London this spring

With the last few winter months proving to be a washout, why not plan a visit to the Capital this spring and summer and treat yourself with the  ‘Great Weekend Deals’ package at London Bridge Hotel. Rates start from GBP99 for an overnight’s stay with free internet access and add a full buffet breakfast for only GBP10 when booking in advance. For full details of the package and to make bookings visit: www.londonbridgehotel.com/offers.

Here is our top pick:

The Rolling Stones: Exhibitionism at Saatchi Gallery – 5th April – 4th September:

Following the success of ‘David Bowie Is’ and taking over the entire two floors of the Saatchi Gallery with 9 thematic galleries, EXHIBITIONISM combines over 500 original Stones’ artefacts, with striking cinematic and interactive technologies offering the most comprehensive and immersive insight into the band’s fascinating fifty year history.

Conceptual Art in Britain: 1964–1979 at the Tate Britain –  12th April – 29th August:

Conceptual Art in Britain: 1964–1979 traces the course of conceptual art in Britain from its origin in the 1960s until the late 1970s – encompassing a defining period in British history that takes in the first Labour government of Harold Wilson and the election of Margaret Thatcher. The exhibition gathers together artists who set out to think beyond the limits of traditional art, predominantly using text and photography to place in question the material, aesthetic and philosophical conditions and purpose of art, and which in certain cases led to a direct engagement with society and issues of identity politics.

Alchemy 2016 at Southbank Centre  – 13th – 22nd May:

Each year, Alchemy fills Southbank Centre with a vibrant array of performances, workshops and exhibitions – and a delicious food market. The festival celebrates the rich cultural relationship between the UK and the Indian subcontinent, and explores the creative influences generated by our shared history. In 2016, the seventh Alchemy brings artists, performers and contributors from around the world together to collaborate, in order to showcase the best of dance, music, theatre, design, fashion, comedy and literature from the UK and South Asia.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show – 24th – 28th May:

Over 500 exhibitors will already be making plans and tending to their most prized plants in preparation for the 2016 Chelsea Flower Show, which has taken place annually (apart from a few gaps during the two world wars) for over 100 years now.

Greenwich and Docklands Festival – 24th June – 2nd July:

The Greenwich and Docklands International Festival returns with a mixture of theatre, dance and spectacle – all for free! It brings the best UK and international performers to streets, parks and public spaces in and around Greenwich.

Wimbledon – 27th June – 10th July:

Always guaranteed to have you on the edge of your seats, the Wimbledon Championships or simply Wimbledon is the oldest lawn tennis tournament in the world and widely considered the most prestigious. It has been held at the All England Club in London, since 1877. Who will take the cup home this year?

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