Mumford and Sons headline Summer Stampede at The Queen Elizabeth Park

Having become a worldwide success Mumford and Sons are back on home turf this July with a performance at the London’s Queen Elizabeth Park. Part of their Summer Stampede Series, which includes shows in Dublin, New Mexico and California, the London show will be their biggest headline to datewith 45,000 people attending. Presented by Gentleman of the Road, who host a series of global events in unique places and venues, the concert takes place on 6th July 2013 and is the final addition to a busy summer in the UK and Ireland for Mumford and Sons – they will also be co-headlining Glastonbury with the Rolling Stones and performing at T In The Park. For anyone travelling from outside of London, a good selection of cheap hotels in London can be found on LondonTown.com, many of which are nearby to the Queen Elizabeth Park.

The multi-platinum selling quartet have won two BRIT Awards, including the coveted Album of the Year for ‘Sigh No More’ in 2011, two Grammys and claimed the sixth biggest selling album of 2012 with ‘Babel’. Recently howeverthey have had to cancel gigs in the US due to bassist Ted Dwayne undergoing emergency surgery to remove a blood clot. With Dwayne now on the road to a full recovery, the band is expected to be all set for the London concert in July.

Mumford and Sons will also be joined by a host of other stars, each of which have been hand selected by the foursome. The line-up is made up ofVampire Weekend, Ben Howard, Edward Sharpe &The Magnetic Zeros, and HAIM.

Currently on his own world tour, the ambivalent Ben Howard was also in London earlier this month, performing two nights at the HammersmithApollo. Having won two BRITS Awards in 2013 – British Male Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act – and sold half a million copies of his debut album ‘Every Kingdom’, Howard is gradually moving towards stardom. Taking inspiration from the likes of Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell and Simon and Garfunkel, he renews the world of acoustic folk music and will be promoting his most recent EP, ‘The Burgh Island’.

Also rising to the top of the music industry is HAIM, a trio of sisters from California. With their music described as ‘nu-folk meets nineties R&B’, they supported both Mumford and Sons and Edward Sharpe &The Magnetic Zeros in 2012. Since then they have toured the UK in their own right, topped the annual BBC Radio 1 Sound of 2013 music industry poll and appeared at London’s Chime for Change concert. The audience can expect HAIM to perform popular tracks ‘Falling’, ‘Send Me Down’ and ‘Don’t Save Me’.

For more information on concerts throughout the summer, visit LondonTown.com’s Summer 2013 in London article.

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Robbie Williams plays four nights at London’s Wembley Stadium

Following three sold-out gigs at The O2 late last year, Robbie Williams will now perform four nights at Wembley Stadium as part of his European Take The Crown tour. Despite having his single Candy shunned by BBC Radio 1, the star has proved that he’s still relevant in today’s music industry with demand for tickets for his last four shows oversubscribed by 5,000 per cent. For those travelling to London for the concert, a great selection of London hotels can be booked through LondonTown.com, many of which are easily accessible from Wembley Stadium.

Known for his classic tunes that get the crowds going, Williams is expected to treat London audiences to all the favourites including Angels, Let Me Entertain You, She’s The One and Millennium. He will also perform tracks from his tenth number one album, Take the Crown. Among the tracks will be chart-toppingsingle Candy, which marked the second time that Williams has had a number one single and album in the charts at the same time.

The support actfor all the London dates and throughout Europe will be X Factor 2009 runner up,OllyMurs. Having successfully sold out his own arena tours and supported One Direction on their American tour, Murs is no stranger to the stage. With his third studio album Right Place Right Time releasedin 2012, he will be performing his three chart-toppingsingles from the album – Troublemaker, Army of Two and Dear Darlin’ – as well as hits from his previous two albums.

Find out about all the best concerts taking place in London throughout the summer with LondonTown.com’s Summer 2013 in London article.

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The Victoria and Albert Museum takes a step back in time for Club to Catwalk

From stone washed jeans to bat wings and puffball skirts to shoulder pads, the 1980s were rife with experimental fashion trends. Opening on the 10th July 2013, the Victoria and Albert Museum’s latest exhibition, From Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s, takes a step back in time to explore these intriguing choices. Visitors travelling from outside of London can make the most of their visit by booking one of many cheap London hotels nearby to the V&A, and other popular museums such as the Natural History and Science Museums, on LondonTown.com.

London’s club scene exploded in the ’80s and with that came the opportunity to express personality through fashion, to show off among peers and try to stand out from the crowd. Clubs such as Billy’s, Blitz and the Club for Heroes started the clubbing days and Camden Palace and warehouse parties developed it, attracting more people and thus igniting a link between music, club and catwalk. It became a short hop from couture to club wear as fashion magazines i-D and Blitz promoted the trend for theatrical dressing.

The breakthrough of creativeness in London was owed to the city’s arts education, which boasted top colleges such as St Martin’s, the Royal College of Art and Hornsey College of Art. With designers given advanced training as well as the motivation to be individual, it wasn’t long until the London fashion scene was noticed internationally. Fashion shows took place in New York and Japan, and a breakthrough event ‘London Goes to Tokyo’ highlighted the importance of young London designers.

Displaying more than 85 outfits, the Club to Catwalk exhibition will trace how theatricality in British fashion inaugurated and how London’s vibrant and eclectic club scene had an influence on an entire generation of designers, encouraging the designs to reach the catwalks. Visitors will be able to step back in time to a world when designers like Betty Jackson, John Galliano and Vivienne Westwood ruled the catwalks.

