skip to main content
Close-up of balloons & British Union Jack at Thistle Hotels

Celebrate the Commonwealth Games in London!

This summer, the UK welcomes athletes from 72 countries competing in the 2022 Commonwealth Games. London has enduring bonds of friendship with Commonwealth countries, reflected in our culture, language and festivals. 

Join us as we discover a treasure trove of Commonwealth connections right here in the capital.

Grand Canal experience in London near Thistle Hotels

Incredible Italy

London may not have coliseums, volcanos or gondolas but you’d be surprised by the wealth of authentic Italian experiences that can be found within this amazing city. If you’re missing the sunshine in Sicily or yearning for an espresso in Milan, a trip to experience Italy in London could be just the thing to scratch that itch.

Read more
Close-up of Kung Pao Potatoes served at Thistle Hotels

A slice of Spain

Flex your flamenco. Go big on your small plates. And fill up on paella before sinking that sangria. It’s time to discover the pockets of Spain right here on our doorstep. We all wish we could be holidaying in sunny Spain this year, but if, like us, you can’t get there right now, try these vibrant spots instead!

Read more
Hot air balloons in the sky with a view near Thistle Hotels

Travel to Turkey

From succulent coal-fired kebabs to mouth-watering meze, Turkey’s rich culinary heritage has long held a special place in Londoner’s hearts. Whether it’s a taste of the traditional you’re after, or bold new takes on old favourites, here’s our guide to the very best the capital has to offer.  

Read more
Close-up of African penguins by the beach near Thistle Hotels

Sample South Africa

London seems very far away from the verdant vineyards and game reserves of South Africa. But did you know that there are plenty of South African-inspired experiences to enjoy here? Take an urban safari around the city and see what you discover.

To help you out, here are our top suggestions for how to experience the sights, sounds and tastes of SA right here in London.

Read more
BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in London near Thistle Hotels

Inspired by India


Whether it’s following in Gandhi’s footsteps, marveling at exquisite Hindu temples or savouring the aromatic delights of Indian street food, the capital offers a wide range of experiences that will bring India’s rich history and culture vividly to life. 

Join us now for a whistle-stop tour of some of our favourites. 

Read more
Thai street food experience in London near Thistle Hotels

A taste of Thailand

There's a reason why so many embark on an adventure to Southeast Asia's 'Land of the Smiles'. In fact, there are plenty. Sizzling street food, tranquil spas and experimental cooking schools to name a few. The good news is you can find them all right here in London. So, let us take you there.

Read more
Japanese experience in London near Thistle Hotels

Dreaming of Japan

You’d be forgiven for not associating London with rippling waterfalls, lakes full of gleaming coy carps and Japanese tearooms serving yuzu scones. But we’re here to change that. You’ve had a few glimpses of Japan during the Olympics, and while we couldn’t attend in person, we thought we would introduce you to a little bit of Japan, right here in the city of London.

Read more