5 Great Weekends to Visit London

Let’s face it; London is a magical place to visit at any time of year. In such a big and vibrant city finding something to do isn’t ever going to be much of a problem.

However, if you want to see the UK capital during a very special occasion then here are 5 weekends throughout the year worth considering.

The Boat Race Weekend

The annual boat race between Cambridge and Oxford attracts worldwide attention and is a pretty amazing spectacle. The race itself only last for a little over a quarter of an hour but the build up and the aftermath add to the excitement and sense of occasion. The route goes from Putney to Mortlake and covers 4 and a quarter miles. The numerous pubs along the way are usually packed throughout theimages day and many spectators look to find a good vantage point beside the river. The 2015 event will take place on Saturday the 11th of April, and the weather might even be decent at that time of year.

Notting Hill Carnival Weekend

If you want to see an explosion of colour and joy then the Notting Hill Carnival Weekend is your best bet. This event has been taking place in London since the mid 1960s and is now classed as the biggest street festival in Europe. The Carnival has a strong Caribbean theme, so expect to hear a lot of calypso music and steel bands. The streets get filled with costumed dancers, colourful floats, food stalls and people generally having a fantastic time. It all takes place during the August bank holiday weekend. Don’t forget that Sunday is Family day, with a children’s parade included.

London Marathon Weekend

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANow officially called the Virgin Money London Marathon, this is a race that has been held here since 1981 and has been a massive success every year. The 26.2 mile route passes by some of the capital’s finest sights, such as Tower Bridge and the London Eye. You have a few options here, as you could run the marathon, walk it or just stand on the sidelines and cheer on those taking part. Many runners out of the 30,000 strong field take the opportunity to raise some money for charity while taking part, with some wearing incredibly creative fancy dress costumes as well. The 2015 event takes place in mid April.

A Wimbledon Weekend

If you have grown up watching the tennis action from Wimbledon every summer then you have probably dreamed about going there in person one year. This prestigious tennis tournament is held in the south west of London and can provide some glorious days out in the sunshine (and occasional rain). You might even be tempted to try some of those famous strawberries and cream while you are there. Getting tickets for Wimbledon is incredibly difficult and expensive though, so you might want to plan a couple of years in advance if you want to have any chance. From 2015 onwards the tournament is getting moved back a little, meaning that it will start right at the end of June.

FA Cup Final Weekend

For a different kind of sporting event you can’t beat the FA Cup Final. This is the culmination of the English football season and of the oldest football association tournament in the world. The final is held at the national stadium Wembley in May, with good weather and thousands of boisterous fans often turning the event into a very special day out. If you book tickets in advance you will have the added excitement of not knowing which teams you will be watching, as the semi finals only take place a month or so before the final.

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