Moving to one of the biggest capitals in Europe definitely has its perks. Along with the countless housing and job opportunities, London can offer an incredible variety of annual festivals, sporting and cultural event. If you are tired after the long relocation process and need a breath of fresh air, they are a great way to spend your free time.
New Year’s Day Parade is a colourful event held every year on the 1st of January throughout West London’s streets. Get ready to take part in the biggest parade of this kind. Every year millions of people come to celebrate in the British capital. You can even buy tickets for one of the many seating events at various places along its route. The main goal of the parade is to help gather donations for many of the British charities so you will be able to start the year on a positive note. The parade starts at the Ritz Hotel and from there it is headed to Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus, Regent Street, Pall Mall, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall and Parliament Square. If you have relocated close to the city centre, know the traffic will be redirected.
What better way to relieve the stress of the house moving than to have a casual jog in the park? If you agree, then why not take part in the annual London Marathon? This is the only long-distance running event of this sort in the capital and it is held every spring. The route of the marathon goes around the River Thames and spans 42 kilometres. Inspired by the marathons in New York, the London marathon was founded in 1981 by the former Olympic champion and journalist Chris Brasher and the athlete John Disley. Even if you are not a passionate runner you can always join the half of million spectators along the route to cheer the participants.
Another great annual spring event that you can enjoy with your whole family is the Chelsea Flower Show. Organised by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) this beautiful flower exhibition is held on the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in Chelsea. If you are searching for ideas on how to make your new garden, even more, prettier this event is the perfect place for inspiration. This is the most famous flower and landscape gardens show in the UK. If you relocated to London in the hope to take a glimpse at the Royal family, the Chelsea Flower Show might just be the right place, as members of the Queen’s family often take part in it.
Even if you are not a tennis fan, you have definitely heard of the Wimbledon Championships. The is the most famous tennis tournament in the whole world. It is held every year usually in the last week of June or the first week of July so make sure you coordinate your house removal plans accordingly. The championship is held at the All England Club in Wimbledon, since its start in 1877. Wimbledon receives a great deal of international media attention as well as the local. If you are planning to attend one of the games, bear in mind that there is a strict tradition of eating strawberries and cream. At the 2017 championship, tennis fans consumed 4,000 kg of strawberries and 10,000 litres of cream.
If you are lucky enough to move to London before the month of June, you can witness an incredible event – Trooping the Colour. This British tradition originates from the 17th century. It takes place on Horse Guards Parade in Central London. Also known as The Queen’s Birthday Parade this event is watched by millions of people from all around the world. If you manage to find a place in the front rows you will closely observe the passing of the flags, the inspections of the troops and the Queen’s royal salute.
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