Events in central London in July including Olympics London 2012
July is a time of a succession of major events in and around London that have the addition this year, of course, of the start of the Olympics London 2012. But the Olympics is far from being the only major event in London in July and London keeps going throughout the month with a succession of events to interest and attract you. As usual, we have put together a small selection of events happening for you to consider adding into your schedule: As usual, we provide you with direct links to the web sites for each event, so that you can see the best detail and plan your visit.
25th June to 8th July 2012
All England Lawn Tennis Croquet Club, Church Road, Wimbledon, London SW19 5AE
Yes, this was included in our list of events in London for June 2012 but, as it continues well into July 2012, we are repeating it for those who may not have read the June list. Preceeded by the exciting French Open, this is one of the top four "grand slam" tennis tournaments in the world and generally known simply as "Wimbledon". Wimbledon, of course, is quite different from the French Open, as it is a grass surface event. The last week of the tournament takes place in July and includes semi-finals and, most importantly, the Ladies' Finals and Mens' Finals - on Saturday 7th July and Sunday 8th July, respectively. Wimbledon has an atmosphere that is uniquely British - famed for elements such as strawberries and champagne, which add an element of spactator participation to the event. Although a lot of tickets are sold by ballot shortly after the end of each year's events, some are held back, including for the finals at the world-famous Centre Court for sale online just before or on the day, when large numbers queue in hope of a last moment ticket.
Travel: Underground from South Kensington station direct to Wimbledon (or Southfields) and then the number 493 bus.
Buckingham Palace Summer Opening
30th June to 8th July 2012 and 31st July to 7th October 2012
Buckingham Palace, London SW1A 1AA
Buckingham Palace is one of the major sights of London than most tourists fit into their schedule but these two periods in each year give visitors a chance to step inside and see the impressive State Rooms and more instead of simply peering through the railings in front of the palace. This year's Summer Opening of buckignham palace includes a special exhibition - Diamonds: a jubilee Celebration. In HM The Queen's Diamond Jubilee year, this exciting exhibitions sets out to show how diamonds have been used by British monarchs over the last 200 years, including how some have been re-cut and re-used from one monarch to another. An unpresdented proportion of The Queen's personal jewellery is included in the exhibition.
Travel: Underground from South Kensington station direct to St. James' Park (3 stops) for the short walk through St. James' Park to Buckingham Palace.
3rd July to 8th July 2012
Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 9AU
Now firmly established as a major event in the Royal Horticultural Society's calendar, Hampton Court Palace Flow Show has the major upside in taking place in the grounds of one of the most attractive and historic London palaces (a favourite of the Tudor monarchs from Henry VIII) and right alongside the River Thames. An event that attracts visitors from around the world, this year's show for the first time includes "World of Gardens" - an area showing off gardens from the Azores, Jordan, St. Petersburg and the Swiss Alps. Set piece gardens of many other types are also on display, as usual, Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is extremely well provided for with various catering options but it si also fun to bring along a picnic hamper and sit alongside the Thames, which is seems like a different river outside central london.
Travel: Underground from South Kensington station direct to Wimbledon. Change to take an overground train to Hampton Court for the short walk to Hampton Court Palace.
3rd July to 12th July 2012
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, South Bank, SE1 8XX
The sixth annual London Literature Festival appeals to adults and children alike and aims to bring to London the very best in contemporary literature from around the world. As the world's eyes focus on London ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games a cultural festival is taking place simultaneously and authors from around the world, with particular emphasis on Africa and the countries of the Arab Spring along with pieces from Mubai, China and the Caribbean. Well known authors, such as Siri Hustvedt, John Pilger, Clive Safford Smith, Andy Kershaw, Noo Saro-Wiwa, Will Self, Stella Duffy and Mark Haddon will be here as well as childrens' authors Michael Morpurgo and Andy Stanton. The London Literature Festival will include the first UK performance of Don DeLillo's "The Word for Snow". The top UK youth poetry competition features nine teams from across the country competing in the final.
Travel: Underground from South Kensington to Westminster and change to the Jubilee Line for one stop to Waterloo for the short walk to the Southbank Centre.
6th July to 8th July 2012
Hyde Park, Westminster, London, W2 2UH
From major stars, such as Rihanna, to little known but up and coming performers, Wireless Festival 2012 is an annual event which offers a huge range of musical talent over 3 days performing in London's largest park - Hyde Park. Sponsored by Barclarcard, tickets are still available for most events and this is a great way to unwind and soak up the atmosphere and the music. Ample catering options are available throughout the festival, so that you can spend as much time as you want just enjoying the show.
