Notting Hill and Portobello come alive this and every August Bank Holiday weekend (29-31 August) as London celebrates Europe's biggest street festival – the Notting Hill Carnival.
Expect a sea of colour accompanied by the most infectious Calypso music as amazing floats and costumed performers wind their way through the streets. Whether you want to join in the fun or simply watch the crowds go by, it’s a street party like no other.
Painting Paradise: The Art of the Garden, Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace
Featuring works from the 16th to the early 20th century by artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt and Carl Fabergé, this exhibition explores the many ways in which the garden has been celebrated in art. Included are over 150 paintings, drawings, books, manuscripts and decorative arts from the Royal Collection, among them some of the earliest and rarest surviving records of gardens and plants. Runs until 11 October 2015.
The Peter Pan statue in Kensington Gardens
Peter Pan is flying all over the entertainment landscape at the moment with Gary Barlow’s musical taking Broadway by storm and the upcoming film prequel, Pan, with Hugh Jackman as Captain Hook. So now would be a very good time to visit this much-loved monument.
Peter Pan’s creator J.M. Barrie, commissioned Sir George Frampton to design the statue in 1902. Erected in Kensington Gardens ten years later, it features squirrels, rabbits, mice and fairies climbing up to Peter, who is stood at the top of the bronze statue.
J.M. Barrie lived close to Kensington Gardens and published his first Peter Pan story in 1902, using Kensington Gardens as inspiration. In his Peter Pan tale, The Little White Bird, Peter flies out of his nursery and lands beside the Long Water. The statue is located on this exact spot. It’s a truly magical sight and just a short walk from Randa Restaurant.
Leighton House Museum
This dramatic 19th century building with a Middle Eastern-themed interior was once home to the artist Lord Leighton. The Museum has regular exhibitions but be sure to take in the house itself on your visit – it’s simply stunning, especially the ground floor. There’s a delightful garden at the back too
12 Holland Park Road, London, W14 8LZ
The Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Walk
August is one of the best months of the year to enjoy The Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Walk that takes you through four of the most beautiful parks in the world: St James's Park, Green Park, Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. The seven-mile-long walk, marked by 90 plaques set in the ground, visits many famous buildings and locations associated with the Princess during her life, including three palaces and two mansions.
The walk is one of two memorial projects officially opened on 30 June 2000, the day before the Princess's 39th birthday; the other is the Diana Memorial Playground in Kensington Gardens. Together they celebrate the Princess's affection for the open spaces around her home in Kensington Palace, and her love of children.