Hats off to Luton
Luton is a vibrant town on the fringes of The Chilterns and is home to a thriving multi-cultural population. We have a terrific range of hotels near Luton Airport giving you the opportunity to discover a town that has been noted for its millinery industry since the 18th century.
Luton Airport has existed in its current location since 1938 and played its part during WWII, serving as a base for RAF fighters. Since the 1960s, the airport has been a commercial operation, conveying passengers domestically and all over the world.
Luton was at the centre of the hat-making industry, has an extensive history of car manufacturing and has a heritage that goes back even further. At Stockwood Discovery Centre you'll see the town's history told through vivid displays covering geology, archaeology, social evolution and rural life in the town. See a rare medieval jug, a variety of vintage vehicles and Luton's last tram. There is an amazing collection of horse-driven carriages and early 19th-century cars. The centre also features an ever-changing exhibition, splendid gardens and a playground to keep the little ones entertained.
Delightfully landscaped Wardown Park is home to a museum which features a range of exhibitions including regimental art, more than 600 hats in the Women's Hat Industry collection, industry, Bedfordshire lace and cars built in the area.
Luton Town FC plays their home games at Kenilworth Road and goes by the nickname of The Hatters, in reference to the industry most associated with the town. Luton Town have had their ups and downs over the years, including time spent in England's top flight to falling out of the league altogether, before returning in 2014.
For good craic in Bedfordshire, look no further than O'Shea's, an Irish, family-run pub that serves great food in a warm, welcoming bar. The pub is the ideal place to watch the big game on the TV screen while enjoying a pint, and expect live music at the weekends. Established for more than a quarter of a century, The Wigmore is the fish and chips shop of choice in Luton where you'll get a satisfying meal to eat in or take away. Providing traditional Indian cuisine with a contemporary twist, Ashiyana is relatively new in town but is already building a strong reputation for itself. And, although billing itself as a jazz and blues venue, The Bear Club has a wider repertoire of music on offer and serves a revolving roster of world beers, wines and liquors.
Luton's shopping centre, The Mall, has two floors full of high-street retailers including Debenhams, M&S, Boots and Tesco.