July has fun for all... as well as Wimbledon tennis, July also means we're deep in festival season and, yes, the summer holidays too. Summer also means lots of new pop-ups, alfresco dining and hours spent lounging around London popular venues.
Back for a ninth year in 2017, Chorus Festival celebrates the power of singing alongside others and explores the health benefits of belting out a tune. This time around, Chorus Festival features a Royal Festival Hall concert with a choir from each Nordic country, performing together with a specially-formed choir of Nordic diaspora singers in the UK.
Enjoy the rare spectacle of a traffic-free street in zone one every Sunday in July, as Regent Street's classy curve is pedestrianised from Oxford Circus all the way to Piccadilly Circus for a street party. The festivities will take on a different theme each week, with free entry, installations, demonstrations and activities to get stuck into. A real highlight is the Garden Party themed Sunday.
Returning once again in 2017, this high-summer event takes place over 34 acres in the spectacular grounds of Hampton Court Palace and features world-class gardens as well as marquees showcasing work by some of the country's leading designers and nurseries.
That colourful, crowded, loud and unquestionably fun time of year is rearing its head again. We are talking about the Pride in London Parade, which this year sees its biggest ever celebration to date!
Mercure Hyde Park is the perfect base to explore the city this July.
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