BMW LSO Open Air Classics: practical tips

BMW LSO Open Air Classics, our free open air concert in Trafalgar Square, takes place on Sunday 22 May at 6.30pm. This will be our fifth annual event and is a fantastic opportunity to listen to the LSO, live and for free, in one of London's most iconic landmarks. 

If you're planning to come, here's a few practical tips which should help make everyone's evening run smoothly and be even more enjoyable.

  1. We advise you to come before 5.30pm in order to get a space in the Square. In previous years the Square has been full by 5.30pm and we have closed off access.

  2. Once the Square is full we will not open the gates again until the end of the concert, even if people leave during the show. If you arrive too late, we will be politely asking you not to try and watch from outside because this causes obstructions for traffic and pedestrians.

  3. If you're meeting friends, make sure they know to come early too. It's advisable to meet inside the square.

    LSO Open-Air-Classics
  4. Bring food and drink with you. But please don't bring glass bottles – you will be asked to decant it into plastic jugs.

  5. If you can't bring food and drink with you we advise you not to leave the Square to go and buy it once you're in. If the Square closes while you're out, you won't be able to get back in again! There's a cafe on the lower level of the Square which will be open until around 9pm. There's also plenty of public toilets on the lower level and portaloos on the upper level.

  6. Please don't bring furniture with you, but cushions and blankets are welcome. Cushions will be available to hire for £2 from wagons in the Square.

  7. Be prepared for any weather! Raincoats are preferred over umbrellas because these block the view of those behind you. We will also have some rain ponchos to hand out. We will continue to play if it rains as long as the rain isn't blowing into the stage canopy – rain and expensive stringed instruments don't mix! If we have to stop we'll try and restart if we can. Keep an eye on the big screens and listen for announcements.

  8. If you have access needs there's a viewing area set aside for you and a companion on the upper terrace. There's an accessible toilet on that level, and a hearing loop and large print programmes will be available. Assistance dogs are welcome. Please enter the square via the north west corner.

  9. Photography and posting to Twitter, Instagram and Facebook is encouraged! We want to see how you're enjoying yourselves. Use the hashtag #BMWLSOopenair.

  10. We expect the concert to finish somewhere around 8.15pm, depending on whether we have had to stop for rain.

We hope you have a fantastic evening and will see you again at the Barbican soon.

> Artists, programme and more about the concert