All eyes have been focused on London this summer, with the Queen’s Jubilee and the 2012 Summer Olympics drawing throngs to the vibrant city. But now, with some of the crowds dispersing, may be the best time ever to visit. The weather in London can be particularly mild in the late summer and fall, public transportation is excellent, and there are always plenty of exhibits to see and multiple cultural events to enjoy.
One of the most spectacular productions—The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe—is taking place through September 9 in Kensington Gardens. C.S. Lewis’s classic tale was adapted for the stage by Rupert Goold and is being presented by threesixty, following their international smash-hit production of Peter Pan.
Set against the magnificent backdrop of Kensington Palace, this show is winning rave reviews, and there are still plenty of tickets to be had. Adults and children alike will be enchanted when they enter the magical world of Narnia with Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy.
One of my longtime favorite hotels in London, the Royal Garden Hotel—a stunning, independent, five-star hotel—is the official hotel partner to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe production, and is just a stone’s throw away from the stage.
The Royal Garden Hotel is enhancing the magic of the performance by serving a Narnia-themed afternoon tea in its Park Terrace Lounge. Feast on delectable culinary delights, including Aslan Apple & Almond Slice, Peter & the Professor, Peach Tiramisu, White Raspberry Witches Hat, Beaver Dam Battenberg, Brownie Wardrobe to Narnia, and Fluffy Lucy Lemon Tart.
The kids’ menu at the Royal Garden Hotel’s Park Terrace Restaurant will thrill your little ones. Watch their eyes light up as they order themed dishes, such as White Witch Pasta. Three special non-alcoholic “mocktails” (designed especially for children) include a tropical “Aslan the Great,” made with pineapple juice and ginger beer; and a fruity golden “Narnian Surprise,” made with mango, strawberry, peach, lemon and lime. Don’t worry—adults are welcome to order these tasty drinks, too!
The Royal Garden Hotel, located in fashionable Kensington, also boasts a special The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe package, which includes one night’s stay in a King Room/Executive Room, tickets for 2/4 to the show, tickets for 2/4 to the newly-reopened Kensington Palace (with its exciting new exhibits), cocktails for 2/4 in the Park Terrace Bar, complimentary use of the sauna and steam room facilities, and a full English breakfast.
You will feel pampered beyond belief by the pleasant and attentive staff during your stay at the Royal Garden Hotel, and the English breakfast comes with the choice of a bountiful buffet, enough delicious food to carry you through a full morning of sightseeing. Plus, the location just can’t be beat. When you stay at the Royal Garden Hotel, you’re on the doorstep of Kensington Palace and within a short walk to High Street Kensington Underground Station, which offers excellent connections to all the city’s main attractions.