Visit London Blog » summer opening http://blog.visitlondon.com Enjoy the very best of London Fri, 22 May 2015 17:44:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 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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What’s On This Weekend. 26-28 July 2013 http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/07/whats-on-this-weekend-26-28-july-2013/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/07/whats-on-this-weekend-26-28-july-2013/#comments Mon, 22 Jul 2013 13:11:47 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=34664

Remember this time last year when London hosted the 2012 Olympic Games? Well, the city is no less spectacular one year later – read on to find out why.

Open East Festival at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Marking the one-year anniversary of the London 2012 Olympic Games, this festival of street food, local brewing, international music, theatre and family fun is sure to get you back in the party spirit. Foodies can not only browse stands from local food producers and watch top chefs demonstrate their skills in the Real Food Chef Theatre, but also enjoy a locally brewed beer at the Ten Mile Beer Festival, which features ales from Battersea, Hackney and Greenwich. Meanwhile the music stages will feature a huge range of international acts, while leading artists, circus performers, BMX riders and theatrical performers will astound audiences with performances all over the park. Don’t miss Sacrilege, the life-sized bouncy castle version of Stonehenge by Jeremy Deller! Tickets are £9.50 for adults. 27-28 Jul

Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games at the Olympic Park

Celebrate the first anniversary of the London 2012 Games with three days of world-class althletics. The first two days will see Olympic champions, including Usain Bolt, return to the stadium for the British Athletics Grand Prix, while Sunday is reserved for 2012’s Paralympic stars. Tickets start from £43. 26-28 Jul

Buckingham Palace Summer Opening

What better year to visit the iconic Buckingham Palace than 2013, the 60th anniversary of The Queen’s coronation? You’ll see The Queen’s Coronation 1953 exhibition, as well as priceless historic items from the Royal Collection, including clothing, jewellery, art, sculpture and furniture. Tickets are £19 for adults. Until 29 Sep

The New Fourth Plinth Sculpture, Trafalgar Square

Unveiled this Thursday, the Hahn / Cock sculpture by artist Katharina Fritsch will be an unmistakeable addition to Trafalgar Square. The renowned German artist’s 15ft high blue chicken will replace the current sculpture of a boy on a rocking horse, which has been in place on the fourth plinth for a year. Commissioned by the Mayor of London as part of the UK’s most high profile contemporary art prize, the sculpture will remain in place for 18 months – check it out and let us know what you think in the comments!

Grey Goose Edible Art Class

From lickable life drawing to edible painting-by-numbers, this expert class will guide you through an introduction to art and edible expression using all the senses. Master the art of chocolate model-making or try your hand at edible life drawing, and indulge your creative side in a night of sensory fun with specially created Grey Goose cocktails. Visit the website for ticket prices and more details. 27 Jul

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Buckingham Palace Summer Opening 2010 http://blog.visitlondon.com/2010/07/buckingham-palace-summer-opening-2010/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2010/07/buckingham-palace-summer-opening-2010/#comments Thu, 29 Jul 2010 15:48:26 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=12637

London’s Buckingham Palace throws open its doors to the public each year for two months. Visitors get to take a rare peek inside one of the world’s few remaining working Royal Palaces.  And, this year, there’s a new exhibit of The Queen’s Year, which documents the numerous state occasions Her Majesty attends throughout the seasons.

We asked a few visitors to Buckingham Palace what they thought of the experience.

Buckingham Palace is something everyone should do at least once. I liked the enormous chandeliers best of all. They have a lovely café in the garden – it’s so nice to say that I had tea at Buckingham Palace! Jess, 29, Herne Hill

It’s funny, I always like seeing palaces and stately homes when I travel, but I’d never really thought about visiting one in my own town! I loved the opulence and the fact that all the  visitors had frocked up specially, just in case Her Maj caught a passing glance. The Sevres porcelain on display was stunning but my favourite bit was imagining the Royal family sitting around on the yellow-silk sofas in the White Drawing Room watching TV (well, maybe they do?!) and picturing the BFG in the garden. Brad, 46, Seven Sisters


I am so happy to have seen our Queen’s home. It was fascinating to hear about the Royal events that have taken place over the years and how it is one of a handful of working palaces. I am humbled by the number of events attended by the Queen after seeing the special The Queen’s Year exhibition in Buckingham Palace. I bought some of the royal chocolate from the gift shop as presents for my grandchildren. Shirley, 62, Forest Gate

As a first time palace-goer, I felt really fortunate to be able to snoop around the Queen’s house. Even though it’s a fairly compact tour, being able to see the rooms and  garden is really special. Steeped in so much history and ceremony the rooms I found the most interesting were the art gallery – who knew the Queen had a Rubens in her house? And also this year’s exhibition which had some wonderful little artefacts and mementos from her trips and appointments around the world. The highlight for me was the grand staircase, which was truly breathtaking (so much gold)! In my mind, I was in a full ball gown, being announced as I entered the room with a handsome Prince at my side.  Jo, 27, Battersea

It was good to see inside Buckingham Palace – somewhere I’ve only seen from afar until now. Using the audio guide, you can whip round in an hour, or press for extra information if there are bits you want to know more about. The gardens were impressive – we didn’t get to go very far into them, but you can walk around the edge on your way out. Sophie, 22, Tooting

As the home of royalty, Buckingham Palace is a must-do for anyone visiting London! It’s all very splendid and grandiose on a large scale with amazing art collection from Rembrandt and at least one uber-rare Vermeer. Go and see the home of Royalty, you’d be silly not to. Angela, 38, Highgate

Get your tickets to this year’s Buckingham Palace Summer Opening

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