Find out about all the best events taking place in London over the next few months with LondonTown.com’s Summer 2013 in London article.

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Justin Timberlake and Jay Z headline this year’s Wireless festival

Usually held at Hyde Park, the Wireless Festival moves to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for 2013 and will be one of the first events to be held at the recently re-launched venue. The three-day music festival will take place on the site once occupied by the Olympic hockey arena and will welcome a high calibre of stars to the capital. Festival goers travelling from outside of London can find a great selection of London hotel deals on LondonTown.com.

Following his recent comeback and ahead of his 2014 UK tour, Justin Timberlake will be one of the headliners this year. Taking to the stage on Friday, the star will be performing tracks from his third studio album ‘The 20/20 Experience’, which was released earlier this year. The Friday also sees Snoop Dogg, Trey Songz, John Legend, Wretch 32 and Conor Maynard perform on the main stage. While other stages welcome the likes of A*M*E, Little Mix, Bingo Players and BRIT Award 2013 winner Frank Ocean, who will be making his Wireless debut.

The Saturday will see Jay Z return to London as the main stage’s headline act. After become the first major hip hop artist to headline Glastonbury back in 2008, Jay Z is no stranger to the UK festival scene. He will conclude another strong day with EmeliSande, Rita Ora, Kendrick Lamar, Miguel and Macklemore& Ryan all taking to the main stage. However, the Pepsi Max Stage will give it a run for its money with the likes of Calvin Harris, Flux Pavilion and Iggy Azalea performing.

Performing under the name ‘Legends of the Summer’ – eponymous to their upcoming North American Tour -Justin Timberlake and Jay Z will return to the stage on Sunday to headline as a duo and give a preview of what can be expected on the tour. American hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest will also play on the main stage, which will be their first UK show in twenty years. Further major acts on Sunday include Nas, A$AP Rocky, Will.i.am, Katy B, Magnetic Man and Jessie Ware.

Find out about all the main music festivals in London this summer with LondonTown.com’sSummer 2013 in London article.

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Mumford & Sons actuará en el Parque Olímpico de Londres

El grupo londinense Mumford & Sons galardonado con varios discos de platino y cuyo vocalista es Marcus Mumford, presentarán su peculiar estilo indie-folk en el Parque Olímpico Queen Elizabeth de Londres el sábado 6 de julio. Este enorme concierto donde tocarán para un público de 45.000 fans, será justo después de su actuación en Glastonbury donde compartirán escenario con los legendarios Rolling Stones.

Recibirán el respaldo de Vampire Weekend, Ben Howard, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros y Haim, todos seleccionados personalmente por el grupo. En lo que parece será uno de los puntos claves de la gira estival de Mumford & Sons hasta el momento, el grupo interpretará temas de su debut del 2009 “Sign No More”, el tema “Babel” galardonado con varios discos de platino en el 2012 además de estrenar material inédito.

Mumford & Sons en el Parque Olímpico Queen Elizabeth será uno de los primeros eventos que tendrán lugar en el reformado parque olímpico que se inaugura oficialmente el sábado 27 de julio, tras las Olimpiadas de Londres del 2012. Cuenta con 250acres de bellos jardines abiertos y 6,5 km de canales.

En lo referente a Hoteles Londres junto al parque olímpico, LondonTown.com cuenta con una amplia gama de opciones. Por ejemplo, el Holiday Inn Express London-Stratford, situado a un paseo de tan solo diez minutos. Ahora se pueden reservar dobles con dos camas desde tan solo 91 libras, con un descuento del 54%. Si se busca algo más lujoso, el Town Hall Hotel & Apartments, situado a unos treinta minutos en Bethnal Green, ofrece decoración de arte deco bellamente restaurada con fabulosos salones para cenar (el restaurant Viajante forma parte del edificio), gimnasio, piscina y spa. Las dobles con dos camas, que incluyen mobiliario vintage único, comienzan desde 123 libras, incluyendo un descuento del 58%. Así que… ¿por qué no disfrutar de la noche con Mumford & Sons y LondonTown.com?

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Juego, set, acción para el fin de semana de las finales de Wimbledon, informa LondonTown.com

El Campeonato de Wimbledon 2013 comenzó el lunes 24 de junio y ya se está especulando sobre quién se llevará los trofeos individuales de este año.

A Serena Williams le queda un largo camino si quiere igualar las nueve victorias de Martina Navratilova en Wimbledon – pero contará con seis si la actual campeona americana gana la final femenina del sábado. ¿Será este el año en que Andy Murray sale victorioso de Wimbledon? El escocés quedó cerca el año pasado pero perdió contra Roger Federer. Pero después de su mejor verano, tras ganar oro en las Olimpiadas del 2012 en Londres y rompió su mala racha en el Grand Slam de Flushing Meadows en el Open de los EE. UU. , Murray puede salir victorioso en Centre Court el domingo.

Wimbledon es el torneo de tenis más antiguo del mundo y el único Grand Slam que se juega en césped. Considerado el torneo más prestigioso de todos, es un punto de encuentro para jugadores y fans, y se celebra en el fabuloso All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club del suroeste de Londres. El torneo ya no depende del buen tiempo: en el 2009 se inauguró el techo retractil de Centre Court con lo cual se puede jugar en todos los climas, particularmente práctico para las típicas lluvias de julio en Inglaterra.

