The British weather gods are a fickle bunch, sending rain one minute and glorious sunshine the next. Planning a trip to London in June can be a challenge, as the weather can quickly swing between hot and cool, calm and windy, wet and dry. Thankfully, the capital offers plenty to do and plans can be easily adapted if the weather takes a turn. Here at Strand Palace Hotel, we’ve put together a list of things to do both indoors and outdoors, so you can explore our great city no matter what the weather.
When skies are cloudy, head indoors to the Southbank Centre, a premier cultural venue in London. See the free Adopting Britain exhibition for a fresh look at immigration in the UK. Using media such as photography and film, the exhibit profiles the recent history of immigration to the country. Southbank Centre is less than 15 minutes’ walk from Strand Palace, but if it’s really pouring down, buses will get you there even quicker.
National Portrait Gallery
Even closer to us here at Strand Palace Hotel is the National Portrait Gallery, a fascinating place to take cover during a downpour. Catch the Wellington: Triumphs, Politics and Passions exhibition, where portraits of the Duke of Wellington help explain the exciting life of the man who led Britain to victory at Waterloo. There is no entry fee and you can walk there in under 10 minutes.
Take a ride on the giant wheel for captivating panoramas of the capital from the shelter of its glass capsules. Get a bird’s-eye view of the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace, among other major landmarks. Consider buying tickets in advance to avoid queues. The wheel is just a 15-minute walk from Strand Palace Hotel.
St. James’s Park
The impeccably groomed lawns of St. James’s Park look their best when the sun’s rays are streaming down upon them. Take a 15-minute stroll from Strand Palace to reach the tree-lined royal road, the Mall, which runs along the edge of the park up to Buckingham Palace. Look out for the stately Admiralty Arch, which you may remember from the Olympics in 2012. Inside the park, the Memorial Gardens for Queen Victoria are a pretty place to explore.
When the sun shines, Hyde Park comes alive. Visit Speakers’ Corner, where people from many different walks of life passionately put across their opinions to the public, grab a spot in the sun and unwind or take to the Serpentine River on a boat. The park is just over 30 minutes’ walk from Strand Palace Hotel. Alternatively, you can take the Piccadilly line to Hyde Park Corner from Leicester Square, which will take under 15 minutes.
The open-air Shakespeare’s Globe is made for fine weather. You’ll get to experience theatre in the same way as Shakespeare and his contemporaries would have done several centuries ago. On at the moment is the popular Shakespearean play, The Merchant of Venice. It takes about 25 minutes to walk there from Strand Palace Hotel or you can take the riverboat, bus or Tube to reduce your journey time.
Need a hotel near Shakespeare’s Globe and the Southbank Centre? With its location in the heart of London, Strand Palace Hotel puts you in the centre of the action, come rain or shine.
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