Our favourite events in London (and why we love them)

It was Samuel Johnson who once said that “when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.”

While the noted writer aired his oft-quoted thoughts almost 250 years ago, they remain true in 2018 – if it’s happening, then it’s likely happening in vibrant, cosmopolitan London, a true mecca for those who love an active lifestyle.

The capital is quite simply a magnet for the biggest and best shows, sporting events, exhibitions, industry gatherings, and so much more, representing a standout destination for music, art and culture lovers.

Some are of course intimately bound up with London’s history and heritage, providing world famous spectacles – proud sporting institutions such as the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships and London Marathon immediately spring to mind.


Founded in 1877, the former is the oldest tennis tournament in the world and arguably the most prestigious. Taking place over two weeks in July, it’s also a quintessentially British occasion thanks to its observation of an all-white dress code, its servings of ever-popular strawberries and cream, Pimm’s cups, and tennis fans’ relatively recent inauguration of Henman Hill for watching the live action on the big screen outside No.1 Court.

For a relaxing hotel near Wimbledon, Apex’s Temple Court, London Wall and City of London are all within easy reach. These great hotels in central London offer a guaranteed warmer welcome during the Championships thanks to 40” LCD TVs with Sky TV to ensure you miss none of the action, and complimentary Wi-Fi so you’re always connected to the latest courtside updates.

They’re also ideal locations for those seeking London Marathon hotels with the huge running event set to take place again in April next year. Apex City of London Hotel, a luxury hotel in central London, is particularly ideal for the runners seeking a post-marathon relaxation thanks to its urban day spa.

Meanwhile, Apex London Wall Hotel is a perfect London Marathon Hotel for the most dedicated runners, thanks to its state-of-the-art, 24-hour gym facilities, including treadmills, free weights and resistance equipment, ideal for those pre-race preparations.

The London Marathon sees thousands of runners annually hitting streets around the River Thames to compete with the world’s best long distance runners or just raise cash for great causes. First held in 1981, it has continued to steadily grow in popularity and is now a fixture of the sporting calendar, with thousands of spectators lining the route to watch the London Marathon runners being put through their paces.

However, such occasions represent only the tip of the iceberg – there is so much to see and do, and our team know the city better than most when it comes to recommending the best events in London. Here are their top tips:

Our favourite events in London (and why we love them)

A real standout for the Apex team is British Summer Time Hyde Park from 6 to 15 July. It’s become a popular fixture of the music London calendar, with always great line-ups – and this year is no different with the likes of Michael Bublé, Eric Clapton, and Bruno Mars taking centre stage. In between the two weekends of music, there’s also Open House during the week with live entertainment, street food, free open-air movies, and much more.

Another London staple for the team is the Notting Hill Carnival from 25 to 27 August – the biggest street party in London. During the bank holiday weekend, visitors can enjoy a real flavour of the Caribbean through this festival of vibrant colours, music and food.

And what celebration of London events would be complete without the BBC Proms, ask the Apex team? Taking place from 13 July to 8 September, the Proms’ wonderful array of concerts are synonymous with the iconic Royal Albert Hall, but its affordable prices and informal atmosphere can be enjoyed across a variety of venues.

With so many great event choices to pick from all year round, and our team keeping you well informed throughout your stay, you’ll never be tired of London.