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Review – ITU World Triathlon London in Hyde Park – 31st May 2015

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After the sunshine of yesterday, it was rain and grey skies that welcomed the world’s best triathletes  in a  ITU World Triathlon Series race on the  London 2012 Olympic course in the heart of Hyde Park.

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Starting with a swim in a rather chilling Serpentine, the elite men made short work of the sprint distance. However there was drama on the transition with one of the favourites, Johnny Brownlee who had a puncture which led him to be over a minute behind the leaders.

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However the other local favourite Alistair Brownlee began to dominate and won the race easily, Fernando Alarza of Spain was second with Vincent Luis of France third.

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The elite women’s race was likely to be dominated by the Americans especially the Series overall women’s leader USA’s Gwen Jorgensen, with a lot of interest in  British  former World Champion Non Stanford.

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The race saw the American’s dominating with Gwen Jorgensen always in the leading group, a surprise was the good form of the youngest British competitor Sophie Caldwell.

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The run saw Jorgensen and fellow Americans Sarah True and Katie Zaferes race into a clear lead.

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Jorgensen won easily with Zaferes in second and True in third  to complete an American clean sweep.

With Rio 2016 qualification points at stake and a large enthusiastic crowd, the ITU World Triathlon Series London  presented a wonderful showcase of elite level triathlon racing.

If you would like further information , visit the London Triathlon website here

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Review – ITU World Triathlon London in Hyde Park – 30th May 2015

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ITU World Triathlon London, Hyde Park

The Vitality World Triathlon London is one of the world’s leading triathlon events and one of only two legacy events from the 2012 Olympic games still open to public participation.

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On the first day of the  event, it was the turn of the non elite athletes from all around the world to swim, bike and run on the iconic Hyde Park course in pursuit of their own personal glory.

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Distances start from Tri It (400m swim, 15km bike, 2.5km run) and go all the way up to Olympic (1.5km swim, 40km bike, 10km run), meaning that individuals of all fitness levels can take part and challenge themselves on the course before crossing the finish line in front of a packed grandstand.

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The swim is in the Serpentine in the middle of  Hyde Park before the bike ride and the run, with so many athletes taking part it is a bit of a logistics nightmare but to the credit of the organisers and volunteers all seem to go smoothly.

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With the up to 5000 participants being supported by family and friends adding to the large crowd , the first day of the event was well supported all over the park .

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There are many vantage spots for spectators to watch the action around the course which are free to use but if  if  you would like seats in the grandstand , tickets can be bought  to secure the best seats.

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Tomorrow afternoon is when the world’s best triathletes go head to head in a  ITU World Triathlon Series race on the  London 2012 Olympic course in the heart of Hyde Park. With Rio 2016 qualification points at stake and plenty of British interest with the Brownlee brothers, it’s represents a wonderful showcase of elite level triathlon racing.

MAIN EVENT DATE – SUNDAY 31st MAY:

Mens race – 15:05

Women’s race – 16:45

OTHER  EVENTS SCHEDULE

SATURDAY 30TH MAY

British Youth Aquathlon Championships Male 08:00
British Youth Aquathlon Championships Female 08:05
British Junior Aquathlon Championships Male 08:15
British Junior Aquathlon Championships Female 08:20
Aquathlon Medal Ceremonies 09:00 – 09:20
Paratriathlon Athlete Presentation 09:20
Paratriathlon Event 09:30
Paratriathlon Medal Ceremonies 12:00 – 12.15
AG Transition Check-in For Open Race 12:00 – 19:00
Open Age Group Sprint Distance 14:30 – 16:50
Open Age Group Tri It Distance 17:10 – 17:40
AG Transition Closes 19:30

SUNDAY 31ST MAY

Open Age Group Olympic Distance 07:00
Open Age Group Olympic Relay 11:10
Open Age Group Sprint Relay 11:30
Open Age Group Sprint Distance 11:35
Open Age Group Tri It Distance 12:50
Elite Male 15:05
Medal Ceremony – Elite Male 16:05
Elite Female 16:45
Medal Ceremony – Elite Female 17:55

If you would like further information or book tickets for the Grandstand, visit the London Triathlon website here

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Greenwich+Docklands International Festival – 26th June to 5th July 2015

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Greenwich+Docklands International Festival is London’s leading festival of free outdoor performing arts (theatre, dance, and street arts), an annual 9/10-day celebration of outdoor events

GDIF has been growing every year and in 2014, the Festival featured over a hundred performances by dozens of national and international companies with more than 110,000 people attending the outdoor shows in East and South London.

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The Festival is committed to breaking new ground in outdoor performance and raising the ambition, quality and diversity of outdoor work produced in this country, with a particular focus on the commissioning and development of outdoor work led by Deaf and disabled artists and artists from diverse backgrounds.

Some of the highlights of the festival include :

Greenwich Fair

27 – 28 June 2015

A weekend of European style outdoor street theatre and dance features artists from the UK, Belgium, France, Denmark and Spain. Companies include Southpaw Dance Company, Avanti Display, Artizani, Stefano di Renzo, Gandini Juggling, Cathy Waller Company, StopGap Dance Company, 15feet6 and Collectif Malunés.

