London, July, 2014 – with so much going on in London this August and the summer holidays in full swing – guests need to start planning their trip to the Capital City today…
Where to stay… with great rooms, great amenities – including free Wi-Fi – and weekend rates starting at just £99 London Bridge Hotel is a great base for exploring Bankside and the Capital.
July was an amazing month for sporting fans with the Tour de France coming to London, as well as the Wimbledon Tennis Championships and the World Cup. For more sporting memories head to the Museum of London where a new gallery which opened in the courtyard on 25th July called Designing a Moment: The London 2012 Cauldron. This new pavilion was built by the same technical team behind the London 2012 Cauldron and is the first permanent addition to the museum since 2010.
The big cycle race this month is Prudential Ride London – a two-day festival of cycling on 9th and 10th August. On the Saturday there’s an eight-mile traffic-free cycle around London and on the Sunday a race from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for a 100-mile challenge. There will be large screens to watch the action in Green Park and on The Mall, and there will be festivals in Wimbledon and Hampton Wick in west London.
As this month is the centenary of the start of World War One there is a suggestion to turn our lights out at 10pm in the UK on 4th August as a time to reflect. Another interesting project is The Letter to The Unknown Soldier at Platform One at Paddington Station where the statue is reading a letter and we’re all invited to write to him. But the biggie in London is the reopening of the Imperial War Museum with new First World War galleries as well as the new objects in the redesigned and larger atrium.
Another centenary celebration is at ZSL London Zoo during the Little Creatures Family Festival from Friday 29th to Sunday 31st August as it was 100 years ago that Winnie the bear arrived at the zoo. The black bear was a mascot for the Canadian regiment and was given to London Zoo at the start of World War One. The author A.A. Milne often brought his son, Christopher Robin, as the young boy really loved the bear
The Geffrye Museum in east London is celebrating its centenary this month and the tri-centenary of the opening of the almshouses for the poor and elderly. It’s a museum of English domestic interiors and has period room-sets to admire from the 17th century to today. The summer events will be indoors and out as they have period gardens too, and there’s lots of fun planned including a free family day on Sunday 17th August.
As this is now truly summer it’s good to plan more outdoor time and the Books About Town trails are fun for all ages. Fifty benches have been placed around London – grouped into four trail areas – designed by local artists and famous names to celebrate London’s literary heritage. Enjoy finding the benches, or simply sitting in the sunshine to read a good book. There are events happening at the benches throughout the summer. For example, the That’s Not My… bench has a photo booth on Wednesday 6th August. The benches are staying until 15th September and will then be auctioned for charity.