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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


Merlin’s beard! More Harry Potter and the Cursed Child tickets go on sale Tuesday

Harry Potter and the cursed child

It’s been the hottest ticket in London theatre for nearly a year now, just notching a record nine Olivier Awards — and now the public has another chance to score tickets next year for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Beginning at 11 a.m. British Standard Time Tuesday 25 April, 300 tickets for every performance at the Palace Theatre between 2 May-22 July 2018 will be released online through a random queue system. Tickets cost 20 pounds or less for each of the play’s two parts and are limited to six per person. Those interested in buying may begin visiting... 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


Hampton Court’s family-friendly Easter is all about chocolate, chocolate, chocolate

Hampton Court’s family-friendly Easter weekend

Hampton Court’s family-friendly Easter weekend — running through April 17 —adds holiday chocolate lovers’ treats to the usual historic royal activities. A Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt around Henry VIII’s home and gardens will result in receiving a chocolate treat, once all the bunnies are found. There will also be the opportunity to decorate one’s own chocolate cup to be enjoyed at home, and a session on how the Georgians drank their chocolate. Strolling the palace grounds will be Henry and a pregnant Anne Boleyn awaiting the birth of their first child. The Magic Garden interactive family play area has reopened,... 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


Iconic images making rare visit to London at Tate Giacometti exhibit

Alberto Giacometti

Iconic images making rare visit to London at Tate Giacometti exhibit Five decades — 250 works — will be represented in the first major exhibit of the sculpture and paintings of Alberto Giacometti in the U.K. in two decades. Tickets are now on sale for the 10 May-10 September showing at the Tate Modern. Features will include iconic images such as the Walking Man bronze sculpture and plaster Flora Mayo sculpture of an early love, as well as rarely seen plasters and never-seen drawings. In its breadth, the Tate exhibit offers an unparalleled opportunity to view the evolution of one... View Article


Take a journey back to the age of the dinosaurs at Jurassic Kingdom

Jurassic kingdom

Take a journey back to the age of the dinosaurs at Jurassic Kingdom A short jaunt to Osterley Park from #MyChelseaFlat at Nell Gwynn Chelsea Accommodation will take visitors back to prehistoric times to become immersed in Jurassic Kingdom 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 1-17 April. The interactive pop-up theme park, which is beginning its tour of the U.K., will feature more than 30 animatronic dinosaurs in jaw-dropping scale, with life-like motion and sound effects. Snarling and lurching creatures such as Tyrannosaurus Rex, Diplodocus and airborne pterosaurs will offer a vivid experience of the Jurassic Age far beyond what can be conveyed... 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


A foggy exhibit in London Town…Ten Days Six Nights

The terrace of the sleek new Switch House addition to the Tate Modern will be bathed in fog from March 24-April 2, ten days six nights - but it’s a work of art, not an act of nature. Celebrated Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya has been creating fog installations around the world for nearly a half-century, and she and other artists and performers will be participating in “Ten Days Six Nights” the Tate’s first exhibit completely devoted to live art, including music and dance, lectures, concerts and films. Click here to learn more. Then button up your trench coat, pop your collar Bogey-Bergman “Casablanca” style, and prepare for an experience that will leave you misty-eyed.

The terrace of the sleek new Switch House addition to the Tate Modern will be bathed in fog from March 24-April 2 — Ten Days Six Nights – but it’s a work of art, not an act of nature. Celebrated Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya has been creating fog installations around the world for nearly a half-century, and she and other artists and performers will be participating in “Ten Days Six Nights” the Tate’s first exhibit completely devoted to live art, including music and dance, lectures, concerts and films. Click here to learn more. Then button up your trench coat, pop... View Article


Mum’s the word on Mothering Sunday

Mother's day

What better way to honour your mother than with a day — or weekend — enjoying the best of London. Whether treating Mum to an elegant day with brunch, tea, and spa pampering, or a less formal schedule sampling goodies in Borough Market, catching the Princess Diana fashion exhibit at Kensington Palace, and enjoying Sunday Roast at a pub, there’s plenty to mark Mothers Day on March 26. VisitLondon.com has a splendid digest of ideas to make Mum feel like a queen.