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Discover London

Get set for a taste of both the historic and the modern with flights and holidays in London. Take a history lesson while you tour the Tower of London, or get the lay of the land with a ride on the Coca-Cola London Eye. With so much to see and do, there’s plenty for everyone in London.

Home to well known landmarks, designer shopping, and a vibrant arts and theatre community, it’s no wonder so many choose to spend their holidays in London. And with flights from British Airways, you’ll arrive in England in style. With regular flights to London from the world over, the city’s never out of reach.

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Find out what's on in London this May

London knows how to put on a show… Literally. In May, the superb show offerings range from visionary home design to antique books. Meanwhile, the FA Cup Final brings fever-pitch excitement for football fans, and the capital serves up a large slice of comedy – from stand-up to Fawlty Towers-style dining.

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1-7 May

Expect dazzling design and incredible innovation, when Grand Designs Live 2015 comes to London’s ExCeL from 2 to 10 May. Based on the Channel 4 TV series and presented by its own Kevin McCloud, the show sees over 500 exhibitors across seven inspiring sections.

Then Fawlty Towers: The Dining Experience returns to the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room from 4 to 8 May. Fans of the beloved 1970s TV comedy can get the Fawlty Towers experience while dining on a three-course meal. So take your seat for full-throttle, farcical fun with Basil, Sybil and Manuel.

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8-14 May

Punch and Judy is as British as fish and chips. Celebrating the first time Samuel Pepys recorded in his famous diary seeing this style of puppet show, the Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival is a feast of traditional British entertainment. At St Paul’s Covent Garden on 10 May.

Then it’s time for another great British tradition, as the Royal Windsor Horse Show gallops into the glorious grounds of Windsor Castle on 13 to 17 May. Watch thrilling show jumping, carriage driving, dressage and more during this equestrian spectacular. Windsor is easily accessible by train from London Paddington.

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Watch brightly coloured bra-clad women and men participate in The Moonwalk London 2015, on 16 May. This power-walking marathon in aid of breast cancer causes sees thousands of participants from around the world pour through a moonlit Clapham Common. So get ready to cheer them on and be a part of the fantastic, fund-raising fun.

Or stroll around stunning show gardens at the prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show on 19 to 23 May. Meet the famous gardeners and designers behind the exquisite displays and get inspiration for your own horticultural haven. At the Royal Hospital, Chelsea.

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22-28 May

Following their sell-out tour in 2013, legendary rockers Fleetwood Mac are returning to The O2 on 27 and 28 May. Sing along with ‘Go Your Own Way’, ‘Dreams’, and more of the band’s best-loved hits from their incredible career spanning nearly five decades. This tour also sees the exciting return of Christine McVie following a 16-year absence.

Then calling all book lovers… The London International Antiquarian Book Fair arrives at the Olympia National from 28 to 30 May. Peruse and buy books, prints, manuscripts and many more items of museum-quality at this world-renowned event among antiquarian book collectors.

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29-31 May

Irish comic, TV and film star Dylan Moran is back with his first UK tour for four years. Moran brings his unique brand of quirky, grumpy humour to the stage of the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith, in ‘Off the Hook’. From 29 to 30 May.

Or if sport is what makes you tick, don’t miss one of the biggest events in the football calendar - the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium on 30 May. Don’t dismay if you miss out on tickets, as you can catch the thrilling action on big-screen TVs at pubs across the city.

Find out what's on in London this June

With festival season already underway you will find London becomes a shining beacon of culture. From art and music, to sports and architecture – the capital has it all. You could try to get tickets to the world-famous Wimbledon Tennis Championships, or see the parade at London Pride.

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Criminology exhibition Forensics: the anatomy of crime has its final few weeks at the Wellcome Collection, closing on the 21 June. The exhibition explores the history of forensics as a science, and follows archived cases from grisly crime scene to solemn courtroom, and asks questions of our fascination with crime and death.

London’s favourite alternative music festival, Field Day , takes place on 6 and 7 June in Victoria Park, and this year’s line-up is a triumph. Patti Smith, Django Django, Todd Terje (and many more) all bring their eclectic, varied music to wow the fashionable crowd.

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8-14 June

Opera fans will be excited to hear that Opera Holland Park is back for another season. The acclaimed opera company will be bringing the park to life at the purpose-built Holland Park Theatre with Puccini’s Il trittico and their very first production Flight, by Jonathan Dove, both playing throughout June.

Don’t miss the annual London Festival of Architecture held at various locations and venues across London, including the incredible Serpentine Pavilion project. The theme this year is ‘Work in Progress’ and will feature a programme specifically prepared by London’s foremost cultural and academic institutions.

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15-21 June

Sample some gastro delights at the Taste of London Festival , in Regents Park on 17 to 21 June. On the menu are world class chefs, such as Michelin-starred Portuguese chef Nuno Mendes, and top restaurants providing the crowd with treats, and workshops, over the weekend.

