I know it's only January, but many of you will already be making plans for the sunnier months. ROSL has received its allocation of tickets for the Chelsea Flower Show in May and Trooping the Colour in June, so if you would like to be entered into the ballot, now is your chance.
These two highlights mark the start of the London season, which also features such events as Wimbledon, the Proms, Royal Ascot, and Glyndebourne among others. The Chelsea Flower Show has been held in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea since 1912, organised by the Royal Horticultual Society. One of the best known and most prestigious flower shows, the tiny 11-acre site still manages to attract 157,000 visitors per year. To make sure you are one of those lucky few, enter the ballot here.
Trooping the Colour's origins date much further back, beginning life during the reign of King Charles II (1660-1685). The household division has served as the monarch's personal bodyguards since this time and the 'colours' refer to uniform and insignia worn by soldiers from different units. Trooping the Colour was a means of a regiment identifying itself to aid unit recognition. In 1748, this became a ceremony to mark the official birthday of the sovereign and in 1760 became an annual event after George III became king. Enter the ballot here.
Ballot winners will be announced for the Chelsea Flower Show at the end of April, and for Trooping the Colour in mid May.