12 July 2017 City in spotlight
By the time August rolls around, London summer and all its revelry has hit full throttle. As we’ve talked about in a previous post, London is jam-packed with festival after festival spanning all sizes, styles and vibes throughout June and July. Never fear, however, as the fun continues into August, with the city seeing some of the best festivals of the year take place. From the new and fresh Sunfall Festival through to the iconic Notting Hill Carnival, there is something for all.
With venues scattered around the city, there is never a London easyHotel far away from the party. The ideal spot to recover after a long day of music and dancing (and so cheap you won’t have to cut back at the party!), book your room at easyHotel now.
When: 5th August
Where: Morden Park
About: Experience a day of some of the best house & techno music around, right in the heart of London.
This incredible dance festival is making the move form tranquil, rural Hertfordshire into the hustle and bustle of the big city.
The city movie doesn’t mean a downsize, however, with party goers still having access to ten stages and a huge line-up boasting some famous names.
The festival will also include a cabaret, fairground and loads of after parties. Stay at easyHotel London Old Street and take the Northern line all the way down to Morden. Simple as.
When: 5th August
Where: Trent Park, Cockfosters Road
About: Back for its third year, 51st State Festival will be taking place at Trent Park, a country house estate found in Cockfosters.
This one-day dance festival is organised by the Found crew, and focuses on US House, Garage, Soul, Disco and Caribbean music. Back for its third year, check it out if you’re into dancing dirty in classy locations.
Out in the ‘countryside’, this spot is still relatively easy to get to from London. Make life easy for yourself and stay at easyHotel London Earl’s Court or South Kensington, and ride the Piccadilly line all the way to Cockfosters.
When: 12th August
Where: Brockwell Park
About: This one-day festival comes from the teams behind London top spots Phonox, The Nest and XOYO, plus Croatian festival organisers Dimensions and Outlook, so you know its going to be a goodie.
Only its its second year, you can expect to hear all sorts of styles and genres, spanning jazz, electronica, house, hip hop, dubstep, techno, soul, drum & bass and disco, in one of south London’s best parks.
Tickets also include access to EIGHT different eclectic after parties across the capital, where the music will continue late into the night.
Get to the venue in less than half an hour from easyHotel London Victoria.
When: 26th – 28th August
Where: Notting Hill
About: The festival with such a big reputation that a description doesn't really seem necessary. Three days of one of the best parties you’ll ever go to. Amazing music, amazing vibe, and amazing food all celebrating rich Caribbean culture, tradition and history.
Catch the Children’s Parade on Sunday for a more family-friendly, chilled affair, or head to the main event on Monday to watch over 60 bands perform, with over 38 static sound systems set out along the route, each with unique and diverse genres playing.
For a more detailed description of the carnival, check out our guide here.
Catch the bus and get to the starting point in less than 15 minutes from easyHotel London Paddington.
When: 26th & 27th August
Where: Clapham Common
About: South West Four is happening in Clapham Common over the August Bank Holiday weekend. Two days of dance music will see performances from Pendulum, Eric Prydz, Sigma, MK, Deadmau5, Marco Carola, Dusky, Gareth Emery and Nicky Romero.
A must-attend for over thirteen years for those into big-room house, EDM, electro, techno and trance, as well as party-goers of all sorts looking to make the most of a Monday free of work; wile the music finishes around 11pm, the party carries on all night long.
Take the Northern line directly from easyHotel London Old Street to Clapham in around 25 minutes.
And there you have it, the best festivals to head to in London in August and finish your summer off with a bang. For those of you who are further north and looking for some great festivals, check out these festivals in Glasgow.
November 2016 | City in spotlight
Never underestimate the underdog. No more so is that statement true than with Croydon. The humble south London borough, and town at its heart, has got a bad rep for years. But this image is quickly changing.
It’s finally here. The UK has thrown off its cloudy jacket and let the sun in. As the temperatures rocket the temptation to forget everything else off in favour of soaking up some rays can become overwhelming. With the added excitement of the Rio Olympics to be enjoyed in August, it’s all getting a bit too much.