London is an exciting city to visit at anytime of the year, but summer is the time to experience some of the best theatre, arts, historic sites, and culture that London has to offer.
London comes alive with holiday revelers, celebrations, festivals, and special events. Although advance reservations are required for some events, many of them are free to the public.
Trooping the Colour
June 14th is the Queens birthday and the celebration features the Trooping the Colour Horse Guards Parade, which begins in St. James Park. The Queen leads the parade down The Mall to Buckingham Palace for a flyover of the RAF.
Buckingham Palace State Rooms
When the Queen moves to Balmoral Palace in Scotland for the summer, the State Rooms of Buckingham Palace are opened to the public for tours. Nineteen State Rooms are open to explore. Highlights of the tour include the Royal Collection of paintings, Sevres porcelain, and priceless French and English furniture. Stroll through the magnificent 42-acre garden with its rare wildflowers. The Mall, London.
The National Gallery
The National Gallery’s collection of priceless paintings is from Western European countries. The collections span the period from the Middle Ages through the 20th century, and feature collections by such famous artists as Leonardo da Vinci, Van Gogh, Renoir, Botticelli, and Rembrandt. The gallery hosts special holiday events for adults and children.Guided tours are available.
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Exhibition and Tour
The exhibition is all about the life of Shakespeare and the London that he lived and wrote his famous plays in. The audio guide explains all about the history of Londons most iconic theatre. Guides tell stories about the 1599 Globe and all about the reconstruction process that took place in the 1990s.
Theatre season at the Globe begins on April 23rd and presents some of the most thought provoking plays ever written including, Titus Andronicus, Much Ado About Nothing, Antony and Cleopatra, Holy Warriors, The Last Days of Troy, King Lear, Julius Caesar, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Dino Snores for Grown-ups 2014 – Natural History Museum
If you’ve ever wanted to spend the night in a museum, this is your chance. The Natural History Museum in London is hosting sleepovers for adults throughout the year. The event which is strictly for adults, begins with a gourmet, three-course dinner. Late-night guided tours from museum experts, life drawing classes, getting up close to animal skeletons, and all-night horror movie marathon are all part of the fun. Guests may sleep in the Central Hall of the famous museum.
One of the UK’s biggest festivals is eagerly anticipated by music and festival fans. The Lovebox Festival originally started out as an Ibiza club night. It became so popular that it grew into the summer festival that draws fans from around the world. Pop, rock, indie, and dance artists make Victoria Park come alive for two full days on July 18th and 19h.
Greenwich + Docklands International Festival 2014
One of the most diverse, cultural festivals in London takes place in June. The Greenwich + Docklands International Festival 2014 is a free, nine-day festival that takes place in the streets of Greenwich and East London. The fun festival features, arts, dance, comedy, music, and theatre. Celebrating international culture, the festival features more than 150 performers from 30 national and international companies. Don’t miss out on the fun 20th Jun 2014 to 28th Jun 2014.
Shakespeare In Love On Stage
One of the most anticipated events of the London theatre season is the premiere of Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard’s screenplay which has been adapted for the stage by Lee Hall. The new play is produced by Disney Theatrical Productions and Sonia Friedman Productions, and will debut at the Noel Coward Theatre in July.
Hampton Court Palace Flower Show
The Hampton Court Palace Flower Show that takes place early in July is the world’s largest flower show, and is sponsored by the Royal Horticultural Society. Inspire, Escape, and Grow are the themes for this year’s show. The dramatic Conceptual Gardens will be based on the Seven Deadly Sins, and are sure to be dramatic and provocative. The annual flower show features spectacular show gardens designed for the budget conscious, trade stands, market-style shopping, and of course, millions of flowers.
Vikings: Life & Legend
The Sainsbury Exhibition Gallery opens at the British Museum with a fascinating new collection on the Vikings. The exhibit is the first exhibition on the Vikings at the British Museum in more than 30 years. The exhibit features artifacts dating back to between the 8th and 11th centuries. The exhibit also features a full-size replica of the Viking warship Roskilde 6.
Bond in Motion at the London Film Museum
Fans of Ian Fleming’s most famous character James Bond, can view a display of Bond’s cars, jets, motorbikes, and boats at Bond in Motion at the London Film Museum. Included in the exhibit are Aston Martin DB5 from GoldenEye, the Rolls-Royce Phantom III from Goldfinger, and the underwater Lotus Esprit S1 from The Spy Who Loved Me.
London Hotels this Summer
The Pride of Britain Hotels collection, has three luxury Hotels in London
The Arch Hotel
An elegant and quietly glamorous hotel close to Marble Arch and Hyde Park, The Arch London is a stylish newcomer to the London scene. Complementing the chic boutiques and fashionable destinations of the Marylebone area, the hotel epitomises London Townhouse living.
The Capital Hotel
The world’s closest hotel to Harrods and a refuge of English elegance and comfort, The Capital, Knightsbridge is one of the last 5 red star family owned and run hotels in London and takes great pride in its high levels of personal service. Each of the 49 bedrooms are individually decorated with an emphasis on English design showcasing a sumptuous medley of classic fabrics, antiques and works of art from the owner’s private collection.
The Goring Hotel
This unique five-star London hotel overlooks its own private gardens. The Goring is quite simply London’s quintessentially English hotel. This award-winning, family-owned property is perfectly placed for all the capital’s premier attractions. Buckingham Palace and the exclusive boutiques of Knightsbridge and Sloane Street are just minutes away.