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Holiday essentials in central London

It’s time to pack a bag, the summer holiday season is here.

In the words of Madonna ‘we need a holiday’. Whether you’re planning a staycation or dusting off your passport and exploring the green list, central London has all you need to prep, plan, and relax this summer.

Holiday Packing

Pack like a pro and rock up to the hotel in style with a travel bag from one of our central London brands. Choose from Longchamp’s classic Le Pliage travel bag for shorter stays or visit TUMI and check out their latest range of durable luggage options, all engineered to endure the bumpiest of journeys. Feeling flashy? Check out Aspinal of London’s handcrafted passport holders. Why not go the extra mile and get it embossed in store too?

Sun, Skin and Shades

We all know how important it is to protect your skin from the sun, even in winter. Space NK has a wide range of brands to suit every skin type and budget. If you want something a little more tailored, pop into Kiehl's for a skin consultation to find out exactly how to prep, protect and maintain healthy skin when having fun in the sun.

Protect your eyes with a new pair of sunglasses from Jimmy Fairly on Regent Street or Cubitts in St James’s, both offer options with prescription lenses too, so you can people watch from your sun lounger to your heart’s content. Weekday and Arket also have a great range of stylish sunglasses at high street prices.

Cheers To You, Summer

With the Piccadilly line running direct to Heathrow, there really is no better place than central London to kick off your holiday in style. Whether you want to raise a glass of the good stuff at Cakes & Bubbles, enjoy summer inspired cocktails and small plates at The Beau Brummell or grab a quick pre-flight nibble at Neat Burger, central London has something for every taste, tipple, time frame and budget.

Central London’s Calling

If you’re looking to stay on UK soil, why not book a last-minute staycation to central London? A 5-star city break might be just what you need (and deserve) to relax and rejuvenate, and to explore the heart of the city without worrying about the journey home.

With hotel’s ranging from the luxurious Hotel Café Royal to modern day masterpiece, Treehouse, who’s sky high restaurants will give you the most magnificent views of London. For an experience quintessentially British, Dukes Hotel in St James’s has it all, teaming cosmopolitan luxury with a timeless, welcoming atmosphere. For other ideas, check out our guide to the best hotels for a central London staycation.

There are bars and restaurants aplenty for you to explore too. With tucked away Heddon Street’s fun and fine offerings to Swallow Street’s outdoor terraces and inviting cafes ready to help you refuel after a long day shopping. Who needs to go abroad when you have a world of dining to explore right here in central London? (need to find a foodie article to link to).

For more ideas on places to visit, why not check out our guide to the best cocktail bars in central London. Needing to cool off? We also have a round up of where to find the best gelato in our neighbourhood. In true British fashion, there is sure to be a spot of rain, so plan ahead and discover your new favourite indoor dining hotspots.

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