What’s on in London for July 2012

The Olympics have arrived and London is the host city, the whole town is buzzing and getting really excited about the greatest show on earth. With the world media spot lighting London for the next  6 weeks London is pulling out all the stops to keep its many visitors entertained, so this month there are lots of things to see and do.

Listed below are our top 10 so if you are coming to London this month and are not interested in sport there are still plenty of events for you to enjoy.

No. 1. 1st July to 8 July “Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships 2012”. The world of tennis descends on Wimbledon in South West London every summer for two weeks of tennis, strawberries and cream, and good-natured queuing. The tournament will have already run for one week and now will be heading to who will play in the finals. Wimbledon is one of four annual Grand Slam tennis tournaments held around the world. It’s the world’s longest-running and most prestigious tennis tournament. The matches are still played on the original playing surface, grass, and there’s a strict white-only dress code for players. The tournament attracts around 500,000 spectators and millions of television viewers worldwide, and is considered by many players to be the ultimate tournament.

No 2. 3 July to 8 July “Hampton Court Palace Flower Show”. Gardeners enjoy as the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show gets underway in London, with six days of all things horticultural. As well as the stunning floral displays, you can learn about growing your own fruit and vegetables, get tips on gardening in a changing climate, and shop for garden products. This RHS spectacle is the largest of its kind in the world and, for six days in July, thousands of gardening fans can see, smell and touch an abundance of floral delights.You can enjoy around 50 inspiring display gardens including the tranquil water gardens (a unique category of this show), the rose marquee and the innovative conceptual gardens showcasing the next big names in garden design. New for 2012 is the World of Gardens, a section dedicated to international gardens. From contemporary to traditional, there are plenty of design ideas to suit any garden lover.

No 3. 6 July to 7 July “Bloc 2012 Festival” held at Londons Pleasure Gardens. The concerts start from 4:00 PM – 6:00 AM each day. See an incredible line-up of artists at the two-day event.including Snoop Dogg, Orbital and Gary Numan, in the atmospheric surroundings of the London Pleasure Gardens. Not only will the festival make full use of the versatile space, which includes the innovative Dome and the Hub stage from Glastonbury, but it will also feature MS Stubnitz, a German communist ship that has been transformed into a performance and dance space by sonic artist Urs Blaser.

No. 4. 13 July to 8 September “BBC Proms 2012” being held at The Royal Albert Hall and Hyde Park. The greatest classical music festival on earth returns. It’s time for the Proms! This year’s BBC Proms are part of the Cultural Olympiad 2012, a four-year programme of cultural events leading up to the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Reflecting London’s momentous year on the global stage, the 2012 BBC Proms programme is packed with world premieres, beloved classics and internationally renowned musicians. Tickets are available now from the BBC website. Use the BBC’s handy planner to schedule your attendance, or see our selected highlights for inspiration. Selected Highlights between 20 and 27 July Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra will be performing the entire Beethoven symphony cycle, culminating in a performance of the Ninth Symphony on the opening day of the Olympic Games. Marvel at the spectacular first and last night concerts, or wave your flags in Hyde Park at the popular Proms in the Park celebrations. Enjoy a diverse series of operas, including Glyndebourne’s semi-staged version of Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, Berlioz’s The Trojans and ground-breaking new work Nixon in China.

Chill out at late night proms, featuring big band music from the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, the exciting Kronos Quartet and a free concert of Handel’s Water Music and Music for the Royal Fireworks. Hear music from stage and screen, including a star-studded version of My Fair Lady and Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta The Yeoman of the Guard. Take the whole family: enjoy a fun children’s prom with Wallace and Gromit . Hear major British choral works, including Elgar’s the Apostles & Howells’s Hymnus Paradisi, conducted by Martyn Brabbins. Go behind the scenes with Proms Plus, a series of free workshops, talks and events. You can even attend singing sessions with some of the musicians!

No.5. 13 July to 15 July Hard Rock Calling 2012 at Hyde Park concert starts from 2:00 PM. Don’t miss American legend Bruce Springsteen headlining this year’s Hard Rock Calling festival at Hyde Park in London. Soundgarden, Iggy & The Stooges and Paul Simon are also on the line-up. After successfully headlining Hard Rock Calling in 2009, Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band return this summer as headline act for the Saturday of the festival. The rest of the line-up includes: Friday 13 July Soundgarden, Iggy & The Stooges, Coldchisel. Saturday 14 July, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band , John Fogerty, Amy Macdonald. Sunday 15 July, Paul Simon, Big Country, Marcus Foster.

No.6. 21 July to 22 July “BT River of Music” being held at multiple venues. Enjoy free gigs at riverside locations in the run-up to the London 2012 Games. The two-day celebration will feature free concerts along the banks of the river Thames, starring musical talent from Olympic countries around the world. Six stages will host music from the world’s major continents: Asia in Battersea Park, Africa in London Pleasure Gardens, Europe in Trafalgar Square and Somerset House, The Americas at the Tower of London, Oceania at the Old Royal Naval College Greenwich. Confirmed artists include: Scissor Sisters, Jools Holland, Beverley Knight, Jazz at Lincoln Center ,Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Naturally 7, Baaba Maal, Angelique Kidjo, Zakir Hussain, Andy Sheppard.

No.7. July 21st “London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay”. The Olympic Torch will travel across the UK for 70 days before arriving at the Olympic Stadium for the start of the Olympic Games. Eight thousand Torchbearers will carry the Torch through more than 1,000 communities. Some unusual methods of transport will be used, including horse, steam train and even zip wire. The Torch will arrive in London on 21 July, passing through all of London’s boroughs on its way to the Olympic Stadium. The Torch will tour London before arriving at the Olympic Stadium for the start of the Games. Thursday 26 July, City, Southwark, Lambeth, Wandsworth, Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham, Westminster (evening celebration). On the penultimate day of the Olympic Torch Relay, the torch will visit attractions including: The giant Olympic Rings at St Pancras International, St Paul’s Cathedral, Museum of London,,Trafalgar Square, Downing Street. The flame will then go to Buckingham Palace before arriving in Hyde Park, where there’ll be an Olympic Torch Relay Finale concert featuring Dizzee Rascal, The Wanted, Mark Ronson, Eliza Doolittle, Rizzle Kicks and more. A large crowd are expected to line the streets of Central London on this day, and there may be limited capacity in some areas.

No.8. 27 Jul-9 Sep “London 2012 Olympic Games”. Get set for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. London takes centre stage to the greatest show on the planet.

No.9.  27 Jul-12 Aug “BT London Live” at Victoria Park, T London Live Victoria Park will provide a more intimate viewing experience. Two large screens and several smaller ones will show live BBC coverage of the Olympic Games. The Opening and Closing Ceremonies which will be broadcast live from the nearby Olympic Stadium. Entertainment on the main stage will include Norman Jay and Friends, Club de Fromage, Courtney Pine, Sean Rowley’s Guilty Pleasures and Slow Club. There’ll also be a variety of paid-for attractions including a zip wire and a 50m-high observation wheel.

No.10.   27 Jul-12 Aug “BT London Live Hyde Park”, Big screens at BT London Live Hyde Park (including the UK’s largest) will show live BBC coverage of the Olympic Games. There’ll be free performances on selected days by acts including Sir Tom Jones, Feeder, The Feeling, Dodgy, Levellers and Cast. The Opening Ceremony Celebration Concert on 27 July and Closing Ceremony Celebration Concert on 12 August will be ticketed, with tickets available at www.btlondonlive.com.

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