Maybe you’ve never been to the capital before. You’ve heard all the hype, planned your top sites to visit, but just not gotten around to it yet. Or maybe you’re a seasoned visitor: the London Eye? Check. Buckingham Palace? Old news. Camden market? Please.
One of the best things about London is how much it can change in the blink of an eye. There are always new pop-ups to discover, new shows coming into town, brand new artists and musicians and exhibitions to explore. Whether you’re a newcomer visiting the bright lights for the first time, or a long-term resident looking to see your home city with fresh eyes, London will never disappoint.
If you’re stuck with where to begin, here are some top tips for exploring London in 2019:
- Get some culture in the boroughs
For the first time ever in 2019, the Mayor of London has named a London Borough of Culture. This year’s winner is Waltham Forest, and the borough is sure to celebrate with a packed programme of events. Discover the charm and diversity of this area of London and find out first-hand what makes it so special.
- Explore some golden oldies
Not everything great has to be brand-spanking-new. Some of London’s annual events are always worth a look and have a distinctive charm every single year. Take the London Classic Car Show, for example, returning to the ExCeL this year from 14th-17th February. Check out those vintage beauties for a Valentine’s weekend with a twist.
- Catch a show…or five
The Lion King and Wicked are great, and all, but what about the newcomers which are shaking up the West End scene? Mary Poppins: The Musical is replacing Aladdin at the Prince Edward theatre, and spoiler alert – she definitely flies! The Savoy Theatre, meanwhile, will be welcoming the Dolly Parton 9 to 5 musical. Shelter from any bad weather with the sunniest of songs.
If you’d rather see something new, how about Waitress, a musical straight from Broadway, or Only Fools and Horses: The Musical? Talk about authentic London culture.
- Get sporty with it
Did you know England is hosting the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2019? Well, now you do! London will be centre-stage for a whole host of world-standard matches. Get tickets or simply enjoy the buzz from May to July.
- Don’t forget the arts, darling
London is the place to be for new and established artists. Try the exhibition of Sorolla, Spain’s incredible Impressionist, in the National Gallery from March to July 2019. Or if photography is more your thing, you won’t want to miss famed photographer Martin Parr’s exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. ‘Only Human’ includes new and favourite works and runs from 7th March until 27th May.
These suggestions are the tip of the iceberg. Whether you love festivals or live music, great food or world-leading museums, London is ready and waiting to surprise you in 2019. For the perfect place to stay while you explore, start with https://londonservicedapartments.co.uk.