En lo referente a los hoteles Londres cerca de este campeonato, LondonTown.com ofrece variadas y excelentes opciones a precios muy competitivos. Por ejemplo, está elCannizaro House Hotel London. Este fabuloso edificio georgiano se ubica junto al Wimbledon Common y a tan solo un paseo de quince minutos del campeonato de tenis. Los precios comienzan a 154 libras la doble, incluido un enorme descuento del 69%. Se trata del hotel donde se alojan muchas estrellas de Wimbledon, por ejemplo Pat Cash es cliente asiduo, así que prepárese para ver a los famosos. Una opción más asequible es elAntoinette Hotel Wimbledon, ubicado en el centro de Wimbledon y que ofrece habitaciones dobles desde 96 libras.

 

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Hyde Park awaits brand new British Summer Time festival

A new blockbuster event comes to London this summer with Barclaycard presents British Summer Time, 10 days of music, comedy and entertainment taking place in Hyde Park from Friday 5th January to Sunday 14th July 2013. Two huge weekends of live music from some of the greatest acts on the planet bookend four mid-week evenings of live comedy and entertainment in London’s most popular Royal Park.

American rockers Bon Jovi get things off to an anthemicstart with an opening night gig alongside Kaiser Chiefs and Bush on Friday 5th July. Day two sees The Rolling Stones roll back the years with support from indie rock outfits The Vaccines and The Temper Trap on Saturday 6th July. The first Sunday of British Summer Time sees The Beach Boys and Paul Young take to the stage – and expect the tears to flow freely as boy band JLS perform as part of their farewell UK tour before splitting up.

The second weekend of live music welcomes Elton John and his band to the stage on Friday 12th July, with support from Ray Davies and Elvis Costello. After selling out their opening gig in just five minutes, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood return to Hyde Park for a second night as part of their 50 & Counting Tour, The Rolling Stones performing alongside support acts Jake Bugg and Tom Odell on Saturday 13th July. The concluding night of British Summer Time on Sunday 14th July sees Lionel Richie headline alongside Jennifer Lopez, with support from Eliza Doolittle and Daft Punk collaborator Nile Rogers, with his dance outfit Chic.

Four low-key but high-octane nights of mid-week live comedy sees headline performances from seasoned master of mirth Kevin Eldon on Tuesday 9th July and the inimitable oddball Russell Kane on Thursday 11th July. The likes of Paul Foot, Robin Ince, Lucy Beaumont and Jarlath Regan work the crowds as they test out material ahead of the Edinburgh Festival. The Comedy Store Players presents a night of hilarious improvisation on Monday 8th July, while Paul Chowdhry headlines a Laughing Boy Comedy Club night on Wednesday 10th July. As well as comedy, other events and entertainment will take place throughout the week during day time hours, including Sky Movies film screenings, children’s theatre- such as The Gruffalo – and cooking events with acclaimed British chefs James Martin, John Torode and Phil Vickery.

Promising a top class mini festival inside London’s biggest and most central park, British Summer Time replaces Hard Rock Calling and Wireless – both of which have moved East to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park this summer – and promises 10 days of top-notch open-air entertainment. Across Hyde Park there will be four themed zones (Main Stage, Barclaycard Unwind Theatre, Village Hall and Bandstand), each with its own installations as well as restaurants, salons, pubs, cocktail bars, cafes, bistros and food stalls. Tickets start at £35 for the live music events and £12.50 for the comedy nights.

For more information on Summer 2013 in London please visit LondonTown.com where a special summer feature delves into London’s festival scene, outdoor film screenings and Edinburgh Festival comedy preview shows, as well as a wide range of summery outdoorLondon Events to suit all tastes and ages.

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Kew right on cue with a summer of Music, Movies and more

Blondie, Paul Weller, Leona Lewis and Jools Holland all feature on the eclectic line-up for Kew the Music , the returning series of outdoor picnic concerts set against the stunning backdrop of the Victorian Temperate House at Kew Gardens this July. Two months later, Kew the Movies returns in September after a successful debut last year, with three nights of open-air screenings in partnership with The Luna Cinema.

Iconic New Yorkers Blondie get Kew the Music off to a rapturous start on Tuesday 9th July with support from original Stranglers singer Hugh Cornwall. Electro pop pioneers The Human League headline alongside synth-pop supremo Howard Jones inan 80s-themed second day ahead of a sold-out performance by Modfather Paul Weller with special guests Charlie Boyer and the Voyeurs on Thursday 11th July.

Debonair dandy and longstanding Kew the Music favourite Jools Holland takes to the stage with his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra to host a boogie-woogie bonanza on Friday night, featuring Gilson Lavis, Roland Gift – the voice of Fine Young Cannibals – and guest vocalists Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall. The penultimate night sees X-Factor songstress Leona Lewis perform alongside timeless club groovers Soul II Soul, before fantastic folk faction Bellowhead headline a closing night extravaganza on Sunday 14th July with special guest Billy Bragg and the passionate songwriter KarinePolwart.

These six outdoor gigs at Kew Gardens are one of many London Events taking place in the World Heritage Site and former royal residence in southwest London this summer. The 2013 Kew the Movies programme takes place between Thursday 12th September and Saturday 14th September and features Cinema Paradiso, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Dirty Dancing.

