The weather may have taken an expected turn recently, but with a predicted heat wave in August, life in the capital may just get a whole lot more colourful! The summer really is when the whole city comes alive, and of course, this is showcased through the great things going on in the capital over the next few weeks.
Notting Hill Carnival
Yes, everyone’s favourite street party returns this summer for another mega mash up of music, food and larger than life carnival outfits! Since its beginnings in the mid-1960s, the festival has grown year on year into Europe’s largest street festival, continuing to attract revellers of all ages across the two days in West London.
By all accounts this year’s carnival will be even better than last year… although it won’t take much, since it rained the whole weekend! But with almost forty sound-systems, countless food stalls and a vibrant range of music, dance and theatrics, you’d be crazy to miss out!
Red Bull Air Race World Championship
Flying through the air with the greatest of ease, the Red Bull racers return for 2015, with the British leg of the world championship being hosted for a second year running at Royal Ascot. Daredevil pilots will negotiate a racecourse set up just metres off the ground; performing a series of trick, barrel-rolls and loop-the-loops all the way to the finish line…at up to speeds of 230mph no less! Hold on to your hats!
Buckingham Palace Summer Opening
Time to dust off your Sunday Best, and your tiara, and make your way to Buckingham Palace for the summer opening of the State Rooms. But don’t expect to see Liz, she’s on her holidays!
Each summer, the Royal Family open up the State Rooms to the public; allowing visitors to immerse themselves into the world of highbrow entertainment and privileged living, through viewing a number of rooms used by the Royal Family on official engagements, such as the Grand Hall, the Music Room and the Picture Gallery. The visitor route includes a walk along the west side of the palace garden, with views of the palace and lake.
South West Four
Hosted by Clapham Common, SW4 as it is more commonly known is an annual dance music festival attracting big-hitting artists from the music world. This year’s line up welcomes Basement Jazz, Skrillex, Faithless, Fatboy Slim and Eric Prydz to the leafy suburb of London for a weekend of beer-fuelled dance!
So if you missed out on your annual trip to Ibiza, then head on down to SW4 to get your fix, knowing that you can recover in the comfort of your own bed once the night draws to a close!
If you are bereft of annual leave, or are saving too hard for that Apple Watch, then Camden Beach may be the only way of getting sand beneath your toes this summer! 900 square metres of ‘shoreline’, requiring 150 tonnes of sand, is ever-present at the Roundhouse over the summer months, complete with all the regalia of a British seaside resort; deck chairs, beach huts and of course, a fully-stocked bar!
And serving up fishy morsels, in the shape of mussels, fish & chips and sea bass, are two pop-up restaurants, who will also be serving yummy lemonade sorbets to cool you down whilst you *hopefully* bask in the summer rays!