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It’s a very floral weekend in London – roam around the exquisite Buckingham Palace Garden, enjoy the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show or chill out with a flower-inspired drink in Covent Garden.
The RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show
Enjoy exquisite flowers in a spectacular setting at the ever-popular RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. With the atmosphere of a summer festival, this year’s show features special ‘zones’, each of which has a distinctive theme and flavour. Not only can you marvel at floral displays, but there are also many opportunities to get hands on, as well as to take advantage of exclusive shopping opportunities once you’ve been inspired! Tickets start from £19. 9-14 Jul
The Coronation Festival at Buckingham Palace
Celebrate the 60th anniverary of The Queen’s Coronation at this unique event in the stunning gardens of Buckingham Palace. Hosted by the Royal Warrant Holders Association (a group of companies approved by the Royal Family), the Festival highlights the best of British produce: there will be more than 200 stands offering a wide range of products and services for you to try and buy. On 12 and 13 July there will also be evening galas, which weave the music and dance of the last 60 years into an exciting programme of entertainment. Tickets are £30 for the daytime event or £90 for an evening gala. 11-14 Jul
Until the 1970s, Covent Garden was the site of a bustling flower market, and on 13 July this heritage will be celebrated with a special Food and Flowers Festival in St Martin’s Courtyard. All six restaurants, including Jamie’s Italian and Dishoom, will be serving floral-themed food and drink in the courtyard between 12pm and 5pm. Visitors will also be able to enjoy spectacular floral displays and try their hand at floral design. Entry is free. 13 July
The BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall
Few celebrations of classical music are as renowned or loved as the BBC Proms, and you only have to experience the incredible atmosphere of one concert to understand why. There are 92 concerts this year, featuring everything from Wagner to Dr Who, and as ever you have the chance to ‘Prom’ at each performance for just £5. For full programme details and ticket information visit the Proms website. Until 7 Sep
Enjoy a celebration of contemporary Mexican cultural in London this weekend, as MexFest returns with a vibrant programme of film, art, music and gastronomy. Many events take place in east London’s Rich Mix, including a series of festival parties, and you can find programme and ticket price information on the MexFest website. 11-14 July
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