These are just some of the amazing events that London has to offer in 2024, and there are many more to explore and enjoy. If you are planning to visit London in 2024, make sure to book your stay at Hotel Indigo London Paddington, where you'll find stylish rooms, modern amenities, and a convenient location near Paddington Station and Hyde Park.
Every year, after Christmas, many shops and department stores offer huge discounts on a wide range of products, from fashion and accessories to electronics and homewares. You can find great bargains and enjoy the festive atmosphere in some of London's top shopping destinations.
London is famous for its spectacular Christmas lights, which add a touch of sparkle and joy to the streets and attractions. Whether you want to see the classic stars and angels on Oxford Street and Regent Street, or the themed installations on Carnaby Street and Covent Garden, you will find something to suit your taste and mood.
Thanksgiving is a time to gather with family and friends, enjoy a delicious feast, and express gratitude for the blessings of life. But what if you are in London, thousands of miles away from home? Don't worry, you can still celebrate Thanksgiving in London, and make it a memorable experience. Here are some tips on how to enjoy Thanksgiving in London.
A venue that offers a variety of meeting rooms in Paddington, you should definitely check out Hotel Indigo London Paddington, one of the best boutique hotels in the area. Hotel Indigo London Paddington is conveniently located next to Paddington Station, which offers easy access to Heathrow Airport via Heathrow Express train.
From 17 November 2023 to 1 January 2024, you can enjoy a variety of attractions, entertainment and activities that will make your spirits bright. Whether you want to skate on the UK's largest outdoor ice rink, watch spectacular circus shows, ride on thrilling roller coasters, or browse the charming Christmas market, there is something for everyone at Winter Wonderland.
London is a city that has something for everyone, but in the festive season, it becomes even more enchanting and lively. You can admire the sparkling lights, enjoy the cheerful atmosphere, and discover the amazing shops and markets that the city has to offer.
Hotel Indigo London Paddington is a boutique hotel that overlooks a leafy garden square in the heart of Paddington. Hotel Indigo London Paddington is a Victorian townhouse that has been renovated to reflect its original charm, with chic designer bedrooms, a gym, a trendy bar and a brasserie restaurant.
Hotel Indigo London Paddington is surrounded by two of these garden squares: Talbot Square and Norfolk Square. Talbot Square is one of the oldest parts of Paddington, dating back to 1842. The square is lined with elegant Victorian houses, some of which are now hotels.
Hotel Indigo London Paddington is located just a few steps away from Paddington Station, where you can catch the Heathrow Express, the fastest and easiest way to travel from London Heathrow Airport to your hotel.
This boutique hotel is located in a leafy part of the Paddington neighbourhood, just a short walk from Hyde Park, Little Venice, and Oxford Street. Whether you are visiting London for business or pleasure, you will find everything you need at Hotel Indigo London Paddington.
Bella Italia Paddington has something for everyone, whether you're in the mood for a crispy pizza, a creamy pasta, or a succulent steak. Plus, you can treat yourself to their mouth-watering desserts, such as the Cookie Dough Al Forno or the Chocolate Brownie.
If you're looking for a fun and exciting destination for your summer vacation, look no further than London. The capital of the United Kingdom has something for everyone, from culture and history to entertainment and nightlife. And June is one of the best months to visit, as the weather is warm and sunny, and the city is buzzing with events and festivals.
Whether you are visiting with family, friends or loved ones, Easter activities in London offer you a huge variety of great experiences. From top chocolate shops and Easter Sunday lunch in London to Easter shows in London West End, you can pack your day with culture, memories and fun!
Joss Stone in London Palladium is part of Joss Stone’s 20 Years of Soul tour which includes many different dates across the UK and Europe. It is hard to believe 20 years as already gone by since Joss Stone released her debut album, The Soul Sessions at only 16 years of age.
