London’s gone a bit festival-mad this weekend – something’s gotta replace The Games? But you’ll be pleased to know you can sidestep the mud and poor sanitation for quality music, arts and cinema that should make your next few days quite entertaining.
If you were still on a downer following the close of the 2012 Olympics, you needed to watch the Paralympics Opening Ceremony – a dazzling, inspiring (and tear-jerking) extravaganza from beginning to end, setting the tone for what should be an exciting fortnight. That’s why watching the games in Trafalgar Square and getting into the spirit of it all is one of our top picks this weekend.
The last Bank Holiday of the year means it’s time for the resplendent two-day Notting Hill Carnival and dozens of other parties, big and small, to see out the last of the summer months.
In around a month’s time one of Ibiza’s big clubbing institutions, Zoo Project, will hold their inaugaral festival right here in the UK.
With over 200 nations getting ready to represent at next week’s London Olympics we couldn’t help but run with an international theme for this weekend’s exploits.
As questionable as a summer in London might be right now, the hope that the city might bask in heat and sunshine once again is still alive and well, not least thanks to outdoor events like the Vietnam Summer Festival, the return of Portobello Pop-Up Cinema in Notting HIll and a East-London wide treasure hunt courtesy of urban running collective Run Dem Crew this weekend.
When it comes to cultural diversity, no where does it better than London – so this weekend’s events is your chance to appreciate the capital’s melting pot.
A Yoko Ono exhibition, the theatrical rise of Prometheus, and a summer holiday camp in the Old Vic tunnels – it’s only another eclectic round-up of what’s on over the weekend in the capital that’ll not only inspire your cultural sensibilities, but have you hoping the next two days can last for just a little bit longer.
As Father’s Day falls on this weekend, we’re paying tribute to the male of the species with a few recommendations that’ll inspire sons, boyfriends, uncles, granddads etc. to go forth and take on the capital, whether it’s rediscovering the city by bike, checking out the newly refurbished White Horse in Hampstead, or connecting with their inner hip-hopper at a new exhibition honouring Europe’s most legendary graffiti crew.
Every year, it seems there are more and more new festivals popping up and attempting to outdo one another with the biggest line-ups, with huge corporate backing and increasingly expensive tickets.
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