Outdoor theatre is the fashionable thing this summer, and Regents Park Open Air Theatre is no exception with The Seagull, by Anton Chekov, playing 19 June to 11 July. The Seagull is celebrated as one of the most important plays of the nineteenth century.

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22-30 June

Olympia International Art and Antiques Fair takes place 18 to 28 June at Olympia National. It is celebrating its 43rd year in 2015, making it the largest and most established art and antiques fair in Britain. There are 170 of the world’s specialist dealers, with prices ranging from £100 to £1 million.

Barbara Hepworth, a forerunner of modern sculpture, has not had a major retrospective in London since 1968. Now, 45 years later, Tate Britain is set to exhibit her work, starting on 24 June, through her incredible sculpture, sketches, collages, photograms and textiles. Barbara Hepworth was truly an art ‘star’, and this is a chance to see her greatness.

Find out what's on in London this July

Culture vultures will be spoilt with London’s offerings this month, which includes Shakespearian tragedy at the Globe and Mexican ballet at the London Coliseum. Buckingham Palace and the National Portrait Gallery have exclusive exhibitions, while summer festival fever sees a trio of major music and arts events in the capital.

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1-7 July

One of the most photographed stars of all time, Audrey Hepburn, will be the subject of a stunning new photographic exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 2 July to 18 October. ‘Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon’ will feature more than 60 rare and classic images of the actress and style icon captured by some of the 20th century’s leading photographers.

Then David Guetta, Drake, Nicki Minaj and Jessie J are among the top names lined up to perform at this year’s Wireless Festival, from 3 to  5 July. Veteran acts including Mary J Blige and Grandmaster Flash will also feature on the Finsbury Park festival bill.

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8-14 July

Take your seat (or stand) for Shakespeare’s powerful exploration of the meaning of kingship, Richard II, at the iconic Globe Theatre from 11 July to 18 October. Downton Abbey star Charles Edwards will take the titular role in this sure-to-be-superb production.

Or combine taking in London’s renowned sights with cheering on the competitors of the Vitality British 10K London Run, on 12 July. Many of the capital’s most iconic landmarks feature on the race route, with this year’s set to be particularly special, in celebration of the Run’s 15th anniversary.

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15-21 July

Grab tickets for East London’s coolest arts event, the Citadel Festival, at Victoria Park on 19 July. Alongside music from Ben Howard, Bombay Bicycle Club, Anna Calvi and more, will be current affair-inspired talks from guest speakers and lip-smacking snacks for sale from London’s most sought-after street vendors.

Then calling all film fans… Europe’s largest Asian film festival comes to the capital from 16 to 23 July. The London Indian Film Festival showcases the finest independent film-imports from India at venues across London, as well as featuring talks from prestigious actors and film-makers.

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Don’t miss the internationally-acclaimed Ballet Folklórico De México at the stunning London Coliseum from 22 to 25 July. This mesmerising spectacle by Mexico’s national dance company sees over 40 dancers and 16 musicians present a feast of music and dance themed around the country’s fascinating history.

Or experience the breathtaking splendour of an official visit to Buckingham Palace, when the Royal Family’s London residence opens its doors for ‘A Royal Welcome’. From 25 July to 27 September, get a thrilling behind-the-scenes peek into the preparations for State Banquets, Garden Parties and other royal occasions.

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London areas

St Pancras train station

Bloomsbury & St Pancras

Bloomsbury has attracted writers and liberal thinkers for centuries. Home to the British Museum, British Library and the Charles Dickens’ Museum. St. Pancras is the transport hub for Eurostar, and provides fantastic transport links to London areas and Europe.

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Marble Arch & Oxford Street

London’s shopping institutions, such as Selfridges and Liberty, mix with fantastic high street shops and premium designer brands. Take a break from the shops and visit Baker Street, home to fictional detective Sherlock Holmes.

The Mall leading to Buckingham Palace

Victoria & Westminster

At the heart of London’s monarchy, politics and iconic landmarks. Visit Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s official residence, and Westminster Abbey, the chosen wedding venue of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Colourful houses in London

Paddington & Notting Hill

Known as the leafy neighbourhoods of London, Paddington is bordered by Hyde Park and fashionable Notting Hill is characterised by its green squares. A haven for antiques, second hand books, and the weekly, Portobello Road Market.

The Natural History Museum

Kensington & Earls Court

One of the most beautiful areas of London and great for history and the arts. Surrounded by stunning Georgian and Edwardian architecture. Visit the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum while you’re here.

Sounds of summer

YouTube vlogger Jimmy Hill took a musical tour of London and then jumped on a ferry to explore the Isle of Wight Festival. See how he got on in the video below.

London weather

Prepare for the weather before your holiday

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London: An insiders guide

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London: An insiders guide

Author and resident Saska Graville unearths off-the-radar places to eat, sleep and shop.

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