Giuseppe Tomatore’s beautiful bittersweet Oscar-winning Cinema Paradiso opens the weekend on Thursday, telling the story of a little boy’s love affair with the silver screen. Crystal Maze maestro and Rocky Horror creator Richard O’Brian puts in a special appearance for Friday’s screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which celebrates the wacky musical comedy’s 40th anniversary. Tying things up with a combination of watermelons and the funky chicken is every girl’s favourite childhood film – and a finale of the late Patrick Swayze gyrating and taking Baby out of the corner will no doubt ensure that the fairer of the sex will have the time of their lives while shedding a few tears.

Taking place from May through to November at Kew Gardens is the IncrEdibles series, which celebrates the many edible species grown in the gardens and aims to inspire visitors to broaden their knowledge on food and their relationship with what they eat. A centre point of the series – the transformation of the Palm House Pond by food architects Bompas& Parr – sees the return of rowing boats to the pond, with visitors able to navigate the colourful vessels towards a giant pineapple island before entering a hidden banana grotto.

Tickets to Kew the Music start at £35.50 while tickets for Kew the Movies cost £16 for adults and £12 for children. The IncrEdibles series is free although visitors must still pay an entrance fee into the Botanic Gardens (£16 for adults, £14 concessions, free for under 16s). Boat hire on the pond costs £4.50 per adult and £2.50 per child for half an hour. For all these Kew events and more unforgettable London events this summer please visitLondonTown.com, the best online resource for planning your stay in the capital.

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La selección de cricket inglesa se enfrentará a Nueva Zelanda en el International Twenty20 en el Kia Oval

El cuarto y quinto encuentro Twenty20 de Inglaterra de este año contra Nueva Zelanda tendrá lugar en el Kia Oval en dos partidos seguidos el martes 25 y jueves 27 de junio. Tras tres partidos T20 en Nueva Zelanda en el invierno, los papeles cambiarán este verano ya que la gira de Nueva Zelanda a Inglaterra concluirá con estos dos encuentros.

Ambos equipos se enfrentaron por última vez en la fase Super Eights del 2012 ICC World Twenty20, donde Inglaterra ganó por seis palos gracias a las 76 de 43 pelotas relámpagos de Luke Wright. Dicha victoria no bastó ya que tanto Inglaterra como Nueva Zelanda quedaron eliminadas de la competición tras quedar por detrás de los dos mejores equipos de su grupo.

El formato T20 de los partidos es perfecto para el equipo de Nueva Zelanda con fabulosos bateadores como Ross Taylor y Brendon McCullum, y hará que la competición sea dura para Inglaterra que se prepara para Australia al final del verano. Las entradas comienzan a 30 libras para los adultos y 1 libra para los menores de 16 años, así que todos los aficionados al cricket podrán disfrutarlo.

Aunque no es igual que el Lord’s, el Kia Oval es en muchos aspectos igual de agradable para disfrutar de un día de cricket. Los partidos de prueba contra las Islas del Caribe y equipos del subcontinente hindú están muy ambientados, ya que la gran población caribeña y asiática afincada en el sur de Londres asisten para respaldar a sus héroes.

En lo referente a un hotel en Londres cerca del campo de cricket, reservar uno conLondonTown.com es una gran opción. Por ejemplo el Comfort Inn Vauxhall Hotel, a menos de diez minutos andando, es un hotel con calidad y asequible con habitaciones dobles con dos camas desde 93 libras la noche, incluido un descuento del 26%. También está el Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel London, situado a una distancia similar del campo cerca del Támesis, cuenta con una sencilla fachada chic y sus modernas habitaciones dobles comienzan desde 113 libras, incluido un fabuloso descuento del 48%.

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Drawings of amazing unbuilt building exhibited in London

One of London’s more unusual museums has a fascinating new exhibition opening this week, which includes a drawing of what would have been the largest building in the world had it been completed. Northern Vision: Master Drawings from the Tchoban Foundation will open on 21st June at Sir John Soane’s Museum in Lincoln’s Inn Fields near Euston. The museum is crammed with items of antiquity from Rome and Greece that were acquired by British Georgian architect Sir John Soane and have been exhibited in his former home since 1813. Tourists hoping to stay in the area should visit LondonTown.com, which has booking information for hotels near Euston station that will suit all budgets.

Northern Vision showcases a selection of highlights from Berlin’s Tchoban Foundation, the newest architectural museum in Europe. The exhibition will focus on works by architects rarely-seen in British collections, mainly German and Russian draughtsmen, emphasising the strong cultural and historical links between these two countries. Included in the exhibition will be the earliest known drawing by the great German neo-classicist Karl Friderich Schinkel and a monumental drawing by Leo von Klenze, dating to 1845/6, of the his first design for the imposing Propylaea (or gateway) in Munich. The more recent (and more problematic) history of architecture in Germany is illustrated by a design by Herman Geisler that formed part of his proposals to rebuild the Austrian city of Linz as Hitler’s ‘city of culture’.