It’s coming up to that time of the year again, Valentine’s Day is akin to Marmite you either love it or you hate it and there’s rarely an in-between. So this week we cover all the bases, whether you’ve just met someone and are planning a first date, been with your partner for eons and are using the day as a reason to celebrate your love for each other or you’ve decided to embrace ‘gal/palentine’s day’ and are living the single life in style.
The Tina Turner Musical show was created by the same award-winning producers that have brought you the masterpiece ‘Whitney – Queen Of The Night’. This new hit musical is the essential homage show to one of the most iconic voices in the history of music.
Returning for it’s 21st year, Imagine Children’s Festival is back from 8th – 18th February 2023! The annual festival is aimed at children between the ages of 0 – 11 (plus their adults). Attendees can expect eleven days of jam-packed fun, the festival will host over one hundred events, half of which are absolutely free!
The London Short Film Festival was founded in 2003 and is a BAFTA-qualifying, internationally regarded independent short film festival. Every January for the past nineteen years the London Short Film Festival hosts a ten day event that consists of short films, in conversation with various directors, producers, actors, etc. and multidisciplinary curation enabling everyone who attends to get a full experience of the world of Short Film.
On Monday 16th January 2023, the V&A museum are inviting those who are interested to join the museum’s curators and co-editors of a new book published titled Collecting Spain: Collecting Spanish Decorative Arts in Britain and Spain. The aim of the talk is to dig deeper to discover how the V&A museum has managed to procure items such as furniture, textiles and a plethora of other objects from Spain.
Born to an English mother and a Jamaican father here in London, Grace Wales Bonner is what you could call a savant of culture. Wales Bonner uses her love of fashion as a form of communication, using her artform to put across her broad perceptions of identity and self-expression.
BID stands for Business Improvement Districts and they are business led partnerships that are created through a ballot process to provide services to local businesses. If utilised correctly BIDs can be a formidable tool for businesses within the BID capture area. For example, activities which allow the business community to team up with local authorities and improve the local trading environment.
The concept comes from the brilliant mind of one Judith Lösing, director at East and the recipient of the first Architecture Foundation Research Fellowship. The Tree Talks event at Barbican Centre itself is set to act as the beginning point for the London Arboretum, introducing a new programme of publications, residencies and talks around the subject of trees in the capital.
In February 2023 the Saatchi Gallery will house a huge street-art exhibition. ‘Beyond the Streets London makes it’s London debut on Friday 17th February and will run until Tuesday 9th May 2023 and it will showcase works by over one hundred and fifty artists.
The London Art Fair had its inauguration in 1989 and was founded by London’s Business Design Centre where the Fair continues to take place to this day. The purpose of The London Art Fair is to provide a space in which artists from all over the globe are able to showcase their exceptional Modern and Contemporary Art, and where art aficionados are able to both view and purchase the artworks.
When booking your table from now on you will be able to select a table in The Garden Terrace in the evenings from 4pm onwards every day, booking isn’t essential however it is highly recommended. With a fully heated seating area available and comfortable cushions and throws it really will be a dining experience unlike any other. Become absorbed in a world of your own making as you transport yourself to a simplistic escape with a forest setting.
Looking for somewhere new to take your other half for a nice romantic dinner and feel like you’ve exhausted all of your options of having and intimate event in Paddington? The Garden Terrace is your new favorite date spot, situated on the first floor of Hotel Indigo London Paddington and secluded away from the busyness of the main roads of London our relaxing oasis is the perfect setting for a romantic evening.
With The Garden Terrace fully ready we now have the opportunity to let you host all of your events right here at Hotel Indigo London Paddington. Fully equipped with outdoor heating, cushions and throws The Garden Terrace can be used during any season as it has a full canopy covering the entirety of the space for events in Paddington.
Since opening The Garden Terrace in May it has seen several events that took place over the course of the summer. The renovations that took place enabled us to expand the roster of events that we are able to offer and has also been utilized by our on-site Bella Italia Paddington as an alternative dining area.
