland in South Kensington: 

South Kensington transforms during the colder months. With its charming streets adorned with twinkling lights, and the nearby Hyde Park offering a special experience at its own seasonal attraction – Winter Wonderland, you’ll find yourself immersed in the spirit of the season. 

2. Elegance and Comfort: 

The Bentley Hotel, known for its timeless elegance and impeccable service, provides a haven of comfort away from the winter chill. Each room and suite is designed with meticulous attention to detail, offering a cosy 5* retreat after a day of exploring the city. 

3. Proximity to London’s Attractions: 

Located in one of the most sought-after areas of London, The Bentley Hotel is a stone’s throw away from cultural landmarks such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Natural History Museum, and the Royal Albert Hall. Planning your visit in winter allows you to enjoy these iconic sites without the summer crowds. 

Indulge in Winter Wellness with The Bentley Spa: 

After a day of sightseeing, immerse yourself in the luxurious world of Le Kalon Spa. Winter is the perfect time to take advantage of the exclusive spa offers available. Picture yourself unwinding in our traditional Turkish hammam or revitalizing with a bespoke facial. 

Winter Spa Packages: 

  • Winter Treat: Relax into a sauna session followed by a rejuvenating Deep Tissue Back Massage and Indian Head Massage. Top this off with a Mini Radiance Facial. 
  • Winter Pamper: Begin with a luxurious self-use Hammam session, cleanse and exfoliate your skin with our finest black and green olive soap and fragranced mineral salt scrub. This will prepare you for a stress relieving Deep Tissue Back Massage and Indian Head Massage. 
  • Winter Spice – Let your therapist carry out a full Body black and green soap cleanse in a traditional Hammam Ritual followed by our seasonal spiced cinnamon sugar scrub. This will then be followed by a full Body Deep Tissue Massage and Indian Head Massage to complete your detoxifying and relaxing treat. 

Christmas Vouchers from The Bentley Hotel – Give the Gift of Relaxation 

The Bentley Hotel presents exclusive Christmas Spa Gift Vouchers that offer carefully curated spa experiences designed for gifting. These packages combine a mixture of luxury treatments. Take a look at what’s on offer… 

Christmas Gift Vouchers:

  • Santa’s Spa Baby: A traditional Hammam ritual to nourish and cleanse with La Sultane de Saba’s finest black soap, Kessa mitt and a delicious blend of Rassoul, Shea Butter and Honey. Top this off with a relaxing Swedish Massage.  
  • Christmas Wonderland: Starting with a Hammam Ritual session including a Therapist carrying out a full Body black and green olive soap cleanse and two part exfoliation. A Kessa Mitt designed to remove congestion from the skin and a spiced cinnamon sugar scrub to nourish. Follow this with a relaxing stress relieving cinnamon infused Aromatherapy Massage and La Sultane de Saba Signature Argan Oil Facial. 
  • Festive Pamper: An indulgent package for two! Start with a Hammam Ritual with a therapist full body cleanse and exfoliation. Followed by a couples fully body Swedish massage and foot massage. Topped off with a mini radiance facial. 

 We also have a selection of alternative vouchers available whether for a luxurious weekend away, a spa day, or a dining experience at the hotel’s restaurant, these hotel vouchers are great for any occasion and the perfect way to say I love you. 

Plan your winter getaway now in the heart of London’s enchanting winter ambiance. 

Plan Now for the Perfect Winter in London

As the days grow shorter and the air gets crisper, there’s no denying that winter is just around the corner. While some may dread the arrival of cold weather, others eagerly anticipate the charm and magic that winter brings, especially in a city as enchanting as London. If you’re contemplating a winter getaway, now is the perfect time to plan and book your trip to London, with a special focus on the events and attractions in the picturesque district of South Kensington. To make your stay truly unforgettable, consider staying at the best hotel in London, The Bentley Hotel. 

Why South Kensington? 

 South Kensington, a gem nestled in the heart of London, is a winter wonderland waiting to be explored. This charming area boasts a rich cultural heritage and offers a myriad of activities for all types of travellers. From world-renowned museums like the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Natural History Museum to delightful strolls through the beautiful Kensington Gardens, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. 

What to Do in London 

London during the winter season is a sight to behold. The city transforms into a magical adventure adorned with twinkling lights and adorned with decorations. You can experience the magic of Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, skate at the enchanting ice rinks, or revel in the Christmas markets offering handcrafted gifts and seasonal treats. And let’s not forget the timeless tradition of enjoying a cosy afternoon tea at one of London’s charming tea rooms or the Peridot restaurant at The Bentley. 

Why Choose The Bentley Hotel? 

To make the most of your winter trip to London, your choice of accommodation matters, and The Bentley Hotel stands out as the best hotel in London. Located in the heart of South Kensington, this luxurious hotel offers an unmatched experience of comfort and hospitality. 

