While many shows, events and ticket booking can be done upon arrival, there are a few events worth reserving well in advance to avoid disappointment.
The Old Vic‘s artistic director himself, the legendary Kevin Spacey will play Richard in Shakespeare’s tragedy
is directed by Academy Award winner Sam Mendes
The Old Vic Theatre
June 18- Sep 11
Tickets on sale now
Chelsea Flower Show
Chelsea Royal Hospital transforms its grounds into 11 acres of creative garden design each summer but it’s not all about the flowers. Shop, sip on champagne or Pimm’s and rub elbows with high brow Londoners.
May 24-28 (first two days are for RHS members only)
Purchase tickets without delay, it’s a sell out each year.
Kew the Music (formerly Kew Swing)
Choose performances by Blondie, Buena Vista Social Club, Jools Holland, Bryan Ferry, Jamie Cullum at the annual summer concert series on the lawn in Kew Gardens.
Tickets on sale March 7
Test Cricket: England v. India
Can England defeat the world’s no. 1 team? Be warned though: Test Matches can last for up to 5 days and that’s just one match in the best of a series of four!
Lord’s Cricket Ground
21 -25 July
Reserve tickets now
Buckingham Palace Summer Opening
When the queen leaves London each summer, the palace opens to the public. This year’s special exhibit included with the entry ticket and audio tour is the Royal Faberge Collection.
23 July – 3 October
Tickets available to book
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