A certain world-famous sporting event and the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations may have the world looking to London in 2012, but there are plenty more reasons to visit the capital this year.
Whether you prefer a Smythson or a smartphone, just read on for our guide to what’s on in London in 2012 and find out when to pencil-in a trip to the capital.
Stay ahead of the rest … and get the London look
A world fashion capital, London has long been setting trends inspiring fashion collections and interiors. And, if you head to London’s exhibitions this year, you’ll find all the inspiration you need to get the London look.
For fashion fans, the highlight of the capital’s events calendar has to be London Fashion Week, Spring/Summer. Scheduled to take place in February in 2012, this is the event to go to if you want to get a glimpse of the latest catwalk collections from iconic designers and hot haute labels including Jasper Conran, Nicole Fahri, Christopher Kane and Matthew Miller.
Brides-to-be also have their own dedicated event to look forward to, the London Wedding Show, which takes place on 4 – 5 February 2012 at ExCel London. The exhibition hall will be filled with more than 150 stands, and you can also see stunning bridal fashion shows and talk to potential suppliers for your wedding services.
And you can get all the ideas and products you need to bring a touch of luxury into your home at the Ideal Home Show at Earls Court between 16 March and 1 April 2012.
Celebrate with the stars … at London awards shows
Enjoy the glitz and glamour of cosmopolitan London and see some of your favourite celebrities. There are a whole host of ceremonies taking place in London during 2012, some of which offer tickets to members of the public, so you can truly feel part of the celebrations.
Theatre-goers can see their heroes being rewarded at the WhatsonStage Awards at the Prince of Wales Theatre on 19 February 2012, whilst music-lovers can attend the2012 Brit Awards London’s o2 Arena on 21 February 2012.
And you’re sure to see some famous faces at the BAFTA Television Awards, which are scheduled to take place at the Royal Festival Hall on 27 May 2012.
Whether you choose to get tickets for a ceremony or to enjoy the hustle and bustle of joining the crowds at the red carpet, you’ll feel like an A-lister when you stay at one of our luxurious Guoman Hotels. Choose The Cumberland Hotel, on Oxford Street, for example, and you’ll be able to attend your event and continue the party with a glass or two of champagne at the hotel’s exclusive Carbon Bar.
Enjoy some regal revelry…at London’s royal events
Queen Elizabeth II is due to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee in 2012, and the capital will be marking this historic milestone in style.
The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant on 3 June 2012 is likely to be one of the most spectacular events happening in the city this year, so it’s well worth heading to London to see it. A flotilla of up to 1,000 boats will sail down the Thames, and the event will include music and pyrotechnics displays.
You can also enjoy the annual Trooping the Colour ceremony, which will take place on the 16 June this year. Members of the Household Cavalry will march along Horseguards Parade and salute the Queen in this historic military ceremony, designed to publicly mark the Queen’s birthday – and you can be in the perfect place to see the action (and enjoy 5-star luxury) if you stay in at The Royal Horseguards Hotel.
Enjoy a sparkling evening…at London’s winter events
Brighten up your winter by heading to one of London’s fabulous winter events. Whether you prefer the glistening beauty of Christmas lights or the excitement of fireworks displays, there’s something happening in the capital to suit you in 2012.
Events taking place in London this winter include:
• the Mayor’s Thames Festival (8 – 9 September 2012)
• the Lord Mayor’s Show (10 November 2012)
• the London Christmas lights switch-on ceremonies (November 2012)
• the Mayor of London’s New Year’s Eve celebrations on the Thames (31 December 2012)
And, if you stay in one of our London hotels, like the stunning Charing Cross Hotel, you’ll be within easy reach of all of the capital’s big events – and you can enjoy the warmth and comfort of a luxury hotel after a wonderful winter night out.
What will you be doing in London this year? Are you coming to the capital to take part in the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations? Just let us know by leaving a comment below…