Why Visit London in 2015?
With its myriad museums, amazing architecture and vibrant nightlife, it’s no wonder London is one of the most-visited cities in the world. You’ll never find yourself short of things to do here, and there’s always something going on.
London Fashion Week
London hosts its world renowned Fashion Week twice a year, and you’ll be treated to a display of cutting-edge style and glamour as the world’s most fashionable and beautiful people descend on the famous Somerset House. This historic venue becomes a fashionista’s paradise for four days as some of the biggest names in the fashion world show off their creations on the catwalk.
Full of catwalk shows, pop-up shops, hair and beauty stalls and talks with leading names in the fashion industry, it’s the perfect place to get your wardrobe ready for the year ahead and you might even find yourself brushing shoulders with the stars.
RHS Chelsea Flower Show
From the fashion event of the year to the garden design event of the year, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is the greatest flower show in the world and the grounds of the Royal Hospital become awash with vibrant colours and horticultural displays. Here you can see the very latest gardening trends and see new plants as well as popular old varieties. 157,000 attend the show every year, but ticket numbers are limited and you must buy in advance!
Chinese New Year
London is the home of the largest Chinese New Year celebrations outside Asia, and every year hundreds of thousands of people celebrate and wish each other "Kung Hei Fat Choi" on the city’s West End. This year is the Year of the Horse and the celebrations will be taking place towards the end of January.
You can expect a magnificent parade through the West End, full of Chinese dragon costumes, a lion dance, live performances and plenty of food and craft stalls, all topped off with a spectacular fireworks display. Alternatively, why not try the city’s Chinatown where you’ll find a wealth of delicious Chinese restaurants?
Burns Night celebrations are traditionally associated with Scotland, but you don’t even have to leave London to get into the spirit of it! Celebrated on 25th January (on the anniversary of his birth in 1759), the Scottish poet and lyricist now has suppers, poetry readings and toasts dedicated to his name. Many of the city’s restaurants host special Burns Night events, so there’ll be haggis and tatties aplenty!
Trooping the Colour
The Queen is famous for having two birthdays a year, but you can celebrate her official one with Trooping the Colour in June. This spectacular military parade has taken place ever year since 1820, and is full of military pomp as Her Royal Highness leads the troops from Horse Guards Parade in St James's Park, down the Mall and on to Buckingham Palace. After the Queen salutes, guns are fired at both Green Park and at the Tower of London, before a special RAF flypast. Exact dates for the event are yet to be confirmed, but you can apply for tickets in January and February.
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