This summer London is not all about sports and there are many festivals and events making it even more interesting. One of the biggest treats for the festival lovers is City of London Festival – annual arts festival taking place in London.

The City of London’s annual festival of music and arts includes exhibitions, tours and family events, in addition to dozens of concerts at venues including St Paul’s and Southwark cathedrals, many of which are free to attend. The theme for 2012′s festival is ‘City of London: Trading Places with the World.

The line-up includes performances of new music and dance by Tansy Davies, Nigel Osborne, Nina Rajarani and others, London Symphony Orchestra performing Berlioz’s ‘Le Grande Mess des Morts’ in St Paul’s Cathedral, a celebration of City honey and the annual street pianos event, which invites members of the public to tinkle the ivories of 50 pianos placed around the Square Mile.


The aim of the Festival is to make the arts accessible to a larger proportion of the City’s population. Events are often held outdoors in the City’s streets, squares and gardens. These venues include the Guildhall Yard, Liverpool Street Station and Finsbury Circus Gardens. Another part of the programme of the Festival is educational; primary and secondary schools from around the City are involved in a variety of culturally enriching projects which are then showcased within the main Festival programme.

Now in it’s 50th year The City of London Festival has lots to offer. You can watch a colourful procession of 1,000 children and young people weave through the city in celebration of the world’s flowers, enjoy a special selection of films at the Barbican, or listen to Sir Andrew Motion give a commemorative festival lecture.
If you’re planning to visit London during the Festival don’t forget about our fantastic Summer Offer. There are still rooms available in our 11 conveniently located hotels in London!
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