Forever at the forefront of design, fashion, art and more, London plays host to ‘must-see’ events all year round. But with hundreds of exhibitions and festivals to choose from, picking which ones should be pencilled into your social calendar can be difficult. Cue ME London Hotel’s event guide, our pick of the capital’s annual highlights curated together with the hotel’s stylish experts and our own insider tips.
FEBRUARY – London Fashion Week
Buyers, bloggers and the style-curious come from far and wide in the hope of scoring a frow (front row) seat next to the models and celebs at the most anticipated fashion event of the yea. Most of the events and fashion shows take place on The Strand, so just moments from your room at ME London. But if you’re not lucky enough to get a ticket this Feb, have no fear, just head to the Radio Rooftop Bar where the style-set often head for a cocktail break, or there’s always round two come September.
APRIL – Pick Me Up festival
London’s first ever graphic design fair, Pick Me Up, debuts some of the biggest international names in graphic arts, from the up-and-coming to the world renowned. Be inspired by the freshest talent in illustration and graphic design and pick up some original artworks to take home.
MAY – Photo London
Photographers from the world over flock to this annual fair which sees exhibitions from world-class visual artists who are all masters of their field. Held just across the street from ME London at the beautiful Somerset House, head over to rub shoulders with an international artistic crowd.
MAY – FRIEZE art fair
Whether you’re there to buy or to browse, FRIEZE is a must-do for all art buffs. Since 2003, the world’s leading galleries have come together, to reveal the work of over 1000 contemporary artists in a cacophony of films, installations, talks and one-off exhibitions. ME London have previously partnered with the event, more proof of the hotel’s artistic credentials.
JUNE – TASTE of London
Treat your palate with a trip to TASTE where you can sample Instagram-worthy dishes from the country’s top restaurants, listen to talks from the best chefs in the business, sharpen your culinary skills in exclusive masterclasses and peruse produce from artisanal producers.
JULY – Wimbledon
You can’t beat Wimbledon for a stylish day out. Pull up a seat on Centre Court and bring on the Pimm’s cocktails and strawberries and cream at England’s iconic and prestigious sporting event, where the world’s best tennis stars battle it out for champion title. Look out for some Wimbledon-inspired action at the ME London hotel come summer.
AUGUST – Visions Festival
Stretching across eight different venues in East London’s hip borough of Hackney, Visions is where you’ll get to hang with the city’s cool creative crowd over a Negroni or two. Expect the line up to include performances from musicians, dancers, chefs, sport gurus and film makers.
SEPTEMBER – Open House London
Time your stay at ME London Hotel and take this rare opportunity to roam through more than 200 of London’s historic landmarks and private homes who, for one weekend only, open their (usually closed) doors to the public.
SEPTEMBER – London Design Festival
The whole city becomes a canvas for creativity during this week-long festival—an event befitting of London’s status as a world leader of design. Previous years have seen mini living forests, immersive installations and experimental sculpture dot London’s streets and top design institutions.
October – BFI London Film Festival
Come together for a celebration of the country’s leading and emerging film talent and enjoy a host of screenings from major Hollywood hits to indie and arthouse flicks, as well as workshops, talks and exclusive Q&A’s with some of the world’s film industry elite.