London Festivals 2012Festivals for you to get stuck into – Notting Hill Carnival isn’t the only one out there guys…
Film4 Summer Screen 2012 Aug 16-25 Somerset House The Strand WC2R 1LA Buy ticketsTake in a movie in Somerset House’s lovely courtyard – perfect. Thisseason includes the UK premiere of Walter Salles’s adaptation of Onthe Road, a month before you can catch it in your local cinema.Also showing classics like The Birds and Apocalypse Now, as well asour personal favourite Pretty in Pink.
Foodies Festival 2012 Aug 17-19 Battersea Park Queenstown Rd SW11 4NJThis is the festival for foodies. With tastings and master classes withwell-known chefs and food industry personalities including LeviRoots, Ed Baines and Gary Lee, theres also a Food of Love Cinema,where food featured in films are served to the audience. VIP ticketsinclude a two-course meal with champagne – how can you not?
Notting Hill Carnival Aug 26-27 Notting Hill Chepstow Rd Westbourne Grove Ladbroke Grove W11 1HTWell it had to feature. Amazing floats, music and a buzz you can’tfind anywhere else, if you haven’t found time to go yet make thisyear the one you do. Don’t forget to pick up some jerked chickenand plantain…Check out Time Out’s fantastic guide here.
Thames Festival 2012 Sep 8-9 On the banks of the ThamesThis amazing festival takes place between Westminster Bridge andTower Bridge, with an incredible programme of events beside theThames. Check out the closing firework display if nothing else.For a full events guide, see here.
Open House London 2012 Sep 22-23 All over London Some tickets may be required.So it’s not an open bar… this event gives you the chance to viewsome amazing buildings for free. This includes snooping aroundgovernment buildings, private houses, schools, town halls…This years theme is the changing face of London’ - among thefamous faces are the Gherkin.
The Cake and Bake Show Sep 22-23 Earls Court Exhibition Centre Warwick Rd SW5 9TAPaul Hollywood, Mary Berry and royal wedding cake designer FionaCairns (remember that crown cake at the Jubilee?) are among thebaking aces appearing at the Cake & Bake Show. With plenty to seeincluding demos, tastings, workshops, a food market and equipmentstands, this is a must if you’ve got a sweet tooth.
Soho Literary Festival Sep 27-30 Soho Theatre 21 Dean St W1D 3NEWe’re all for feeding your hunger, how about feeding your soul?In association with the Oldie Magazine, check this high-brow festivalfor author-led talks and events by a range of writers including GilesCoren, Jeremy Vine, Fay Weldon, Michael Palin, Pam Ayres andMichael Frayn.
Photomonth 2012 Oct 1-Nov 30 Various venuesThis annual East London photography festival takes place over twomonths (do we think they know that?). Open for submissions rightnow, if you’re feeling hipster enough…Highlights include the Photofair at Old Spitalfields Market and thePhoto-Open exhibition.
Lord Mayor’s Show Nov 10 Begins at Mansion House, 11amWelcome to the new Mayor of London! We’re looking forward toseeing the new Boris – so let’s welcome him in in style…We’re loving the slightly bling 254-year-old State Coach. This is realEnglish-style celebrating at its best – aircraft flybys, marching bandsand floats… followed by fireworks.
So what did we miss? What are your favourite London festivals?Let us know and watch this space for more updates… and seeyou at Notting Hill Carnival with some jerked chicken!