19 June 2017 Insider’s Guide

Over the summer months, London becomes even more exciting than usual – longer, warmer days see thousands and thousands of interesting events and festivals taking place across the city, and south London’s Croydon is no exception.

Croydon’s re-generation has been well documented over the last few years (not least by us), and the area’s cultural scene is only getting stronger; a statement proven by the great events planned for the next few months.

Here are just a few of our favourites:


Croydon Comedy Festival


Croydon Comedy Festival is returning for its 3rd year for two months of laughs. With loads of shows on, check out the full line up here to see who will be performing.

We recommend Lou Sanders, a hilarious comedian who you might recognise from her appearances on both Alan Davies and Russell Howard’s shows’, plus Live from the BBC. She’s playing on the 23rd of June, so book your tickets now.

Another show worth seeing will be Briony Redman on the 21st of July. Returning for her second year after a smash success in 2016, she’s an absolute hoot.

Also keep an eye out for Croydon’s very own Jenny Lockyer (we’re loving all of the female talent this year!) Catch her on the 27th of July.


Summer of Love Festival


After the car-crash that was 2016, Andrew Dickinson (a Croydon local), decided what the world needs is a little more love, peace and unity, and so the idea of a Summer of Love Festival was born.

The theme was chosen due to the fact that it's the 50th anniversary of the famous 1967 Summer of Love this year, and the consensus that we desperately need to spread the ideals that motivated the original movement– social change, unity and community.

Taking place all summer long, the theme has already kicked off with a large party in Wandle Park.  However, there is still plenty more to come…

Over July and August, Croydon will see a number of fun and interesting events celebrating the theme: the David Lean Cinema will be putting on a number of films made in 1967, the Elizabeth James Gallery will be running psychedelic art lessons and exhibitions, and Parklife Café will be holding an evening at Lloyd Park.

Additionally, there will be a number of concerts and events held at Wandle Park. July will see a performance by Poets Anonymous on the 2nd, Croydon Symphonic Orchestra on the 16th, and a Garden Party complete with a number of acoustic acts on the 23rd.  

In August you can expect to see the best of Croydon’s folk artists perform on the 5th, a series of contemporary acoustic and gospel performances on the 12th and various cinema screening in the park on the 26th and 27th.

The cherry on top is that all the events are completely free, except for the film screening which will have a small fee.


Croydon Pridefest


Croydon Pridefest – the  town’s LGBT parade - will be taking place on the 15th July, with the march followed by a free party in Queens Garden, complete with music, entertainment, vintage and craft stalls, plus plenty of good food and drink.

This year’s celebration is really special as it celebrates the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK. The celebrations extend over the next few weeks and include a launch part, film night and cabaret show, and a karaoke event plus after party following the parade.

If you can’t make it, check out this list of alternative Pride celebrations happening across the UK.


So there you have it, Croydon’s can’t miss upcoming events. Tempted by, or already planning on attending, one of these events? Book a cheap hotel room now at easyHotel London Croydon, and get yourself as close to the action as possible while saving loads of money. And while you’re in Croydon, be sure to check out these great spots to grab some food and drinks,   

The best festivals in Manchester this autumn

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

With so many incredible festivals having taken place in Manchester over the summer (see here for examples), you might think things would start slowing down with the cooling of the temperature and the arrival of Autumn…Well, think again as September and October are packed with loads of fun events and festivals to welcome in the new season and reassure people that winter ain’t that bad.

Amazing Festivals this August: Manchester

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

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.