Visit London this summer to partake in some of the city’s famously exquisite events, ranging from royal parades and concerts to fascinating exhibits. With warm weather and an events calendar replete with world-class experiences and entertainment, the summer months promise a lively and exciting time in London. The possibilities are truly endless, but below are just a sample of simply capital ideas for you to consider.
27 Jun – 4 Jul
Experience one of the world’s leading international arts fairs, boasting everything from fine art to design. An extraordinary week of cultural events, as 150 of the world’s top galleries and specialists present the Masterpiece London arts fair at Royal Hospital Chelsea. You can even buy some of the works on display, so it’s the perfect chance to add quality works to your collection, or a place to purchase that unique, one-off item.
RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show
2 Jul – 8 Jul
Marvel at beautiful gardens and floral displays at the largest annual flower show in the world. Enjoy six days of horticultural wonders and explore innovative show gardens in the grounds of the historic, stunning Hampton Court Palace. Henry VIII’s majestic royal palace includes the breath-taking grandeur of his State Rooms and vast Tudor kitchens. Within the 60 acres of enchanting grounds, make sure to see the Haunted Gallery and the Baroque Palace, full of intrigue from past royal eras – and lose yourself (only figuratively of course) in the famous maze.
Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships
2 Jul – 15 Jul
Watch world-class sport as you savour Pimm’s and traditional strawberries and cream at the planet’s most prestigious Grand Slam tennis tournament. Soak up the pulsating atmosphere court-side if you can; if not, there are plenty of fantastic open-air big screenings around the city. No tickets to Centre Court? No problem. Advance tickets always sell out, but you can acquire same-day premium or ground admission tickets if prepared to queue.
Buckingham Palace Summer Opening
21 Jul – 30 Sep
During the annual public summer opening of the Queen’s official London residence, one of the world’s few remaining working palaces opens its doors to the public. Peer inside the 19 lavishly furnished State Rooms of Buckingham Palace, including the opulent Throne Room, and discover the Royal Collection’s greatest treasures and special exhibitions. Highlights include paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens, Vermeer, Poussin, Canaletto and Claude. Outside of the summer opening, you can still see the iconic exterior of the palace and watch the famous Changing of the Guard.
BBC Proms at Royal Albert Hall
13 Jul – 8 Sep
Experiencing the greatest classical festival on earth, the BBC Proms, is music to anyone’s ears. Eight weeks of world-renowned concerts ensue at the magnificent Royal Albert Hall. The event promises to bring a wonderful variety of the finest classical music, from famous symphonies to contemporary world premieres and family concerts, and offers a stage for leading musicians, singers, orchestras and soloists from across the world.
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