25 July 2016 City in spotlight, City in the spotlight

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.

A bumper haul of 65 medals put Team GB in third in the medals table at London 2012, beaten only by the US and China. Rio 2016 looks set to deliver a similar haul of results. But they can’t do it without you. Support your fellow countrymen and women.

Combining a warm summer’s day with an ice cold drink and cheering on Team GB is easily do-able. Visit one of these five outdoor screens and you’ll be doing exactly that faster than you can say, “Come on Andy!”

Beach East

The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park feels the most fitting of places to go and enjoy the Olympics, sitting, as it does, in the shadow of the Olympic Stadium.


Beach East proudly proclaims itself to be the UK’s largest urban beach (is there even more than one?), and during the games you will be able to catch it on big screens while burying your toes into the cool sand below. There are other things to distract you while you’re there – just in case you get caught watching dressage or something – namely rides and two paddling pools.


The Official Fan Zone

This event will be at London Bridge City, which is the rather fancy way of saying there’s an all-summer-long pop up just by the Thames. It will be acting as the “Official Team GB Fan Zone for the 2016 Rio Olympics”TM. Big screens will be broadcasting the endeavours of our finest young athletes to all in the zone. While you’re there drop by the Street Food Market, with the usual offenders of BBQ puled pork, falafel and halloumi and of course craft beers and cocktails in abundance.


Pop Brixton


Pop Brixton is the shining star of the new Brixton. A hipster hangout for young professionals, it looks little more than a pile of shipping containers. In truth that’s all it is, but as containers go they’ve nailed it. Pop Fields is THE place to be seen enjoying all the key sporting events over the summer. Deck chairs, bars and a-step-above-the-average street food choices make this an extremely desirable spot.


Exchange Square

Right in the heart of the City of London, Exchange Square sits just a 10-minute walk from easyHotel Old Street/Barbican. It’s round the back of Liverpool Street Station and the perfect spot for those in the City.

Not only will they be showing the Olympics but also a variety of films, such as Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. The screen will be playing Monday to Friday from 8am to 10pm, weather and broadcaster permitting.


Summer Screens at Canary Wharf 

Take a seat on the grass, maybe get a few picnic items from Waitrose. This is a decidedly English affair - anyone for Pimms? Right  in the heart of Canary Wharf, finding yourself at the Summer Screens will mean that you’re rubbing shoulders with the big city players.


But not to worry, sport is, after all, the great unifier. Bringing everyone together to cheer on Team GB. Much like Exchange Square you can expect a variety of visual treats to enjoy from the comfort of your picnic blanket, such as the film Mary Poppins and Johnny English

The best festivals in Manchester this autumn

August 2017 | City in the spotlight, Insider’s Guide

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A history of the Notting Hill Carnival

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Notting Hill Carnival will take place on the 27th and 28th of August this year, with the more chilled Family Day on Sunday, and the grand finale happening on Monday. Seeing as the carnival is such an iconic event, we thought we’d take a look at a bit of its history and the story of Caribbean music in the UK.

Amazing Festivals this August: Manchester

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We recently took a look at some of the best music and dance festivals on offer this August in London, and now it’s Manchester’s turn. This Northern town is famous for its eclectic and fresh music scene, as well as for its crazy, all-night long parties – and what better recipe could you have for the perfect festival? The month will see all a hugely diverse and exciting range of genres, artists and venues in its different festivals, from the smooth croons of the Manchester Soul festival through to the electric beats of Creamfields.