London is a giant of a city, in both physical and cultural terms. As the capital of England and the United Kingdom, London is also an important centre of the fashion and music worlds, as well as being home to some of the biggest teams and sporting events on the globe. Those planning a stay in one of the London hotels provided by operators like Millennium hotels can find a wide range of entertainment throughout the year, and particularly during the summer months. Here is a brief introduction to some of the most famous of the diverse attractions of London.
London Fashion week and the Notting Hill Carnival are just two of the major events held annually in the city that demonstrate the broad spectrum of contemporary culture that can be enjoyed during a stay in London hotels. Notting Hill Carnival is a celebration of black culture, and in particular music and food, that takes place every August Bank holiday, and features a large and colourful carnival procession.
When it comes to high fashion, there are in fact two London fashion Weeks, one in February which showcases the creations of top designers for the following autumn/ winter, and one in September which focuses on the new styles being pushed for the next spring/ summer season. These major events attract visitors from around the world, and so if you are planning on visiting one of the London fashion weeks, make sure that you start looking at booking London hotels well in advance.
London is also the home of tennis, both in historical terms and in the form of what is widely regarded as the most important tournament in the sport, the Wimbledon championships. The window of opportunity for experiencing this event is quite short, at the tournament takes place over just two weeks at the end of June and beginning of July. However, while space in London hotels may again be at a premium during this time, those who really want to get in to spectate first hand have the option of arriving before the tournament starts, and camping outside Wimbledon queuing for tickets. This process has become something of an event in its own right, with devotees frequently setting up camp as early as a week before tickets go on sale.
Gaining entry to see the top football teams based in the capital can be a somewhat less democratic process, with tickets for the biggest fixtures commonly sold out some weeks if not months in advance. However, given that the football season runs from August to May, the window of opportunity is much larger for football fans than it is for tennis aficionados, and so making plans well in advance will definitely enable the determined to secure tickets, especially for games against lower table opposition.
Entry to the most popular events at the London 2012 Olympics will be the most difficult to secure, although not impossible as many will be selling on the tickets distributed through public sale earlier this year when it comes closer to the start of the Games.