Worried that there was nothing much going on in London in between the Royal Wedding and the 2012 Olympics? Come on, there’s always something exciting happening in London! Here’s some info about events taking place in London over the coming months in a guest post brought to you by TravelSupermarket.com.
London is a vibrant, colorful capital city steeped in history and with plenty to offer visitors throughout the year. There is no bad time to visit the city, but here are a few attractions to tempt you over the coming few months.
Rock of Ages and Phantom of the Opera Theatre Performances
The capital is famed for its West End theatres and it’s an essential part of any trip to take in a show or two. There are plenty of star-studded performances to be enjoyed, with plenty of new shows as well as some old favorites.
Opening at London’s Shaftsbury theatre in September is the global smash hit musical, Rock of Ages. The story follows the lives of Drew, a boy from South Detroit, and Sherrie, a small town girl, both in LA in the late 80s, chasing their dreams of making it big.
The musical has been so successful on Broadway that the plot is currently being made into a film starring Tom Cruise. Given the success the show has experienced in the US and even further afield, it’s likely to be real hit in London and will be the musical event of the autumn, so book tickets early to avoid being disappointed.
For an alternative theatre production, how about attending the 25th anniversary of the Phantom of the Opera musical? Two special shows are being performed at the Royal Albert Hall (pictured above) on the 1st and 2nd of October.
The London Proms Classical Music Festival
Moving away from theatre but sticking within the musical genre, the London Proms are an annual indulgence of classical music and performances can be enjoyed at several London venues, including the Royal Albert Hall, Cadogan Hall and Kensington Gardens.
The culmination of this most famous musical festival, known as the Last Night of the Proms, has however evolved to something a little different and represents London’s liveliest classical music celebration and a fabulous experience to be remembered.
The Proms run every year from July to September offering a wide range of classical music performances. The last night is renowned for an atmospheric mix of tradition and high jinks. In 2011, the finale will be held on the 10th September at the Royal Albert Hall. Tickets range in value from £25 upwards and need to be purchased well in advance.
Cycling Tour of Britain
On the 18th September, residents and visitors alike will have the opportunity to watch and marvel in the speed and agility of the world’s greatest cyclists as they race through the streets of London in the final stage climax of the 2011 tour of Britain.
Just one year out from the London Olympic Games, riders will be looking forward to this opportunity to hone their skills racing on the roads that will undoubtedly make up part of the Olympic road race next year.
The race route passes several of London’s major attractions and if simply watching isn’t enough, you can have a go yourself in the 20km London tour ride. Along the way, you’ll pass Big Ben, Downing Street and the Tower of London.
On the 31st October, the annual religious festival of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains returns to the streets of London’s iconic Trafalgar Square. The festival of light, Diwali, in Trafalgar Square, has become one of the most popular South Asian festivals in the UK.
During the festival, the square is decorated and traditional Indian music is played. The festival is free to attend for all and the mix of Indian music, theatre and dance draws great crowds of people from all religions, every year.
Bonfire night is unique to the British calendar and is one of Britain’s most celebrated festivals. The festivities take place every year on the 5th of November to commemorate the burning at the stake of Guy Fawkes in 1605. Fawkes was found guilty of plotting to blow up the Houses of Parliament in what has become known as the gun powder plot. Indeed, the plan was very nearly successful and it was only through good fortune and towards the last minute that the plan was foiled.
Throughout the country every year, bonfire and firework parties are held to celebrate the continued presence of the houses of Parliament. The largest party of all, naturally, is held in London, where large fires are lit in parks all over London and the firework displays are second to none. If you’re planning a visit to London in the fall, don’t miss this most spectacular of events.
London is a fantastic city that has something that appeals to all. Furthermore with so many hotels in London to choose from, you’ll be able to find the perfect accommodation for you whether you are looking for a low cost room for the night or an extended luxury stay in England’s capital city.