London is a city full of surprises. Each week you’ll find something new in the city, and whether its music, performance, history or food, you’ll find something to float everyone’s boat during your stay. There are many must see events which, if you blink, you’ll miss. That makes it even more crucial that during your stay at the Park Grand London Hyde Park, that you make the most out of every second. With online calendars giving you a run down of the best events of that week, we’ve compiled some of our favourite annual events which take place in London.
Notting Hill Carnival
Taking place in Notting Hill every August Bank Holiday, Notting Hill Carnival is a celebration of Black British culture in the UK as organised by the West Indian community of West London. This weekend long festival consists of a carnival parade, full of colour and dancing as well as DJ sets and nights full of dancing and celebration. If you’re looking for a good time to come party in London, then the bank holiday weekend of August is a surefire time to come.
Gay Pride takes place on the first weekend of July, waking the form of a parade through the centre of London as well as parties and clubs opening up for the whole weekend. The weekend also hosts musicians and singers who stage their own festival. Hundreds of thousands of people attend each year, it being one of the biggest pride events in the UK.
Trooping the colour
The trooping of the colour is annual event which takes place on the birthday of the monarch. On the Queen’s birthday each year, the military stage a march through St. James Park and perform with marching bands and even an air display from the RAF. This tradition has been based in London annually since the 18th century and is a grand display for any visitors who have yet to see the rigid organisation of the British state.
British Summer Time in Hyde Park
If you’re staying at one of the Shaftesbury Hotels in Paddington London, then you won’t want to miss british Summertime every July in the nearby Hyde Park area. With the park becoming the home of one of the most popular and fun filled festivals of the year, British Summer Time plays host to a diverse range of artists. With everything from 80’s indie rock to contemporary pop music.
Get out your strawberries and cream, because Wimbledon is still one of the most popular sporting events of the year. Based at the Wimbledon Tennis Club, this two week event pits the best tennis players against each other in doubles, singles and mixed tournaments, attracting a long list of high profile guests.
Chelsea Flower Show
Every year Chelsea Flower Show brings some of the best florists in the world to West London’s Chelsea. Here you’ll be able to find a wide range of rare and beautiful flowers, as well competitions and high profile markets.