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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, 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 its latest range of durable luggage options, all engineered to endure the bumpiest of journeys. Ready to go? Check out Aspinal of London’s handcrafted passport holders or Marc Jacobs' sunglasses - keeping you smiling all summer long.

Sun, Skin and Shades

We all know how important it is to protect your skin from the sun, especially in summer. Space NK has a wide range of brands to suit every skin type and budget. Or why not pop into Aesop 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 Cubitts in St James’s. With options for prescription lenses, you can watch from your sun lounger to your heart’s content. Weekday and Arket also have a great range of stylish and affordable sunglasses.

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 Aqua Spirit, enjoy summer inspired cocktails and small plates at The Beau Brummell or grab a quick pre-flight nibble at The Avocado Show, 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 in 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 timeless Hotel Café Royal to modern day masterpiece, Treehouse, whose 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. From al fresco offerings tucked away on Heddon Street 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?

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