Starlight, a good movie — and some dazzling venues — make Luna Cinema a summer must

Luna Cinema

You haven’t experienced film-going until you’ve seen Casablanca under the stars at Westminster Abbey, Bridget Jones’ Baby at Kensington Palace, Notting Hill at the Ascot Racecourse, or Four Weddings & a Funeral (we joke not!) on the grounds of Hampton Court Palace. Those are just a few of the summer offerings running from June through October, announced by The Luna Cinema, which rightfully claims “classic films under the stars in the country’s most incredible settings.” They’re not all “classics,” but a fanciful mix of vintage treasures and more contemporary box office hits, such as La La Land and Fantastic Beasts... View Article

Be part of the world’s largest flower show at Hampton Court Palace

hampton court flower show

Tickets are on sale for the world’s largest annual floral spectacle — the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show — running 4-9 July on the sumptuous grounds of King Henry VIII’s historic residence. More than 130,000 are expected to attend the event, brimming with flower and garden displays which compete for awards, demonstrations, and a flower and supply marketplace. Enlightening tips on gardening in a changing climate and demonstrations by chefs and celebrity gardeners will be spread around the show grounds. Children will be captivated by the Butterfly Dome with thousands of colorful butterflies taking wing, and by cookery classes,... View Article

Dive into the BBC Proms planner — the 2017 schedule has been released

BBC Proms

The 123rd season of the BBC Proms will run from 14 July-9 September 2017, with a rich musical series at Royal Albert Hall and off-site performances at locales such as the Tanks at the Tate Modern, Southwark Cathedral, Cadogan Hall, Wilton’s Music Hall — and even a car park in Peckham. This splendid tradition features some of the world’s most formidable conductors, soloists and composers in largely classical programmes. The 2017 lineup, though, also offers explorations into pop, jazz, soul, ethnic, swing and experimental music. One highlight will be on 20 July, an 85th birthday tribute, “Lights! Camera! Music!” honoring... View Article

The ‘world’s greatest marathon’ takes to London streets April 23

London Marathon

The ‘world’s greatest marathon’ takes to London streets April 23 More than 35,000 runners will pound 26.2 miles (42.165k) on 23 April in a display of world-class speed, endurance and generosity in the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon. Launched in 1981, the run along some of London’s most historic thoroughfares and sites is considered the world’s greatest marathon for its size, location and for its charitable core — the undisputed largest annual fundraiser in the world. Starting line is in Greenwich Park, winding past Cutty Sark, Canary Wharf, the Tower of London, with a long stretch along the Thames, through... View Article

A half-century later, revisit the Summer of Love at Royal Albert Hall

Summer of Love at The Albert Hall

A half-century later, revisit the Summer of Love at the Royal Albert Hall It has been 50 years since the world celebrated (and in some corners, reviled) the counterculture Summer of Love, defined by its music, clothing and spirit of free love and peace. London was at the epicenter of this phenomenon, and the Royal Albert Hall (“now we know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall,” sang the Beatles on Sgt. Pepper) played a significant role. From 18-21 May, the landmark will host Sixties at the Hall Tours, with guides exploring epic performances by The Beatles... View Article

Recall the elegance of the Titanic with the first-class passengers’ ‘last supper’

Titanic last supper

Recall the elegance of the Titanic with the first-class passengers’ ‘last supper’ More than a century after it set sail, both the tragedy and the luxury of the RMS Titanic voyager ship are legendary. Hoxley and Porter — a noted London cocktail bar and eatery in Islington with period décor that recalls the Titanic — is serving a three-course menu on Thursday, 13 April, inspired by the last supper consumed by first-class passengers on that date in 1912, the day before the ship struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic and sank. Oysters and punch will be offered upon arrival,... View Article

Tall ships offer a towering experience over Easter weekend

Tall ships festival

Tall ships offer a towering experience over Easter weekend Elegant and graceful, more than 30 tall ships will cruise the River Thames over the four-day Easter weekend, from 13-16 April, before they set sail on a 7,000-nautical mile race across the Atlantic to Canada on the final day. Opportunities abound to view, tour — and even sail aboard — the ships at the Maritime Greenwich and Royal Arsenal Woolwich Riverfronts. On the shore, there will be plenty to do and see, as well, with a full array of live entertainment, food and fireworks. Cruises include a two-hour basic sail, watching... View Article

The time is now to plan for Wimbledon Tennis. You will love-love it.

