1. Meet Biebs (at Madame Tussauds)
Opening Times: Hours vary slightly across the week and year, but open for visitors everyday.
will.i.am and The Voice team started rocking it early this year, King Kong’s about to take over with a Skull Island experience & massive animatronic Kong, but fans are expected to mob this tourist must-see to pose next to Mr Bieber from October this year. Get practicing your selfie pout!
Just three stops from every hotel Piccadilly on the Piccadilly line to Baker Street.
2. Nab tickets to Romeo and Juliet at Shakespeare’s Globe this summer
Running Saturday 22 April – Sunday 9th July this year – tickets now on sale.
London’s a city of iconic theatre, and in the heart of Piccadilly you’re surrounded by the best Theatreland has to show you. But for a completely different theatre experience, you can’t beat Shakespeare’s Globe. As the weather starts getting warmer, the open air theatre will be opening its doors and ushering in the crowds at this famous home of the Bard’s work.
Just three stops from every hotel Piccadilly on the Piccadilly line to Waterloo, then a lovely wander down the Southbank to the Theatre.
3. Magic yourself to Platform 9 and 3/4
Top Tip: Experience the Old Palace Tour every Tuesday 12.45 & 14.15
The Making of Harry Potter has been running at the Warner Bros. Studio for a while now, but we still love it. The glad rags are out this summer for their costume design special, then in autumn you can delve deeper into the dark arts and even learn how to tackle a death eater with a wand. You know – important life skills…
Take the train from Euston station to Watford Junction
4. On your marks for the annual Goat Race!
Sunday 2nd April at Spitalfields City Farm
The crowds will be flocking to Spitalfields again this April to cheer on Oxford or Cambridge as the competition heats up for the 9th annual Goat Race. Yes, you read that right. Goat Race; held on the same day as the slightly more traditional OxBridge boat race. Tickets are £13 but it is a full day of fun for fans and all the family (kids under 12 go free) so well worth hoofing it across town to experience it.
Take the Piccadilly line to Embankment, then change for the Circle and District line east to Whitechapel.
5. The World Athletics Championship
Para Athletics 14th – 23rd July; Athletics 4th – 13th August
The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park plays the perfect host to this special international sporting event for 2017. From discus to javelin to relay – this is definitely an unmissable shout for sports fans this year. There’s nothing like being a part of the excitement and the atmosphere of a great sporting event. Grab your tickets quick!
Take the Piccadilly line to Holborn, then change for the central line to Stratford.
6. Dare to take a dip in the British summertime
Opening times vary but most are open year round whatever the weather!
Us Londoners will be whipping out the summer wardrobe at the mere mention of blue sky and flocking to a lido nearby. Join the locals and find out why we love our lidos so much, from the beautiful art deco pools at Parliament Hill and Brockwell Park or the more comfortable heated pools at London Fields and Charlton, or the slightly wilder ponds at Hampstead Heath and the Serpentine. Brave the British weather and make a splash!
7. Don your festival gear and head to Victoria Park for some music
The biggies: Field Day Sat 3rd June; Love Box 14th – 15th July 2017
It wouldn’t be summer without a gathering in the park and Victoria Park (also known as the People’s Park) brings people together for some of the best music festivals in the city. Headliners this year include Jamie XX and Chase & Status at Lovebox Festival, Aphex Twin at Field Day, but there are oh so many more…!
Take the Piccadilly line to Holborn, then change for the central line to Mile End
8. Get all gooey at the Festival of Love at the Southbank
Sat 3rd June – Mon 28th August 2017
A place to feel all warm and fuzzy inside. The Southbank is reinstating its popular Festival of Love in 2017 which includes installations, activities, pop-ups and performances that celebrate humankind’s most overwhelming emotion, including The Wedding Weekend – with couples tying the knot and celebrating.
Three stops on the Bakerloo line to Waterloo or also quite a nice walk across the river if the weather is nice!
9. The Buckingham Palace Tour – Summer 2017
From 22nd July – 1st October 2017 ( An exclusive evening tour is also running this year between 24th March – 4th May)
Don’t miss your chance to get a privileged peek through the keyhole of the country’s grandest pad – Buckingham Palace. You’ll be escorted around the State Rooms adorned with marble columns, sumptuous carpets, ornate candelabra and works of art. And this year sees the opening of a unique exhibition entitled ‘Royal Gifts’. What would you buy a Queen who seemingly has it all? Find out what many have chosen over the 65 years of her reign.
One stop from Piccadilly to Green Park station but also easily in walking distance from every hotel Piccadilly.
10. Matisse in the Studio
Royal Academy 15th August – 12th November
Opening Hours Sat- Thurs 10am – 6pm Fri 10am -10pm
For you arty bunch looking for a bit of culture and creative inspiration, there’s so much going on this year it’s hard to choose — but we’re excited by this particular gem. Henri Matisse’s studio has been described as ‘a world within a world’, and this exhibition delves into it by bringing you the artist’s special collection of artifacts and the artworks that they inspired. Time to get cultured!
Practically just around the corner from your every hotel Piccadilly pad!