With its elegant rooms and suites, each thoughtfully designed to provide a cosy sanctuary from the winter chill, The Bentley Hotel ensures a restful and enjoyable stay. The hotel’s commitment to excellence extends to its dining options, including the exquisite Peridot Restaurant, where you can savour delectable cuisine in an elegant setting. 

But what truly sets The Bentley Hotel apart is its convenient location. South Kensington’s iconic attractions are just a stone’s throw away, making it the perfect base for your winter adventures. Whether you’re visiting museums, enjoying the local shopping scene, or simply taking leisurely walks through the charming streets, everything is easily accessible from this prime location.  

Plus, it’s easy to give this magical experience as a gift to a special loved one with our hotel gift vouchers. These flexible vouchers allow the recipient to take a relaxing trip to London whenever their schedule allows, allowing you to have the peace of mind that it will be a gift they will thank you for over and over.  

Don’t wait until the last minute to plan your winter trip to London in 2023/2024. By booking now and choosing to stay at The Bentley Hotel in the heart of South Kensington, you’ll be ensuring an unforgettable getaway filled with cultural delights, winter magic, and the warmth of exceptional hospitality. Make this winter your most memorable one yet by experiencing the best that London has to offer. 

Why Visit London this Summer 2023 – Part 2

Have you booked your London summer break yet? The city is buzzing with a variety of events and activities that are sure to keep you entertained. In our last blog we looked at some of the fantastic events going on across London this summer, but because there were too many to share we thought we would highlight August in a second edition!  

Enjoy the Sun in the Royal Parks 

One of the biggest Summer highlights in the Royal Parks are the Bandstand Concerts. Greenwich Band Stand Concerts are held every Sunday in August at Greenwich Park, these concerts offer a variety of performances in the bandstand and are completely free to attend. With a start time of 3 pm, it’s the perfect way to spend a lazy afternoon in the sun. Hyde Park & Kensington Gardens Bandstand also has a schedule of concerts held into September, and feature a range of musical genres to cater to all tastes. So whether you’re into jazz, pop, or classical, there’s bound to be something to suit you. Take a picnic blanket, some snacks, and enjoy the music!

If you’re a fan of Shakespeare, then you’re in luck, there is a performance of Romeo and Juliet on August 12th at St. Johns Lodge Garden in Regents Park as part of the Royal Parks activities. It’s a beautiful setting to watch one of the greatest love stories ever told, so make sure you book your tickets in advance! 

If you’re interested in learning more about the history and horticulture of London’s famous parks, join the walking tour of the oldest Royal Park – St. James’s Park. The Blooms with a View: Horticulture Tour on August 11th is sure to be a highlight. You’ll be able to learn about the different plants and flowers that grow in the park, as well as the history behind this iconic London landmark. 

Good Food with Friends 

Summer is for enjoying good food! There are a variety of food-related festivals happening throughout the city. These events offer the perfect opportunity to taste some of the best food and drink that London has to offer.    

Check out the Hampton Court Food Festival, taking place from 26th-28th August 2023. In this unique historical setting there will be Street Food, Pop-Up Bars, Boutique Drinks, Artisan Producers, Masterclasses, Fete Games and more. A brilliant way to combine site-seeing and dining.  

If you are a fan of craft beer then head on over to Tobacco Dock from 10th-12th of August to sample 800+ beers from over 100 breweries. The best bit… All your beer is included with your ticket! 

Ice cream was made for sunny days and if you have a sweet tooth you can celebrate all things frozen at the Covent Garden Ice Cream Festival returning for another year. It opens from the 10th of August and you can enjoy the festival all the way until the bank holiday weekend.  

Cultural Delights

For some extra cultural experiences, why not attend the Notting Hill Carnival (27 Aug & 28 Aug), Battersea Park Concert (26, 27 & 28 Aug), Greenwich and Docklands Outdoor Arts Festival, or visit The National Gallery’s Drop-in Sessions?

Finally, don’t forget about the world-renowned Proms, which run through August at the Royal Albert Hall. The atmosphere is electric, and the performances are unforgettable. 

With so many events happening in London this August, you’re sure to have an unforgettable trip. So pack your bags and get ready to enjoy all the city has to offer! If you’re looking for a hotel in the perfect location, near the Royal Parks, Royal Albert Hall and more then why not choose The BentleyFor the best price at best hotels in central London, simply click the ‘Special Offers’ link in the menu. We look forward to seeing you. 

Why Visit London this Summer 2023 – Part 1

London. A jewel in the crown of the UK and one of the greatest cities in the world. There are a million reasons why you should plan a visit to this beautiful city and this summer 2023 is no exception. From the fascinating history to the vibrant culture, delicious food and world-class events… You’ll need more than just a weekend city break! Over the next few posts we are going to highlight some of the best bits. 

