Discovering a new city is always the right time to have fun. You can do as many activities as you want. Moreover, it is also a carnival, festival, and even museum - so finding something you enjoy has never been easier.
We have concocted just for you a compilation of the main events that you shouldn’t miss if you have the chance to be in London in spring and summer (or what we call spring and summer here ;) ).
Summer is the best season to go outside, enjoy a little trip with your friends, drink (always with moderation if not water) and dance to the beat of famous artists like Ed Sheeran, Lorde and Charli XCX among many others.
UK has some of the best and biggest music festivals in Europe. Who, for example, doesn’t know the Glastonbury or the Wireless Festivals, which attracts on average 170,000 people and more than 50,000, respectively.
This type of event is the occasion to meet new people and relax a little bit while enjoying the nice english summer weather. Each year more than 10 million young people come across Europe and UK to assist to these great concerts.
And for the less lucky ones, the ones who can’t go there directly, well a TV, a group of friends, and popcorn might also be a way to enjoy the show!
Chelsea Flower Show
The Chelsea flower show is organised by the Royal Horticultural Society. It usually takes place during early summer in May. Each year more than 157,000 people come to admire the numerous flower arrangements and sculptures displayed throughout the gardens.
First organised in 1862 in Kensington, the RHS floral show moved to its current location in 1913. And with each year the floral show became not only more and more popular but also strict. In fact, colored sculptures, garden gnomes being among them, have been gradually forbidden during the show history.
Notting Hill Carnival
How can we talk about summer in London without mentioning its famous Notting Hill carnival? This carnival, which celebrates the capital’s Caribbean communities has been taking place since 1964. Between soca floats, traditional drums and dances processions, and on-wheel restaurants serving jerk chicken and fried plantain. You will be able to discover the Caribbean's cultures and traditions from top to bottom.
The carnival takes place every year throughout West London, the celebrations taking over the areas of Notting Hill, Ladbroke Grove, and Westbourne Park and lasts three whole days.
Little tips: be aware that the first day of the carnival is dedicated to children and that water and a good pair of shoes will be your best friends to make the best out of this experience (and come back in one piece ;D).
Totally Thames Festival
One of the main figures of London is obviously its well-known river, the Thames. In order to celebrate the river and the British culture, the city of London organiszes during the whole month of September several events, visits, and open cinema sessions for everybody to enjoy the river banks both charged and free for everyone to enjoy.
Published 1st May 2018