Visit London Blog » ridelondon http://blog.visitlondon.com Enjoy the very best of London Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:29:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Things To Do Outdoors in London This Summer http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/05/londons-top-5-outdoor-fun-this-summer/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/05/londons-top-5-outdoor-fun-this-summer/#comments Wed, 21 May 2014 09:00:54 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=38674 The South Bank

Enjoy the great outdoors in London this summer with these top five activities.

1. Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre is a cultural highlight of every London summer. The outdoor, 1,250-seat amphitheatre in London’s beautiful Regent’s Park hosts a varied programme of plays, music and comedy each season including Shakespeare, musicals and newer works. The 2014 season includes a new version of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night suitable for all ages from six upwards, The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess and the return of award-winning production To Kill A Mockingbird. 15 May–13 Sep

Rooftop Film Club

2. Cinema under the stars
Outdoor cinemas have become increasingly popular in London in recent years. From the grande dame of the Film 4 Summer Series at Somerset House to funky newcomers including Rooftop Film Club in Dalston and Peckham and Hot Tub Cinema (yep, you guessed it). There’s also Nomad Cinema, which pops up in parks and squares around London, Luna Cinema, screening films at stately homes in and around London such as Hampton Court Palace and Greenwich Park and the Floating Cinema – located on a canal boat and coming to London’s waterways again this summer.   

Black Sabbath headline British Summer Time festival in Hyde Park

3. Festivals
London is awash with awesome festivals this summer and there’s something for every taste, whether it’s the foodie heaven of Taste of London, one of the many summer music festivals, cultural conglomerations including Southbank’s Festival of Love, and family-friendly outdoor events such as the Mayor’s Thames Festival and the City of London Festival. Can’t decide? Here’s our pick of the Top 5 Summer Festivals

Prudential RideLondon

4. Ride London
London’s world-class festival of all things bike returns for a second year this August. The 2014 Prudential RideLondon will include all of last year’s favourites, of which there are events suitable for everyone from amateur cyclists right up to Wiggins-wannabes. Join the eight-mile Family Ride past some of London’s most iconic attractions or turn up to cheer the pros in the London-Surrey Classic. 9-10 Aug

Thames RIB Experience 5. Ice cream and water play
London has some fantastic lakes and lidos for you to enjoy this summer. Take a look at our list of recommended Lidos and Boating Lakes where you can turn up with your bathers or hire a boat to while away the hours. If you’re after something more adventurous, book yourself a speedboat tour of the Thames on a London RIB, or check out Lee Valley White Water Centre. Want more? Read our guide to action-packed activities for kids in London. Feeling exhausted? Chill out with one of London’s best ice creams!

What’s your top tip for outdoor fun in London this summer? Tell us in the comments below…

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What’s On This Weekend. 2-4 August 2013 http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/07/whats-on-this-weekend-2-4-august-2013/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/07/whats-on-this-weekend-2-4-august-2013/#comments Mon, 29 Jul 2013 09:35:45 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=34905 This weekend really highlights the best of British – whether you’re admiring the skill of top sportspeople, learning about the history of British democracy or stepping back into an iconic 20th century era, you can’t fail to be inspired.

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Prudential RideLondon

Enjoy a fantastic free family festival of cycling this weekend, thanks to Prudential RideLondon. Festival activities are split over two days: on Saturday you can see famous female cyclists in the Prudential RideLondon Grand Prix or take part in the family-friendly FreeCycle, while Sunday gives you the opportunity to see some of the world’s best cyclists at the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey cycle classic. There are also free festival activities happening throughout the weekend. To see the full range of cycling-related festivities on offer, visit our Prudential RideLondon event page. 3-4 Aug

The Kenwood House Summer Garden Fete

Celebrate almost 100 years since Lord Iveagh donated the magnificent Kenwood House to the nation at a 1920s garden fete held in the building’s grounds on Hampstead Heath. Lots of vintage fun will be on offer at the free event, including horse and cart rides, Charleston workshops, rag time music and opportunities for afternoon tea in the garden. The fete runs between 11am and 5pm on both days. 3-4 Aug

The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race Comes to Trafalgar Square

Before it sails 40,000 miles around the world, the 70ft GREAT Britain yacht will be displayed in Trafalgar Square, allowing you to admire the new design Clipper Race yacht and meet the crew. The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is the world’s longest sailing race, which sees 12 purpose-built yachts from different countries racing around the globe in eight stages. This is a fantastic chance to view the UK yacht at close range before it sails from St Katherine’s Dock on 1 September – and best of all it’s free! 1-4 Aug

