If you needed even more reasons to visit London in 2015 (besides the amazing architecture, markets, nightlife, shopping, restaurants etc) then we have some tempting events that may just prompt you to book your next trip to London. From the Rugby World Cup to controversial artist Ai Weiwei's exhibition at the Royal Academy, there are some very exciting events happening in London in the next twelve months so make sure that you don't miss out! Take a look at our 3 reasons to visit London in 2015 and start planning your next trip to London!
1. Attend International Sporting Events
Another exciting event that is a must for sports fans is the NBA game between the New York Knicks and the Milwaukee Bucks on the 15 January 2015. This is a unique oppurtunity to see two of the top basketball teams outside of the U.S. Book your tickets here.
2. Celebrate London's Unique History
Two major anniversaries are taking place this year for Hampton Court Palace and the Magna Carta at the British Library. Said to be one of Henry VIII's favourite residences, Hampton Court Palace is celebrating its 500th birthday this year and it is the perfect oppurtunity to take in the sights at this Tudor stronghold. Take a break from central London to stroll around the 60 acres of stunning gardens, find your way around the maze, gaze in awe at the Great Hall and explore the Tudor kitchens and royal chocolate kitchens. Trains run every 30 minutes from London Waterloo station to Hampton Court.
It's also the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta and the British Library is celebrating with a special exhibition exploring the history of this important document from it's origins in the 1200s to it's longer term political and cultural significance as a foundation of democracy.
3. Take in Exciting Exhibitions
There are plenty of great exhibitions in London this year but two of the most exciting are the Ai Weiwei exhibition at the Royal Academy and the forthcoming Alexander McQueen exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum. The first major British exhibition for the notorious and anarchic artist, the Ai Weiwei exhibition will feature works spanning his 30 year career as well as some of his new works. His works are very much politically motivated and this has frequently gotten him into trouble with the Chinese government as he was imprisoned for a short time in 2011 and is still under a significant amount of surveillance. This landmark exhibition with take place from 19 September - 13 December at the Royal Academy in Mayfair.
In May, the V & A will celebrate the life and work of the late designer, Alexander McQueen, with a special exhibition (Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty) featuring over 200 pieces from his past collections. A must for those with an interest in fashion and, even if you don't necessarily have an interest in fashion, this exhibition promises to be one of the most exciting in London this year so don't miss out.
For even more reasons to visit London, check out our London Guide.
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