Travel & Living

Discover London's Hidden Gems This Summer

The chosen destination for GCC travellers year on year, there's no better time to experience London than during the vibrant summer season. From shopping to sightseeing to indulging in some of the finest dishes, London leaves travellers awe inspired.

GCC residents returning to their favourite destination this season are invited to uncover a collection of unique activities awaiting them in the captivating capital of Great Britain.


Nestled in the heart of London, Kew Gardens stands as a hidden gem waiting to be uncovered by visitors from around the world. Showcasing lush greenery, captivating botanical wonders, and a serene ambience, Kew Gardens is the perfect place to discover and explore when visiting the bustling capital.

Beyond its intrinsic allure, Kew Gardens offers a range of captivating activities and events designed to enhance visitors’ experience. Throughout the year, the gardens host an array of seasonal festivals, art exhibitions, and educational workshops, catering to all ages. Perfect for nature enthusiasts, history buffs, or those simply seeking a tranquil escape, Kew Gardens promises an enriching and unforgettable experience that will leave a lasting impression.


Located within the picturesque Royal Borough of Greenwich, Eltham Palace offers a captivating journey back in time, fusing medieval grandeur with the glamour of the 1930s. Acquired by the Courtauld family in 1933, Eltham Palace underwent a transformation where the family's vision and passion for modern design led to the creation of a unique masterpiece that seamlessly blends medieval architecture with cutting-edge Art Deco style.

With layers of intrigue and significance to its already captivating narrative, uncover the allure of English heritage at Eltham Palace, where history and art intertwine to create an unforgettable experience.


Rules have been welcoming diners through its doors since 1798, carrying with it a rich heritage and a legacy of exceptional British cuisine. The restaurant's charming wood-panelled walls, ornate mirrors, and soft lighting create an ambience that exudes a sense of timeless elegance. Throughout its star-studded past, distinguished guests, including Charles Dickens and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, have graced Rules’ tables, adding to its allure as a place steeped in literary history.

The restaurant's menu reflects a dedication to traditional British fare, offering a sumptuous array of classic dishes, specialising in classic game cookery, oysters, pies, and puddings. To this day, Rules continues to flourish as the oldest restaurant in London, and one of the most celebrated in the world, making it a must-visit destination for GCC travellers this season.


Showcasing a delightful array of fresh and beloved produce sourced from various regions of the United Kingdom, Café Biltmore’s opulent Afternoon Tea offers a quintessentially British experience within the exclusive ambience of The Biltmore Mayfair’s dedicated Tea Lounge.

Guests are invited to indulge in a harmonious symphony of sweet and savoury delights accompanied by a meticulously brewed cup of tea from The Biltmore Mayfair’s elegantly presented tea trolley while taking in the stunning surroundings. Additionally, guests can choose to elevate their experience with a touch of celebration by opting for a flute of sparkling, adding an effervescent touch of luxury to the afternoon affair.

In the heart of Café Biltmore's Tea Lounge, time seems to slow down, allowing guests to immerse themselves fully in the art of sipping, savouring, and socializing. Ideal for travellers looking to indulge in this lavish Afternoon Tea experience as a serene escape or as a backdrop to a special celebration, Café Biltmore transcends mere dining and becomes an exploration of taste, culture, and refinement.


A hidden gem for shopping enthusiasts seeking a unique and unforgettable retail experience. Bicester Village is a charming designer outlet shopping destination that offers a delightful escape from the city's bustling streets. Offering exclusive VIP services, including personal shopping assistance and hands-free shopping, it allows guests to shop with ease and elegance.

Bicester Village frequently hosts cultural events, art exhibitions, and fashion shows, adding an enriching dimension to the shopping experience. Visitors can immerse themselves in a world of creativity and inspiration while surrounded by the finest designer collections. Whether you're a seasoned shopper or a casual visitor, Bicester promises an unforgettable and extraordinary escape where luxury and leisure intertwine in perfect harmony.

GCC travellers staying at The Biltmore Mayfair for a minimum of two nights can take advantage of a range of exciting benefits including a hands-free shopping service, complimentary personal shopping experience at Bicester Village’s private shopping suites, access to The Apartment, a luxurious VIP retreat with complimentary refreshments and priority booking with the digital queueing system when visiting Bicester Village.