The Natural History Museum Sleepover for Grown Ups
This is usually a family activity that centers around evoking the imagination and curiosity of young minds by allowing them to have the magical experience of camping in the Museum overnight. If anything, though, we find that the adults can often get more excited than their children about partaking in this unusual and unfamiliar experience – so The Natural History Museum has now given us big kids the chance to go all Ben Stiller and spend a night at this enthralling venue.
While it might sound like this event would just attract a lot of irritatingly enthusiastic dino bone buffs, it will actually be a decidedly frivolous affair for such a biddable public venue. You can expect stand up comedy, live music, science experiments that literally go bang, and a stunning pop-up food festival – which serves an eclectic mix of world food, wine and beer. It’s over-18’s only, and we recommend you bring some proper bedding – that flagstone floor will be pretty uncomfortable without it. The event takes place every few weeks during the summer, but the date varies depending on demand. You can visit the Museum’s website to find out more here.
Notting Hill Carnival
After going through a decade or so of having a reputation as being slightly more urban than most people feel comfortable with Notting Hill Carnival has made serious effort over the last few years to become more family-orientated and safer. This year is set to be absolutely fantastic, with more acts, entertainers and musicians set to take to the streets than ever before.
While the festival has largely played host to electronica, techno, dub and other warehouse-original music, the organisers have strived to make sure that there’ll be more acoustic and family-friendly stages than ever before, and the parade will be particularly spectacular. You can follow it from Great Western Road to Ladbroke Grove.
The Luna Cinema
This year, The Luna Cinema will be giving us a real treat. This consistently brilliant company have provided us with open-air entertainment in some of London’s most magnificent outdoor venues in past years, and in August 2014, you can still buy tickets to see Jaws at Kensington Palace, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and Kew Gardens, and Brockwell Lido.
If you buy a VIP ticket, you will be given a luxury dinghy where you can enjoy your picnic and drinks on the water while watching this iconic film. Nostalgic memories of avoiding water at all costs thanks to this gruesomely fishy tale will arise from childhood, and we think this is such a fantastically tongue in cheek (and totally British) idea. However, for your average ticket holder, the experience will still be a spine-tingling one indeed, and the chilled atmosphere of the crowds at sunset makes for a great casual evening of fun with friends. It’s also a very popular and romantic choice for a first date!
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