Visit London Blog » Hampton Court Flower Show http://blog.visitlondon.com Enjoy the very best of London Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:51:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 What’s On This Weekend: 12-14 July 2013 http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/07/whats-on-this-weekend-12-14-july-2013/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/07/whats-on-this-weekend-12-14-july-2013/#comments Mon, 08 Jul 2013 11:20:20 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=34402

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

The Food and Flowers Festival in St Martin’s Courtyard

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

London MexFest

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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What’s On in London This Weekend: 6–8 July 2012 http://blog.visitlondon.com/2012/07/whats-on-in-london-this-weekend-6-8-july-2012/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2012/07/whats-on-in-london-this-weekend-6-8-july-2012/#comments Wed, 04 Jul 2012 14:47:54 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=27447

If you’ve always longed to learn the polka or fancy a bit of umbrella jousting, the event line-up in London this weekend is looking peachy.

The Chap Olympiad
If you’d rather be stroking your pipe and adjusting your moustache than running the 100 metres, Bedford Square in Bloomsbury is the place to be this weekend. Gentleman’s magazine The Chap invites well-mannered men (and ladies) to its seriously silly event, The Chap Olympiad. The “celebration of athletic ineptitude and immaculate trouser creases” will see contestants throwing cucumber sandwiches instead of the discus and battling in Ironing Board Surfing, Umbrella Jousting and the Pipathlon. 7 – 8 Jul

Hampton Court Flower Show
Look out for energetic scarecrows at the annual flower show at the majestic Hampton Court Palace. The well-loved scarecrow competition has adopted a ‘porting Champions theme this year to reflect – what else? – the Olympic Games. Green-fingered experts will be on hand, along with displays like this year’s central feature which is focused on community gardening. A topical addition to the line-up is the ‘low cost/high impact’ gardens, showing how a much you can do with a limited budget. Until 8 Jul

The London Open at The Whitechapel Gallery
Spot the art stars of the future at The Whitechapel Gallery‘s open submissions exhibition which showcases current London art trends. The 35 contributors were chosen by a panel of experts and their pieces range from a directory of fictitious telephone numbers by conceptual artist Martin John Callanan to a print of Saddam Hussein’s gold bath taps on an imitation Versace silk scarf by Pio Abad. Until 14 Sept

Soane Museum’s new spaces
This little-known museum is a hoard of treasures kept by architect Sir John Soane at Lincoln’s Inn Fields in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The first phase of the £7 million restoration of his neoclassical townhouse is now complete, and this weekend is the first chance to poke around parts of the building never seen before such as the geometric staircase painted to look like the walls of a Roman catacomb. There’s also a brand new gallery with an exhibition exploring the design of Olympic venues. Exhibition until 22 Sept

The Kensington Palace Party
All abilities are welcome at these free outdoor dancing lessons and demonstrations in the gardens of Kensington Palace. This year’s workshops pay tribute to the two Queens who have celebrated a diamond jubilee: polka and Morris dancing reflect trends in Victoria’s reign, while a rock and roll class led by the London Swing Dance Society will honour us “new Elizabethans” and today’s queen. Head to the Gold Gates to find a spot – it’s first come, first served. 7-8 July

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