Summer in London: events and openings
Special things happen in the summer, especially in London. Make sure you don’t miss out on all of these great events and openings.
Buckingham Palace State Rooms
This is your chance to snoop around Queen Betty’s house. While you’re unlikely to meet Prince William having tea with his grandmother, you can openly admire the opulence of the State Rooms, the heart of the working palace.
They are only open eight weeks a year in the summer and are lavishly furnished with some of the greatest treasures in the Royal Collection, including paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens and Canaletto.
This year’s special exhibit is The Queen’s Year, which highlights some important events on the SAR calendar, such as the Grand Opening of Parliament and Trooping the Color.
A 1.5-hour tour includes 19 state rooms, the exhibition, and the palace garden, home to 30 species of birds and over 350 wildflowers, some extremely rare.
Â»Buckingham Palace, SW1A 1AA St James’s Park
020 7766 7300
July 27-September 29
From Â£ 17
Taste of London
A food lover’s wet dream, the four-day festival brings together 40 of London’s best restaurants, countless food obsessives and 150 food and drink producers.
The setting for this epicurean delight is the lovely Regent’s Park, so you can (hopefully) soak up some sun with your sweet tooth. There will also be cooking demonstrations, tastings and the opportunity to upgrade yourself to a VIP, sweetie.
Â»Regent’s Park, The Storeyard, Inner Circle, NW1 4NR (Tube: Regent’s Park)
From Â£ 22
Exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts
The big kahuna of the summer art calendar is the Royal Academy’s summer exhibition, now in its 242nd year showcasing the work of emerging and established artists in all media, including painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, architecture and cinema.
This year, the theme of the exhibition is âRawâ and the majority of the works will be on sale.
Â»Burlington House, W1J 0BD (Tube: Green Park)
June 14-August 22
From Â£ 8
City of London Festival
Bring a little ‘kulcha’ into your life this summer at the City of London’s famous annual festival. The three-week program brings the city’s unique buildings and outdoor spaces to life with an extensive artistic program of music, visual arts, films, walks and lectures (most of which are free).
âThis is a great opportunity to see incredible international works of art performed in London,â said festival producer Lindsey Dear. And all the action takes place in the Square Mile.
While much of the festival involves music, there are plenty of other activities including a project where 21 pianos are placed around the city for everyone to play. On the occasion of the International Year of Biodiversity, the festival will also install beehives throughout the city.
” See cofl.org for events, places and prices
June 21-August 9
Parliament summer tour
If the spending scandal made you think you could do a better job than MPs, don’t miss this opportunity to look for a new office.
The Houses of Parliament Summer Tours take you inside the Palace of Westminster during its summer vacation and offer the only opportunity for non-UK residents to see the interior of the Palace of Westminster (residents should normally apply for entry through through their local MP).
Tours last approximately 75 minutes and follow the route taken by the Queen when she officially opens Parliament. It also includes Lords and Commons Chambers, Westminster Hall, Queen’s Robing Room, Royal Gallery, Peers’ Lobby, Central Lobby, Member’s Lobby and St Stephen’s Hall.
Â»Palace of Westminster, SW1A 0AA (Tube: Westminster)
July 3 August 27. From Â£ 14
Tickets must be pre-purchased
Science summer festival
Channel your inner geek to See further: The Science and Arts Festival, which celebrates the 350th anniversary of the world famous Royal Society. This 10-day festival at the Southbank Center will explore the relationship between science and art.
Nerdy but cool group They could be giants play as part of the festival at the Royal Festival Hall, but there is also the possibility to participate in many other science-inspired events.
Â»Southbank Center, Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX (Tube: Waterloo)
June 25-July 4