London is one of the world’s most visited cities and being such a diverse and populous place it has a huge amount of activities to suit all styles and tastes. Are you currently visiting London (or planning to) and are searching for some fun London experiences? You have come to the right place.
I lived in London for six months and during that time I tried to venture out and soak up the London atmosphere as often as I could. Naturally I visited some of London’s most famed attractions, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square…you know the drill. I also tried to lap up events that don’t sit at the top of every travel list when London springs to mind.. Find out what they are below……
London Fashion week
If witnessing some of the world’s hottest fashion labels and retailers strut down the catwalk is your ideal way to spend an evening, then London fashion week is not to be missed. You don’t have to be some die- hard fashionista to go but it is the ultimate ladies day out to spoil yourself and get gloriously pampered.
Even just spend the time wandering around Somerset House (cultural center of London) spotting all the latest trends and outlandish fashions. Myself and my friend Karen spent a day at London Fashion week back in 2014. From sipping on strawberry infused champagne to participating in a 3D virtual reality catwalks…well I wish events like this came round more than once a year.
What exactly is there to do at London Fashion week?
Your ticket will allow you access to watch four catwalk shows displaying a series of trend shows. In 2014 one of the catwalk trends was cotton candy showcasing all the pastel hues (my favourite)
You will get to indulge in discounted pop up stores and take your shopping experience to the next level. Throughout the whole space there will be over 150 international and British designers (purse strings beware)
There are lots of areas to get hair, nail and beauty treatments done and dining options too. Your ticket also allows you to walk away with a little goodie bay designed by a leading fashion designer.
This year’s fashion shows ran from 16th to 20th of September so while you have just missed out on this experience by a margin, pencil it into your 2017 diary.
Where is London Fashion week?
Located at Somerset House, Strand, London.
Holi One Colour Festival
The Holi One Colour festival is held in forty cities around the world but there is nowhere quite like London to experience a festival of explosive bursting colours.
What exactly is Holi colour festival?
This festival takes it colourful inspiration all the way from India where the real experience of this takes place(firmly added to the bucket list). In India this is known as the festival of colours and sharing love. I have seen pictures of my cousin who has been to it in India and it looks utterly incredible.
Basically to sum it up it’s a festival with various DJs and every hour the whole crowd throws massive amounts of coloured powder all over each other creating a sea of multicolored people….it’s a pretty vibrant party to say the least.
You come dressed in white (preferably not in your Sunday best) and will leave looking undoubtedly vivid and bright. This festival is a wonderful combination of dance music and visual stimulation.
You can register now to receive a 20% discount for tickets for the 2017 festival. Visit www.holifestival.com/uk
Dining in the dark
Dans le Noir has got to be one of the most interesting and intriguing restaurants London offers (apart from London’s naked restaurant- which I may review someday too). Dining in the dark is a true sensory experience and ideally not for those who have any kind of fear of darkness. When I say you devour a three course meal in complete darkness-there are no jokes there.
There is not as much as a glimmer of light as you must put your phones into a locker prior to entering the restaurant. At first it does feel a little over whelming as you are guided to your seat you can hear other customers chatting and laughing. It’s weird trying to visualise what these people may look like based just on the sounds on their voices.
One of my favourite things about this restaurant is that it provides employment for visually impaired people. The waiters/waitresses kindly guide you through the whole experience from escorting you into the restaurant to helping you locate the whereabouts of your cutlery. Another distinctly interesting aspect about this restaurant is that everything you eat is a surprise(who doesn’t love a good surprise?). Before you enter you will be given a choice of four surprise menus
-White- chef’s surprise
-Green – vegetarians
-Red- meat eaters
-Blue fish and seafood
I played it relatively safe with the Red menu.
A three course meal is €54 per person
Visit www.London.danslenoir.com for more info
Where is Dans le Noir?
Located at 30-31 Clerkenwell Green, London
Nothing hill Carnival
Notting Hill Carnival is Europe’s biggest street party with floats, sound systems and thousands of people taking to the streets of charming Notting Hill. I have never witnessed a street party as loud, bright and fun as this one. This carnival originated for Afro- Caribbean communities to celebrate and embrace their cultures and traditions and they know how to party….il hand them that!
The festival takes place over the August bank holiday weekend so keep that weekend free in your diary next year.
What exactly is there to do?
There are loads of parades, music, food stalls and places to drink. You will notice most of the Notting Hill locals abandon ship for that weekend(it does get a tad crazy) and the ones that stick around are kind enough to open up their homes to the public to use their toilet(usually for 2 euro) Honestly I’d say they rake it in over the weekend.
For more information you can check out www.thenottinghillcarnival.com
I Can’t believe we are drawing close to winter already, can you? You know it’s never too far off when someone decides to announce to the world on Facebook “its officially x amounts of days till Christmas” Yeah cheers buddy. In saying that crimbo is one of my favourite times of year and Winter Wonderland in Hyde park is the Icing on the cake.. From ice skating, amusements, ice kingdom, Christmas shows and shopping it is a magical experience to kick start the Christmas feels.
Winter Wonderland opens from 18th November and stays open for 6 weeks. It does get really over crowded with kids and even bigger kids (like us) running round soaking up all the winter fun. It’s free to enter but certain attractions need to be booked in advance.
There is free entry from 10am to 10pm every day and if you can manage to bag yourself tickets on the opening night you won’t have to queue for anything
Where is Winter Wonderland?
Located at Hyde Park, London
So there you have a nice round up of London events to keep an eye out for this year and in 2017.
Live it up, drink it down and enjoy making the memories.
What are some other amazing events on in and around London I should add to the list?