Historic and happening London has importance and significance in abundance. With hundreds of monuments, museums, events and icons, it’s no wonder that it’s one of the most visited cities in the world. Aside from Big Ben, Tower Bridge and Westminster, it also has art, food, culture, diversity and beauty, all accompanied by plenty of exciting festivals each and every year.
Notting Hill Carnival is one of the largest street parties on the planet, and features colourful and dazzling displays and demonstrations. Since 1966, kooky and costumed dancers, musicians and bands have been strolling down the London streets accompanied by floats, fun and spectators. There is live music, street food, performances and a great atmosphere. It’s a fun, vivid and vivacious affair and gives a great glimpse into the multicultural and diverse nature of London and its people. Get your dancing shoes on, fill your belly and feel the vibes!
More food is on offer in Taste of London, a scrumptious food festival of epic proportions. In this event, you’ll find pop-up restaurants, street food, world-class chefs, cooking experiences, masterclasses, demonstrations and a load of free samples. If you like getting your lips around tasty treats and tremendous eats, this is the place to be. The foody offerings range from every corner of the planet and you can gobble and gorge on a variety of unusual and unique offerings, with plenty of tipples and drinks to wash it all down.
Citadel Festival is a unique musical festival in that it happens in the heart of the city. England is home to many musical extravaganzas, many of which happen in slightly more remote locations to allow camping and caravanning. But here, you can treat yourself to tunes in the East End of London for a lovely day of music, mayhem, food, drink and more. There are speakers, arts, culture, workshops and street stalls, all accompanied by a superb soundtrack of great musicians.
London’s influence is felt throughout the world of cinema, and is synonymous with many big films and famous faces. At BFI London Film Festival, you can celebrate this heritage and treat yourself to a range of blockbusters, independent features, experimental offerings, daring documentaries and unique shorts. It screens around 300 films from over 50 countries, and is arguably the biggest film frenzy in the UK.