What’s on in London for July 2013

london summer airport transfersSummer has arrived, and so have the tourists. London will be packed this month so will all the attractions, so if you want to go and visit somewhere special then if possible book in advance so as not to be disappointed. With Wimbledon coming to a climax, and crickets most famous competition “The Ashes” the month is packed with Sport, Music, and special events. Listed below are our top ten for the month, There is something for everyone.

No. 1.  1st July  “Canada Day” in Trafalgar Square.  The huge one-day festival, which is now in its eighth year, will celebrate Canada’s 146th birthday by demonstrating the best of Canadian music, sport, art, culture, tourism, business, food and drink to Londoners, Canadians and other visitors from all around the world. Starting at 10.30 am till 22.30 pm. Some of the country’s best musical artists will perform at the festival, including headliners Jann Arden, Arkells and The Tragically Hip. Sports fans can watch Canadians showcasing their hockey skills, as eight teams compete for the Trafalgar Cup in the road hockey tournament. Plus, the Taste of Canada culinary programme will launch this year with appearances by some of the country’s top chefs and food stalls offering visitors a taste of Canadian cuisine. Other activities throughout the day will include face painting for kids, yoga classes, appearances by Royal Canadian Mounted Police and much more! London’s Canada Day celebrations are the largest outside of Canada; in 2012 it attracted more than 90,000 people.

No. 2.  5th July to 14th July “Barclaycard British Summer Time “at Hyde Park. The Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi and Elton John are all set to play headline sets, with The Rolling Stones adding a second date due to popular demand. The line-up so far includes: Friday 5th July, Bon Jovi, Kaiser Chiefs, Bush, The Futureheads, and  Charlie Simpson. Saturday 6th July, The Rolling Stones, The Vaccines, The Temper Trap, Gary Clark Jnr, and Palma Violets. Sunday 7th July (A Day at the Park, family day), JLS, The Beach Boys, The Saturdays, Paul Young,The Gruffalo, Horrible Histories and Braniac. Friday 12th July,  Elton John, Ray Davies and Elvis Costello. Saturday 13th July, The Rolling Stones, Jake Bugg and Tom Odell. Sunday 14th July, Lionel Richie, Jennifer Lopez, Chic, featuring Nile Rodgers , Eliza Doolittle and Beverley Knight. During the week, the Barclaycard British Summer Time will offer smaller events, including comedy, film, literature, music, sport and a family day. There will be three zones: The Village Green (offering a rural retreat in the city), the Piazza (capturing the atmosphere of a buzzing European square) and the Carnival (celebrating the spirit of Hispania, South America and the Caribbean), which will be free to access from 8 to 11 July. There will also be four nights of live comedy in the Barclaycard Unwind Theatre from 8 to 11 July, featuring big names including Russell Kane. Tickets for the comedy events are on sale now.

No. 3.  6th July and 7th July, “Women’s and Men’s Wimbledon Finals Weekend “. Serena Williams still has a long way to go if she wants to equal Martina Navratilova’s nine Wimbledon wins – but it will be six for the American defending champion if she prevails in Saturday’s ladies’ final. Could this be the year that Andy Murray finally wins Wimbledon? The Scot came agonisingly close last year but lost to the record-equalling Roger Federer. But with his Grand Slam duck now broken, Olympic gold medallist Murray could well shine on Centre Court on Sunday. This is the only Grand Slam tournament to be played on grass, Wimbledon is the favourite of many players and a highpoint of the tennis year. Held at the resplendent All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in south-west London since 1877, Wimbledon now no longer relies on good weather too: Centre Court’s new retractable roof – unveiled in 2009 as part of a £100m renovation  means play can continue despite those very English early July showers. More about Wimbledon.

No.4.  9th July  to 14th July  “Hampton Court Palace Flower Show” Gardeners rejoice as the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show gets underway in London, with six days of all things horticultural. Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is the world’s largest annual flower show. 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 Royal Horticultural show 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. For the keen horticulturist the show is not just about viewing, shopping and relaxing – it’s also about winning! The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) judges make their awards on the first day of the show; see if you agree with their choices. Hundreds of the UK’s best nurseries fill the floral marquees, Festival of Roses and Plant Heritage Marquee. Floral art, fruit, vegetables and floristry are also a major part of the show. With lots of opportunities to buy gifts and gadgets and several tempting catering options, everyone will have a glorious day out at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

No.5.  11th July  to 14th July  “Coronation Festival” at Buckingham Palace. The gardens of Buckingham Palace will be opened to the public this summer for a unique festival celebrating the 60th anniversary of The Queen’s coronation. More than 200 companies with the Royal Warrant of Appointment will showcase their wares in four entertainment and shopping areas: Food and drink, Design and technology, Homes and gardens, Style, pursuits and pastimes. In the evening, the palace gardens will host a Coronation Gala starring UK music and dance talent, including Katherine Jenkins and Russell Watson, as well as performers from across the Commonwealth. Tickets for the evening gala have now sold out.