Dancing City

29 June – 4 July 2015

The annual outdoor dance extravaganza is back with performances from UK and international dance companies. Journey across the parks, piazzas, open spaces and waterfronts of Canary Wharf and encounter everything from the mesmerising footwork of New Zealand Maori Haka, to fluid and fearless Parkour as well as nostalgic 1950’s tap and powerful, contemporary dance from leading UK and international companies.
Companies include Stefano di Renzo, Etta Ermini Dance Theatre, Sole Rebel Tap, Brodas Bros, Parkour Dance Company, HURyCAN, Corey Baker DAnce, Company Chameleon, Compagnie Le Grand Jeté, Gandini Juggling, Compañía Sharon Fridman and Rosie Kay Dance Company

The Four Fridas

1 – 4 July 2015

The Four Fridas will be a spectacular, outdoor theatre production celebrating the life and work of the legendary Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.

All events are Free

If you would like further information, visit the Festival website here

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Pride in London – 21st to 28th June 2015

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Pride in London is the city’s biggest one-day event, and one of the world’s biggest LGBT+ celebrations. Last year more than 750,000 people came to Pride in London, and 30,000 people joined the Parade.

Pride in London takes place from 21-28 June 2015, with the main Pride events taking place on Saturday 27 June.

There are a number of events including:

The Pride Arts Festival runs from Sunday 21 to Sunday 28 June and showcases London’s varied LGBT+ cultural scene.
Three stages: Pride in Trafalgar Square, the Women’s Stage and Cabaret Stage in Soho.
Pride in the Park takes place on Sunday 28 June in Vauxhall. Live entertainment, community stalls and sports events

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The main event is the Pride in London Parade which runs from Baker Street to Whitehall, via Oxford Street, Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square, and begins at 1300 on Saturday 27 June. The Parade theme is Pride Heroes.

Parade Route The Parade assembles on Baker Street (individuals cannot join the Parade unless they are in a registered group) and leaves at 1300. It turns left into Oxford Street, past Selfridges, Bond Street Underground Station, and John Lewis. At Oxford Circus it turns right into Regent Street and continues down to Piccadilly Circus. From there it heads down Lower Regent Street and into Waterloo Place, then left into Pall Mall, heading right into Cockspur Street and across the south-western end of Trafalgar Square. It turns into Whitehall, before dispersing (ending) in Whitehall Place. The end of the Parade is expected to reach the dispersal point at approximately 1630.

All events are Free

If you would like further information, visit the Pride website here

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West End LIVE 2015 in Trafalgar Square – 20th and 21st June 2015

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The world’s biggest celebration of musical theatre, West End LIVE will this year take place on 20 and 21 June, returning to its home in London’s Trafalgar Square.

The always popular event returns for its 11th year, West End LIVE is a unique theatrical festival when the cast from the top shows perform for free in Trafalgar Square it features performances from the West End’s world famous musicals and an exclusive line-up of appearances from some of the London stage’s favourite stars.

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More than 500,000 theatre fans attended 2014’s West End LIVE, enjoying a packed weekend of performances  from long-running musicals Wicked, Billy Elliot The Musical and Les Misérables to previews of high profile productions due to hit the West End and The Royal Opera House Chorus, conducted by the legendary Placido Domingo.

When: Saturday 20th (11-6pm) and Sunday 21st (12-6pm) June 2015
Where: Trafalgar Square – enter via the North East and North West corners Cost: FREE ENTRY – this event is NOT ticketed

West End LIVE is a very popular event and access is operated on a ‘first come’ basis with further access granted as people leave. Queues are to be expected throughout the day and occasionally the Square will reach full capacity. At this point the organisers will have to stop access to the event temporarily until space opens up.

Full Schedule

Saturday 20 June

11.00 THE COMMITMENTS
11.15 BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL
11.25 CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
11.40 WICKED
11.50 SUNNY AFTERNOON
12.05 MEMPHIS THE MUSICAL
12.20 MATILDA THE MUSICAL
12.30 MISS SAIGON
12.45 THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
13.00 LES MISÉRABLES
13.15 BEAUTIFUL – THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL
13.35 MAMMA MIA!
13.50 JERSEY BOYS
14.10 DUSTY
14.25 SHREK THE MUSICAL
14.35 THRILLER LIVE
15.00 SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS
15.20 SYLVIA YOUNG THEATRE SCHOOL
15.40 CARMEN
15.50 WEST END GOSPEL CHOIR
16.05 AMERICAN IDIOT THE MUSICAL
1625 ELF THE MUSICAL
16.40 STILES & DREWE’S THE 3 LITTLE PIGS
16.55 THE DREAMERS
17.10 IMPOSSIBLE
17.25 STOMP
17.40 GYPSY
17.50 LET IT BE

