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Great British Summer

The BBC Proms, Wimbledon Tennis Championship, Open Garden Squares Weekend, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Social Wine & Tapas, Buckingham Palace Opening & Veuve Cliquot Secret Garden

The British weather is anything but predictable. We’ve recommended the best events in London this summer, including some indoor options….

The BBC Proms – Classical favourites, contemporary world premieres and family concerts

The Proms continues to bring the finest classical music to Londoners and the UK. This year’s programme, under the direction of new Director David Pickard, offers something for everyone.

A carnival atmosphere will unfold at the Royal Albert Hall with music from Latin America including the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Symphony Orchestra to celebrate the Rio Olympics.

To mark 400 years since the death of Shakespeare, there will be performances inspired by the playwright’s work, including Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet.

For families, the first Strictly Prom featuring dancers from the television programme, as well as weekend matinee family concerts.

The 2016 season opens on 15 July with Tchaikovsky’s Fantasy-Overture Romeo and Juliet and Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E Minor.

 Promotional picture for BBC Proms

Wimbledon Tennis Championship – London’s favourite summer sporting event

Whether you are a tennis fan or just enjoy the atmosphere, Wimbledon is a must in the London calendar and enjoyed by thousands of spectators every year.

The oldest tennis tournament in the world and widely considered the most prestigious, this year’s championship will run from Monday 27 June – Sunday 10 July.

Tennis superstars, Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic, and Andy Murray and many more will battle their way through the rounds for the chance to be crowned Wimbledon champion 2016.

Tickets are available to purchase on the day, but be prepared to queue. If you would like to access the best seats in the house in advance, contact Bon Vivant at for further information and availability.

 Statue of Fred Perry at Wimbledon

Open Garden Squares Weekend – Explore beautiful private and public gardens across the city

More than 200 London gardens across 25 London boroughs will open their gates to the public on 18 and 19 June during the Open Garden Squares weekend.

From historic and traditional to the new and experimental, the weekend allows the public to venture into private gardens, roof gardens, community allotments, urban wildlife and ecology centres as well as gardens belonging to historic buildings, institutions, restaurants and schools.

Fitzroy Square and Manchester Square in Fitzrovia will feature in the festival’s guide and many of the gardens will provide stalls, music, family entertainment and art activities as well as food and drink.


Royal Academy Summer Exhibition – A unique view on the contemporary art world

The Royal Academy of Arts is hosting its 248th Summer Exhibition this year.

The world’s largest open submission exhibition, the summer exhibition provides a unique platform for emerging and established artists and architects to showcase their recent work in all media – painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, architecture and film – to an international audience.

From 13 June, over 1,200 selected artworks will go on display, the majority of which will be for sale offering visitors an opportunity to purchase original artwork by high profile and up-and-coming artists.

 Installation view of the Summer Exhibition 2016 (c) Stephen White

Social Wine & Tapas and Salt Yard collaboration – A celebration of modern tapas

On Tuesday 9 August and for one night only, executive head chef of Jason Atherton’s Social Wine & Tapas, Frankie Van Loo, will be hosting a collaborative dinner with chef director of Salt Yard Group, Ben Tish.

The dinner will be a celebration of modern tapas for which both restaurants are known, inspired by the flavours and produce of Spain and Italy, and with expert wine pairing from executive sommelier of Social Wine & Tapas, Laure Patry.

Priced at £95 per person, including service and wine pairings, dinner reservations are available between 6pm and 9.30pm at Social Wine & Tapas in Marylebone.

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 Chefs at Salt Yard tapas restaurant in London

Buckingham Palace summer opening – A glimpse into the official London residence of the Queen

Buckingham Palace opens its doors to the public again this summer from 23 July.

This annual opening is an opportunity to see 19 lavishly furnished State Rooms that provide the setting for ceremonial occasions and official entertaining. The Palace’s State Rooms also contain some of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection, including paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens and Vermeer.

To coincide with the summer opening, a special exhibition, Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from The Queen’s Wardrobe, has been curated highlighting The Queen’s support of British designers and the development of her style through the decades. The Queen’s wedding dress and Coronation dress will be on display together for the first time ever.

Image credit: Royal Collection Trust/ (c) Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016

Veuve Cliquot secret garden – Champagne at the Four Seasons Hotel Park Lane

If you are looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city this summer, the terrace at the Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane is the place to go.

The terrace has been transformed into the Veuve Cliquot Secret Garden where you can enjoy Veuve Cliquot RICH, the new versatile champagne served on ice, surrounded by begonias, clematis, salvias and scented jasmine.

A new all-day summer menu from Executive Chef Romuald Feger is also available to complement the champagne.

The Secret Garden is open daily from 12 p.m. until 11 p.m.

 The Secret Garden at Four Seasons Park Lane
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