London’s social calendar is so hectic that it’s likely you’ll be able to find a multitude of events that take your fancy on pretty much any night of the week, at any time of the year.
We’d be here for the rest of the year listing them all if we looked at the entire city, but narrowing our search down to a specific area, what kind of events are there for guests staying in hotels in Bayswater?
London’s West End is world-renowned for its top-quality offering of stage productions and musical theatre, so immortal shows like Les Miserables, Wicked and the Lion King really don’t need selling.
Instead, you could opt for theatre on a less lavish scale at some of the smaller theatres near Bayswater, such as Gate Theatre, Southwold Summer Theatre or Regent Park’s open-air theatre.
The Cockpit (on Gateforth St, Marylebone, NW8 8EH) is staging Romeo and Juliet on the first weekend of April, Robert Anton Wilson’s Cosmic Trigger (throughout most of May) and Rapunzel & The Tower of Doom (on May 20th).
Over in nearby Notting Hill, the Gate Theatre (on 11 Pembridge Road, W11 3HQ) has the world premiere of Assata Taught Me. This gripping and tense play that explores the black struggle across generations and genders resides is staged every day between May 4-27th as part of the RESIST! Season – a series of plays about rebellion and revolution.
Meanwhile, the King’s Head Theatre Pub (115 Upper Street, Islington, N1 1QN) is staging Adam & Eve…and Steve – a brand new musical comedy set in the newly-created Garden of Eden.
Those keen to experience the undiluted glitz of the West End only have to venture east of Hyde Park through Soho where they can enjoy the Phantom of the Opera (at Her Majesty’s Theatre), Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Palace Theatre) and An American In Paris (Dominion Theatre).
This mammoth 350-acre Royal Park plays host to massive open-air rock and pop concerts every summer, as part of Barclaycard’s British Summer Time festival.
The first, on Friday 30th June, is set to be headlined by Phil Collins, who has come out of retirement after a five-year absence from the stage to focus on his family. It will be the Genesis singer’s only UK and European festival performance of 2017 and comes with support from Blondie, Mike & The Mechanics and Starsailor.
Punk rockers Green Day headline the day after (Saturday July 1st) with the rest of the day comprising a suitably raucous ramble of spiky bands such as Rancid, Gogol Bordello, The Hives, The Living End, Beach Slang, Sunflower Bean, Public Access TV and SWMRS, who feature the son of Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong on drums.
That weekend is capped off with a bill-topping set from the pop sensation Justin Bieber on the Sunday (July 2nd), as part of his huge Purpose world tour. Support for the rarely predictable singer comes from Martin Garrix, Tove Lo and Anne-Marie.
Kings Of Leon bring their winning blend of indie stadium rock to Hyde Park on Thursday July 6th, backed with sets from the immensely influential Pixies, as well as Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats.
The penultimate festival date is Saturday July 8th with the long-awaited return of The Killers. Playing ahead of the Las Vegas quartet’s headline set will be rousing Mancunian rock group Elbow, mega pop group Tears For Fears and London’s own White Lies. This date has already sold out so if you haven’t bagged your tickets already, then you may be out of luck.
Winding up the British Summer Time festival on Sunday July 9th is the legendary Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers with a songbook brimming with classic songs such as American Girl, Breakdown, Refugee, Runnin’ Down A Dream and Into The Great Wide Open.
Free Fallin’ on to the rest of the bill is Fleetwood Mac legend Stevie Nicks, who scored a hit with Petty in the shape of ‘Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around’, so don’t be surprised if the two roll out a rendition of the 1981 hit.
The WI Fair
Slightly further afield, Alexandra Palace (N22 7AY) will be the venue for the second ever Women’s Institute Fair between March 29th and April 1st.
Open to members and non-members of the WI, the event is designed to celebrate the institution with four days of craft, cooking, creativity, shopping, learning and travel, all aimed at inspiring women while having a grand day out.
It pulls together over 300 exhibitors, a delicious food market, inspiring cooking demonstrations in the live kitchen theatre, hands-on craft workshops, and free seminars and demos centred around craft, lifestyle, travel and the outdoors.