LONDON – Just like every other weekend of the year, we here at Italoeuropeo provide you all with the best ideas to spend an awesome and unique weekend in London, one for each day of this Bank Holiday Weekend.
Make sure to be free on Friday in order to experience an interesting and peculiar event taking place on the John Lewis rooftop garden, which opened at the end of May and will close on September 4th, after hosting pop-up restaurants in collaboration with Night Tales, a coffee shop, and various other activities, including this one: an Etsy pop-up Shop. Just in case some of you don’t know what Etsy is, it’s a peer-to-peer (P2P) e-commerce website focused on handmade or vintage items and supplies, as well as unique factory-manufactured items. On Friday, 20 makers will be selling their wares, giving visitors the chance to pick up everything from plant pots, vases, jewellery and notebooks to handmade vessels, mobile phone covers and pretty little paperweights. If you want to reach the venue, the address is: 300 Oxford St – the event will be on from 9.30am until 9pm.
On Saturday, it is definitely a must – if the weather will cooperates – to go and spend a proper day on Camden Beach, set on the roof of Chalk Farm’s Roundhouse. Entry is free but it does get quite busy so make sure you head there quite early if you want to have a sure sunny spot. Otherwise, you can book one of the private beach huts and you’ll have way more personal space. You’ll be able to relax in a deck chair with a rum cocktail, play a little ping pong, grab some food from the barbecue or build a magnificent sandcastle. The beach opens at 12am – it will be open to the public until August 29th. If you want to know more, visit the Roundhouse website.
And now we get to the main event of the weekend, of the week, of the month and probably one of the most awaited of the whole summer in London: on Sunday 28th, make sure you take the whole day off to go and enjoy the Notting Hill Carnival, Europe’s biggest street festival, a vivid spectacle representing London’s multicultural past and present. It’s also a vital date in any party-lover’s diary. It will start on Sunday at 9am and it will continue into Monday; it takes place all over the W10 area: Notting Hill, Ladbroke Grove and Westbourne Park. If some of you are not familiar with the origin of this festival, it is A celebration of the capital’s Caribbean communities, their culture and traditions, which has been taking place since 1964, featuring two days of fantastic live music ranging from reggae to dub to salsa. The celebrations also include soca floats, steel bands and a whole lot of jerk chicken and fried plantain. [x]