Whether you’re a student considering one of Polar Choice’s English Courses in London, or you’re already an international student staying in our accommodation in London, you probably know that there is an endless list of fun things to do in the English capital. But sometimes there’s so much happening in London that it’s hard to catch cool carnivals and festivals that are going on right on your doorstep. So here are five of our favourite festivals to visit throughout the year whilst you’re here in London.
1. A Festival for Music Lovers
British Summer Time, Hyde Park
There are hundreds of music festivals in London each year, from small venue weekenders to the massive headliners like Wireless. British Summer Time, usually taking place in June, is one of the bigger music festivals in London. Located at one of the largest, most well known parks in London, Hyde Park, British Summer Time is a megagig that plays host to a massive variety of different acts. Whether you like pop, rock, indie- there will be music you love. Tickets are available by the day for this 5-day spectacular, with small stages, theatre and comedy, food and drink and a fancy VIP area available, too.
- Location: Hyde Park
- Nearest Train/Metro:Hyde Park
- Date: 20th June - 21st June
2. Best Street Fest
Notting Hill Carnival
Although there a quite a few festivals that take to the streets of London, Notting Hill Carnival, Europe’s biggest street festival, turns the capital wild. Every August Bank Holiday, the streets of West London come alive as an explosion of colour, jaw-dropping floats and costumed performers make their way around the streets. The festival is one huge, Caribbean-themed party with calypso music and steel bands- and with no ticket needed everyone is invited
- Location: Notting Hill
- Nearest Train/Metro:Notting Hill Gate
- Date: 30th August - 31st August 2015
3. Best Festival for a Laugh
Udderbelly Festival, Southbank Centre
During the early weeks of summer in Southbank Centre, beneath a giant upside-down, purple cow lays Udderbelly Festival- a vibrant, fun-packed event of live acts. Known mostly for it’s wide range of both popular and up-and-coming comedians, Udderbelly is also host to wild circuses, music acts, and an abundance of weird and wonderful novelty and variety acts. With hundreds of acts throughout the weeks, tickets can be bought independently per show, with special offers when you buy for more than one show.
- Location: Southbank Centre
- Nearest Train/Metro:South Bank
- Date: 10th April 2014 - 13th July
4. A Festival for Film Lovers
Raindance Film Festival, Central London
Presenting an interesting array of films and web series from around the world, 10 day long Raindance Film Festival usually takes place late September. Supporting and celebrating new, independent and alternative filmmakers, the annual festival will screen 100 feature films and 150 short films. It has long-been one of the most popular and prestigious film festivals in the UK for founding some of the best global, up-and-coming filmmakers. Tickets are available by the day, or you can buy an affordable pass that gains you entry to full list of events.
- Location: Central London
- Nearest Train/Metro:Charing Cross
- Date: 23rd September - 4th October
5. Best Festival for Foodies
Taste of London, Regent’s Park
The world’s most famous restaurant festival, Taste Of Festivals, travels to hundreds of major cities around the world. Mid-June London is the tasty event’s home, where goers can enjoy signature dishes from London’ hottest restaurants. Top chefs put delicious twists on summery dishes during live demonstrations, but you can also get involved in fun master classes. There are hundreds of stalls where you can also try ingredients, champagne, wine, whiskey and other kinds of yummy products at the producer’s market. Day/weekend tickets are cheap, and VIP tickets and tickets to the classes are more expensive but so worth it!
- Location: Regent’s Park
- Nearest Train/Metro:Regent's Park
- Date: 17th June - 21st June
Amongst these great festivals, you can find so many other interesting and fun-packed events to be apart of. Whether they’re high-end or free festivals, if you’re studying an English Course in London or living in Polar Choice accommodation in London, we’d definitely recommend trying out as many festivals as possible!