Russia’s turbulent twentieth-century history is vividly represented by a series of drawings which chart the rise of avant-garde, Revolutionary architectural styles and their subsequent replacement with a monumental, classicising Socialist Realist architecture. Amongst the more remarkable examples of early Soviet architecture are the series of pavilions, designed in the 1920s by AndreyBurov for the Russian Agricultural Exhibition, which are clearly influenced by Constructivist aesthetics and ideals. The rejection of the avant-garde by the Revolution is marked some ten years later by Boris Iofan’s draft design for the Palace of the Soviets, Moscow a soaring Socialist Realist neoclassical skyscraper, topped by a colossal statue of Lenin, would have been the tallest building in the world at the time, had it been built. The draft design for this extraordinary structure, at nearly two meters square, will be one of the largest architectural drawings ever shown at Sir John Soane’s Museum. For more details of this and other exhibitions in London, see LondonTown.com.

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The Greenwich and Docklands International Festival provides a great option for free entertainment this weekend

Launching on Friday, the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival provides a great chance to enjoy some free alfresco entertainment over the weekend. The nine day event welcomes streets performances, outdoor art spectaculars and plenty of dancing in the streets. In fact, the whole of Greenwich comes alive for the occasion. This year’s festival opens with As The World Tipped, an outdoor storytelling of the drastic effects of climate change. While further programme highlights include One Million, an imaginative combination of aerial acts and live music that tells the story of young people climbing to reach an elusive new job;Dancing City , the UK’s largest annual programme of outdoor dance; and the Greenwich Fair, a packed weekend of outdoor theatre, circus, dance, installations and sideshow.

Another major event taking place this weekend is Taste of London, four days of al fresco gluttony with over forty of London’s best restaurants and a flurry of Michelin star chefs descending upon Regent’s Park. Visitors will be able to work their way through a range of miniature speciality dishes while enjoying live jazz and opera. Visitors travelling from outside of London who hope to enjoy more than one day of the festival can find a good selection of London hotels on LondonTown.com.

Live performances can be found at the City of London Festival, a summer programme of music, visual arts, films, walks and talks; Sadler’s Sampled, a two week festival that provides a taster of a huge variety of dance with short pieces; and West End Live, a free showcase of the best that London’s West End has to offer.

The Wimbledon Village Fair returns this weekend, which is one of the largest free events in the south of London. With live music, dog and horse shows, a mini fun fair, zorbing, pony rides and a generous supply of food and drink stalls, the event is expected to attract around 20,000 people. It’s also for a good cause with a high percentage of the profits being used to help people of the London Borough of Merton.

Summer fairs prove popular this weekend with the Lady Margaret School Summer Garden Party and Kew Fete also taking place on Saturday. The School Garden Party provides all the traditions and trimmings of a local English village fete, with stalls serving Pimm’s, strawberries and cream, freshly made sandwiches, plants and books. As well as a bouncy castle and children’s games, a BBQ, raffle, bottle tombola and a silent auction of gifts donated by local businesses, restaurants and bars. Plus, jewellery, crafts and fashion made by the girls of Lady Margaret School, one of London ‘s most prestigious and oversubscribed comprehensive schools. While the Kew Fete brings the whole area to life with more than 7,000 people expected to enjoy the vintage fairground, live music, dog show and more than 100 stalls selling everything from cards to chutney.

Not placing any risk on the weather is the Pimm’s Summer Garden, which provides an indoor haven of singing birds and freshly cut grass. Ensuring it’s Pimm’s O’clock no matter where the sun is, the garden has a bar serving England’s favourite seasonal tipple, a potting shed with summer goodies and its very own swingball championship. Picnic blankets complete with Pimm’s and a hamper of tasty goodies are also available to book.

CoolTan Arts provide night-time entertainment on Saturday with their Largactyl Shuffle Midnight Walk. Giving Londoners a unique view of some of the city’s building, the walk visits a number of buildings with an unusual design or purpose and looks into the mysterious psychological effects that they can have on people. Walkers will stop off at the Marshalsea, where Charles Dickens’s father was imprisoned; Camberwell House, a former asylum; and Cross Bones Cemetery, a disused post-Medieval burial ground that was once an un-consecrated graveyard for sex workers.

Stay informed on what’s happening in London every weekend with LondonTown.com’sSomething for the Weekend mailer, a guide to the top ten events every Saturday and Sunday.

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Murray back to his best for Wimbledon campaign

World No.2 Andy Murray will look to end Britain’s long 77-year wait for a Wimbledon winner when he enters the 2013 tournament at The All England Club (24th June to 7th July) on the back of a promising comeback win at the Queen’s Club. Murray sat out the French Open at Roland Garros this spring with a back injury, but last weekend came from behind to beat Marin Cilic of Croatia in three sets to claim his third Aegon Championships title at the Queen’s Club – the traditional grass court warm up tournament ahead of Wimbledon.

Last year Murray became the first British man to make it to the Wimbledon final since Bunny Austin in 1938 but lost to Switzerland’s Roger Federer in four sets, triggering emotional scenes as he addressed the crowd on picking up the runners-up plate. Tears turned to jubilation one month later, however, when Murray buried his demons to beat Federer to the London 2012 Olympic gold medal on Centre Court. The 26-year-old then ousted Novak Djokovic in the US Open to become the first British man to win a Grand Slam since Fred Perry in 1936.

