Samuel Johnson once said that the day you tire of London, you tire of life. It’s true that there is so much on all year round to please just about anybody, from foodies to vintage car fans. But how do you choose what to see and when to come? Read on for what we think will be the city’s highlights in 2013…
London Fashion Week (February and September 2013)
London has been named the fashion capital of the world for two years running, so there’s no better place to go if you’re a fashion lover.
And if you only go to one fashion event, make it London Fashion Week; London’s premier fashion event. With emerging and established designers releasing their new lines for the season and the city’s fashion crowd swanning about wearing their best, it’s a perfect time to check out the new collections and do some people watching or celebrity spotting.
Don’t miss: Jimmy Choo is opening its first London flagship store this spring in the upmarket Mayfair area, dedicated entirely to men.
Cheer your favourite on at Wimbledon
Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world and is always referred to as the tournament tennis players most want to win.
Will Andy Murray finally win it in 2013 after a successful year in 2012? Will we see another battle between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer? Tuck in to the quintessentially British summer staple, strawberries and cream, as you watch the action on the courts.
Indulge your love for Aston Martins
Aston Martin, the classic British car brand, celebrates its 100th birthday in 2013. To mark the milestone, there are plans for events in July, including a birthday party, an exhibition of 100 of the most iconic models and exclusive tours of the Aston Martin factory.
Best art events
London has one of the most exciting art scenes in the world. Just some of the art world’s highlights in 2013 include:
- The Affordable Art Fair at Battersea keeps getting bigger and bigger every year, and is a fantastic way to experiment with buying art and perhaps spot a not-yet-discovered talent
- The London Art Fair from 16-20 January brings together the best contemporary artists with the biggest names from British modern art in the 20th century. As well as the works on offer, there will be talks, performances and film screenings.
- The Financial Times has called Art13 “a global art fair for a global city”, and collectors will be able to snap up modern art from over 30 countries across the world.
Also worth seeing: A celebration of David Bowie at the V & A and the Roy Lichtenstein exhibition at the Tate.
Eating and drinking
London’s restaurant scene will see some new additions in 2013. You might want to book a table at some of these places when they open:
- Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton will open a new London restaurant, the Social Eating House in March.
- US restaurant Shake Shack opens its first London outlet in Covent Garden mid-year to popular demand. It has its roots in street food culture, which is thriving in London right now.
We expect the street food trend to carry on into 2013, and for more exclusive tea shops to pop up. We’ll keep you posted as well as let you know what we’ve got planned for our exclusive restaurants, so do keep an eye on our blog.
Best time to visit for a drink: London Cocktail Week from 7-13 October is set to coincide with the Whisky Show and will feature a host of exciting events and tastings.
Best new tourist attraction: The Shard
You will get one of the best views in London (stretching over 40 miles across the city) from the 72nd floor of The Shard when it opens in March 2013. Designed by Renzo Piano, The Shard will house offices, retail units, restaurants and some of the most luxurious residential spaces in London.
Are you visiting London in 2013? What events are you pencilling in your diary?