Friday, 25 July 2008

Open Air Activites In London

London is a really super place to be in the summer months and, despite good weather not being guaranteed, open air events are really popular.

The Open Air Theatre at Regents Park (left) is currently showing performances of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Nights Dream, Twelfth Night and Romeo & Juliet as well as the classical musical Gigi. Performance times vary but are throughout the day and evening with ticket prices from £10 upwards.

Sunday evenings in August will feature musical entertainment at Regents Park Open Air Theatre. The series of Sunday concerts culminates on September 7th with a concert from the original tribute act – The Bootleg Beatles.

There are two operas left this season at Holland Park; Ponchielli’s La Gioconda and Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta which will be preceded by a dance performance set to the music of Igor Stravinsky. Ticket prices range from £10 to £52 and there are a limited number of free tickets for 9-18 year olds.

Every Sunday, Bayswater Road is transformed into the ultimate open air art exhibition. Displayed against the railings of Kensington Gardens (Hyde Park), the work of more than 250 artists is a sight to behold. This is a weekly event regardless of weather and gives you an opportunity to meet the artists behind the art and buy pieces at studio prices. Whether you visit to buy or to browse this 50 year old show/market is must-see when you are in London.

With the warm weather in London at the moment you may just fancy chilling out and cooling off. Open air swimming pools, known as Lidos, are just the ticket if you fancy a dip and you can even find some in central London. One of the most famous is the Serpentine Lido in Hyde Park where people have sunbathed, swum and played for over 100 years. There is also a kid’s paddling pool and deck chairs can be rented for a small fee. The serpentine is open daily from 10am - 6pm until the end of September and costs £4 for adults and £1 for children under 16 who must be accompanied by an adult.

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