About London

Information about visiting London, the host city for the Margot Fonteyn International Ballet Competition 2020.

Preferential hotel rates available to members of the RAD and their families travelling to London 

We are pleased to offer members of the RAD and their families visiting London for the Margot Fonteyn International Ballet Competition (27 August – 5 September 2020) special rates at the Holiday Inn Bloomsbury. Single occupancy rooms are available from £159 per night, and double occupancy rooms are available for an additional £10 per night. This rate includes breakfast and bookings can be made for the duration of the competition or for select evenings.

Rooms at this special rate are available on a first come, first serve basis and bookings must be placed by 27 July 2020 in order to secure a discount. To book your stay, please visit the Holiday Inn Bloomsbury website and use the Group Code: MSB.

Additional hotels in the area include Travel Lodge Covent Garden (3-star), Premier Inn London Leicester Square (4-star), and the Strand Palace hotel (4-star). Please note that RAD does not have any special rates on these hotels, but that they are all within walking distance to Covent Garden.

Interesting facts about the Fonteyn 2020 host city

One of the most diverse cities in the world, London is home to all manner of cultures – over 300 languages are spoken here in the UK’s capital.

  • London buses were not always red. Before 1907, each bus route branded their buses with different colours.
  • To get a London taxi license, you have to prove that you know every single street and landmark in London. It’s called “The Knowledge” and takes 2-4 years to memorise.
  • The ‚Big Ben‘ isn’t a tower, it’s just the bell inside the tower that is called ‚Big Ben.‘ The tower itself is called ‚The Elizabeth Tower.‘
  • London boasts over 170 museums, from the massive British Museum, London’s most popular tourist attraction, to the tiny Fan Museum in Greenwich and everything in between. Remember to check out the Victoria & Albert museum in South Kensington and visit On Point, our display celebrating 100 years of the RAD.
  • London’s huge number of trees means that it actually qualifies the city as a forest in accordance with UN definition. Just under 1/5th of the area of Greater London is woodland. The capital received its first official Forestry Conservator in 2002.
  • London was first founded as a city by the Romans who called it Londinium – it was later called Lundenwic and Ludenberg before settling on ‚London.‘