If you have never been to London before, then you are truly missing out! With so much going on in 2014, it really is the best year to visit the city for the first time. Rather than running through the same old sights that every other blog mentions, we thought we would talk you through some of the London 2014 events that will make you eager to get booking your tickets!
1. Eat to your heart’s content at the Feast of St. George in Trafalgar Square
This year, celebrate St. George’s Day in Trafalgar Square, London. There will be a number of free events going on towards the end of April including parades, food festivals and activities for children. The main event, the Feast of St. George will take place in Trafalgar Square on the 21st April 2014. The feast is put on to commemorate the patron saint of England’s death. As well as plenty of traditional English food, including good old hearty pies, there will be live music and famous guests taking the stage.
Do you love flowers and gardening? Head to the Chelsea Flower Show! Just make sure you book your tickets early to avoid disappointment.
2. Pick up some gardening tips at the Chelsea Flower show
The world’s greatest flower show will take place at London’s Royal Hospital in Chelsea from the 20th May to the 24th May 2014. Each year the grounds are transformed into show gardens, featuring inspirational horticultural displays. The event is attended by one hundred and fifty seven thousand visitors each year and tickets sell quickly, so be sure to book yours soon! There you can witness emerging gardening trends and pick up tips from some of the industry’s leading experts.
3. Have the gastronomic experience of a lifetime at Taste of London 2014
This four day gastronomic event takes place in Regent’s Park between the 19th and 22nd June 2014. London’s best restaurants and bars all take part, offering a gourmet selection of tasting plates and signature dishes that are sure to get your mouth watering. There is also an exciting line up of interactive events, demonstrations from top chefs, tasting events and cookery workshops for you to participate in. The outdoor festival will provide the perfect way to spend your time in London, whether you are a proud foodie, or are simply looking for a way to make your trip to the big city all the more exciting!
4. Watch your first live tennis match at Wimbledon
Whether you enjoy watching Tennis or not, it is hard not to be sucked in by Wimbledon! This year the British sporting event will take place from the 23rd June to the 6th July. If you can get tickets, it is definitely worth going to Wimbledon to see if Andy Murray can hang on to his championship title.
5. Have a fun day out at Notting Hill Carnival
The Notting Hill Carnival is the largest street festival in Europe and is attended by over one million people each year. Often referred to as ‘the party of the year,’ Notting Hill Carnival is a beautiful cultural event that will open up your eyes and fill your heart with joy. The main carnival route goes through the heart of Notting Hill. The colours are simply magical. As well as the parade there will be Caribbean food stalls dotted about, improvised performances taking place and Calypso music which will provide the perfect soundtrack to the event. The Notting Hill Carnival will provide you with an unforgettable experience. This year it takes place on the 24th and 25th August.
The Harry Potter tour at the Warner Bros. studio in London is something all of the family will love!
6. Experience the magic of Hogwarts for yourself
If you or your children are big fans of Harry Potter, then why not take a magical tour of Hogwarts? This year visit the Warner Bros. studio in London where you will be able to go on the much talked about ‘Making of Harry Potter’ tour. Step inside the authentic sets, learn about the special effects and walk the original stone floor of the iconic Hogwarts hall. Tickets must be booked in advance online.
7. New Year’s Even in London
It may be hard to think about your New Year’s Eve plans seeing as we are only few days into 2014, but those that plan early always have the best nights! Spending New Year’s Eve in London will be one of the best decisions you ever make. It is one of the capital’s biggest part nights with a whole host of activities, fireworks and fun. Many venues put on special menus, so be sure to book well in advance so you can have something to eat, before heading to the river Thames to watch the spectacular firework displays. It will certainly beat watching them on your television!
So there we have it, seven reasons you really need to visit London in 2014! Even without all of these fantastic events, London is a great city to visit. No matter what time of year you go, there is always something exciting going on!