With Murray entering the 127th edition of the Wimbledon Championships as the man to beat, the big-hitting Scot will hope to become the first Briton since Perry to take the title in SW19. Standing in his way once again will be Swiss maestro Federer, who this year will target the record-breaking eighth Wimbledon title that would set him above American great Pete Sampras in the annals of the sport. Visitors coming to London to enjoy the tennis during Wimbledon fortnight can book their accommodation on LondonTown.com, where there’s a wide range of Hotels in London to suit all budgets and tastes.

Murray will also face stiff opposition from Serbian sensation Djokovic, to whom he lost the Australian Open final in January in four sets, and the Spanish supremo Rafael Nadal, who completed his own magical comeback from injury with victory in last month’s French Open at Roland Garros. The all-important Men’s Singles final takes place on Centre Court on Sunday 7th July.

As usual, Murray will carry the weight of expectation of the host nation – but he will not be the only British talent looking to make a splash.Britain’s hopes for a women winner at Wimbledon will be spearheaded by youngster Laura Robson, who won an Olympic silver medal in the doubles alongside Murray at London 2012 last summer. Robson blasted onto the scene when winning the Wimbledon Girls’ title back in 2008as an unseeded 14 year old. Now 19, Robson has not gone beyond the second round in the Women’s Singles event – and will keep her fingers crossed for a decent run in 2013.

The USA’s Serena Williams is the women’s defending champion and this year will target a sixth Wimbledon title – still somewhat short of Martina Navratilova’s record nine titles. The Women’s Singles final takes place on Saturday 6th July. Last year’s surprise Men’s Doubles winner Jonathan Marray will return with a new partner – fellow Briton Colin Fleming – after his Danish partner from last year’s victorious wildcard run, Frederik Nielsen, decided to focus on his Singles career.

The 2013 Wimbledon Championships gets under way on Monday 24th June. For more information on all of London’s major sporting events in 2013 please visit LondonTown.com’s comprehensive London 2013: The Sporting Year article.

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Da la bienvenida al verano con el City of London Festival

La ciudad de Londres está preparándose para la 51ª edición del City of London Festival, que se celebrará desde el 23 al 26 de julio. Con un variado programa de música, artes visuales, cine, rutas a pie y charlas, el festival tiene lugar en diferentes puntos de la capital, como la catedral de St. Paul y otros lugares al aire libre. Muchas de estas actividades son gratuitas y están destinadas tanto a niños como mayores.

El año pasado este festival celebró sus cincuenta años con más de 100 eventos gratuitos y la edición de este año promete tanto o más. La edición del 2013 está dedicada a tres grandes temas; las murallas de la ciudad, los conflictos y sus resoluciones. El festival además incluye celebraciones de aniversarios históricos significativos, como la relación de 400 años entre la City de Londres y Londonderry, el 300º aniversario del Tratado de Utrecht y el 100º aniversario de Benjamin Britten, cuyo War Requiem será interpretado por la Orquesta Sinfónica de Birmingham en la catedral de St. Paul el martes 25 de junio.

Muchos de estos eventos tendrán lugar en el interior y alrededores de la St. Paul’s Cathedral, el corazón espiritual de Gran Bretaña, lo que convierte la zona en el lugar ideal para pasar unos días en la capital.

A través de LondonTown.com es sencillo encontrar un hotel en Londres cercano a St. Paul’s. Por ejemplo, el Club Quarters St Pauls Hotel, situado en Ludgate Hill, ofrece habitaciones dobles desde 119 libras, un 37% más económico de lo habitual. Por su parte, el Crowne Plaza London The City, en pleno corazón de Square Mile, presume de una fachada de principios del siglo XX y de unos lujosos interiores. Este hotel dispone de habitaciones desde solamente 133 libras, con un 40% de descuento. Con eventos celebrándose en muchos lugares de la capital durante todo un mes, parece el momento ideal para descubrir y explorar Londres.

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El Wembley Stadium de Londres, a punto para recibir a Robbie Williams

El hijo predilecto de Stoke-on-Trent, Robbie Williams, regresa este verano al estadio de Wembley con cuatro memorables noches de actuaciones desde el sábado 29 de junio, como parte de la gira Take The Crown stadium tour 2013, su primera gran gira en seis años.

El cantante de “Let Me Entertain You” actuará el sábado 29, domingo 30, martes 2 y viernes 5 de julio en el legendario estadio londinense presentando su último álbum “Take The Crown”. El artista deleitará a sus fans con su último número uno “Candy”, además de con todos sus éxitos anteriores, como “Angels”, “Rock DJ” y “Feel”, en las que prometen ser cuatro memorables actuaciones.

La demanda de entradas para estos cuatro conciertos creció un abrumador 5000% más de lo habitual, señal de que el público no se ha cansado del inimitable sonido de Robbie Williams. Además, la estrella del programa británico “X Factor” Olly Murs actuará como telonero de Williams, interpretando los éxitos de su segundo álbum “In Case You Didn’t Know”.

Desde sus días como miembro de Take That, Robbie se acostumbró a actuaciones de magnitudes similares, pero Wembley es sin duda uno de los escenarios más emblemáticos, tal y como reconoció en una entrevista para Capital FM, donde el artista aseguró que el estadio es el lugar donde “nacen las leyendas”.

