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Hot Tickets in London this Summer

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

With the weather finally changing for the better, you could be fooled into thinking summer is on the way!  Summer, of course, is the season of outdoor activities from music festivals to sunbathing to sports fixtures and London is no exception, hosting many of the year’s most prestigious events.  Here is a quick rundown of some of the top events in and around the UK’s capital city.

Festivals

London’s Hyde Park and Victoria Park have become havens for many festival planners and promoters offering unrivalled access for the city’s residents.  A few of the festivals coming up over the next few months are:

Field Day Festival at Victoria Park – 25th May

Field Day started its life outside a pub as a low-key local music event but has since snowballed in popularity so much so that it now hosts some of the top names in RnB and dance music, including Disclosure and Eats Everything plus the UK debut performance from Beyonce’s sister Solange.

Lovebox Festival at Victoria Park – 19th-21st July

Lovebox has become another household name as far as London music events are concerned and with a more mainstream RnB and pop feel, there is something for everyone to see over the three days of top quality live performances.  Artists scheduled to perform this year are Goldfrapp, Plan B and Annie Mac.

South West Four at Hyde Park – 24th-25th August

SW4 has become synonymous with London’s dance music scene and is probably the fastest-selling festival this summer so book early to avoid disappointment.  Held in the height of (hopefully) a hot weekend, the biggest names in dance and electronica take to Hyde Park to give London the feeling of an endless summer.


Sports

During the next few months, some of your favourite sportsmen will be embracing the summer weather in a wide variety of competitive events, including:

World Rowing Cup – 21st-23rd June

You will get a chance here to see the second stage of the world’s top rowing competition and the opportunity to see the most experienced and best rowers at their peak leading to the final in Switzerland in July.

Global Champions Tour – 6th-9th June

This top showjumping competition will see the world’s best horse trainers and riders take part, hosted in London for the first time, at the prestigious Olympic Park.  This is a great opportunity for the whole family to witness the most majestic and well-trained horses in nail-biting competition.

Euroleague Final Four – 10th-12th May

This event sees twenty-four top basketball teams from thirteen European countries compete to get to the semi-finals hosted at the O2 on 10th May with the finals taking place on the 12th.  This is a perfect chance to see great sportsmen at the top of their game, great for hardcore fans of the sport or for those looking to get into something new and exciting.

So whether it’s dancing in a field or watching others play on one, there is something in London to get you out of the house and into the sunshine, provided the weather keeps up it’s side of the bargain!  B+B Belgravia can make your festival or event that much easier to plan, with competitive prices and a great central location.

 

B & B Belgravia ready to accommodate for the world’s largest cycling event

Friday, February 8th, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

London is preparing itself for more Olympic style attention. The world’s largest cycling festival is due to pass through Wandsworth and Merton this summer. The news was announced by Boris Johnson, who has said Bradley Wiggins is also due to appear.

More than half a million spectators are due to visit London so they can cheer on their cycling heroes. The weekend of August 3rd and 4th will be joyfully reminiscent of the London Olympics 2012.

Around 20,000 amateur cyclists, including the London Mayor, will push to complete the 100-mile course. The Ride London-Surrey event begins in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park then passes some of the capitals most iconic landmarks before heading out to Richmond Park.

Speaking from The Mall, Boris said: “It’s going to be a fantastic feast of velocipedes, the equivalent of running the marathon, only better.

“I have been conscripted for the 100-mile ride and I will perform.”

Double Olympic Gold Medalist, Laura Trott said: “It’s exciting to think that in less than six months’ time, Ride London will have started and the streets of London and Surrey will be filled with over 70,000 cyclists taking part in the two-day festival’.

Visitors flock

Cyclists participating and their families will be looking for comfortable accommodation that is central to the start of the main event. The 500,000 people expected to attend Ride London means that bookings are being taken up fast.

Those cycling and their families certainly deserve modern comfort where they can mentally prepare the night before; not to mention a hearty English Breakfast to fuel them through the race.

 B & B Belgravia is able to provide these things and more with service to rival a 3-star Hotel.

 

Image courtesy of Flickr.

Is Formula 1 Coming To The Streets Of London?

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

As the Formula 1 circus visited Britain last weekend, McLaren drivers Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button were championing an idea put forth by their principle sponsor – Santander, for a race to be run through the streets of London, around many of the iconic landmarks.

It comes just in a weekend where Silverstone showed its inability to deal with the unpredictable British weather, and would certainly be a glamour race in the same vein as Monaco.The course is currently pencilled in to take in the likes of Embankment, Parliament Square, Trafalger Square and the Mall, however because of its apparent impracticality – especially with such a narrow gap at Admiralty Arch – it has not been taken seriously up to now.

But the proposal seems to be getting more momentum after Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone says that its no joke and that he could even be prepared to waive the £35 million hosting fee for London, to force this idea through.

Some commentators have said that the cost of implementing the changes needed to host the Grand Prix would top £200million, with changes to the street furniture and such needed, however with the fee waived and an estimated £100million+ for London to make from the weekend, it is interesting how this will develop.

Then the view of the Londoners has to be taken in consideration. Will they put up with disruption of this kind for 1 long weekend every year, or is the upcoming Olympics enough for their lifetime? Here at B+B Belgravia we have our fingers crossed, as we wouldn’t mind seeing one of the fastest sports in the world on our doorstep.