London is probably one of the top places you’ll want to visit when making a trip across the pond on vacation, and with good reason! It is a vibrant city, with plenty of British culture and history.
You’ll find everything from modern skyscrapers, to quaint museums and pubs, and plenty to see and do. It really has so much to offer, so read on to find out 15 fantastic reasons you should visit London in 2017!
New hotel openings
2017 sees some exciting new hotels springing up in London. From the luxurious Four Seasons at Ten Trinity Square, in the historic 1922 headquarters of the Port of London Authority, to more budget friendly offerings such as Dorsett City London, accommodation options are set to be more exciting than ever this year.
For fans of tennis, of course, a trip to Wimbledon is a no brainer. Taking place from the 3rd to the 16th of July, if you’re planning a trip during this time, why not try to snag tickets and enjoy the British tradition of enjoying strawberries and cream while you’re there?
Find out more information on how to get hold of tickets here. As stated, you should only purchase tickets from an official outlet.
Fans of Harry Potter are in for a treat, as it has been 20 years since the first book was released so there are a number of special events taking place in 2017.
In May, The Royal Albert Hall are having a very special series of showings of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. The film will be shown on a 40-foot screen, and the score will be played live on stage by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. It’s guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience! For details and to book tickets, visit the Royal Albert Hall’s website here.
And if that isn’t enough Pottermania, the British Library will hold a special exhibition all about the magic of Harry Potter in the fall. Read all about it here!
To mark the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, there will be a number of talks, exhibitions, and events taking place in Hampshire, just a short train journey from London. Literary fans can find out more information on the dates of each event here.
Tour Buckingham Palace
Usually off limits, during July the Queen takes a vacation, which means you are able to take a privileged tour of Buckingham Palace and see the State Rooms. Get an insight into the Royal Family, and a day out at the Palace and Garden. Book tickets here.
Art at The V&A
The Victoria and Albert Museum has been surrounded by scaffolding while it undergoes a facelift, but 2017 sees the unveiling of a new entrance and courtyard, so it’s worth visiting to see its new look. Entrance is free, and there are many events and exhibitions to see, such as the Pink Floyd exhibition which runs from May through October.
Lovers of classical music have the chance to catch world-renowned musicians at the BBC proms, which run from July until September. The Proms take place at the Royal Albert Hall, and tickets tend to be cheap, but you’ll have to be prepared to queue for the most popular artists or the very special Last Night of the Proms.
Notting Hill Carnival
Notting Hill Carnival is London’s annual legendary street festival, and it’s one of the largest in the world. Each year over a million people attend, and it is a true celebration of multicultural Britain, making it a really authentic experience for visitors!
There is music, street food, and plenty of dancing, and best of all it’s free!
Chelsea Flower Show
In May, the Royal Horticultural Society holds the Chelsea Flower show, in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea. It is the most prestigious flower show in the world and showcases the best in gardening with an aim to make the UK a more beautiful place.
London Restaurant Festival
Serious foodies should visit during October for the London Restaurant Festival. From restaurant-hopping tours to special festival menus, there is plenty taking place in the 350 restaurants taking part across the city.
Adventures in Moominland
A visit to the Southbank Centre is a must for any fans of the Moomin stories. Get lost in the magical and eccentric Moominland, and explore the life of author Tove Jansson from March through August. More information and ticket prices can be found here.
London Fashion Week Festival
London Fashion Week Festival takes place in September and is a highlight for fashionistas or stylists. Catch a front row show, or talks from industry experts, or update your wardrobe with styles from 150 designer brands.
For those in the know, London is bursting with fantastic shopping opportunities. Of course, there’s the famous Oxford Street, and vintage heaven Brick Lane, but it’s the hidden gems that you’ll really want to seek out.
Connaught Village, near Hyde Park, is full of independent retailers, and you’re bound to find amazing gifts to bring back home with you! Plus there are plenty of great markets, from Broadway Market for food and vintage clothing to Shepherd Market for luxury Leather or Cuban Cigars.
The British love getting into the Christmas spirit, and in London, they do so exceptionally well. An impressive Christmas tree takes up residence in Trafalgar Square and Hyde Park becomes a Winter Wonderland with ice skating, rides, food, and drink. The festive cheer is infectious!
New Year fireworks
Head to London for the end of 2017, and welcome 2018 in style with the spectacular fireworks display which takes place as a backdrop to the iconic London eye and Big Ben. You can sign up for tickets here, which are free.
Of course, this list only just scratches the surface on all that is going on in this bustling city, so why not check out our great deals on cheap flights to London here and book your trip today!