One of my favourite weekends of the year is going to London to spend the weekend in Hyde Park for Proms in the Park and Radio 2’s festival in a day. A weekend filled with a wide variety of music and good food is always a good weekend. Although this year was very rainy, it was still such a good weekend and I got to see some of my favourite artists as well.
London is always exciting. Especially when I haven’t been in a while. We headed down on Saturday morning to the big smoke and headed straight to our hotel. I can’t remember what it was called but it was super close to Hyde Park and had so many mews nearby. As we were spending the whole weekend at Hyde Park, it was very handy as it was only a 15 minute walk to where we needed to be.
As soon as we got to Hyde Park, I headed straight to one of the food stalls because I was super hungry. There are always some really cool food stalls but The Mac Factory definitely caught my eye. They had four different types of Mac & Cheese with different toppings and I went for a pesto one which was delicious. It was just what I needed and actually kept me quite full for the day.
What I love about Proms in the Park is the diversity of music which there is. Not only did I get to see my childhood favourite, STEPS (more on that in a moment) but I also got to see Ray Davis (who I absolutely LOVE), Michael Ball and Texas as well as some more classical artists and the BBC concert orchestra.
I feel like I need to do a whole thing on STEPS because I was so excited to see them live and yes, I did all of the dance moves because I have no shame in knowing them. Texas were also fantastic – I always forget how many of there songs I actually know and it was a lot of fun. I hadn’t realised till I got there that the headliner for the night was Ray Davis, frontman of the Kinks, and it was amazing. He played some of my absolute favourite songs and it was brilliant.
Towards the end of the night, the Proms in the Park stage links up with the Last Night of the Proms at the Albert Hall and there’s a mass sing along of Land of Hope & Glory, Rule Britannia, Jerusalem and then the national anthem followed by fireworks. It sounds like quite a strange end to the night but honestly it’s always such fun and everyone really gets involved and I always feel so good.
Day two at Hyde Park was for Radio 2’s Festival in a day and let me tell you now, it was a very wet day and I think the coldest I’ve ever been in London. Before we headed to Hyde Park, me and mum went for a little walk around the hotel, took some photos and just had a bit of an explore.
We were really close to Paddington station and I loved seeing all of the nods to the bear from Peru. Because there were so many little Mews houses, I also took the opportunity to take a little #ootd photo as well. Gates opened at 11am and because it’s so busy, we headed there early to try and get a decent spot in the park to put up camp for the day.
Some of my favourite artists were playing this year. The day opened with the Stereophonic’s who were absolutely phenomenal. They did a great mix of old and new and sounded amazing. I also saw James Blunt (who I adore and he actually stage dived on an inflatable boat), Blondie who sounded better than ever and Rick Astly who always puts on a brilliant show. One of the special guests was Shania Twain who I was really excited to see but I was slightly disappointed by. When she came on, the weather was absolutely horrendous so that might have been part of the reason, but I felt like she talked a bit too much between songs. She did sound great though and I’d like to see her again. The big headliner of the night was Take That. They were absolutely outstanding. They put on a brilliant show, played all of my favourite songs, and made the day.
Whenever I’ve been to London, I always want to stay longer to explore the city more. It was definitely a whirlwind weekend but I had such a brilliant time.
Where’s your favourite place in London?
Katie May ❤️