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London July 2014

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What's on in London in July 2014

Event of the Month |TOUR DE FRANCE 2014
(7, 24, 25, 26 & 27 JULY 2014)

See the world’s top cyclists pass through London as part of the Grand Depart for the Tour De France or watch live coverage from a dedicated fan park.

Tour de France

Watch cyclists, including Mark Cavendish and Chris Froome, as they pass through Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park before going alongside the River Thames. The route through London will see them pass iconic landmarks such as the Tower of London, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, before finishing on The Mall in front of Buckingham Palace. Fans are expected to line the streets in celebration of the passing cyclists.

Come together with other supporters in the free fan parks around London. Featuring giant screens you can watch the Grand Depart and Tour De France live. Watch the Grand Depart live Trafalgar Square’s big screens followed by the Tour De France live screenings at Canary Wharf. Not only will there by live coverage at Canary Wharf but also plenty of French themed food, prize give aways and special celebrity appearances too!

The Tour De France is the world biggest cycling event, experience the excitement, atmosphere and dedication as the world’s top cyclists go head to head for the title.

Website: visitlondon.com  


Hyper Japan is the biggest Japanese culture celebration in the UK. Discover the world of anime, taste cuisine from the best sushi chefs in the UK, experience Japanese fashion shows and shop for unique hand-made gifts. There’s also a chance to join the COSParade and be in for a chance of winning a prize for best costume.

Location: Earls Court, Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Warwick Road, London, SW5 9TA

Website: hyperjapan.co.uk

ROOFTOP FILM CLUB (Throughout July)

A unique experience for film lovers - The Rooftop Film Club brings the stars of the big screen under the stars in the sky. During July there will be classics including Flash Dance and Top Gun screened from Queen of Hoxton’s rooftop. Book early to avoid disappointment as screenings are extremely popular.

Location: Queen of Hoxton, 1-5 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3JX

Website: rooftopfilmclub.com

ROOFTOP FILM CLUB (Throughout July)

A ten day “extravaganza” packed full of music, dance and comedy. From Tom Jones to Jake Bugg, Tim Minchin to Diversity – each day is filled with a variety of acts for every taste. Experience high quality festival food for a change with specially selected restaurateurs, artisan traders and produces available in Hyde Park.

Location: Hyde Park

Website: bst-hydepark.com


The annual summer opening of Buckingham Palace begins in 26 July. As one of the world’s last remaining working royal palaces, Buckingham Palace is an iconic London attraction where during summer you can visit the luxurious state rooms, full of royal treasures.

Location: Buckingham Palace

Website: visitlondon.com


Following a sell out last year, after hours zoo nights have returned. Unleash your wild side with comedy, cabaret and a silent disco all held within London’s very own urban jungle. Don’t miss out on this event held most Friday nights throughout July.

Location: ZSL London Zoo, Outer Circle, Regent’s Park, London, NW1 4RY

Website: zsl.org


Bastille Festival is now in its 7th year, celebrating all things French including food, arts, theatres and film. You can experience wine tastings, creative workshops and many more activities all in Borough Market. There’s also an open air party to round up the day.

Website: visitlondon.com


One of London’s most spectacular venues, featuring panoramic views over London, is hosting a silent disco. Three DJs will travel to Level 69 to spin the decks and entertain those looking to party. Combining stunning views and excellent music The Shard’s Late Night Silent Disco is a truly unique experience.

Location: The Shard

Website: theviewfromtheshard.com


In their first live performance since 1980, The Pythons reunites for a hugely popular comeback show. Featuring the all-star cast including John Cleese, Terry Jones and Eric Idle, Monthy Python will be the talk of London’s comedy scene in 2014.

Location: The O2

Website: londontown.com

Edinburgh July 2014

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What's on in Edinburgh in July 2014

Event of the Month | Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival
(18 – 27 July)

July in Edinburgh welcomes some of the giants of Blues and Jazz, including big name acts such as Van Morrison, Jools Holland and Bill Wyman. This two week Jazz and Blues Extravaganza features over 140 gigs, held across 13 venues within Edinburgh City Centre, featuring diverse musical styles ranging from bop, boogie-woogie, samba and soul.

Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival

This exciting music festival takes place in stunning venues across the city; they’ll also be the opportunity to enjoy some alfresco Jazz on the Grassmarket, as musicians take to the street and entertain you whilst you enjoy some shopping, eating or drinking in the beautiful Grassmarket – right outside our Apex International Hotel and Apex City Hotel.

Find out more about the 2014 program by visiting theEdinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival website to find out more about all the artists and events that are taking place during this festival of all things Jazz and Blues. If you’re staying for the whole festival, why not choose Apex Hotels. All our properties in Edinburgh are ideally located and within easy reach of all the venues taking part in this groovy music festival.

Location: Various locations around Edinburgh

Website: edinburghjazzfestival.com  

A Capital View: The Art of Edinburgh (4 June 2014 – 6 July 2014)

This exhibition charts the history of Edinburgh through an exquisite collection of paintings, prints and sculptures. Don’t miss this opportunity to view some unique and rare artworks that show the development of this beautiful city. If you’re staying at Apex Waterloo Place, don’t miss this exhibition as it is only a short walk from the hotel.

Location: City Art Centre, 2 Market Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DE

Website: edinburghmuseums.org.uk

Edinburgh Famers’ Market (Every Saturday)

The Edinburgh Farmers’ Market has become an Edinburgh institution. Held every Saturday, and located a short walk from Apex International Hotel and Apex City Hotel, you’ll find a fantastic array of Scottish produce to tickle your taste buds.

Location: Castle Terrace, Edinburgh. EH1 2DP

Website: edinburghfarmersmarket.com

River Dipping (3 – 29 July)

Keep the kids occupied and take them for a cooling dip in the Water of Leith to discover the diverse wildlife that inhabits our inner city river. Bring your waterproofs and wellies, and prepare to get wet as you and your children discover what creatures lurk beneath the Water of Leith. Children must be accompanied by an adult and booking is advised.

Location: Water of Leith Visitor Centre, Edinburgh, EH14 1TQ

Website: waterofleith.org.uk

The Art of Golf (12 July 2014 – 26 October 2014)

Learn about a Scotland’s other famous export: Golf, in this exciting exhibition about Scotland’s national sport. You’ll get the chance to see golf as it was in its early days, right through to the present day via a collection of beautiful artwork, museum pieces and memorabilia that sport and Scotland’s past.

Location: Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL

Website: nationalgalleries.org

Pentlands Walking Festival (24 – 26 July)

Escaping to the great outdoors is easier than you think in Edinburgh. Located a stone’s throw from the city centre, the Pentland Hills Regional Park boasts some of the finest views of Edinburgh and the Lothians. Discover this national treasure during the Pentlands Walking Festival in July as you are led on a series of guided tours around the park.

Location: Pentland Hills, Edinburgh

Website: pentlandhills.org

Dundee July 2014

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What's on in Dundee in July 2014

(4 - 12 JULY)

The Ladyboys of Bangkok

Sizzling, sexy and seductive; a show like no other and not to be missed – The Lady Boys of Bangkok returns to the UK for its 16th year. Stopping for a week in Dundee, before appearing in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, ‘Red Hot Kisses’ will see temperatures rising in The Sabai Pavilion set in Baxter Park. Watch in astonishment as sixteen gorgeous and glamorous Lady Boys take to the stage in a truly unique performance.

With an array of extravagant costumes, plenty of cheeky humour and full-on glitz & glamour – this show is perfect for girl’s (or boy’s) night out or even as a first date ice-breaker! The travelling Sabai Pavilion allows you to be surrounded and enveloped in Bangkok’s exotic atmosphere as the aroma of freshly prepared Thai food fills the air, which you can enjoy with a drink from the fully licensed bar.

There’s also a Lady Boy’s Boudoir where you can buy some fantastic souvenirs from DVDs to masks and other novelties – a great way to remember a sparkling night out.

