Book Butler at The Athenaeum: Books for August
Find out more about our Book Butler’s novel selections this August, through our partnership with Pan Macmillan.
12th June 2018
Described as the biggest classical music festival in the world, the BBC Proms involves more than 90 concerts over eight weeks in the summer, at multiple London venues. Kicking off on 13 July, the festival involves everything from original members of the Buena Vista Social Club gracing the stage of the Royal Albert Hall, to free discussion sessions on a range of musical topics in smaller venues in the city.
For 10 weeks every summer, the Queen departs Buckingham Palace for some rest and recuperation elsewhere, usually in Balmoral in Scotland. As a result, Buckingham Palace opens its doors to the public during this time, with the opportunity for guests to visit the State Rooms, as well as see art and artefacts from the Royal Collection. This summer, Buckingham Palace opens on 21 July.
On 28 to 29 July, a weekend of two-wheeled fun takes over London’s streets for Prudential RideLondon. A legacy event of the London 2012 Olympic Games, there are plenty of activities for people to get involved in over the weekend. While spectators can cheer on the cyclists racing between London and Surrey, keen cyclists can take advantage of all the traffic-free roads in central London in the FreeCycle event. Simply hire a bike and cycle around an eight-mile circuit that passes all the major London landmarks, including Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square and St Paul’s Cathedral.
The classic West End theatre production, The King and I, is coming to the London Palladium for the whole summer this year. Also the winner of four Tony Awards, July is the perfect time to watch this globally-revered musical set in 1860s Bangkok. This is also the last opportunity London’s West End audiences will have to watch the acclaimed Broadway actors take to the stage in their roles.
Reachable on foot from The Athenaeum, British Summer Time is a festival hosted in Hyde Park over two weekends in July. Commencing on 6 July and finishing on 14 July, a range of well-known musicians spread across many eras and musical genres will be taking to the stage. This includes The Cure, Eric Clapton, Bruno Mars, Michael Bublé, Paul Simon and Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters.
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