Wimbledon Tennis

The time is now to plan for Wimbledon Tennis. You will love-love it. It is equal parts eye-popping celebrity/royal watching and ahhh-inspiring world class tennis — and although Wimbledon doesn’t take to the grassy courts until July, time is tight to make your plans to catch this legendary sporting event. Using #MyChelseaFlat at Nell Gwynn Chelsea Accommodation as your base, you can catch the District Line at either Sloane Square or South Kensington London Underground stations for a direct trip lasting less than an hour — avoiding the madness of taking a car to the hallowed site of the world’s... View Article

Hurry! Tickets are selling fast for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Chelsea Flower Show

Hurry! Tickets are selling fast for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show One of London’s most stunning events — right in our neighbourhood — is the annual RHS Chelsea Flower Show on the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, running from 23-27 May this year, and ticket availability is limited. From gorgeous garden designs to wildly imaginative floral art and cultural pavilions, to a marketplace, lectures, sensory gardens, and historic displays, the show is considered one of the world’s premier gardening spectacles. The show itself began in 1862, but it was in 1913 that it first landed in Chelsea. Three of... View Article

Wave your wand today to be part of Harry Potter magic at the British Library this fall

Harry Potter

Wave your wand today to be part of Harry Potter magic at the British Library this fall Lumos maxima! Tickets go on sale at noon today (3 April) for the highly anticipated “Harry Potter: A History of Magic” exhibit that will run from 20 October 2017 through 28 February 2018 at the British Library. The exhibit, done in collaboration with Bloomsbury to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, will feature original material from J.K. Rowling’s personal archives. Inspired by the subject matter of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the Library will... View Article

Rivalry on the river: Oxford, Cambridge lift their oars to help with cancer research

Oxford and Cambridge Boat race

Since 1829, the centuries-old rivalry between Oxford and Cambridge— England’s two most prestigious universities— is played out annually on the Thames. Now known as the Cancer Research UK Boat Races, this year’s version will take place on 2 April before an estimated quarter-million spectators — making these rowing races one of London’s largest free sporting events. Eight-oared women’s and men’s teams compete in separate events on the championship course spanning 4.2 miles (6.8km) from Putney to Mortlake beginning at 4:35 p.m. Prime viewing sites are Putney Bridge and Embankment and Bishop’s Park at the starting line; Craven Cottage, home of... View Article

Brewing up a festival celebrating London’s coffee culture

london coffee festival

Tea is a British tradition, but coffee is a growing obsession. Proof of that is the annual London Coffee Festival, running from 6-9 April at the trendy Old Truman Brewery in the heart of London’s East End – Brick Lane. More than 250 artisanal coffee growers, roasters, baristas and chefs will set up stalls for tastings, master classes, and competitions over the four days. Among the featured specialties will be latte art exhibitions, espresso martinis, and mastering food and coffee pairings. While you are there, make the most of the area by exploring pop-up boutiques, markets and sampling some of London’s... View Article

Art of the Brick Lego-DC Superheroes South Bank exhibit is no child’s play

Art of the Brick - Superman

Following on from his successful 2014 exhibition, Lego artist Nathan Sawaya returns to London having crafted more than two million Lego bricks into an international sensation — The Art of the Brick: DC Superheroes, running from 1st March – 3 September at the South Bank’s Doon Street Car Park. The 120 original pieces not only depict classic superheroes such as Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, but comic villains, including The Joker and Harley Quinn along with a life-size Batmobile at 5.5 metres long and built from half a million bricks. Sawaya collaborated with DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. to create... View Article

Let the Games Festival begin! 400 activities during 40 events at 30 London sites

Giant Monopoly Game Board for the London Games Festival in Trafalagar Square, London

