London, things to see and do…if you stop here enroute to your villa vacation in Italy

Conde Nast reporst about  some…..Things to Do in London Besides the Olympics


If you are heading to Italy for a villa vacation, some of you may stop in London enroute – this article in Conde Nast Traveler may be just the thing for you…read on

London’s Emirates Air Line cable car

The Olympics are taking over London this summer, but that’s not all there is to do in town. Read on for our picks of the city’s top summer festivals, exhibits, and events that have nothing to do with the games….

A Tender Thing at the World
Shakespeare Festival

World Shakespeare Festival
This is the largest Shakespeare festival ever mounted—in the U.K., thousands of artists from around the world will take part in almost 70 productions. Catch the Bard’s greatest plays in various theaters around London and at the newly revamped Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon. (Productions through November; related exhibits through December)


London Pleasure Gardens
London is reviving a 200-year-long tradition of communal public spaces called pleasure gardens; and this summer, you’ll find one of these cultural destinations sprawling across the waterside docklands in East London. This vast post-industrial space, which opened at the end of June, has been transformed into an urban festival ground, complete with cafés and bars, a floating cinema, illuminated fountains, a sculpture garden, and a pop-up hotel. (Ongoing)

Harrods Toy Kingdom
Harrods has just opened its much-hyped, 26,000-square-foot Toy Kingdom, which is broken up into kid-wowing interactive worlds: a circus, an enchanted forest, an intergalactic science lab, a toy-filled canyon lorded over by a giant dragon, and of course a candy counter. (Ongoing)

more in the original article …. also read the Travel Guide to London

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