Cuando se trata de encontrar un hotel en Londres cercano a este legendario recinto, el portal LondonTown.com ofrece muy buenas opciones. Con una excelente relación calidad-precio, el Ibis London Wembley se sitúa a cinco minutos andando del estadio y dispone de habitaciones dobles desde tan sólo 43 libras por noche, incluyendo un 9% de descuento. Si lo que uno desea es pasar la noche como una estrella del pop como Robbie, la opción es el Hilton London Wembley. Con vistas al propio estadio, este magnífico establecimiento dispone de unas elegantes y cómodas instalaciones y suites desde 199 libras la noche, lo que incluye un 60% de descuento reservando a través de LondonTown.com.

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3D printing goes on display at the Design Museum

London’s Design Museum has announced its new exhibition for July will be titled The Future Is Here: A New Industrial Revolution. The Design Museum is London’s dedicated museum to product, industrial, graphic, fashion and architectural design. It was founded in 1989 and claims to be the world’s first museum of modern design. It is located in the neighbourhood of Shad Thames, close to London Bridge and tourists looking for accommodation in the area should visit LondonTown.com, where they will find details of dozens of hotels near London Bridge at all price ranges that are available for booking.

The exhibition that is opening in July will attempt to explore the nature of modern manufacturing, in which thanks to remarkable recent innovations like 3D printing, the boundaries between the designer, manufacturer and consumer are becoming increasingly blurred. There are now significant changes in the way objects are made, the materials they are made of and the type of objects that people use and the exhibition contends that these changes have the potential to affect commerce, industry and the environment as profoundly as any past Industrial Revolution. The Future Is Here exhibition will allow visitors to see some of these manufacturing techniques demonstrated in The Future is Here Factory and find out how they will change the designed world around us.

The Design Museum is located in a former banana warehouse by the Thames, and features a fine café and an excellent bookshop that is dedicated to all aspects of design. The Future Is Here is just one of several exhibitions taking place at the museum in 2013, with a huge retrospective also being planned in November about the renowned British fashion designer Paul Smith. For more details about this and any other event that is taking place at the Design Museum, see LondonTown.com, London’s primary source for tourist information.

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New exhibition at National Army Museum takes on challenging topic

In July, London’s National Army Museum launches a challenging new exhibition that looks at a subject very relevant to modern soldiering. Unseen Enemy tells the story of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in recent conflicts, focusing on the British Army’s experience in Afghanistan. It takes place at the Army’s dedicated museum space in Chelsea, a short walk from Victoria station. Visitors to London looking for a hotel to stay in should look no further than LondonTown.com, which features booking details for a huge number of London hotels near Victoria.

Unseen Enemy is a thought-provoking exhibition that includes first-hand accounts and exclusive insights into the creation, detection and impact of these deadly devices. This free, immersive exhibition will tell the stories of the men and women who search for, make safe and deal with the impact of IEDs. Focusing especially on Afghanistan, where IEDs are a daily danger for Britain’s armed forces, the exhibition features a range of the equipment used in detecting and disarming devices such as bombsuits and robots, and will also chart the medical response to the aftermath of an explosion and the equipment used at the point of injury and at Camp Bastion hospital. Unseen Enemy will also present the story of the adversary, looking at the reasons for their strategic use of the IED in Afghanistan. It also raises questions about the wider effects on Afghan society and the long-term legacy of these devices.

The exhibition is just one reason to visit the excellent Army Museum, which looks at the history of Britain’s army from Agincourt’s ‘Redcoats’ in 1415 to the modern day. The museum includes some extraordinary exhibits, including a display about the Napoleonic Wars that features 70,000 model soldiers, and the frostbitten fingertips of Major Michael ‘Bronco’ Lane, who lost them while climbing Mount Everest in 1976. For more details about this exhibition and other events at the museum, please see LondonTown.com.

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Los amantes de la comida invitados a “Tuckinto a Taste of London” en elRegent’s Park Festival

Ya se considere un gourmet o solo un poco glotón, seguro que Regent’s Park es el lugar perfecto para disfrutar desde el 20 al 23 de junio gracias al Taste of London Festival. Esta muestra gastronómica promete ofrecer una amplia gama de delicias sensoriales en el centro de Londres en una fiesta al fresco en el parque.

Asistirán al menos cuarenta de los mejores restaurantes londinenses para demostrar sus platos favoritos. Entre ellos L’Anima, Benares, Barbecoay Le Gavroche representarán todo el mundo culinario y los visitantes podrán probar diferentes gastronomías que demostrarán que Londres es el escenario del mundo de mayor diversidad culinaria restauradora.

El festival no se trata solo de probar la gastronomía más deliciosa de Londres, Taste of London 2013 también ofrece a los visitantes la oportunidad de ver a los fabulosos chefs artífices de la misma. Estará presente un verdadero elenco de los profesionales de la gastronomía de Londres, incluidos Raymond Blanc, Michel RouxJry Giorgio Locatelli, además de los jóvenes talentos como Jonrayy Peter Iglesias, Ben Tishy Carlo Scotto.

El menú de Taste of London rebosa de exclusivas y deliciosas experiencias incluida la oportunidad de probar cervezas, vinos y quesos, participar en clases maestras y curiosear los artículos de 200 productores artesanos del Boutique FoodMarket.

Con tanto que ver, hacer y degustar, los asistentes que visiten la capital podrán aprovechar el festival para quedarse en la capital y disfrutar de Taste London.LondonTown.com ofrece descuentos en una amplia selección de hoteles en Londrescercanos a Regent’s Park.

