For centuries, the London season has shaped the social lives of Britain’s elite: from the beautiful blooms on display at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and the highly anticipated Royal Academy Summer Exhibition to Glyndebourne Opera and the BBC Proms, the origins of many season events can be found deep in the history books. Over the years, interruptions and cancellations have been few and far between, making the London season more perennial than the weather.
Glyndebourne Opera Season
From 21st May – 30th August 2015
Don your evening dress and pick up a picnic hamper for the highlight event of the UK operatic calendar. Despite taking place out of town in rural Sussex, this internationally renowned opera festival is considered a prime London season affair, and is still organised by the family that founded it back in 1934. Initially devoted to Mozart, Glyndebourne Opera now stages an eclectic variety of modern operas alongside many classic works.
RHS Chelsea Flower Show
From 19th – 23rd May 2015
More than 150,000 of the world’s horticultural cognoscenti descend on the blooming grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea each year to inspect the show gardens and dynamic floral displays at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. With competition entries drawing upon influences from literature, history and gastronomy, visitors are certain to pick up green-fingered tips and find out which flowers are in vogue this season.
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
From 8th June – 16th August 2015
Every year since 1769, the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition has provided an important platform for emerging and established artists. Displaying paintings, photography, architecture, film and everything in-between, this is the biggest open-submission contemporary exhibition in the world. A must-see for all of the capital’s creatives and the highlight gallery event of the London season.
Trooping The Colour
13th June 2015
Regretfully, HRH has reached an age when riding sidesaddle down The Mall on her official birthday is no longer possible, but she still celebrates in traditional royal fashion. After taking the salute on Horse Guards Parade in this impressive military ceremony, she assembles with the rest of the royal family on the balcony at Buckingham Palace for an RAF fly-past and a photo-op to make Tatler readers dizzy.