1. Piccadilly Circus
As far we are concerned, everything starts here in Piccadilly and judging by our recent survey, it seems you think so too! There is never a dull moment here after all and this season if you’ve got the kids in tow it’s Kid’s Week in Soho just around the corner. This means one child goes free to many of London’s most popular shows when you purchase a full-price adult ticket. This includes such show-stoppers as Stomp, 42nd Street, Wicked, An American in Paris and Mamma Mia!!
2. Covent Garden
If there weren’t already enough reasons to never want to leave this place, the London Magnum pleasure pop up store has just given us another one. Imaging getting to create your very own designer Magnum ice-cream! Well you can here, but it’s only around until 10th September so don’t let this one melt away!
3. Tower Bridge
The London Bridge City Summer Festival has arrived and brought with it a taste of the Riviera, including a pop-up bar and food stalls as well as an open air Theatre. Homer’s Odyssey, a three-part epic, is this year’s theatrical wonder which can be enjoyed as three separate stories (incase you’re not sure you’ve got a 3 hour theatrical marathon in you). Oh and did we mention, it’s absolutely free! Turn up at 6pm for the first performance on Wednesday to Sundays between 9th August and 3rd September, and revel in summertime by the river.
The Natural History Museum is having a whale of a time that the moment! Making a splash this summer is Hope, the Blue Whale skeleton now floating over the Hintze Hall since they waved goodbye to Dippy the Dinosaur. Plus, there’s also a special exhibition, Whales: Beneath the Surface but don’t worry this runs until February so there’s plenty of time to catch this one.
London’s answer to Edinburgh Festival, Camden Fringe, is now wowing audiences with theatre, improv and comedy. With tickets from only £5 and heaps of performances until 27th August, it’s hours of entertainment and an absolute bargain.
6. Buckingham Palace
Whilst her majesty is still enjoying summer in Balmoral we’re still enjoying a right royal nose around the Palace as the summer opening at Buckingham Palace continues until 1st October. Parade through the State Rooms and marvel at the Royal Collections’ treasures plus this year in the Music Room you’ll find a tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales to mark 20 years since her death.
There is almost too much to choose from in the wonderful West End of London, but these are our highlights for this season. Closing 2nd September, Half a Sixpence at the Noel Coward Theatre is a smash-hit musical not to be missed. Running until 9th September, Road at Royal Court is a heartfelt revival of Jim Cartwright’s both funny and tragic 1980s play and it’s been gaining rave reviews. And finally, from 11th August until 23rd September Jesus Christ Superstar returns to the stage in a rival of this classic Andrew Lloyd Webber rock opera.
8. The Park
Enjoy art in the great outdoors at Frieze Sculpture Park in the English gardens of Regent’s Park. Saunter through the park enjoying the summer buzz and uncover beautiful, dramatic and thought-provoking works of art from 23 world artists all hidden within the green spaces. Let the kids run riot whilst you secretly enjoy a bit of culture.
9. The Southbank
Udderbelly Festival, the Southbank’s summer-long festivities continues until 30th September with Comedy, Cabaret and family fun but also visiting is Cirkus Cirkör: Limits Southbank Scandinavian Circus an incredible circus act whose astounding circus feats will have your stomach doing somersaults. But hurry, they’re only in London this week.
10. Regent Street & Oxford Street
Calling all fashionistas! Have your catwalk strut at the ready because London Design Festival and London Fashion Week are both about to land in London in September with in-store events, talks and seminars coming up. Guests so far confirmed this year include Oscar winning costume designer Jenny Beavan and celebrity photographer David Montgomery!