From the spellbinding stunts of airborne acrobats to award-winning theatre and a fragrant celebration of British blooms, 2019 in the English capital offers a compelling line-up of sparkling activities. With something spectacular in the calendar every month, guests staying at Red Carnation Hotels’ London hotels can easily sign themselves up for London’s most unmissable events right now, before tickets sell out. Here are our top recommendations for 2019.
Cirque du Soleil’s hotly-anticipated Totem returns with dazzling flourish to the Royal Albert Hall, just minutes from The Milestone Hotel, at the start of the year. The gravity-defying troupe’s bold acrobatics, enchanting costumes and otherworldly stage sets are inspired by global myths and legends to illustrate a vivid journey through the evolution of mankind.
12th January – 9th February 2019
Royal Albert Hall
Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams
Exploring the impact of one of the 20th century’s most courageous couturiers, Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams displays a range of dramatic evening gowns, original sketches and iconic perfume bottles from 1947 to the present day. A must for our guests at the Egerton House Hotel, mere moments from the V&A.
2nd February – 14th July 2019
Valentine's Day Opera Gala
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra accompanies soprano Elin Pritchard and tenor Samuel Sakker with soaring instrumentals at a sophisticated Valentine’s Day Opera Gala in London’s elegant Cadogan Hall.
14th February 2019
London Landmarks Half Marathon
For the fitness conscious, there’s no better way to see London’s famed landmarks than alongside more than 10,000 runners on an exhilarating race around the capital. Skirt St Paul’s Cathedral, weave through the City, and nod to the London Eye, Nelson’s Column and the Tower of London before crossing the finish line at Big Ben.
24th March 2019
Westminster and the City
The Boat Race
The annual white-knuckle rowing race between two heroes of British academia, Oxford and Cambridge universities, The Boat Race has hurtled along the River Thames from Putney to Mortlake since 1829. Join in the riverside revelries to cheer on the champions at one of London’s most unmissable events.
7th April 2019
The River Thames between Putney and Mortlake
All My Sons
Step back into 1947 post-war America with Joe and Kate Keller as they bask in the glitter of the American dream… until a shadow from their past re-emerges. Arthur Miller’s biting drama, All My Sons is directed by Jeremy Herrin and casts Sally Field, Bill Pullman, Jenna Coleman and Colin Morgan.
15th April – 8th June 2019
The Old Vic
The RHS Chelsea Flower Show
Festooned with spring blossoms to celebrate the approaching summer, The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is a must for floral enthusiasts. Expect a generous array of smart show gardens and a pavilion that’s expertly arranged with endless blooms. Oh, the scent!
21st – 25th May 2019
Royal Hospital Chelsea
At the turn of the 19th century, an age in which Post-Impressionism was flourishing, a 16-year-old Félix Vallotton arrived in Paris. Fast forward 25 years, and the Swiss artist had produced a prolific body of still life paintings, compelling landscapes and whimsical prints, all of which captured the at-the-time undercurrents of Paris. Admire a broad selection in this beautifully curated show.
30th June – 29th September
RA, Burlington House
Taste of London: The Festive Edition
Tuck into the cream of London’s culinary scene with plenty of delicious seasonal twists at East London’s cavernous Tobacco Dock. A cornucopia of creative foodie workshops, festive tipples, celebrity chef-led demonstrations and aromatic Christmas stalls await.
14th – 17th November 2019
Enjoy London’s unmissable events in 2019 when staying at Red Carnation Hotels’ London properties.
Image credits: lead image © Cirque de Soleil.Totem © Cirque de Soleil. Orchestra © iStock/Furtseff. Tower Bridge © iStock/Starcevic. Chelsea Flower Show © RHS/Luke MacGregor. Food stall © iStock/Alelsandr_Vorbev.