Written by: Cally Worden
I looked at the calendar today and was shocked to see how far into 2014 we are. Where Did That Go? It’s easy to get so wrapped up in life that you forget to experience it, and where better to live-it-up than in our nation’s capital. Here is a selection of not-to-be-missed events going on in London during the rest of this year. Time to treat yourself to a day out.
June – Taste of London Festival
For three glorious days from 19-22 June, Regent’s Park is transformed into a site of culinary indulgence and excellence. Around forty of the best restaurants in the capital cast competition aside and come together to showcase some of the most delectable dishes on their menus. With over 200 top producers and premium food brands also in attendance there are endless opportunities to release your inner foodie and set your taste-buds alight.
July – Hampton Court Palace Flower Show
I always thought that Chelsea was the mother-of-all-flower shows, but it seems that the annual floral extravaganza at Hampton Court Palace is in fact the world’s largest flower show. From 8-13 July this year horticultural fans can indulge in this colourful and informative spectacle hosted by the Royal Horticultural Society. With displays galore, and fierce competition for the coveted show prizes, visitors will definitely be in for a treat.
August – Notting Hill Carnival
On 24/25 August the carnival-to-end-all-carnivals explodes onto the streets of Notting Hill. This world-famous event has something for everyone. It’s like a giant street party, and the Sunday Children’s Parade is one of the highlights.
September – Tall Ships Festival
For something a little different why not head down to the Thames from the 5-9 September, and be wowed by the Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Festival. Established for more than 25 years, this unique festival celebrates the majesty of the Tall Ships, with more than fifty magnificent vessels joining the four day sailing event.
October – Frieze Art Fair
If you are a fan of contemporary art then a visit to Regents Park from 16-19 October is a must. The Frieze Art Fair returns to London for 2014, and is the place where more than 150 of the world’s most influential and ground-breaking art galleries from around the globe come to share their works. It is a celebration of works that stretch the boundaries of art, and includes many participatory projects.
November – Bonfire Night Fireworks
When I was a kid I thought I was lucky to have a box of Brock’s in the garden, with each sparkly gem extracted carefully from the old Family Circle biscuit tin and lit reverentially by my Dad at the far end of the garden. I loved it, but these days we have become spoilt by stunning mass-produced fireworks displays that can’t fail to bring forth cries of awe from anyone watching. As home to the 1605 Gunpowder Plot that sparked the whole Bonfire Night thing London always puts on a good show, with impressive displays across the city.
December – The Peter Pan Cup
Never heard of it? Me neither until I wrote this article. But while the name is unfamiliar, what it represents definitely isn’t – the Peter Pan Cup is what is being competed for on Christmas Day by those brave souls who dive into the waters at Hyde Park for a 100 yard swim. Brrrrr! Spectator support is appreciated if you fancy a chilly Christmas morning stroll. The faint-hearted can watch it on TV later. That’ll be me then!