Where? Hampton Court Palace, Surrey
What? Lionel Richie has been announced to headline this year’s festival on 5 and 6 June; his only London shows of 2018. Gary Barlow, Jools Holland and The Beach Boys have also been named for this year’s line-up. Artists perform to a beautiful backdrop in Henry VIII’s open air Base Court for an intimate audience of 3,000 at what is sure to be one of the summer’s biggest celebrations.
Where to stay? The Bingham, Richmond, London. This glamorous, intimate riverside hotel began life as two Georgian townhouses, later joined together by Lady Anne Bingham, a forebear of Lord Lucan. Crikey. Today’s owner, Samantha Trinder, ably assisted by brilliant general manager Erick Kervaon, has created a special place in which to stay and dine. Slick and contemporary, the hotel has the friendliest staff, a fun cocktail bar and a beautiful restaurant, a Richmond hotspot where natural modern British cuisine excels. But it’s the setting that adds the extra magic here, and the view. Doubles from £164.
Found out more in our round-up of the best small & boutique festivals of 2018.