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THREE OF THE BEST WAYS TO EX­PE­RI­ENCE LON­DON IN THE SPIRIT OF MARY POP­PINS THE MILE­STONE HO­TEL AND RES­I­DENCES

Just in time for Christ­mas, Mary Pop­pins Re­turns is set to be the feel­good movie of the sea­son. From adults who re­mem­ber the orig­i­nal 1964 star­ring Julie An­drews to younger view­ers ea­ger to be en­thralled, the en­tire fam­ily will find de­light in the hotly an­tic­i­pated Dis­ney se­quel. In­spired by the story’s Lon­don set­ting, some ho­tels are of­fer­ing themed pack­ages to cel­e­brate the re­lease.

On ar­rival at this man­sion ho­tel, lo­cated op­po­site Kens­ing­ton Palace and Gar­dens, chil­dren will be pre­sented with a sil­ver choco­late tup­pence which they can ex­change for a bird-feed­ing kit from the concierge team. It’s the per­fect recipe for an af­ter­noon spent mak­ing avian friends in nearby Hyde Park. There’s also an op­por­tu­nity to go fly a kite in the Ital­ian Gar­den at Kens­ing­ton Gar­dens; for £40, it’s yours to keep. A Spoon­ful of Sugar af­ter­noon tea fea­tures a choco­late pas­try in­spired by Mary Pop­pins’ hat, a black chim­ney sweep mac­aron and kite-shaped bis­cuits cov­ered in cherry ganache, served with cock­tails and mock­tails pre­sented in medicine bot­tles.

How: Avail­able un­til Jan­uary 31, the Prac­ti­cally Per­fect ho­tel stay starts from £540 per night (with two shar­ing). The af­ter­noon tea, served daily at 1pm, 3pm and 5pm, can be booked sep­a­rately, cost­ing £50 for adults and £25 for chil­dren. Visit mile­stone­ho­tel.com

MERCURE LON­DON HYDE PARK HO­TEL

Mak­ing the most of its west Lon­don lo­ca­tion, this Vic­to­rian town­house

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