Summer has arrived with some aplomb, meaning there’s no better time to get out and about and explore the myriad of luxury events in London over the next three months. To help you find them, we’ve put together another TRULY Quarterly, from royal flower shows to multi-sensory art galleries and foodie feasts.
Floral Extravagance: Hampton Court Flower Show
’til 5 July
Vibrant colours and endless blooms, the flower show at Hampton Court Palace is an inspiration to the green-fingered. It is easy to see why it is the winning Garden Event of the Year. There will be fireworks, live music, food, gifts and, of course, the main event: flowers!
Hampton Court Flower Show / Image: Ian Patterson, Flickr
BP Portrait Awards 2015
’til 20 September
This is an exhibition of the most prestigious international portrait competition. From 92 countries and 2748 entries, you are guaranteed to view the very best portraits in the world. Many artists have had their careers launched by this competition.
The self styled “nomadic street food circus” is back; quite possibly London’s finest street food destination. There are three locations at which to feast this year, with the latest addition ‘Model Market’ at Lewisham, though our favourite remains the Dalston Yard spot.
The Bridge Exhibition
’til 31 July
Forty seven groundbreaking visual artists join together from 15 different countries and three monotheistic faith backgrounds. Each artist has submitted one piece of original artwork, helping build bridges to unite us all.
Shoes: Pleasure and Pain
’til 31 January, 2016
This exhibition will cover the beauty, the elegance, the pain and the agony of shoes. These aren’t just any shoes; the exhibition looks at extreme footwear from all around the world. Two hundred pairs of shoes from the past and present will be on display.
Secret Cinema: Star Wars
’til 27 September
Blurring the line between performance and audience, Secret Cinema returns for 2015 with an intergalactic experience. Met with rave reviews so far, hear your favourite lines, see your favourite characters and be one with the force.
World Class Festival of Cycling
1 to 2 August
Experience the love of cycling and the freedom of traffic-free roads while cycling through central London. You will see world-famous landmarks and hidden sights. There are routes for all levels of cyclists and you may just brush shoulders with the pros.
Great British Beer Festival
Quite possibly the world’s largest pub, head to the Great British Beer Festival to journey the world in 900 beers. More than 350 of them come from breweries within the British Isles, while there are also tutored tastings and other educational experiences for those who’d like to learn a little more about what they’re drinking.
’til 6 September
Musicians and sound artists unite at the National Gallery to compose a piece of music or sound art specific to a select painting. This art joins visual and auditory senses, as you hear the painting and see the sound.
Mercury 13 Immersive Installation
’til 31 August
Artist Megan Broadmeadow brings this exhibition based on the 13 women who trained and passed NASA’s astronaut training in 1959. They never saw space as the government wouldn’t allow them to go. The exhibition involves LED screens, mirrors, 3D eyes, dancers and costumes.
This is just a taste of the activities going on in London during July and August. Truly Quarterly is more than happy to keep you aware of the city’s many happenings and stay tuned. There is always something going on.
The Thames Festival
1 – 30 September
This exciting event takes place over 10 days on the South Bank riverside between the Tower Bridge and the London Eye. The festival includes live music, art installations, pyrotechniques, performances and plenty of delicious food. It culminates in an illuminated procession at night along the banks of the Thames and a fireworks display that will light up the sky.
The Greenwich Vintage Fair on the Gardens
5 – 6 September
If you are passionate about antiques you will love this festival, which offers you the chance to stock up on beautiful items from bygone eras including records, collectibles, clothing and homewares. There will also be plenty of excellent street food vendors, a fully licenced cocktail bar and dance lessons from the London Swing Dance Society.
International Jewellery London
6 – 8 September
One of the premiere jewellery events in the UK, International Jewellery London 2015 will give you the opportunity to meet with a large selection of jewellery exhibitors and discover some of the hottest new designs.
The festival includes free seminars, the Design Innovation Awards and an impressive collection of amazing jewellery on offer. If you are passionate about jewellery, you will love this annual event.
Open House London
19 – 20 September
This architecture festival takes place across the capital and allows access to hundreds of noteworthy buildings that are normally not open to the public, including historic sites, government buildings and private homes.
Most buildings are simply open for visitors and others can be accessed by arranging an appointment – so check out the venues you want to visit in advance. This festival began in 1992 as a way to promote public appreciation of architecture and building design in London.
The Barber of Seville
28 September – 11 November
The Barber of Seville is a light-hearted comedy set in 18th century Seville about the barber Figaro as he helps Count Almaviva to win feisty Rosina away from her guardian, the lecherous Dr. Bartolo.
In this wonderfully entertaining revival, the score is conducted by the very talented Christopher Allen. Book your tickets early, this performance is sure to be very popular.
London Design Festival
19 – 27 September
This city-wide event covers over 150 venues across London and celebrates talent and innovation in the world of design. The festival will include seminars, product launches, exhibitions, parties and much more and it is a wonderful opportunity to learn about some of Britain’s most talented and creative designers.
London Fashion Weekend
24 – 27 September
This is the fashion event of the season, featuring some of the world’s best brands and designers on display in catwalk shows. The event also includes trend presentations, panel discussions and the chance to mingle with some of the most respected names in the fashion industry. If you are a lover of fashion and style, this four day event is an absolute must.