Summer is coming to the UK (slowly) and before it all arrives, we thought we'd fill you in on some of the events taking place around the capital and the rest of the country. These are the standard annual events in a British summer but are, nonetheless, must see ahead of our quirkier preview of summer.
CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW
The tents and marquees have already begun springing up in the Royal Chelsea Hospital grounds overlooking the River Thames. By Tuesday 23rd May, it'll all be ready to go. Hundreds of gardeners, both professional and amateur will be exhibiting the fruits of their last 12 months labour for London and the World to see. The show runs from the Tuesday until the Saturday so book now before it sells out!
In July, the cream of World tennis descends on SW17 to compete for one of the most prestigious trophies in the LTA calendar. Along with the talented competitors, the cream and strawberries, champagne and Pimms also descends on this decadent tournament. Starting on 3rd July and running until the 16th, this tournament runs for two weeks and although tickets have long since sold out, a select number are also available in another British classic each morning, "The Queue".
FA CUP FINAL
This year Arsenal take on Chelsea in the FA Cup final in May. The game, at Wembley Stadium, is the first all London tie in the Final since the same two teams competed in the 2002 final at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium. Again, tickets are selling fast but hospitality is still available for the day as are chauffeur cars to get you there
The jewel in the horse racing calendar, Royal Ascot takes place between Tuesday 20th June and Saturday 24th June. The 5 day event brings together Royalty with race fans in all their finery to cheer on the finest that British Horse Racing has to offer. A day's hire for Ascot are available by car, coach and even helicopter.