Notting Hill Carnival
If you're in the mood for a street party, look no further than Europe's largest street festival. Over 1 million people are expected to head into West London for this year's festivities.
This Carribean festival takes place from Saturday 29th August, and finishes on Monday 31st August.
The carnival weekend kicks off on the Saturday night with Panorama, a free open-air concert involving a steel band competition at Emslie Horniman Pleasance Park, from 6pm until 10pm.
Sunday at The Notting Hill Carnival is Family Day. It starts off with J’Ouvert, a fun opening with dance, drummers and steel bands from 6am until 9am. The Sunday Parade gets under way at 10am and continues until 8.30pm.
Bank Holiday Monday sees the main parade. In the evening, the floats leave the streets in procession and people continue the festivities at the many Notting Hill Carnival after-parties.
London public transport is the best way to travel to the Notting Hill Carnival. Check out the TFL website for the best ways to get to the carnival.
The Camden Fringe is a performing arts festival which takes place in Camden during August. Shows take place throughout the day and generally last one hour. The Fringe ends on Sunday 29th August, so catch it while you can!
The Camden Fringe was set-up as an alternative to Edinburgh Festival in London, offering performers the chance to try out new material and different ideas in a supportive setting with less time and fewer financial commitments than Edinburgh.
To find out more, visit the Camden Fringe website here.
Beach East at Queen Elizabeth Park, Stratford, is a free day out for the whole family. Open until Monday 31st August, this urban beach is over 2,200 square metres of sand despoitated at the site, ideal for endless sandcastle competitions and balmy evening walks. A gigantic paddling pool and funfair rides will entertain the kids, and Pub Tropicana and Coconut Joe's bar will keep the adults suitably refreshed.
Located in the Multi Storey Car Park Former Television Centre in White City, this open air bar space offers a mix of food, art, alcohol and music. Open on weekends, and free to enter, you will find a variety of food stalls such as Crabbieshack and their soft-shell crab burgers, Le Bun's French American menu and Carribbean from White Men Can't Jerk. Daytimes will feature brunch dishes, a bloody mary bar and day beds; evenings will focus on terrific cocktails, great DJs and – presumably – a pretty hot view of the city.
Storeys is open until Sunday 13th September.
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