Blackpool Illuminations is an annual light festival in Blackpool, England, featuring a dazzling display of lights along the town’s promenade. It started in 1879 and has grown into a months-long event from late August to early November, this period has now extended due to its polularity. The displays include various themes, traditional and modern designs, … Read more
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The Dalston Eastern Curve Garden is so hidden that you’d be forgiven for walking straight past it. Built back in 2010 on the site of a disused railway line, it’s a local secret: a quiet, forest-like space to retreat to when city life becomes overwhelming.
All year round, the garden is buzzing with activity. Some come to enjoy seasonal treats at the on-site café (think wood-fired pizza, mulled wine, and cakes topped with edible flowers). Others, hoping to connect with fellow Hackney residents, will attend concerts, crafts workshops, and volunteer gardening sessions.
During the day, the space is mostly occupied by young families, who come to admire the plants and pop-up installations before trundling down the bark-chip tracks to the children’s play area. However, it is at night, when the crowds have dispersed and the lanterns and fairy lights have been switched on, that the garden is at its most magical.
If you want an adults only holiday within the UK, this Heythrop Park Warner Leisure Hotels review is for you. You’ll learn about the things to do at this hotel, room advice, information about food and drinks, as well as day trips to take in the Cotswolds area.
On a rainy day in August, my family and I took a trip to the Dinosaur Isle Museum on the Isle of Wight to learn more about the dinosaurs that lived on the island over 125 million years ago. Until we visited I had no idea how many fossils had been found, and continue to … Read more
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It’s not long until west London will be filled with the vibrations of bassy music, the delicious smells of Caribbean food and the soft hissing sound of thousands of Red Stripes being opened. That’s right, Notting Hill Carnival is almost here. Inevitably, with the massive parade, all the street vendors, soundsystems and thousands of people, there are going to be some road closures and travel restrictions. Don’t fret, though. We’ve created a handy guide on how to get around west London during the carnival.
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There will be a number of roads closed from 6am on Sunday August 27 until 6am on Tuesday August 29 in Kensington and Chelsea, and in Westminster.
Here is the full list of closed roads in west London.
- Aldridge Road Villas
- Alexander Street
- Alexandra Mews
- Alfred Road
- Artesian Road
- Bishop’s Bridge Road from Porchester Road to Westbourne Grove
- Botts Mews
- Bridstow Place
- Chepstow Road
- Courtnell Street
- Durham Terrace
- Elgin Avenue between Harrow Road and Chippenham Road
- Fermoy Road
- Great Western Road
- Harrow Road from Ladbroke Grove to Great Western Road
- Hatherley Grove
- Hereford Road
- Hormead Road
- Kildare Gardens
- Kildare Terrace
- Lancaster Road
- Leamington Road Villas
- Ledbury Road
- Monmouth Place
- Monmouth Road
- Moorhouse Road
- Newton Road
- Northumberland Place
- Queensway between Westbourne Grove and Porchester Road (access will be allowed into Queensway from Bayswater Road to allow access to parking)
- Redan Place
- Shrewsbury Mews
- Shrewsbury Road
- St Luke’s Road
- St Stephen’s Crescent
- St Stephen’s Gardens
- St Stephen’s Mews
- Sutherland Place
- Sutherland Terrace
- Talbot Road
- Tavistock Crescent
- Tavistock Road
- Wellington Close
- Westbourne Gardens
- Westbourne Grove
- Westbourne Grove Terrace
- Westbourne Park Road
- Westbourne Park Villas
- Woodfield Place
- Woodfield Road
There will also be some restrictions to tube stations around west London, and the Central line is expected to be very, very busy.
Here are all the tube station closures:
- Ladbroke Grove – closed
- Latimer Road – will close at 11.30pm, and is subject to closures when busy
- Notting Hill Gate – will be exit only and no District or Circle Line from 11am to 6pm on carnival days. This station may also close briefly if too busy
- Westbourne Park – will be exit only from 11am to 6pm and close at 11.30pm. It’s advised you use other stations where possible as it will be extremely busy
- Holland Park – will be exit only from 11am until it closes at 3pm
- Royal Oak – will be exit only from 11am until it closes at 6pm
You can find more information on the TfL website here.
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