The package gets you overnight accommodation and breakfast for two, plus a pair of tickets, valid for entry on any day between 10am and 430pm. Tickets include fast-track entry, which, knowing the regular crowds at London’s museums, will be a welcome addition for such a high-profile event.
How to choose between the three hotels? If you want to be closest to the V&A, it’s the Vanderbilt, only a few minutes’ walk up Cromwell Road from the museum.
The Mercer Street hotel sits on Seven Dials, between Soho and Covent Garden, putting you within walking distance of the entire West End. Rooms are a little more modern than its siblings, with bold color palettes (think bright green, pink, blue, red). Our last pick would probably be the Hampshire, smack in the middle of Leicester Square. This means that if there’s a movie premiere at one of the city’s theatres, you may be able to watch the red carpet from your window, but if you prefer a quieter stay, we’d recommend at least getting a room not facing the square.
We found the “David Bowie Is” package late April for £207.60 ($314) at the Vanderbilt, £278.52 ($421) at the Mercer Street, and £321.72 ($486) at the Hampshire, including tax.
[Photos: Radisson Blu Edwardian; album cover for Aladdin Sane, Duffy Archive]