No.6.   12th July to 7th September “ BBC Proms 2013” at the Royal Albert Hall. The greatest classical music festival on earth returns to London’s Royal Albert Hall. It’s time for the Proms! This year’s Proms is comprised of 92 concerts, including the famous Last Night performances. This year’s highlights include the first ever complete Wagner Ring Circle at the Proms in one summer; Marin Alsop as the first woman to conduct the Last Night of the Proms; and a Doctor Who Prom to celebrate the show’s 50th anniversary. The full programme is available on the BBC’s website. What are the Proms?   “Proms” is short for Promenade concert: informal and inexpensive concerts where Promenaders (“Prommers”) pay just £5 for a ticket. Up to 900 Prommers can stand in the central Arena at London’s Royal Albert Hall, and a further 500 can stand, sit or recline in the Gallery.

No.7.   12th July  to 14th July  “Yahoo! Wireless Festival 2013” at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Don’t miss this year’s Yahoo! Wireless Festival, making its debut at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Justin Timberlake and Jay Z are headlining, while Snoop Dogg, Calvin Harris, Emile Sande, Rita Ora, A Tribe Called Quest, Rizzle Kicks and John Legend are also on the bill. Justin Timberlake has released two chart-topping, ground-breaking albums that both reached multi-platinum status in many countries across the world. Headlining on Friday 12 July, this will be Justin Timberlake’s only UK festival performance of 2013. Music megastar Jay Z will headline on Saturday 13 July in what will be his only European performance of 2013. On Sunday 14 July, Justin Timberlake and Jay Z will share the stage as a special preview of their North American Legends of The Summer Stadium Tour. Jessie Ware, Katy B and Magnetic Man have also been added to the Sunday line-up.

N0. 8 .   18thJuly to 22nd July “2nd Investec Ashes Test: England v Australia” at Lord’s Cricket Ground. Since 2009, England have generally bettered their old foe Australia in Test cricket – and Alastair Cook’s side will enter the 2013 Ashes series on the back of two consecutive series victories in cricket’s oldest rivalry. The 2010-11 series Down Under was manna from the cricketing heavens for England fans: the 3-1 series win was the only one in which a team had won three Tests by innings margins and the first time England has scored 500 or more four times in a single series. This second Ashes Test at Lord’s comes just four days after the series opener at Trent Bridge and will therefore be crucial. In the last Ashes Test at Lord’s in 2009, England won by 115 runs thanks to a five wicket haul by Andrew Flintoff just days after he had announced his impending retirement. Can Cook’s new look side continue the domination ushered in by Flintoff and co?

No.9.   26th July to 28th “Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games 2013”. Athletics returns to London’s Olympic Park this summer, on the first anniversary of the London 2012 Games. The Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games is a twofold event over three days. Friday and Saturday will see the IAAF Diamond League action in the British Athletics Grand Prix, featuring the return of many Olympic champions, with a third day of sports on Sunday dedicated to showcasing the Paralympic champions of 2012. London 2012 Olympic superstar Usain Bolt has confirmed that he’ll return to the Olympic Stadium for the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games. Bolt will compete in the 100m on Friday 26 July and the 4x100m on Saturday 7 July. “I’m looking forward to coming back to the UK, especially with it being a year since winning three gold medals in the Olympic Stadium,” said the star. “The crowd were amazing at the Games, and I hope they will be out again in their numbers at the end of July.” Big-name British atheletes competing at the Games include Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis, Greg Rutherford, Robbie Grabarz, Perri Shakes-Drayton and Jonnie Peacock

No.10.   27th July to 29th September  “Buckingham Palace Summer Opening”. Visit Buckingham Palace, one of the world’s few remaining working royal palaces, in London this summer.  You’ll see some of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection, plus the spectacular The Queen’s Coronation 1953 exhibition, featuring royal dresses, uniforms and jewellery. Inside Buckingham Palace you can explore lavishly furnished rooms containing some of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection at Buckingham Palace. Highlights include: Paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens, Vermeer, Poussin, Canaletto and Claude. Sculptures by Canova and Chantrey and exquisite examples of Sèvres porcelain. Also on show is some of the finest English and French furniture in the world. This year’s special exhibition at Buckingham Palace marks the 60th anniversary of The Queen’s coronation in 1953. The palace’s ballroom will be transformed into the largest-ever exhibition about this historic event. Objects on display include:  The Queen’s white satin coronation dress, designed by Norman Hartnell. The Queen’s Robe of Estate, made from English purple silk, which is more than 6.5 metres long and The Diamond Diadem, one of The Queen’s most recognisable jewels, which she is pictured wearing on postage stamps and some banknotes. As you tour the palace, you’ll see many more items related to the coronation. For example the State Dining Room will be dressed to evoke the Coronation Banquets as they were held on the evenings of 3rd and 4th June 1953, with magnificent settings of porcelain, silver-gilt and flowers.

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