Greenwich and Docklands International Festival

Running from 26 June to 5 July, this free festival has plenty of theatre, dance and entertainment, as well as a great alternative vibe. It is sure to be an eye-opening treat for visitors to London, as well as locals. Strand Palace Hotel is near both the Docklands and Greenwich areas, so the festival is a great idea for anyone staying at our hotel in late June or early July. Let’s have a closer look at what is going on.

History

The Greenwich Fair was once a wild affair and Charles Dickens’ 1836 Sketches by Boz tells of his love of the riotous event. The fair was closed down in 1857, but in recent years the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival has sought to revive the carnival and bring the fun-filled event back to the neighbourhood.

What to see

Greenwich and the Docklands will be hives of activity during the festival, with lots to do, see, taste and experience. Here are just some of the highlights:

Greenwich Fair

The Greenwich Fair rises again on 27 and 28 June in Naval College Gardens. Watch edgy theatre and dance from all over Europe, enjoy a new take on the traditional fair carousel and see juggling with a rock music twist. The fair runs from 1pm to 9pm on 27 June and from 12pm to 7pm on 28 June. To get there, take the River Boat from Embankment Pier to Greenwich Pier, which is only about a minute away from Naval College Gardens.

451

Ray Bradbury’s dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 is reimagined for this immersive performance, which promises to feature compelling music and stage design, as well as striking pyrotechnics. It is set in a world in which reading is banned and firemen are tasked with destroying books by sending them up in flames at 451 degrees Fahrenheit. The show takes place at 10pm on 27 June in Bethnal Green Gardens. If you’re going there from Strand Palace Hotel, just ride the Central line from Holborn and get off at Bethnal Green.

The Four Fridas

A celebration of the life and work of the famous Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, this outdoor production takes place from 1 to 4 July at 10pm at the Woolwich Royal Artillery Barracks and brings a uniquely Mexican flavour to the English capital. The highlight will be an enactment of the Voladores ritual, a traditional Mexican practice in which daredevils swing from a pole, attached by a rope. There will also be a Mexican Market for visitors and the grounds will be open from 8pm. Click here for details of reserved seating tickets available for purchase or just walk up on the day for free promenade access. To get there, take the Southeastern rail service from Charing Cross to Charlton, then ride the 486 bus all the way to Repository Road Artillery Place.

Looking for a hotel near the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival? Make Strand Palace Hotel you base for a weekend of festivities and outdoor fun.

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