Justo en Regent’s Park, TheMelia White House Hotel está convenientemente situado para los asistentes al festival y se complementa sus cuatro estrellas con un galardonado restaurant español por si aún sigue con apetito. Las dobles están disponibles en LondonTown.com con un descuento del 31%.

También con una ubicación inmejorable está el HolidayInn London Regent’s Park que ofrece alojamiento moderno y bien equipado desde tan solo 96 libras las dobles gracias a un fabuloso descuento del 51%.

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African modern art comes to Tate Modern

On 3rd July, the Tate Modern gallery on Bankside in London will launch two exhibitions looking at the work of two of Africa’s most important contemporary artists. The gallery is devoted to exploring all aspects of modern art, but mainly focuses on American and European interpretations. This double exhibition is an attempt to rectify that and provide space in one of Europe’s most important galleries to two great African artists. The Tate Modern is located on the Southbank, within easy reach of Gatwick airport and London’s most trusted website for visitors, LondonTown.com, offers plenty of offers for tourists on hotels near Gatwick.

MeschacGaba’s Museum of Contemporary African Art is the most adventurous of the two. It is a 12-room installation created by Benin’s Meschac Benin that comments on the nature of the museum, blurring the boundaries between art and everyday life. The installation contains a wide array of made and found objects, including paintings, sculptures, drawings and videos as well as religious objects, musical instruments and banknotes that are carefully arranged to resemble a West African street market. The rooms attempt to reflect the main principles of the museum experience, including spaces labelled ‘Shop’, ‘Library’ and ‘Restaurant’. The exhibition was first displayed in 2002 but this is the first time it will be displayed in its entirety in the UK.

The Tate will also be exhibiting Ibrahim El-Salahi: A Visionary Modernist , bringing together 100 works from the Sudanese artist’s five-decade career. El-Salahi was born in Sudan and trained at the Slade in London before returning to Sudan where he began to integrate Islamic, African, Arab and Western artistic traditions. The exhibition at the Tate will show work from across his career showing how he has developed his distinctive style and highlighting the way he has mixed different culture in his pioneering work. For more details about both exhibitions, see LondonTown.com.

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New Science Museum exhibition examines origins of universe

In November 2013, a new exhibition at the Science Museum will examine the Large Hadron Collider, transporting visitors into the heart of one of the greatest scientific experiments of our times. The exhibition, calledCollider, will give visitors an incredible behind-the-scenes looks at the famous CERN particle physics laboratory in the world’s first exhibition of its kind. The Science Museum is located in South Kensington, close to Earl’s Court station. LondonTown.com offers numerous deals on hotels near Earl’s Court for visitors to London.

This extraordinary and immersive exhibition will blend theatre, video and sound art, replicating the site of the LHC so that the museum’s visitors can explore areas including CERN’s Control Room and a huge underground detector cavern. Visitors can meet ‘virtual’ scientists and engineers from CERN, snoop around a researcher’s workbench, and examine objects up-close. Visitors will even be able to follow the journey of particle beams as they are injected into the accelerator chain, ramped up to speed and steered around the 27km tunnel. Moving along the tunnel, visitors are then immersed in the highlight of the exhibition – a wrap-around projection taking in both extremes of the scale of the LHC: from an enormous experiment cavern, to the very heart of a particle collision.

Collider has been created with the close collaboration of CERN, giving the Science Museum exclusive access to real artefacts from the Large Hadron Collider on the Swiss-French border near Geneva, including part of the giant 15-metre magnets that steer the particle beam, and elements from each of the four giant detectors. Visitors will also be able to follow the story of how scientists have studied the immensely complex subject of particle physics thanks to items from the museum’s collections, including the accelerator used by Cockcroft and Walton to split the atom in 1932. Collider will open on 13th November, for full details of admission see LondonTown.com.

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Pop Art pops up at Barbican

A new exhibition at the Barbican Centre will celebrate Pop Art, the colourful, dynamic art movement that helped define the post-war period in Europe and the United States. The groundbreaking Pop Art Design will take place in October at the Art Gallery at the Barbican Centre, one of Europe’s finest contemporary arts spaces. Visitors to London hoping to attend the exhibition should check out LondonTown.com which contains details of dozens of hotels near Barbican that will help those looking for accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets.

Pop Art was born in Britain in the 1950s and helped to shape a new cultural identity for western Art, with a focus on celebrity, mass production and the growing industries of advertising, television, radio and print media. The movement is said to have started with the appearance of Richard Hamilton’s  collage Just What Is It that Makes Today’s Home So Different and So Appealing? (1956), which appeared in an exhibition at Whitechapel Art Gallery in 1956. As the title of Hamilton’s work suggested, Pop Art was characterised by an exciting exchange of ideas between the related fields of design and art and how these applied to everyday life. Pop Art Design is an exhibition that explores the nature of this relationship featuring 150 works by artists such as Hamilton, Andy Warhol, Peter Blake and Roy Lichtenstein as well as designers Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson, AchilleCastiglioni and many others.

As well as featuring iconic art and colourful items furniture, the exhibition will illustrate the way Pop Art spilled over into numerous facets of cultural life by displaying posters, magazines, album sleeves, film, photography and examples of Pop Art interiors and architecture. For full details of the exhibition, see LondonTown.com, London’s most reliable source of information for tourists and visitors.

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