The Weekend Planner: Westminster & Pimlico
Friday, August 02, 2013 by Douglas And Gordon
Keep cool and carry on with our weekend events guide, detailing all things fun and entertaining in your area.
The Queen’s Gallery
For your fix of fashion and history, make sure to visit the “In Fine Style” exhibition at the Queen’s Gallery. Subtitled “The Art of Tudor and Stuart Fashion”, this display explores the gorgeous outfits worn by the British monarchy during the 16th and 17th centuries. According to the official website, the exhibition “Follows the changing fashions of the period, demonstrates the spread of styles internationally and shows how clothing could convey important messages”.
Clarence House has once again opened for the summer, and so, for the month of August, visitors can enjoy an hour-long guided tour of the house. Clarence House is the official London residence of their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry. Visitors can also browse around the Clarence House shop, and admire the beautiful gardens.
This weekend at the Royal Albert Hall you can enjoy the music of Prom 27: Naresh Sohal, Rachmaninov & Tchaikovsky on Friday, and Prom 28: J. Strauss II, James MacMillan & Beethoven with the Scottish Symphony Orchestra on Saturday. If you have younger children or relatives, then why not bring them along to Proms Plus Storytime, where stories are brought to life through music? For more information, visit the official BBC Proms website.
The Africa Centre Summer Festival will take place this weekend, at various locations around Covent Garden. The festival will feature a variety of musical performances, food, fashion, visual art and film screenings. The festival will run from 12pm to 10pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Royal Opera House
“La Bayadère”, one of Marius Petipa’s greatest works, will be performed this weekend at the Royal Opera House – tonight at 7.30pm, and tomorrow at 2pm and 7.30pm. The Bolshoi Ballet will bring this tale of betrayal and redemption to life, in what promises to be a dazzling performance.
If you’re a fan of both food and the outdoors, then join in on this Saturday’s Foodie London walk, beginning at 10.45am at Green Park tube station. The walk will take you to all the culinary hotspots and lesser-known foodie haunts in and around West End!
The Prudential RideLondon cycling races will take place this weekend in central London. There is a family FreeCycle race on Saturday, which consists of an enjoyable eight-mile traffic-free circuit. The three RideLondon Grand Prix races, meanwhile, will showcase the talent of future Olympians, professional women’s cyclists and hand-cycle racing, a celebration of London’s Paralympic legacy. The RideLondon Surrey Classic, a 100 mile race beginning at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and finishing at The Mall in central London, will take place this Sunday, along with the Surrey Classic, which features 150 professional cyclists and will pass through 12 London boroughs and the county of Surrey.
Even if you’re not participating, you can still go along and show your support. There will be fun community events taking place on Sunday at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park after the cyclists have departed. For information on the best places along the route to view the race, here’s a link to the RideLondon spectator guide.