Luxembourg garden with large pond and boats, Paris, France
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6 sought-after summer experiences

July 15, 2022

From the invigorating delights of wild swimming to romantic horseback rides at sunset and scenic strolls through picturesque parks, here are some of our favourite ways to enjoy the summer.
Corner of the Tuileries Garden with flower bed and alley with sculptures in Paris

Picturesque parks of Paris

Discover a plethora of historic gardens and parks, acting as wonderful open-air salons, where locals and visitors alike can relax and soak up some sunshine. Many local parks are filled with artistic sculptures, pretty ponds and delightful little cafes, making them the perfect way to while away an enjoyable afternoon.

Glorious gardens


Los Angeles on horseback

With just the sound of creaking leather, hooves and the wind, take in panoramic scenery on a ride at Topanga Canyon, in the scenic Santa Monica Mountains. Ride by day to witness the wildlife or opt for a romantic evening tour under California’s starry sky.

Saddle up

View of LA from Horseback riding trail in Griffith Park
Old Bond Street - Horse and Rider by Elisabeth Frink

London sculpture tour

Let Lily Ackerman, our creative art curator at 45 Park Lane, take you on a personal route around Mayfair to reveal the area’s finest sculptures. It’s a great way to explore this local neighbourhood this summer and see something different next time you’re in London.

Artistic trail


Rome with a view

Alessandro Arciola, head concierge at Hotel Eden, is a mine of information when it comes to exploring the many delights of Rome. Explore his favourite places around the city from which to admire the finest views across the Eternal City. Perfect for those magical sunset moments.

Find your favourite

Sunset view of St Peter's Dome in Rome with man taking pictures
Cavalli e Nastri shop in Brera
Image courtesy of Cavalli e Nastri

A delightful district of Milan

The charming Brera district, in the heart of the old city, is known for its boho-chic vibe, with sleek art galleries, beautiful boutiques and vibrant cocktail bars. Take a sunny stroll and get to know the allure of this neighbourhood, before settling down to enjoy an early evening aperitivo followed by dinner at one of its many restaurants.

Scenic stroll


Wild swimming in Berkshire

With its warm grassy banks and waters that shimmer like gold at sunrise, Bray Lake in Berkshire is a beautiful place to take a dip. The refreshing sensation of plunging into a lake on a summer afternoon helps you disconnect from daily stresses. Simply focus on the moment and embrace the freedom.

Connect with nature

Bray Lake
Image courtesy of John Weller and Lola Culsan

For more ideas to keep you entertained throughout the summer and beyond, take a look at Dorchester Collection moments and our local city guides.

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