Top Events in and Around London in 2018
If 2018 is the year for your big European Adventure look no further than my favorite city in the world, London. With so many events in and around London in 2018, the city makes the ideal place for a jump across the pond.
First things first, you need a place to stay. Make the Montcalm Hotel Shoreditch in trendy East London and known for its elegance and world-class hospitality your base to explore all of London’s top 2018 events.
East London Events:
Eighteen for 18 in Liverpool: 2018 marks a decade since Liverpool was crowned the European Capital of Culture. The anniversary will be celebrated all year long with the famous Eighteen for 18 Series playing host to China’s renowned Terracotta Warriors on display at the World Museum from February through October.
Beautiful World, Liverpool: The contemporary art extravaganza, Liverpool Biennial, features an eclectic mix of contemporary art in galleries, disused buildings and public spaces across the city from mid-July through October. This is the 20th anniversary of the event and more than 450 artists from across the globe will showcase their creations, with 305 new art creations commissioned for the event.
Fotografiska, White Chapel: Late 2018, brings the largest dedicated gallery of photography to London. Spread across 89,000 sq. ft. in Whitechapel, Fotografiska can host up to seven exhibitions at a time. And unlike many museums, one ticket gets you into all seven exhibitions. The venue is the second location, after the resounding success of its maiden venue opened in Stockholm in 2010. It will feature work from the leading photographers in the world. In the past, Fotografiska Sweden has exhibited works of from photographers like Serrano, Brandt, LaChapelle, Mann, Leibovitz and Newton among others. The museum will also showcase the works of new and talented contemporary photographers. Fotografiska, London will offer a wonderful glimpse into the exponentially evolving art of photography.
While there is plenty to see in London, after all, Samuel Johnson did say when a man is tired of London, he’s tired of life, the city also makes a great base for some day trips to explore 2018 events taking place throughout England.
In 2018, one of the biggest projects in the city, the Bristol Floating Harbour project sees the unveiling of a state-of-the-art museum. This museum celebrates and promotes enginner, Isambard K Brunel’s legacy, and serves as inspiration for budding innovators and engineer. Its collection houses rare artefacts and items, and involves the restoration of Brunel’s Drawing Office.
Bristol has a long and illustrious theatre heritage and is home to the oldest functional theatre in Britain, the Bristol Old Vic. After an extensive renovation it reopens in 2018. Another place getting a face lift is the famous music venue St George’s Bristol. It will feature a special sound wave-shaped glass installation hanging in mid-air, within the foyer, the creation of installation maestro Luke Jerra, who drew inspiration for it from a musical composition by Philip Glass.
The city also celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Bristol Balloon Fiesta in summer. It is the biggest outdoor event of its type in Europe.
The Great Exhibition of the North is a popular summer event from June 22–September 9 2018, celebrating design, art and culture of the North of England. Enjoy exhibits, street performances and avant-garde culture, among a host of other interesting events and activities. Don’t miss the Great North Museum that showcases culture, arts, innovation and design, or The BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. Additionally, a number of outdoor spaces and venues in Newcastle-Gateshead will have exhibits of new innovations from the area. The festival starts with the opening of ‘Get North’ the weekend of June 22, and celebrations wind up on September 8 & 9 with the Great North Run and Creating the Future.
Moving south to Plymouth, the city celebrated the 250th anniversary of Captain James Cook’s sailing on the HMS Endeavour, which was his maiden voyage of discovery to the Pacific and the Antipodes. It is part of a series of events taking place all across the country, collectively known as Cook 250. Plymouth was where the expedition was launched and where the HMS Endeavour was built and will return to in 2018. The Greenwich National Maritime Museum is commemorating the event with a bang with four permanent galleries opening, aptly titled “Endeavour Galleries”.