London is one of those iconic cities that people gravitate toward — the culture, art, history, and style all exist in a charming and captivating setting that keeps visitors wanting more. Whether you have never been, or can’t count the amount of visits, London will keep surprising its guests over and over again with magical and memorable events continuously occurring citywide.
And with a new year comes a new chance to be a part of some of London’s one-of-a-kind happenings just around the corner this spring and summer. 2012 will be filled with a plethora of celebrations and activities that you will never be able to experience again including a toast to Queen Elizabeth’s 60-year reign and the Dickens and London exhibition commemorating the author's 200 influential years. Even more enticing to travelers are the discount offers by British Airways and Radisson Edwardian Hotels, leaving no excuse not to join in on the revelry.
VisitLondon.com is also in on the fun, with an impressive Limited-Edition London Sweepstakes prize package with everything you would need to enjoy an unforgettable stay in the Square Mile including:
Round-trip travel for two to London
One-night safari-style accommodations at ZSL London Zoo on Thursday, May 31, 2012
Four nights in the Hyatt Regency London –The Churchill from Friday, June 1 to Tuesday, June 4, 2012
Two tickets to Phantom of the Opera
A champagne experience for two on the EDF Energy London Eye
A picnic hamper from famed London purveyor Fortnum & Mason
Two tickets to the Picasso and Britian exhibition at Tate Britain
D&D restaurant vouchers and Westfield shopping vouchers
Enter at VisitLondon.com by March 31, 2012 for a chance to win this once-in-a-lifetime London experience!
Upcoming London events not to be missed:
Royal Treasure: A Diamond Jubilee Celebration from March 16
Buckingham Palace will be host to an exhibition of treasures collected by the Royals for over five centuries and will feature manuscripts, jewelry, sculpture, ceramics and more.
David Hockney: A Bigger Picture through April 9
The artist's landscape works and drawings, along with some newer pieces, can be viewed at this Royal Academy of Arts exhibition.
Cecil Beaton's Royal Portraits through April 22
Victoria & Albert Museum will feature portraits of Her Majesty enjoying private time with her family along with various state occasions.
World Shakespeare Festival from April 23
Artists from all over the world will come to take part in nearly 70 productions of the playwright's work in the biggest festival the city has ever seen.
Saatchi Suite at Hyatt Regency London - The Churchill through April 30
Take advantage of a unique opportunity to sleep among some of the finest contemporary works offered up by the Saatchi Gallery. A must-do for the art aficionados out there.
Carnaby Street Shopping May 10
Over 100 stores, restaurants, and bars will be participating in this epic shopping event offering 20% discounts along the iconic street.
The Queen: Art and Image from May 17
60 of the most powerful images of Elizabeth II will be on display at this touring exhibition at The National Portrait Gallery.
Luxury Camping at ZSL London Zoo May 23-27
Spend a night glamping among the animals in a fully furnished safari tent inside the zoo grounds, and top it off with a torch-lit tour with a wildlife expert.
Thames River Pageant June 3
Watch nearly 1,000 Union Jack-adorned boats glide down the Thames, led by Her Majesty's Royal Barge.
Dickens and London through June 10
The Museum of London exhibition will be celebrating the famed author's bicentenary with paintings, photographs, and rare manuscripts that Dickens masterfully merged into his many works.