Events and Festivals

This is a small selection of things to do during your stay

Vault Festival March 2020
Vault is massive. That’s the first thing to know. The Waterloo-based arts festival stages theatre, comedy, cabaret, dance, drag, spoken word, site-specific stuff, lates… and more, way more. It lasts two months and is housed (mainly) in The Vaults, a warren of tunnels beneath Waterloo station. Just following the instruction ‘meet me in the bar’ can be stressful (there are ten of them). Oh, and phone signal is an issue. But it’s so worth the effort. Here’s how to tackle the behemoth.

Ideal Home Show 27 March to 13 April 2020
Across the 18 days of the show there is so much to see and do to keep you entertained, while supplying you with ideas and inspiration for your home!

St Patricks Day Celebrations in London `15 May 2020
Be amazed by flamboyant pageantry, elaborate floats, marching bands from across the UK, sports clubs and Irish dancing schools in the annual London St Patrick's Day Parade. The procession sets off at midday from Piccadilly and makes its way along a 1.5-mile (2.4km) route, passing some of London’s most iconic landmarks, including The Ritz, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and onto Whitehall. Join the St Patrick's Day Festival, which takes place in Trafalgar Square, between 12pm and 6pm. Watch St Patrick’s Day performances by well-known Irish acts, rising stars and special guests. Then, browse craft stalls, and tuck into traditional and modern Irish food from the market. There is also usually a family zone on Pall Mall East, hosting an array of free child-friendly entertainment, workshops andactivities.

Taste of London Regents Park June 2020
Discover a tantalising selection of London’s top restaurants at the Taste of London festival in Regent’s Park. For five summer days every year, the park in central London is transformed into a foodie wonderland as 40 of London's best restaurants gather to show off the hottest dishes from their extensive menus. Plus, watch live cooking demonstrations, meet some of the capital’s leading chefs, participate in masterclasses and shop at more than 200 food and drink stalls.

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
One of the UK’s most popular and dazzling winter events. Takes place in November until the beginning of January. Winter Wonderland is FREE to enter and soak up the festive atmosphere. There are a number of ticketed attractions that can be purchased online in advance, or from box offices at the event. Tickets sell out quickly, especially at weekends, so we recommend booking in advance for the UK’s Largest Open-Air Ice Rink, the Magical Ice Kingdom ice and snow experience, thrilling Circus Shows, the Giant Wheel, Ice Sculpting Workshops, Bar Ice, Christmas karaoke in Bar Hutte, and the Winter Wonderland Comedy Club. Attraction tickets will go on sale in August. 

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