Sunday 21 June

12.00 WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT? BACHARACH REIMAGINED
12.20 DISNEY’S THE LION KING
12.30 THE COMMITMENTS
12.50 STOMP
13.05 MATILDA THE MUSICAL
13.15 THRILLER LIVE
13.40 BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL
13.50 MEMPHIS THE MUSICAL
14.10 CARMEN
14.20 JERSEY BOYS
14.40 DUSTY
14.55 LET IT BE
15.15 WEST END MASTERCLASS
15.35 AMERICAN IDIOT THE MUSICAL
15.50 AVENUE Q
16.05 WEST END KIDS
16.20 BRIEFS
16.30 SHOWSTOPPER! THE IMPROVISED MUSICAL
16.55 THE WEST END CABARET
17.45 LORD OF THE DANCE – DANGEROUS GAMES

For more information, visit the West End LIVE website here

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London Festival of Architecture – 1st to 30th June 2015

Introduction

The London Festival of Architecture  is a series of events and activities that highlight many of current issues within and connected to architecture.
Each year the festival selects a central theme that all applicants and institutions must respond to, this year the LFA have chosen ‘Work in Progress’.
Dating back to 2004, the London Festival of Architecture started its days as the London Architecture Biennale before it became the London Festival of Architecture in 2008.

The London Festival of Architecture 2015 is  a month- long, city-wide celebration of architecture and the built environment, presenting London as a global hub of architectural practice, experimentation, teaching and debate. This  year’s festival programme offers a range of events from talks to tours, exhibitions to workshops, taking place across London throughout June.
Through the festival, people will be offered a chance to explore the changing nature of work, and workspace, but also its impact on, and role in, the evolution of London.
Several major events will take place during the festival, bringing an international dimension to the month’s activity, including the World Architecture Festival’s  UK showcase and the RIBA’s Designing City Resilience.

There will be over 200 events at various locations all over London, some of the highlights include Never Mind the Bollards – New London Architecture, Giant Dolls House Project— SHOEBOX for SHELTER Catja de Haas & Lala Thorpe (Artescape), Talk Architecture—Regeneration  and Our Voice (The People’s Salon), Exhibition –  10 Best Buildings of the  Last 10 Years (New London Architecture), Tour – Exploring Nine Elms Nine Elms on the South Bank and Debate –  Cultivating Creative Cities at the Royal Academy of Arts.

If you would like more information about events, visit the Festival website here

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RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show – 30th June to 5th July 2015

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This year will be 25th year of the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. The show was first held in 1990 and created by Historic Royal Palaces and Network Southeast. In 1992 Network Southeast announced that it was withdrawing its subsidy, and the RHS was the successful bidder to take the show over. The first RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show was held in 1993.

Although it lacks the history of the Chelsea Flower Show, the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show has a Royal setting and in a relatively short time has established itself as one of the world’s largest flower shows.

Each year the show has particular themes and this year  they are  Grow, Feast and Inspire.

Grow

In Grow, keen gardeners have access to a range of nursery displays and plant stalls, with RHS advisors on hand to offer expert tips to take back to their own gardens.

Floral Marquee – see award-winning nurseries from the UK and abroad and buy from a large selection of beautiful plants

The Plant Village – has attractive and inspirational stands to shop and browse

Plant Heritage – get advice and hear about the plants that specialists are passionate about and find something truly unique to take home

Four Historical Gardens

Flower Boxes displaying different growing styles and schemes to inspire every gardener.

Feast

The Just Retirement Garden

In Feast, visitors can find out how to grow their favourite vegetables, taste a wealth of fine foods and take away growing ideas to try at home.

A variety of fine foods, fresh produce and plants to try and buy

The entertaining Feast Cookery Theatre.

Inspiring Show Gardens and features

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Inspire encourages visitors to re-think their preconceptions of contemporary garden design, with horticultural creations pushing boundaries and championing innovation.

A fantastic selection of Show Gardens and Summer Gardens with the World gardens making a welcome return and offering the show an exciting international feel

The popular Conceptual Gardens will be on the theme of ‘sensations’ – this will get designers thinking. New this year, is a wildcard option available for exceptional designs that are ‘off-theme’.

Tradestands – new sheds, pots, irrigation systems and more.

Country Living Magazine Pavilion –  artists and crafts people selling stylish products

Festival of Roses – sumptuous displays of this old garden favourite

Floristry Marquee  – displays the best in creative floral art

The RHS Hub – where visitors can get ideas for their own front gardens, explore a science garden and learn about the work of the RHS

RHS Gardening Advice stand where visitors can get advice and information about community and gardening groups

Celebrity Theatre

Show times

Tuesday to Saturday (30 June – 4 July) 10am – 7.30pm
Sunday (5 July)10am – 5.30pm *

* (plant sell off 4.30pm)

Tickets

Tuesday and Wednesday are days reserved for RHS Members Only

Tickets are available for Thursday to Sunday for the General Public.

Transport

Hampton Court and Kingston stations are approximately 30 minutes from London Waterloo, with frequent trains. The showground is a 15 minute walk or short ferry ride (£2.50 for a single journey) from Hampton Court station, or a 30 minute cruise from Kingston station (£6 single, £7.50 return).

 To find out more about the event or to buy tickets to the show , visit the RHS website here

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