Spring into London

With the cold winter now coming to an end, we’re really looking forward to some warmer weather, but we’re more excited about the many different things going on in London this Spring.  There’s far too much to cram into one little blog post so we decided to pick out our top 5 things.  We hope you like them.

Prince William and Catherine Middleton

Kensington has a long Royal association and the nearby Kensington Palace was home to William’s mother Princess Diana of Wales. We’re all looking forward to the first British Royal Wedding since that of William’s father Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles.  Everyone at the hotel would like to wish Prince William & Catherine best wishes for their wedding on 29th April 2011

Justin Bieber Unveiled at Madame Tussauds

  • Justin Bieber Unveiled at Madame Tussauds

The city of London will be gripped by “Bieber fever” for the second time this year when diminutive Canadian pop star Justin Bieber “arrives” at Madame Tussauds during March.  If the reactions from his fans on his visit last month to the Brits, are anything to go by then we can expect lots of screaming and tears.

Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race 2011

  • The Xchanging Boat Race

One of the oldest sporting events to be seen in the capital, the Boat Race between Oxford and Cambridge Universities has been going since 1829.  Racing along the River Thames, the route begins at Putney Bridge and Finishes in Chiswick some 4 miles and 374 yards away.  The race this year is expected to attract up to 250,000 spectators.  There hasn’t been a sinking since 1978 when a gust of wind finished off the Cambridge crew.

Madame Butterfly at the Royal Albert Hall

  • Madame Butterfly at The Royal Albert Hall

No opera can match the tragedy and sorrow of Puccini’s Madam Butterfly. Set in Japan at the turn of the century, this tale of the doomed love of an American naval lieutenant and his young Japanese bride inspired Puccini to write some of his most sublime and beautiful music.  This production first appeared at the Hall in 1998 to worldwide critical acclaim, and has now been seen by over four hundred thousand people.  It is returning to London by popular demand and is running between 24th February and the 6th March.

Yohji Yamamoto Dresses

  • Yohji Yamamoto

Continuing the Japanese theme, the world reknowned and enigmatic designer Yohji Yamamoto is the subject of a special collection and programme of events at the Victoria and Albert Museum this spring.  Starting on the 12th March and continuing until the 10th July, the V&A present a whole programme which includes many different exhibitions and satellite installations.  This is a must see collection for anyone with an eye for fashion.

Madame Butterfly at The Royal Albert Hall

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