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Top five things to do this August Bank Holiday weekend

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The Summer Bank Holiday weekend from 27th to 29th August is one of the most anticipated of the year and notwithstanding the temperamental weather, it presents the perfect opportunity to enjoy the glorious British summer with three whole days off work. Whether exploring the vibrant nightlife that the city has to offer or soaking up some culture at London’s best loved attractions. As the kids’ summer holidays draw to an end, perhaps a few family friendly activities at the city’s numerous museums and galleries can prove to be both enjoyable and educational. If spending a lazy day in bed curled up with a good book seems like a waste of a perfectly good extended weekend, we’ve rounded up our five favourite ways to spend this awaited Bank Holiday.

Notting Hill Carnival

1249507635_4cc2573969_bHailed as Europe’s biggest street festival, the Notting Hill Carnival is a two-day exuberant celebration of Caribbean culture. Featuring great live music ranging from Reggae to Calypso, street bands, colourful floats and parades, thousands of eye-catchingly costumed dancers and some of the best Jerk chicken you can find on this side of the Atlantic, this street party attended by over a million revellers is regarded to be the highlight of London’s summer. First held in 1964 as a celebration of the multicultural ethos of the capital, and of the culture and tradition of West London’s significant Caribbean community, this unmissable carnival is a riot of colour and merriment in the heart of central London. If you are looking to rent a property in the Notting Hill area, we think that this brand new apartment at the award-winning Portobello Square property development would provide the perfect vantage point from which to enjoy the carnival festivities.

Festival of Love

28_-_South_Bank_Parklands_(4741163759)The August Bank Holiday weekend marks the culmination of the Southbank Centre’s annual Festival of Love. This most basic of human emotions and its power to inspire art and creativity is explored through the prism of power packed performances, interactive workshops, street food stalls, popups and installations. Half the events are free to attend at this love-themed celebration of art and music along the River Thames. If you are interested in properties to rent in the vibrant Southbank location, take a look at this conveniently situated two bedroom apartment.

BBC Proms 

BBC_Proms_31Billed as the most acclaimed and biggest classical music festival in Britain, BBC Proms is a series of entertaining and accessible concerts held over two months primarily at the Royal Albert Hall, showcasing some of the finest classical musical performances by noted singers, musicians and orchestras. The August Bank Holiday weekend features an exciting line-up of exclusive world premieres and popular showpieces together with Proms Extra, a series of free workshops, talks and special family events to be held at the Imperial College Union. This elegant two bedroom property located within walking distance of the Royal Albert Hall is perfectly situated to enjoy the performances at this iconic London venue throughout the year.

View the State rooms at Buckingham Palace

Buckingham_Palace,_London_-_April_2009Celebrate the Bank Holiday weekend in true royal style by visiting the summer opening of the State rooms at Buckingham Palace while the royal family is away on holiday. Discover priceless treasures from the Royal Collection including exquisite works of art and sculpture.  Be enthralled by the grandeur of the 19 lavish state rooms and enjoy a special exhibition of the outfits worn by the Queen as a celebration of her 90th birthday. In the spirit of stately properties, take a look at this luxurious five-bedroom period house available to rent in the heart of Belgravia.

BBC Good Food Festival at Hampton Court Palace

HamptonCurtFoodies rejoice, as the third edition of the BBC Good Festival will be held at the impressive Hampton Court Palace in Richmond upon Thames. Held over the Bank Holiday weekend, this three day extravaganza features offerings from over 100 carefully selected artisan producers, noted chefs, live music and circus show performances. Food connoisseurs can savour authentic Georgian recipes prepared in the Palace’s kitchens. Head over to the Hampton Court Palace for an unforgettable gastronomic experience. If you find property in Richmond to be too expensive to rent, our Kew branch has plenty of options in neighbouring Kew and Brentford including this stylish two bedroom apartment at the riverside Kew Bridge development.


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