After finishing my first year of university for the summer, I spent two weekends in a row attending events around the city. First stop was Trafalgar Square located just off the Strand. I love going to Trafalgar Square because of how central it is and the view of Nelsons Column and Big Ben in the distance - but when there’s an event on its even better!
West End Live
The first weekend I spent there was for West End Live. West End Live is a (free) annual event held on a stage over a weekend in Trafalgar Square to showcase and celebrate the wide variations of West End productions. Some of the line up this year included; Motown the Musical, Kinky Boots, Les Mis, Jersey Boys, Stomp, The Lion King, Matilda the Musical, and (my personal favourite) Wicked. Each act is on for an average of 15 minutes and performs a couple of songs to give the audience a taste for the show and the music and also to encourage people to attend the theatre more often. Whether you attend for the whole weekend or just a short period of time as your passing through it is a great event. However if you were thinking about attending and wanted a good (non restricted) view I would say to arrive at least an hour earlier than the starting time as because it is a free (and ticketless) event the queues gather very fast.
For the second weekend I attended London Pride which is celebrated throughout the whole of London but the main stage is in Trafalgar Square. This was my second time attending Pride and my first time attending Pride in London. I wasn't entirely sure what to expect but I will say I was definitely not disappointed! The minute I got off at Charring Cross I immediately saw crowds making their way towards the square waving their Pride flags around. From 12 - 8pm a wide range of acts performed on stage whilst the colourful parade took place around central London, before the celebrations then carried on into the night in Soho. It was truly incredible and the atmosphere that comes with it is so infectious you can't help but smile and have a great time.
If you’re staying in London for the summer make sure to always check events as you never know what might be on! To make sure you don’t miss out you can download the app ‘Fever’ which you can personalise to select what you’re interested in and check out what’s happening over the holidays.