Celebrating in a group? Book a premium or platinum table package and get the best seats in the house along with a souvenir brochure, Thai meal and a standard drink per person. Book through us and you’ll get £10 off tickets Sunday – Friday

Location: The Sabai Pavilion, Baxter Park Terrace, Dundee, DD4 6NL

Website: ladyboysofbangkok.co.uk  


A long-held tradition, Broughty Ferry Gala week is full of fun, frolics and a touch of fancy dress! Events include pet shows, competitions and treasure hunts. There’s also a window guessing competition with a prize of up to £50.00 for the winner (sorry parents, this one is for kids only!)

Location: Various locations in Broughty Ferry (very close to Dundee)

Website: cometobroughty.co.uk.


In the first performance to be held on Frigate Unicorn, four actors and their bicycles perform a Shakespeare inspired comedy. Using bicycles to power surprises and contraptions within the performance, this is a one of its kind show which audience members may even become part of.

Location: HM Frigate Unicorn, City Quay

Website: dundeecity.gov.uk


Although Dundee may not be a tropical paradise where you can swim with dolphins in warm waters it doesn’t mean you can’t see them in their natural habitat. Ancrum Outdoor Centre has teamed up with Dundee’s Countryside Rangers to offer two powerboat trips to see pods of dolphins and other local wildlife in Tay Estuary.

Location: Tay Estuary

Website: ancrum.com


Continue Without Losing Consciousness features three solo artist’s exhibitions tracing the development of contemporary in Scotland over the last 25 years. The DCA will be working with the artists to create three new projects for their galleries focusing around the artist’s original concepts.

Location: Dundee Contemporary Arts

Website: dca.org.uk


The perfect, fun packed day out for school holidays! Face painting, storytelling, safari trails and plenty of fun and games. Zoofest at Camperdown Wildlife Centre is a great way to keep the kids entertained this summer holiday (entry is less than £5.00 per person too!)

Location: Camperdown Wildlife Centre

Website: camperdownwildlifecentre.com

Edinburgh International Film Festival

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Edinburgh International Film Festival 2014

This June Edinburgh welcomes back the Edinburgh International Film Festival for its 68th edition. This world renowned film festival brings its usual mix of cutting edge feature films, documentaries, shorts and animation.

EIFF 2014

Edinburgh, with its numerous dedicated film venues, is the ideal home for such a long running and well respected International film festival. The programme takes place across the city at well known venues such as the Filmhouse, Cameo and The Dominion. The festival also includes unique festival events such as outdoor screenings, workshops and discussions at venues across the city.

Our four city centre hotels offer the perfect base for enjoying the festival and visiting the host cinemas. In this blog we look at some of the venues that will enjoy EIFF screenings.

The Venues

38 Home Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9LZ

The Cameo - based in the Tollcross area of the city and not far from Apex International Hotel and Apex City Hotel - is one of Scotland’s oldest cinemas. This cinema with its huge main screen and comfy seats make it one of the best places to see film in Edinburgh.

Pick of the Festival: Teen Spirit Shorts – A look at some of the best International short films by the very best young film makers

88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH3 9BZ

No trip to the EIFF is complete without a visit to the Edinburgh Filmhouse, the official home of the EIFF. This beautiful Georgian building houses three screens that showcase the best in international independent cinema. It also has a great Cafe, where hungry filmgoers can fuel up or grab a beer between films.

Pick of the Festival: That Guy Dick Miller – A light-hearted documentary about one of Holywood’s most prolific actors. You’ve more than likely seen his face - you’ll know his name after seeing this endearing documentary.

18 Newbattle Terrace, Edinburgh EH10 4RT

Venture south to leafy Morningside and you’ll discover this beautiful Art Deco Dominion Cinema nestled just off Morningside Road. This attractive and often overlooked Edinburgh cinema can be easily reached from the City Centre by bus.

Pick of the Festival: Welcome to New York – Gerard Depardieu stars in this UK Premiere about Dominique Strauss-Kahn and his fall from grace.

A full programme of showings and events is now available to view on the EIFF website.