The final coats of paint have gone on, pathways have been swept for the last time and the army has been hurriedly scrambled to handle security. Now the excitement truly begins; the world’s biggest sporting event has settled in for a 2-week stint in the capital. Of course, we weren’t all lucky enough to bag Olympics tickets -- but fear not, good people of Travelzoo, we’ve put together a list of winning deals all taking place in and around London over the next few weeks. So whether you’ve got tickets and are looking for a little down time, or simply want a distraction from all things sporty, we’ve got something for you…
Perhaps you’re feeling a little overwhelmed by the sporting fever hitting the nation; if that’s the case, why not take some time out for this afternoon tea deal with an oriental twist? This offer from the Hilton London Tower Bridge includes a sumptuous Japanese afternoon tea for two, with bubbly, scones and sushi for £35 instead of the usual £78. Valid until 19 October.
Did you know that Jimi Hendrix lived in London in the late 1960s? Well, a new exhibition in the West End is paying homage to the legendary guitarist until 31 August, to not only celebrate what would have been his 70th birthday, but to commemorate the 9-month period during which he resided in the capital. Usually a members-only venue, The Hospital Club in Covent Garden has opened its doors to Travelzoo subscribers, offering a 2-course meal with wine and a ticket to the exhibition for £30. It’s chock-full of memorabilia, including fan letters, records and clothing worn by the man himself.
If you want to take in some theatre and see a thoroughly British sight while you’re at it, nab a ticket for “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” for half the usual price. Taking place inside a specially created theatre tent in Hyde Park, it sits against the backdrop of Kensington Palace and features music, puppetry, special effects and more. Fun for all the family, and Premium tickets are now as little as £31 -- valid until the end of August.
And for those who fancy a spot of indulgent pampering during what promises to be a hectic fortnight, why not treat yourself to a spa package at The Chelsea Day Spa. A favourite with the cast of TV show “Made in Chelsea”, the salon is offering Travelzoo subscribers a massage, facial and manicure for £39 at its King’s Road location -- a fantastic pick-me-up after a long day, it's valid seven days a week until the end of October.
Here’s one for commuters and tourists alike: if you fancy a day off from the Tube, try this deal from City Cruises. You’ll get a hop-on, hop-off pass for the liners from 11am until 9pm during the summer -- the perfect way to see the city at night, and a quirky alternative travelling route during the Olympic period.
You’ve also got the chance to whisk someone special off for a romantic champagne dinner at The Stafford London by Kempinski in Mayfair. This 5-course gourmet tasting menu dinner with champagne is half the usual price at £39 per person, and we think it takes gold when it comes to an extravagant dining experience.
Local Deals producers Isabel Plumbly and Stephanie Bartup contributed to this post.