In May 2022, we decided that there was something missing from our Hotel Indigo London Paddington. For a while we’d come up with many ideas but none of them seemed to fit the vision we had for expanding on how we could not only make our hotel better but also more welcoming for guests and local residents in the Paddington area.
The first theme that kept coming up was the idea of creating a forest type setting, creating a space that incorporated the colour scheme of your favourite woodland areas, blended together with the feel of a typical country garden, The Garden Terrace at Hotel Indigo London Paddington has been designed to portray the magnificence of UK forestry in a cosy, safe setting.
Since opening The Garden Terrace at Indigo Paddington in May it has seen several events that took place over the course of the summer. With the blistering heat that accompanied the middle months of the year it’s no surprise that our secluded oasis was such a hit. The renovations that took place enabled us to expand the roster of events that we are able to offer and has also been utilised by our on-site Bella Italia Paddington as an overflow dining area.
This installation is here to make you feel like you’ve completely escaped the hustle and bustle of Central London and really act as a well-deserved escape. Imagine an oasis that welcomes you with warm lighting and a real sense of immersive wonder, throw in all the comforts of your favourite tranquil destinations and roll them into one and you’ll start to get an idea of what we have created in our secluded piece of London for your private event in Paddington.
On the night you will be able to bear witness to a full orchestra performing some of the most classic scores from some, if not all, of your favourite Christmas films. The event is expected to start at 8.30pm and will have a running time of about seventy-five minutes.
The first part of the rejuvenation project of The Garden Terrace at Hotel Indigo London Paddington was all about celebrating the rich history of the Paddington area, the talented JP De Souza really left his mark when he freehand spray painted our walls with murals that ranged from Paddington’s most well-known furry mascot to beautiful imagery of the Italian Gardens and much more in between.
There is potentially one main question when discussing festive markets and that is: but which one do we go to? With the continuous growth of the festive market there are now almost too many to choose from, which is why in the blog below we’ve listed which markets in and around the city of London that we consider to be the top five picks of Christmas markets in London for 2022.
In October 1995 whilst the 25th Annual World Pasta Congress was taking place the idea for creating a ‘World Pasta Day’ was conceived. Pasta aficionados from all over the world had gathered to discuss the versatility of the noodle, it became apparent amongst the committee that spreading the knowledge of the globe’s panorama of pasta was of great importance.
We all know the infamous tale of Guy Fawkes, the poem about his treacherous plot is recited throughout the city and is known much further afield. However, over the years the nature of the festivities on the day have changed; now more commonly known as either bonfire or fireworks night, the 5th November has become a night of celebration and illumination with little to no connotations to the original meaning.
This October half term (15th – 30th) we have handpicked our favourite places in London with a large selection of activities that are fun for all the family, whether you’re on a staycation and here to experience what London has to offer or you’re here from overseas to experience the UK culture you’re sure to have a great time visiting these attractions this October in London.
After a massively successful edition of the BFI London Film Festival (#LFF) in 2021, it has been decided that the BFI are planning on keeping the Festival format that has shown promise over the last two years for this year’s instalment enabling the London Film Festival to maintain its expanded reach across the UK.
he Queen’s body will now be flown to RAF Northolt in London where it will then be taken to Buckingham Palace by King Charles III, Camilla, the King’s consort and other members of the Royal Family. On Wednesday 14th September Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will be moved to Westminster Hall where she will lie in state for four days, The Queen's coffin will leave Buckingham Palace at 14:22.
The London Design Festival that was hosted in 2019 opened it’s doors to 600,000 visitors, a record-breaking amount of attendees visiting from 75 countries. As it moves into its second decade, the Festival celebrates the fact that it has certainly played a key role in the growth of the design industry
Did you know that Britain is home to fifty-nine different resident species of butterfly? You may have done, but did you also know that these numbers are upsettingly on a rapid decline? Now more than ever it is crucial to encourage these amazing creatures to flourish in nature, which in turn will benefit the environment.
