You’re never short of things to do when visiting London but there’s often so much going on it’s difficult to know where to start. We’ve picked out some of the capital’s top events taking place this summer to give you a bit of a head start when planning your short break in London.
Sports in London
Although it seems like there isn’t much left of the summer, England’s Test Match series against India is just getting underway. The traditional venue for the final test of the summer is The Kia Oval in South London. If the limited over series are anything to go by, we should be in for a close fought battle and the last of the five games might prove crucial. Our England v India Test Match Cricket Experience includes a ticket to the game on the 7th of September, a behind-the-scenes tour of The Oval and overnight accomodation on the 6th starting from £175pp.
Later in the summer, Rugby League’s famous Challenge Cup Final takes place at its spiritual home, Wembley Stadium. This year marks the 117th staging of the historic competition and takes place over the August bank holiday weekend – the perfect chance to make a short break out of it!
Later in the year, one of London’s sporting success stories continues with the NFL London Games returning for its 11th season. See the Superbowl champions, the Philadelphia Eagles take on the Jacksonville Jaguars (the closest thing London has to an NFL franchise!) and the Tennessee Titans first game in London as they take on the LA Chargers.
The London Soundtrack
Some of the biggest names in music come together in London this year as the O2 Arena’s Bluesfest returns bigger and better than ever. The man behind Creedence Clearwater Revival, Jon Fogerty takes to the stage alongside Steve Miller – famous for massive hits like ‘Abracadabra’ and ‘The Joker’. The following night features two musical heavyweights in Van Morrison and Robert Plant and Bluesfest is rounded out by the Zac Brown Band and Counting Crows.
Great for the Family
If you’re heading to London with the family this summer, there’s plenty to keep the kids occupied. Budding palaeontologists won’t want to miss Walking with Dinosaurs at the O2 Arena.
Walking with Dinosaurs returns to The O2 Arena in August 2018 and this time it’s bigger and better than ever. The show includes the fearsome Tyrannosaurus Rex as well as the enormous Brachiosaurus which measures 17 metres from nose to tail. You’ll be guided through the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods as volcanoes erupt and forests catch fire in a spectacular show which will be equally fascinating and entertaining for all ages.
A London Christmas fixture, Disney on Ice returns to The O2 in 2018 with Dream Big. Travel to the kingdom of Arendelle with Anna, Elsa and Olaf in a dramatic retelling of the sisterly love that saved a kingdom. Jump into amazing adventures with Aladdin as he seizes his chance to outwit his adversaries in the marketplace of Agrabah. Discover uncharted worlds with Rapunzel and Jasmine. Dive under the sea with headstrong Ariel as she yearns to explore life above the waves and is willing to risk it all for curiosity and the thrill of adventure. And with even more stories beside, this is sure to be a treat for Disney fans big and small!
And since it’s never too early to start thinking about Christmas, there’s plenty going on in the capital during the holidays. Hogwarts in the Snow returns to the Warner Bros. Studios Tour this winter and runs until the end of January 2019. See the iconic sets from the Harry Potter film series decorated for Christmas including the Great Hall and the enormous model of Hogwarts.
Another London festive institution is Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland. Featuring hundreds of stalls, rides, games and attractions this is the perfect Christmas day out in the capital. Check out our range of festive breaks in London and further afield including Christmas markets, Christmas hotel breaks, New Year parties and more.
London’s world class museums, galleries and historic buildings make the city a cultural haven at the best of times. But this summer, some extra-special events are sure to draw the crowds in search of cultural enlightenment!
To coincide with what would have been Michael Jackson’s 60th birthday, the ground-breaking On The Wall exhibition opens at the National Portrait Gallery. Michael Jackson is one of the most influential cultural figures to come out of the 20th century and his legacy continues into the 21st century. His significance is widely acknowledged when it comes to music, music videos, dance, choreography and fashion, but his considerable influence on contemporary art is an untold story. The exhibition will bring together the works of over forty artists, drawn from public and private collections around the world, including new works made especially for the exhibition.
If this year’s royal wedding has whet your appetite for all things regal, why not take a guided tour around some of London’s historic houses and palaces? Between July and September, Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Windsor Castle will all open their doors to visitors – explore the magnificent State Rooms, discover The Queen’s collection of fine art masterpieces and learn more about these beautiful historic buildings.