One of the biggest highlights in the London calendar has to be Wimbledon. If you’re a fan of tennis, then there is no better place to be to watch the best players in the world compete for the grand title of champion. The pre-cursor to the main championship is at The Queens Club and know this year as the cinch Championship, taking place across 19-25 June. Then the main event of Wimbledon is taking place this summer 2023 across 3-16 July. Tickets for Wimbledon have already been allocated via the ballot but there are up to 500 on-the-day-tickets available every day via ‘The Queue’, plus tickets for the cinch Championship available on their official site. So, there’s still time to be there at Wimbledon 2023. If you already have tickets and are looking for hotels for Wimbledon then make sure to read on. 

Are you ready to party in the park? British Summertime is about to officially kick in with the BST Hyde Park. Held across multiple weekends starting from the 23rd June, BST Hyde Park in London will host incredible shows from legendary music acts and rising stars. Some of the highlights for 2023 will include performances from The Royal Philharmonic, Billy Joel, Lana Del Ray, P!nk, Take That and Alfie Boe.  

Calling all food lovers! ‘Taste’ festival in Regent’s park is a special must-attend highlight this June. Taking place from the 14-18 June, ‘Taste’ converts one of London’s most popular green spaces into a garden party to beat all garden parties. Some of London’s hottest restaurants and chefs will display their talents and serve out-of-this-world dishes and tasty morsels to ignite all your senses. 

Immerse yourself in history and culture at none other than Buckingham Palace. Get a glimpse into Royal life in this iconic landmark, which is open to the public for a limited time starting July 14. Summer is a special time of year to visit because for 10 weeks only the state rooms are opened up to the public, and a number of new exhibitions available. Don’t miss out! 

No matter what your plans are this Summer in London you will need the perfect London Hotel to enjoy your trip to the full. Have you considered staying at The Bentley? We know there is no better choice in London accommodation than our 5* London hotel located in the most convenient location of South Kensington. The hotel is only a short walk away from Hyde Park – so who says that you can’t enjoy 5* luxury at a music festival?? Regent’s Park and Buckingham Palace are also nearby and the hotel is well connected to Wimbledon via the Tube network. With special offers available on stays and the very best prices when you book direct through our website, why not book your stay with us today? We’d love to be your host for any of London’s summer events.

We hope you enjoyed part 1 of why you should visit London this Summer, keep your eyes peeled for more summer events next month. 

The History of the Chelsea Flower Show

The Chelsea Flower Show is an annual event that takes place in the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London. It is a world-renowned show that attracts garden enthusiasts from all over the globe. The Chelsea Flower Show is not just any ordinary flower show; it is a prestigious event that has a rich history. In this blog post, we will look at how the Chelsea Flower Show began, some interesting facts and how to make the most out of your visit. 

The Beginning of the Chelsea Flower Show 

The Chelsea Flower Show has roots as far back as 1827 when it started as a simple fête at Chiswick Garden. It progressed to an area, not far from The Bentley Hotel to the RHS garden in our beloved area of Kensington. This was held in 1862 and it was originally known as the ‘Great Spring Show’. It also included an exhibition on a site now occupied by the Natural History and Science Museums!

The shows were a success, and they came to be held annually and eventually in 1913 settled to where we find the show now, in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea. The first show at Chelsea was a big success and The Gardeners Chronicle wrote: “[The show] exceeded all expectations … so large and numerous were the groups, and so magnificent the quality of the varied exhibits”.

The Chelsea Flower Show or the Spring Show as it was known back then, started to become a well-loved event by many and continued to go from strength to strength. Unfortunately, soon World War I arrived, and the Flower Show had to be put on hold… but they didn’t let this disrupt the tradition of the show. Even during World War II, the grounds were used for growing vegetables to support the war effort and, as soon as it was able, the show resumed in 1947.

The Chelsea Flower Show Today

Today, the Chelsea Flower Show is one of the most prestigious flower shows in the world. It attracts over 150,000 visitors and the whole event is televised by the BBC. The show features some of the most exceptional gardens, plants, and flowers from around the globe. It also features talks and demonstrations by garden experts and celebrities.

This special spring event also captures the imaginations of many districts in London and has inspired them to run their own floral events which include window displays, fun-filled activities, competitions and more. Most notably, Chelsea in Bloom runs their free annual festival alongside the flower show and each year has its own theme. 2023’s theme is ‘Flowers on Film’. Keep your eyes peeled for more details about the event and how to get involved here.

Get Involved

If you want to be a part of this exciting celebration of nature, then there’s no better time to book and plan your London stay. The Chelsea Flower show 2023 is taking place from 23rd May to the 27th. The Bentley Hotel South Kensington is a great base to enjoy all the delights of London’s celebration of spring. Our luxury decor and eye for detail from our entrance, to our rooms and to our spa truly creates the most enjoyable London hotel experience. Which is why we believe we are the number 1 choice for a Chelsea Flower Show hotel.