Travel: You can walk up exhibition Way to kensingotn gardens and then through to hyde Park. By public transport, take the number 172 bus from outside South Kensington station to Hyde Park Corner.
9th July to 15th July 2012
Farnborough International Air Show Aerodrome, Farnborough, Hampshire
Farnborough is one of the world's premier air shows - the web site states "the biggest event of its kind in the world" - and takes place every other year. It has two distinct parts - the Trade Days from Monday 9th July to Friday 13th July, when many major aircraft orders are likely to be placed, and the Public Days on Saturday 14th July and Sunday 15th July. This year, however, that pattern is a little altered as there are a limited number of tickets available to the public for Friday 13th july, which has been named as "Jubilee Day" in honour of H.M. The Queen's Diamond Jubilee. On Public Days, which also have a Jubilee flavour, Farnborough International Air Show features 4 hours of flying displays of the latest aircarft along with many vintage planes as well as a large static display of aircraft and associated technology. Very much family orientated, there are also exciting rides and interactive displays to keep the children entertained.
Travel: Underground from South Kensington to Westminster and change to the Jubilee Line for one stop to Waterloo. Take a train to Farnborough Main and allow for a 20-30 minute walk from Farnborough Main to the show area.
The 50+ Show
12th to 14th July 2012
Olympia Grand Hall, Hammersmith Road, London W14 8UX
Previously called "The Retirement Show", the 50+ Show is a very successful consumer show oriented, as the name suggests, to those who have reached 50 or more and who want to know how to get the most out of life - particularly once retired. Lasting 1 day longer than in previous years, the show gives the active over-50's a chance to see a wide range of exhibitions aimed specifically at their age group. Fashion, cookery, travel, crafts, dancing, healthcare and so much more are covered extensively by well over a hundred exhibition stands.
Travel: Underground from South Kensington station direct to Olympia station (3 stops on the District Line).
BBC Proms in London 2012
13th July to 8th September 2012
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP
A major feature of London's Summer cultural activities the BBC Proms - otherwise the Henry Wood Promenade Concerts - are in their 118th year and, in 2012, form a part of the London 2012 Festival - the Cultural Festival taking place alongside the London 2012 Olympic Games. On the opening day of the Olympic Games - 27th July - one of the world's best loved conductors, Daniel Barenboim, will lead the West Eastern Divan Orchestra in a performance of Beethoven's 9th Symphony - the last of his symphony compositions. Tickets are still available for much of the superb programme that can be experienced at the Royal Albert Hall this summer.
Travel: Walk up Exhibition Way (from by South Kensington station) to Kensington Gore and the Royal Albert Hall.
Beijing Culture Week in London
24th July to 31st July 2012
Olympia West Hall, Hammersmith Road, London W14 8UX
Organised by the HAOSI International Group - the organisation behind the closing ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games - Beijing Culture Week aims to give a detailed insight into the lives and culture of the people of Beijing and elsehwere in China. The Tiamemen Show is a cenematic experience showing off beijing as the capital, whilst the Beijing Folk Show features a real Hong Kong alley and the Arts Show introduces the realism artist Jin Shangyi Wang Yidong along with hundreds of pieces of art. Intended for all of the family, Beijing Culture Week enables you to experience Beijing life in London.
Travel: Underground from South Kensington station direct to Olympia station (3 stops on the District Line)
Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, London E20 2ST
The Olympic Games in London 2012 involve a number of venues around london and the U.K. but the main Olympic stadium, Olympic village and several other purpose built venues are in a regenerated part of East London close to Stratford. Each host country tries to show off the very best of itself in the Olympics opening ceremony alongwith involving the teams of each attending country. The Olympic Flame will arrive after its journey all around the U.K. The Queen, as Head of State, will attend alongwith Heads of State of many other countries and a cast of some 15,000 for the opening and closing ceremonies of the London 2012 Games. It would, of course, be impossible, in this summery, to list all of the events taking place in the London 2012 Olympic Games and we may post a separate blog post simply for this purpose.
Travel: There are many ways to reach the stadium, with much improved transport links. We recommend consulting the Transport for London Journey Planner to get the best advice for your journey on the day.
This is a just a taste of the events you may enjoy when staying at Harrington Court Serviced Apartments in central London in July 2012 - the month of the Olympics London 2012.
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