You may have noticed that Paddington as a whole is getting some much needed TLC at the moment, and although the noise can be frustrating at times it is most certainly an inconvenience that is sure to pay off. Sheldon Square lies right in the heart of Paddington Central and is the home of the much loved Amphitheatre, ...
The way in which people plan travel has changed. Since 2021 there has been a lot of discussion about when things return to ‘normal’, however the industry has also taken into account that this may well not be the case due to the fact that the type of guest has changed and the way in which they travel has followed suit.
Since we opened our Garden Terrace in May we’ve been thinking of ways behind the scenes to make it even more welcoming than when we made it available to the public. Here at Mercure London Hyde Park we’re extremely proud of our heritage and how wonderfully steeped in history our little slice of London is in.
This summer, Somerset House is celebrating community and togetherness, as its luxurious outdoor courtyard is engulfed by This Bright Land with various installations. For the month of August (1st – 29th ) a whole range of activities and events are available to instil hope and optimism among guests.
There's something for everyone to enjoy in London this Spring. Make the most of longer days as the city heats up for outdoor events in March, April and May 2022.
The lobbies and lounges in our hotels have always acted as quiet refuges for guests on business trips who need a quiet place to work. But with offices everywhere closing their doors for the foreseeable future, increasing numbers of remote workers and employers are looking to hotels for a solution.
The last few months have been challenging for everyone, especially businesses like Hotel Indigo London Paddington where guest hospitality is at the centre of everything we do. Even so, we have taken this opportunity to invest in our people and our hotel.
Given the current situation, many people have been wondering: Are hotels closed or are hotels still open in UK? Some are, some aren’t but ours certainly are open are waiting for you! With special new screens, sanitiser gels and social distancing, our hotels are safer than ever to stay in.
Coronavirus aka Covid-19 has caused the streets of London to empty, leaving only the beautiful sunshine, smell of blossom in the air and fresh leaves on the trees of Hyde Park near our open hotels in Paddington. However, the number of people looking for hotels open in London Paddington or hotels open in Kensington has dropped dramatically.
Visit London this February half term and enjoy a fun-filled school holidays in the city.
Explore the interactive exhibitions and brilliant theatre shows, you’ll find plenty of things to do during the half-term week in London to suit all budgets and ages.
BOOK a night stay now and enjoy these fantastic attractions in the city.
Take advantage of our favourite attractions in Paddington: Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum
Hyde Park - Once the hunting ground for Henry VIII, the huge spacious royal park is most well known for it's famous Speakers' Corner, where people speak their minds, Rotton Row, a famous horse-riding area and Serpentine Lake, home to waterfowl and oarsmen.
Santa has swapped his sleigh for a boat and is travelling up and down the Thames from 7th to 22nd December, looking to meet budding young adventurers! Experience the magic of London at Christmas with an hour-long cruise past the capital’s most iconic landmarks, whilst little ones have their festive dreams come true by meeting Father Christmas himself!
Take your little monsters to ZSL London Zoo this October half-term for some Halloween-themed fun. From 19th to 27th October, enjoy a host of activities celebrating the more gruesome side of nature, from weird and wonderful creepy crawlies to pumpkin patch selfies!
The capital’s biggest Christmas celebration, Winter Wonderland, returns to Hyde Park 21st November to 5th January! Now over 10 years old, this extravagant celebration of everything wintery has rightly become a London stalwart: with unbeatable Christmas markets, top-notch entertainment, fairground rides and a host of festive attractions, it’s little wonder it attracts over 3 million visitors each year!
Frieze Art Fair returns to Regents Park from 3rd to 6th October: the UK’s most prestigious contemporary art fair, Frieze London showcases art from more than 160 leading galleries from around the world. Whether you’re looking to buy a new piece, or simply admire some exceptional contemporary art, Frieze Art Fair is well worth a visit.
