They are always crowded with joggers, lovers, students and picnic fans, but also with business man in their lunch break and animals of every kind. You may be able to see baby ducks (ducklings), geese (goslings) and swans (cygnets) whilst roses are at their best. Take the time, while visiting this surprising city, to spend some time in one of the most famous parks like the central Hyde park, green park, st james park, Kew Gardens etc. at least for a picnic. There are free concerts in many of the larger parks: check your local park for information about their events. Another good point is that in June days are very long, and temperatures are often pleasantly warm. It is a good time to go out and visit places, without the crowds of July and August.
The Rise in Finsbury Park, London is a completely free music festival. That’s a good new! The aim of this festival is to celebrate the multiculturalism within the UK and the integration of so many diverse cultures against racism. In fact, Rise’s slogan is “London united against racism”
The proposed date is Sunday 13 July but it still to be confirmed. For all information you can see the official website at risefestival.org.
For about 20 days from Fri 20 Jun until Thu 10 Jul 2008, you will be able to enjoy the many events of the City of London Festival. All venues are in central London known as “the City”. They organize music and dance events and the festival includes free lunchtime concerts in the City’s churches or squares.
You can see colf.org for all details.
For evening concerts in a very suggestive location outside the Tower of London take note of the Tower Music Festival dates: Thu 26 Jun -Sat 12 Jul 2008., although they still have to be confirmed. For all details visit the complete programme at towermusicfestival.co.uk
Probably one of the greatest and internationally renown Rock Music Festivals is the annual O2 Music Wireless Festival in London’s Hyde Park Dates are: 3rd July- 6th July 2008.
Now in its fourth year, this four-day intense festival, in the middle of London has established itself as a major live music event, attracting crowds of over 20,000 every day to Hyde Park! The nice thing is that you can just dip in when you want, buy a ticket for the days you like and go home to your own bed. It’s not a camping festival with all its ups and downs so you won’t be find yourself in the middle of fans in costumes, vendors and stalls, tee-pees, organic cafes and strange entertainments. There’s definitely less of a community feel, but this year programme includes Fatboy Slim, Jay-Z, Mark Ronson, Hot Chip, Roisin Murphy, Underworld, Ben Harper , Counting Crows and many more!!! Don’t miss the fabulous fashion parade on Thursday when gates open at 2pm. On Fri, Sat & Sun gates open midday. The day pass costs 40 pounds and the 4-days pass 139 pounds. See: wirelessfestival.co.uk
If you are in London but still don’t have an accommodation do not expect to find it cheap. London can be very expensive! Apart from hotels there is an unlimited numbers of Bed and breakfast (see for the B&B sign) at private homes or youth hostels!! B&B have a long tradition and London is considered to be the Capital of BandB accommodation providers! It’s a good option to get a taste of how a real Londoner lives. In order to book a B&B in London you either pop up in a tourist while in London or find online your accommodation. There are quite a lot booking and informative sites: some of them only list the London BB some others allow you to book online directly (ex. Flashbooking.com). Apart from B&B there are also youth hostels listed like the Clink youth hostel, the Smart Camden Inn, the Smart Hyde park View, very convenient for the central location, the Smart Park Inn. Prices range varies from 15 euros in a hostel to 33 euros per person in a double private room in a London B&B. The choice is up to you. Studios or apartments providing good standards and reasonable prices, try the 60 Warwik House Studio Apartments and Dylan House where rates start from only 72 euros per a double room equipped with kitchen.
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