Inspired by the London 2012 Olympics, GPA made a Top 5 List for British-related events this Summer!

Can’t get enough of the London 2012 Olympics? Check out GPA’s TOP 5 Philadelphia-based events celebrating English arts and culture—and of course, some Olympic watching parties too!

1. The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival Presents: Extreme Shakespeare production of King John  

The Extreme Shakespeare production of King John is now playing from July 25 through August 5th at the Schubert Theater. Experience the spontaneity of how a traditional Elizabethan production would have been staged (in just four days!)—with vibrant actors arriving with their lines memorized, dressing in costumes they can find, and following no guidance from a director or designer. This famous, dynamic play follows an ambitious King and England’s struggle to unite under a legitimate ruler.

Boundless ambition, corruption, and greed plague a usurping King and his country. As King John navigates a landscape of murder and intrigue, he is challenged from all sides. England struggles to unite under a single, legitimate ruler in a play full of unpredictable twists and turns.

Click here to register!

2. British American Business Council Hosts Brit Invasion 2012: Olympic Happy Hour at the Trestle Inn

Join friends and colleagues of the British American Business Council to celebrate the London Games.


  • Wednesday, August 1, 2012,  
    5:00 PM – 7:00PM Program


Click here to register!

3. Olympics Watch Party with Philadelphia Runner

Philadelphia Runner is teaming up with Puma on Sunday, August 5th, at Tir Na Nog. The Olympic track races will be shown from 2 – 5 PM. Watch The World’s Fastest Man Usain Bolt match up against our USA Track and Field athletes in attempt to break world records. There will be buffet style appetizers and drink specials all afternoon. Take part in the Philadelphia Runner raffle for a chance to win a free pair of Puma Shoes.


  • Sunday, August 5 2012


  • Tir Na Nog
    1600 Arch Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19103

Click here to register! This event is free to attend.

4. Light Installations by Bruce Munro at Longwood Gardens

UK light artist Bruce Munro transforms Longwood Gardens this summer for an enchanting experience that will brighten your summer nights.  He is best known for his art installations, including CD Sea at Long Knoll, and Field of Light at The Eden Project in Cornwall, UK. This is his first garden installation in the US. The exhibition includes several large-scale outdoor installations, a Forest of Light made up of 20,000 glowing lights of twinkling flowers, and Water Towers creating a maze of fluorescent hues set to music.

Open through September 29, with extended evening hours Wed-Sat until 11:00 PM, through September 1, 2012. 

Click here to register.

5.  High Afternoon Tea in Wayne

A Taste of Britain Café and Tea Room offers a delightful, soothing, and delicious experience, featuring award-winning scones, served with clotted cream, lemon curd, preserves, a variety of tea sandwiches, mouth-watering pastries, and a pot of premium loose leaf tea.  Their menu also includes homemade soups, sandwiches, salads, and British favorites—Cornish pasties, chicken pot pie, and a ploughman’s platter.


  • Monday through Saturday from 10 AM-4 PM