Head to London’s iconic river this September to experience Totally Thames – a month-long, annual arts and culture festival, celebrating everything about the River Thames. Different events pop up along the length of the Thames, with a diverse programme planned to inspire, connect and delight!
Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s cult television comedy-drama Fleabag returns to the West End stage next week, straight from a sold-out run in New York. Best known as a BAFTA-winning BBC series, Fleabag actually started as a stage show back in 2013, and Waller-Bridge returns to perform her one-woman show for this last, limited run. As it’s been announced there will be no Fleabag season 3, this really is your last chance to catch one of the country’s most-loved characters in action!
On Saturday 3rd August, London’s central roads will once again be closed to vehicle traffic for one of the world’s leading cycling events, Prudential RideLondon. This free event offers families and friends the opportunity to enjoy a traffic-free cycle past some of the capital’s world-famous landmarks, providing the chance to see London from the saddle like never before!
Suns Out, Guns Out! The summer is finally here with a bang and its time to flaunt our summer bodies with it. We live in the 21st century and by now it's quite prominent that there is no measurement pf a perfect body. But when it comes to health and fitness, we ought to be at the top. Who else would you prefer other than the sensational Jade Joselyn herself! Join her absolutely free workshop everyday Tuesday at the Floating Pocket Park at Merchant Square!
Busking around the country has been always been one of the primary ways for musicians to market their solos and gain popularity with the masses. The London Busking Company has always had a prestigious name around the people of London and this time, they're bringing out singer/song writer, Hattie Briggs, live, at the Merchant Square as part of the Summer Of Fun programme.
Is there a better way to enjoy a film than under a starry sky? From 8th to 21st August, Somerset House’s outdoor courtyard will once again be transformed into a beautiful open-air cinema, showing films on London’s largest outdoor screen. There’s no scrimping on quality: cinema-quality surround sound ensures you experience every moment of these unmissable films to the max!
Summer is finally here and there's no way we aren't going to be making the most out of it! Gaming has taken a fast rise all around the world in the past decade. People of all ages have been playing games during their leisure time and a few are even seen making a career out of it! So it's quite obvious that gaming can lead to an income and a good recreational activity.
ANNUAL CHARITY REGATTA RETURNS FOR TWELFTH YEAR
July 2019: The annual COSMIC Dragon Boat Race will return to the Regent’s Canal for its twelfth year. The first starting pistol will sound at 17:00 on Thursday 25th July at St. Mary’s Bridge where traditional Chinese Dragon Boats will race for 100 metres until the finish line at Paddington Basin.
Looking for something completely different to do over the summer? Put your detective skills to the test with adventure game CluedUpp – a Cluedo-style, crime-solving, live murder-mystery event like none other! The action unfolds virtually, through an award-winning app that will take you across London in your quest to find witnesses and solve clues.
Summer is packed with theatre and music festivals – but did you know one of the best lies in the very heart of London? From now until the end of September, the Southbank has once again been taken over by Underbelly’s iconic upside-down purple cow! Now in its eleventh year, the Udderbelly Festival Southbank brings you world class entertainment, from music and theatre to cabaret and circus, as well as tantalisingly tempting pop up food and beverage stalls.
Paddington teams will take to the water at Paddington Basin for the milestone annual Dragon Boat race on Tuesday 25 July. This year teams will fundraise for COSMIC, Children of St Mary's Intensive Care. Last year’s race raised over £16,000 for COSMIC and this year we hope to raise even more.
This weekly series of Live Music Sunset Sessions is hosted on the most unique outdoor venue in London, Merchant Square's Floating Pocket Park. Expect performances from 17 talented artists from the London Busking Company. Enjoy a cocktail on the canal with drinks from Lockhouse London and street food from local traders.
What better way to unwind at lunchtime than a spot of gaming on the big screen at Merchant Square. For the first time, Paddington plays host to the biggest multi-player gaming screen in London!
