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Four top London festivals for 2018

Famous for its creative scene, arts and culture, the city is bursting with life throughout the year. But not that many people know that sometimes normally tranquil places in London get transformed into festival hotspots throughout the year.  Every year, a variety of London’s festivals attracts plenty of visitors from around the country, to celebrate anything from rock music, film to city’s diverse culinary scene. Search for your tickets now to rediscover London and avoid last- minute disappointments later.

Have a different taste of the city at Taste of London
June 13-17

Also known as the best pitch of the greatest restaurants in the city. The line- up has been already launched, so you can have a sneak peek at variety of cuisine that can be tried there. This year looks especially promising, with loads of superstar chefs, heating up the festive atmosphere!

The headliners include Niklas Ekstedt – a Swedish restaurateur who specialises in traditional open-flame cooking. He will be joined by other established food icons in London to recreate one of the most tribal experience of food preparation. So, if you curious how the steak from a stone-age microwave might taste, why not to break bread with Londoners this summer?

All roads lead to London for All Points East
May 23-June 3

No plans for late May Bank Holiday? Fancy dancing the day away to some great music, London has you sorted. A brand new festival – All Points East is coming to town, and for the lack of the better word – it just sounds cool, with acclaimed artist like Björk, The National, and Nick Cave (join by another super start Patti Smith). The festival is a great alternative for all festival goers, who want to avoid sleeping in tents on swampy campsites.

For real comfort book into a hotel such as the Amba Marble Arch Hotel to ensure you bag yourself a decent night sleep after probably one of the greatest music experience of your life. Staying centrally means you can explore London the next day at your leisure, without having to travel far, making a real weekend of it.

Jump and dance at Notting Hill Carnival
August bank holiday weekend

Although it is not really a festival, the intensity of experience qualifies it as such. Every August bank holiday weekend, streets in West London come to live with a lively music, colorful costume performers, and sizzling food stalls serving Caribbean food. The carnival usually starts on the Saturday evening with a family event called Panorama. Sunday morning is also reserved as family time, with loads of attractions for kids. The atmosphere is slowly escalating towards the main celebration (read hard-partying) on Monday.

Every Londoner will admit that this is the perfect way to end your summer, with Caribbean-influenced sounds setting the scene for celebration.

Book some time off now for BFI London Film Festival
October 10-21

I know what you are thinkin – “they only screen movies” – but don’t jump to conclusion just yet! Let’s face the truth, living in this country and not going to the BFI Festival at least once in your lifetime, is a missed opportunity. London is the world’s third busiest film production center with a record of over 14,000 shooting days.

Coming to Big Smoke to embrace the celebration of moving images is an excellent idea to better understand the industry, and who knows maybe learn a new craft? Every year there are loads of interesting workshops and panels from industry speakers that will show you what working on a real “big screen” movie is like.



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