Every aspect of the game industry will be explored and celebrated during the second London Games Festival from 30 March-9 April 2017, with 50,000 participants expected at the event designed to cement the city’s position as the games capital of the world. Players will have the chance to meet creators and try out new games, while a marketplace will introduce fresh concepts to investors. BAFTA (the British Academy of Film and Television Arts) will hold its annual Games Awards ceremony 6 April, cosplayers and groups can march in a games character parade 8 April (sign up here), and talks, workshops,... View Article

3,200 international rowers take to the Thames for historic Head of the River Race Saturday

Head of The River Race

The banks and three of the bridges spanning the Thames will be packed with spectators and picnickers 25 March for the spectacle of 400 U.K. and international rowing crews competing in the annual Head of the River Race. The eight-person crews — taking off at 10-second intervals — span 4.25 miles (6.8km) from Mortlake to Putney along the Thames Championship Course beginning at 2:15 p.m. The crew with the fastest time takes first place, with the entire event lasting about two hours. Spectators are urged to arrive at least 45 minutes before launch because of the crowds. Prime viewing is... View Article

Mark spring’s arrival with an ancient rite at Stonehenge

The Spring Equinox, which falls on March 20 this year, is one of only four days annually when visitors to Stonehenge are permitted to enter the Stone Inner Circle, in order to observe the sunrise.

With Stonehenge less than two hours away, Londoners and visitors can usher in the season of renewal with the rare experience of observing the sunrise on the Spring Equinox among the mysterious ancient pillars. Druids, Pagans, Wiccans, tourists and families gather for one of only four days each year — each celebrating the change of the seasons — when visitors are permitted to enter the Stone Inner Circle and not have to view one of the world’s most iconic sights from behind a fence at a distance. The event is under the strict rules and supervision of English Heritage, and... View Article

London’s St. Patrick’s celebrations aren’t just one but three days!

St Patrick's day parade

You don’t have to venture to the Emerald Isle to have a festive St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Whether you favour hoisting a pint or two at a neighbourhood pub or joining in a mass Wearin’ o’ the Green, London has a full slate of activities from March 17-19 honouring Ireland’s patron saint. You’ll find an Irish film series, family-friendly festival with food and live entertainment at Camden Market, an Irish-themed historic walking tour, music and poetry in selected Underground stations, a vast family adventure trail, and more. The highlight, of course, comes on March 19 with the annual 1.5-mile (2.4km)... View Article

Princess Diana’s famous gowns in new display at Kensington Palace

Princess Diana Travolta dress

20 years after her tragic death, a new exhibition and special commemorative temporary garden celebrating Diana, Princess of Wales’ life opens at Kensington Palace, her home for 15 years. Opening on 24th February 2017, Diana – Her Fashion Story charts her fashion transition starting with a lace covered party dress worn by a young Lady Diana Spencer for a ball at her family home, Althorp, in 1979 and the demure image of the 19 year old London kindergarten assistant wearing a pale pink Emanuel blouse in her engagement portrait, through to the glamorous fashion icon in the iconic ink blue... View Article

Wimbledon Tennis Tickets

General view of the grounds from the BBC crane with Centre Court, Court 3 and the southern outside courts at The Championships 2013. Held at The All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club. Day 2 - Tuesday 25/06/2013. Credit: AELTC/Matthias Hangst.

The months of June and July are synonymous with one of the highlights of the summer sporting season in London – The Wimbledon Tennis Championships held at The All England Lawn Tennis Club. Tickets may have already been allocated but fear not, with careful planning, a fair amount of patience and a strong tolerance of queues, you can still be a spectator at the oldest and one the most prestigious tennis championships in the world. Despite most Wimbledon Tennis tickets having been allocated via the ballot system months before the event itself, The Championships are unique in that a limited... View Article

Anniversary games – Enjoy the run up to the Rio Olympics in London

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Looking for some fun Olympic-inspired activities in London this summer? Get into the Rio 2016 mood with some great sporting events and superb amusements with the London Anniversary Games in the run up to the Rio Olympics. You can watch some of the world’s top athletes limbering up for the Rio Olympics 2016 right here in London at the Anniversary Games. This prestigious event celebrates London’s Olympian credentials, as the name might suggest, and encompasses two great sporting championships – the IAAF Diamond League and the IPC Grand Prix Final (the paralympian event). The Anniversary Games is a prelude to... View Article