2014 – London might not have the Olympics this year, but it doesn’t stop one of the finest cities in the world from celebrating in style. Indeed, if you’re kicking about the English capital for a few days, there are already a host of events, new buildings and shows awaiting you.
So, drop your car off at the Stansted meet and greet and have a look at some of these upcoming events exclusive to London.
Happy Birthday, Shakespeare!
While you could catch a Shakespeare play at pretty much any time, Shakespeare’s Globe is offering something special this year.
In 2014, it’s the infamous Bard’s 450th birthday, and the home of Shakespearean theatre, the Globe, is making every effort to celebrate the occasion with a bang.
In January, there was the opening of the brand new Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, an offshoot of the Globe, and the repertory company will be performing all 38 Shakespeare plays over the course of the next few years in a bid to celebrate the Bard’s unquestionable contribution to theatre.
This is Now: Film and Video After Punk
Taking place between 4th-17th April, This is Now: Film and Video After Punk celebrates some of the most evocative films of the New Romantic and post-punk scene in Britain. The films will be shown at the BFI Southbank, so if you’ve got a penchant for the subcultures of the 80s, give it a look.
Happy Birthday, Bolshoi Ballet!
Crikey, London’s teeming with impressive anniversaries this year, isn’t it? The next one is the 50th anniversary of the Bolshoi Ballet, which will be celebrating by showing off five performances between July and August. On show will be Swan Lake, La Bayadere, The Sleeping Beauty, Jewels and The Flames of Paris.
Check out the Bolshoi Ballet site for more info.
The Last Night of the Proms
The Proms have become the high watermark for classical music, representing an atmosphere unlike the arguably elitist versions presented in traditional orchestra spaces. But, this year’s final night at the Proms will make history, being the first time a female conductor has headed the last night at the festival.
Expect great music, atmosphere and a ground-breaking evening.
Kew the Movies
Almost everyone loves the dark, peaceful nature of your traditional cinema, but sometimes you fancy a change in your surroundings. If you’re a cineaste, then pop along to Kew the Movies for the chance to watch films in the cool flora of Kew Gardens.
Running from 12th-14th September, Kew the Movies will feature classics like Cinema Paradiso and The Rocky Horror Picture Show for your enjoyment. So, soak up the sun and let the botanic atmosphere draw you in.