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New Ideas For Themed Weekend Breaks

The ideas for themed getaways range from ‘Boys Will Be Boys’ to ‘Loopy London’, ‘High Spirits’ to ‘Carry on Camping’. There are also suggestions for Romantics, Culture Vultures, Fashionistas, Budget Travellers and those who want to ‘Ditch the Diet’.

Visit London has launched a series of exciting new suggestions for themed weekend breaks at visitlondon.com/weekend

The ideas for themed getaways range from ‘Boys Will Be Boys’ to ‘Loopy London’, ‘High Spirits’ to ‘Carry on Camping’. There are also suggestions for Romantics, Culture Vultures, Fashionistas, Budget Travellers and those who want to ‘Ditch the Diet’.

The ‘Girls Just Want to Have Fun’ weekend suggests checking into the luxurious Metropolitan hotel on Park Lane, where you can enjoy spa treatments at the COMO Shambhala Urban Escape, before mixing with the glitterati at the famous Nobu restaurant and Met Bar. A girls’ trip to London wouldn’t be complete without some retail therapy, and suggestions include Portobello Market and Westbourne Grove, as well as Christian Louboutin, Gina and Manolo Blahnik, all of which have flagship stores in the capital. Other girlie suggestions include an evening at Lucky Voice karaoke bar, horse riding in Hyde Park and pole-dancing lessons at Mash in Great Portland Street.

The ‘On a Budget’ weekend proves that you don’t have to spend a fortune to make the most of the capital. St Christopher’s Inns - located on the South Bank of the Thames, and in Shepherd’s Bush, Camden and Greenwich - offer accommodation from £12 per person per night. They say the best things in life are free and this is certainly true of many of London’s attractions. Major museums such as the Tate Modern, National Maritime Museum, V&A and Natural History Museum all offer free entry. Other suggestions include free concerts in the National Theatre foyer, a visit to Speakers’ Corner, and entertaining the kids at the free Kentish Town City Farm.

The ‘Second Honeymoon’ weekend recommends checking into The Dorchester, overlooking Hyde Park. It was at a ball here in 1947 that Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip announced their engagement and Elizabeth Taylor has entertained no less than five husbands at the hotel! The Oliver Messel Suite – personally designed by the famous theatre designer – has a spectacular private roof terrace, perfect for a moonlight serenade. Other romantic activities include dinner at the Royal Opera House followed by a Royal Ballet performance, rowing on the Serpentine, browsing around Bond Street jewellers, and adopting an animal at London Zoo.

Visit London will be giving away three themed weekends in the capital: ‘Culture Vulture’, ‘Ditch the Diet’ and ‘Second Honeymoon’. For a chance to win, log onto visitlondon.com/weekend between now and 1 May 2006.


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