Travel news: Explore West London on a bicycle and more

Plus: Hotel Café Royal’s Harrods pop-up; Burn some rubber with Waldorf Astoria; and celebrate Eid Al Adha in Rome

Get on your bike with Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel’s self-guided Belgravia & Beyond by Bicycle experience of West London’s Belgravia district. Courtesy Jumeirah
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Hotel Café Royal’s Harrods pop-up

Guests staying in a suite at Hotel Café Royal in London, from now until August 31, will have access to the property's new pop-up Mezzah Lounge. The Pompadour Ballroom will be transformed into an extension of the lounge found in iconic department store Harrods. The all-day lounge will offer a selection of Middle Eastern-inspired dishes, including hot and cold meze, grilled chicken skewers, tagine and baklava. In the evenings, mint tea and shisha can be enjoyed on the terrace, which offers views of Regent Street. Suites cost from £720 (Dh3,500) per night, including taxes. For more information, visit

Keep cool this summer at Fairmont

Fairmont, The Palm has a range of summer offers now available. The Summer Room package includes a 10 per cent discount on the best available room rate, breakfast buffet for two, a choice of lunch buffet or dinner for two at Flow Kitchen and daily access to the Fairmont Falcons Kids' Club. The offer is available until August 31 and costs from Dh728 per night, including taxes. The Falcon Club Summer Camp package offers several educational activities for younger guests, including cooking classes. The offer is available until August 25 and costs Dh60 per hour, per child; Dh180 per child for one day; Dh430 per child for three days; or Dh610 per child for five days. A 10 per cent discount is also available for siblings and return guests. For more information, visit

Explore West London on two wheels

Get on your bike with Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel's self-guided Belgravia & Beyond by Bicycle experience of West London's Belgravia district, in conjunction with Kingston Bicycles and Tally Ho! Cycling Tours. Guests are provided with a map and a Belgravia bike, which has been redesigned for the experience, featuring red, white and blue fittings and various British motifs. The tour begins and ends at the hotel, and includes points of interest such as Belgrave Square, Wellington Arch, The Serpentine lake and the Albert Memorial in Hyde Park. A guided version of the tour is also available. The self-guided tour costs from £195 (Dh949). Rooms at the hotel cost from £239 (Dh1,163) per night. For more information, visit

Celebrate Eid Al Adha in Rome

Take the family to Italy this Eid Al Adha with a six-night stay at the Gran Meliá Rome Villa Agrippina. The package includes private check-in, a welcome gift, accommodation in a junior or loft suite, breakfast, plus dinner with a tasting menu for two to four guests at restaurant VivaVoce. Two children, ages 12 and younger, sharing the same room, can stay free of charge. A three-hour pizza- or gelato-making class in the heart of the city is also available to GCC residents. The offer runs until September 30, and costs from €6,200 (Dh25,156) per room, including tax. A city tax of €7 (Dh28) per person, per day, is not included. For more information, visit