If you’re passing through London, make sure to visit Madame Tussauds! Rightly world-famous, this collection of wax figures is about as interactive as a museum can be, and is consistently voted one of London’s top visitor attractions.
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Why not spend a few hours following Paddington’s Pawprint Trail? Developed with the creators of Paddington Bear, Paddington and Co., this delightful series of Paddington-themed family adventures takes you on a journey to discover a number of Paddington themed treasures, including four of the Paddington Bear statues that formed part of the Paddington Trail in 2014. Pick up a Pawprint Trail leaflet from the Paddington Bear shop at Paddington Station, and begin your very own journey of discovery.
Ever fancied being a little greener? Why not try your hand at a relaxed, feel-good flower arranging workshop, and bring some greenery into your life? Whether you’re a complete beginner, or your green thumbs are well-practised, you’ll find these workshops accessible, inspiring, and – most importantly – excellent fun!
Every year London Shell Co close for a bit of nautical TLC during the first part of January. Fear not, they come back to Paddington with a special treat for patient fans, offering 50% off food for the rest of January.
GoBoat London is the only self-drive, powered boating experience in central London, and its mission is to make London's canals accessible to all. Throughout 2018 captains and crews have been exploring the Regent's and Grand Union Canals, from GoBoat's base in Merchant Square, Paddington, to Little Venice and beyond.
An alternative Christmas venue is on offer at Merchant Square this December. Step on board the Electric Sledge and enjoy tucking into your Christmas favourites, with a unique South African twist. Created by Braai specialists, Bring & Braai, delicacies include Chakalaka Turkey, Braaied butternut and piping-hot Potjiekos, all cooked on traditional open-wood fires along the tow path.
Join budding entrepreneurs at free workshops helping you to start your own business.
Gather your shipmates for a thrill-seeking pirate themed adventure on board GoBoat London this Halloween.
Head to Merchant Square this Halloween for a free film screening of the cult classic, Hocus Pocus. The 1993 family friendly film combines comedy, horror and fantasy; in a tale about three witches, awakened by a teenage boy after he moves to Salem.
Over the last year, we’ve seen many eateries pushing the boundaries and adding innovative new twists to classic dishes and drinks – particularly here in London.
Delicious pastires await in Paddington at Mille Patisserie, where fresh gâteaux mille crêpes are prepared each day by the on-site patissiere. The mille crêpe, popularised by Kova Patisserie in Soho, consists of layers of gossamer crêpes, separated by flavoured crème pâtissière and stacked to form a delicious cake. The result is simple and sumptuous and an Instagram hit.
A new community-led art installation will open in Paddington Central this September during London Design Festival. This city-wide celebration of design takes place from 15 – 23 September.
For an alternative shopping experience, head to the Grand Union Canal in Paddington between 29 August and 2 September and enjoy perusing the produce on sale at Paddington’s floating market.
The Merchant Square Water Maze has become an enticing playground over the past few weeks; with the shrieks and laughter of children cooling down in the water becoming a familiar sound.
Sign up to take part in the Imperial Health Charity abseil on Wednesday 16 May and raise money for an important local cause.
This month is all about Women. We celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8 and Mother’s Day on March 11.
Creative directors and London born sisters Michela and Lois Wilson bring a fully immersive experience of luxury exclusively to Connaught Village.
On Friday 2 March The Paddington Partnership, in collaboration with the Canal & River Trust, is hosting a community clear-up as part of the national Great British Spring Clean campaign.
Enjoy a delicious Christmas with a variety of choice in a semi private or private setting. You can choose three courses from our fabulous festive menu for only £28 per person and with classic favourite on offer that all can enjoy, this isn’t a deal you’ll want to miss.
In September we facilitated an evening reception with Sellar Property Group and Hard Hat Communications for our local hoteliers.
Our free music festival, Paddington Covers, drew thousands of festivalgoers to Norfolk Square Gardens over three, sunny, summery live music events on the last Fridays of June, July and August.
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