The Houses of Parliament Summer Opening

See inside one of the world’s most famous buildings at the Houses of Parliament summer opening, during which time you can take a 75-minute tour behind the scenes of British democracy with a Blue Badge guide. You’ll learn about the 900-year-old Palace of Westminster, pivotal moments in British history and how Parliament works today. If you’d like to learn more about the building’s incredible art collection, you can book a specialist tour. Adult tickets are £16.50. Until 5 Oct

The Essex Military Vehicle Trusts’ Military and Flying Machines Show

See WWII aircraft, including Spitfires and Hurricanes, at this 40s-themed military show at Damyns Hall Aerodrome. As well as flying displays and static exhibitions of military vehicles, there will also be a vintage funfair, military re-enactments, kid’s activities and vintage inspired musical acts. Tickets start at £8 for adults and £20 for families. 2-4 Aug

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Things to Look Forward to This Year http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/01/things-to-look-forward-to-in-2013/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/01/things-to-look-forward-to-in-2013/#comments Sat, 12 Jan 2013 10:30:22 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=31176 The tallest building in Europe... almost. Photo: The View from The Shard

Last year set the bar pretty high for events and attractions in London, but 2013 is shaping up to be just as exciting. Here are some highlights you can’t miss this year.

View from the Shard

When? From 1 February

What? The opening of the Shard – that spiky new building that you can see from all over London. You can visit the viewing deck on the (deep breath) 69th floor, where digital telescopes will fill you in on the various parts of London you can gaze at.

Why? It was Europe’s tallest building, until November last year when a tower in Russia inched ahead. But height isn’t everything – the Shard is iconic and will give you giddy views of the city from 40 miles around. If you’re feeling brave, head up to the 72nd floor – it’s partly open air and the highest point you can access.

New London Dungeon

When? From 1 March

What? The London Dungeon is moving to a new home at County Hall, due to building work at London Bridge station.

Why? The move to the South Bank means a refreshed and more scary dungeon – there are 18 new spine-tingling shows to watch, and a virtual 3D Brian Blessed will sentence you to death as Henry VIII.

The Coronation Festival

When? 11-14 July

What? Dust off that bunting from the Diamond Jubilee, it’s the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation, which happened a year after she became Queen. To celebrate, Buckingham Palace is hosting an exhibition featuring more than 200 companies who hold Royal Warrants of Appointment – the mark of recognition for companies who have supplied goods or services to the royal family. There will also be two evening galas celebrating music throughout Her Majesty’s rein.

Why? The goods on show will be the best of British – officially. And it’s in the gardens of Buckingham Palace, need we say more?

RideLondon

When? 3-4 August

What? A brand new cycling festival through the streets of London. RideLondon is made up of three events: a 100-mile road challenge beginning in the Olympic Park, a family fun ride around London landmarks for up to 70,000 cyclists and a city centre grand prix for women’s elite, junior cyclists and hand cycles.

Why? After Bradley Wiggins rode to glory in the Tour de France and then won the Olympic time trial, the appetite for cycling in London is huge – 50,000 people have registered for only 20,000 places in the road challenge.

What are you looking forward to this year? Let us know below.

 

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Laura Trott and Boris Johnson Launch RideLondon http://blog.visitlondon.com/2012/08/laura-trott-and-boris-johnson-launch-ridelondon/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2012/08/laura-trott-and-boris-johnson-launch-ridelondon/#comments Fri, 10 Aug 2012 13:30:22 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=28497

Team GB Olympian Laura Trott and London Mayor Boris Johnson took to their bikes today to launch the 2013 London cycling festival RideLondon.

RideLondon is London’s new cycling festival which includes traffic-free cycling past major London attractions for families and amateurs, as well as the opportunity to spectate while some of the world’s best athletes race through the capital’s streets.

Cycling in London is one of the best ways to travel, on a hire bike, with a cycle tour, or on your own bike. RideLondon will be an entire weekend devoted to getting out and about on your bike.

Gold medalist Laura said, “It’s great to think we may have inspired people to get on their bikes and RideLondon is a great opportunity for the public to get out and join us on the roads. Cycling has always been a huge part of my family’s life and I hope that having watched the Games lots more people will be encouraged to have a go.”

RideLondon takes place between 3 and 4 August 2013. Visit www.ridelondon.co.uk for more information.

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