The summer festivals have been and gone, but September is ripe for the picking. Bands are free for shows after the mad pace of playing in fields around the UK, and have come back to London for a last few events before autumn properly kicks in.
The weather might not be great for camping right now, but that just means you can make your base at the Park Grand Paddington Suites before you go heading off for days of fun, music and art.
9 – 10 September 2017
OnBlackheath is, not surprisingly, in Blackheath. Londoners set up the festival to celebrate the culture south of the river which many visiting the city ignore. It’s been going since 2008, and boasts a great selection of music including bands The Libertines and singer KT Tunstall. It also celebrates London music, with the local NHS choir and the London Soul Choir joining in with the festivities.
Families are particularly welcome here, with special storytelling and performance stages which will welcome Basil Brush, Julian Clary, and Michael Rosen—the author of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. Little ones can also take on craft activities and theatre and games, taking back their art to the Park Grand Paddington Suites.
Food is an important part of this festival. Not only are there pop-up food stalls, you can also find chefs demonstrating how they make incredible meals live onstage, before taking lessons from the John Lewis cookery school.
BBC Proms in the Park
Saturday 9th September
The BBC Proms are a cultural institution that celebrate live and orchestral music all around the world. In the past, there’s been a Doctor Who prom, a TV themes prom, proms especially for kids, but Proms in the Park is a way to get everyone involved.
It’s a stone’s throw away from the Park Grand Paddington Suites is Hyde Park, which will play host to a fantastic bevy of performers that include compere and singer Michael Ball, bubblegum pop troupe Steps, grand dame of musical theatre Elaine Paige, opera singer Bryn Terfel, the cast of Five Guys Named Moe, and more. Tickets are available now for an incredible day of entertainment just a short walk away from your hotel suite.
This is Rattle
14th September – 24th September
The London Symphony Orchestra has welcomed Sir Simon Rattle as Music Director and is celebrating his appointment with a ten-day festival. Sir Simon Rattle believes that music is for everybody, so leave your Park Grand Paddington Suites and head to the simulcast of the opening concert in the Barbican Sculpture Court.
The Barbican cinemas will also host film and documentary screenings, but there will also be plenty of chances for the public to take part. Go to LSO St. Luke’s if you fancy trying to create an opera in a day, or sit back and relax to enjoy the performances of various young musicians, including those of LSO On Track. Some events are free, some require free tickets, but there’s plenty to see and do here!