Bank holidays. They’re for drinking aren’t they? Well, good job the Real English Cider Festival‘s on then.
Taking place in the Alma (on Newington Green Road), the pub is hosting an array of ciders to keep you going (20, to be exact) – all hand-pressed and the like. Food will also be on offer.
Running until Monday, August 30, there’ll also be a band playing from 8pm on Sunday.
Nearest Transport: 30, 73 or 277 bus
Fancy a quiet afternoon instead of the carnival? Cake Britain might be the answer.
For those of you who listened to the radio show, you’ll know I have a penchant for food generally, but cakes in particular. So this exhibition of arty cakes is right up my street.
Artists have created tons of sculptures, from pirates to birds – all of which are edible. The best bit is that you can have a taste.
Cake Britain, which has been created by the Mad Artists’ Tea Party, finishes tomorrow, Sunday, August 29 and is on show at The Future Gallery on Great Newport Street. It’s open 10am-6pm.
It’s free to enter, but donations are welcomed.
Nearest Tube: Leicester Square
So, it’s carnival time already, what better way to say goodbye to summer and hello to autumn than dancing your blues away with the Notting Hill Carnival?
Running on Sunday and Monday here are a few tips:
Sunday’s carnival starts at 9am and is Children’s Day. Monday is Adult’s Day and starts at the same time. Both days finish around 9pm.
The parade normally starts on Great Western Road and heads Chepstow Road, Westbourne Avenue and Ladbroke Grove.
Organisers advise that you head to watch on the southern part of the route, as northern parts get very congested. (See here for a map)
Ladbroke Grove Tube is closed on Sunday and Monday.
Westbourne Park and Royal Oak are exit-only from 11am-6pm.
Notting Hill Gate is exit-only from noon-7pm on Sunday and noon-6.30pm on Monday.
Arrange a meeting point with your mates in case you get separated.
There’ll be lots of people knocking into you – beware of pickpockets.
But most of all – ENJOY!
Nearest Tube: Westbourne Park, Royal Oak and Notting Hill Gate.