Events and Festivals
This is a small selection of things to do during your stay
Notting Hill Carnival Sunday 25 to Monday 26 August
On our doorstep at La Suite West. It comes every summer. London sets aside the days encompassing their 'bank holiday' for one of the world's largest street carnivals, Notting Hill Carnival. Each year, close to one million people attend this celebration of Caribbean heritage on the streets of Notting Hill. Celebrations include costume-clad Caribbeans dancing to traditional reggae, meringue, calypso, rumba, and zouk music. Sunday, August 25th will start early, at 6:00 am, with a traditional carnival opening performed in the Caribbean Islands called J'Ouvert. This event’s main attraction is a parade comprised of revelers donned with mug and brightly colored paints. A Children's Parade will stroll through the streets during the day and at night as children dance and perform in ornate costumes, swirling the brilliant-colored clothing. Sunday is the best day for families with young children with smaller crowds of people and plenty of kid-inspired floats in the parade. All day and into the night Sunday you can catch live music on stages in Emslie Horniman’s Pleasance Park and Powis Square and sample incredible foods from vendors while listening to all kinds of Caribbean inspired music from 38 static sound systems. As always, the Grand Finale will be on Monday, August 26th with a culmination of dancing, street performances, steel drum music groups, and the Notting Hill Grand Finale Parade. All along the route you’ll find scrumptious treats, foods, drinks, and plenty of entertainment.
BBC Proms in the Park 14 September
Join in the Last Night of the Proms celebrations in Hyde Park, hosted by Michael Ball. The open-air concert celebrates the night with a host of stars from the worlds of classical music, rock and pop, choirs and musical theatre – nearly 150 performers in all! Proms in the Park favourites, the 60-piece BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by Richard Balcombe, will again perform all the traditional Last Night anthems live on the Hyde Park stage. Forty thousand voices will join them for the mass singalong as the evening brings to a close two months of music-making with a spectacular fireworks display.
OpenHouse Weekend 21 to 22 September 2019
Open House London is the world’s largest architecture festival, giving free public access to 800+ buildings, walks, talks and tours over one weekend in September each year.
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
One of the UK’s most popular and dazzling winter events. Takes place in November 2019 until the beginning of January 2020. 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.