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  • 1. London Festivals 2012Festivals for you to get stuck into Notting Hill Carnival isntthe only one out there guys

2. Film4SummerScreen 2012 Aug 16-25 Somerset House The Strand WC2R 1LABuy ticketsTake in a movie in Somerset Houses lovely courtyard perfect. Thisseason includes the UK premiere of Walter Salless adaptation of Onthe Road, a month before you can catch it in your local cinema.Also showing classics like The Birds and Apocalypse Now, as well asour personal favourite Pretty in Pink. 3. Foodies Festival2012 Aug 17-19 Battersea ParkQueenstown Rd SW11 4NJThis is the festival for foodies. With tastings and master classes withwell-known chefs and food industry personalities including LeviRoots, Ed Baines and Gary Lee, theres also a Food of Love Cinema,where food featured in films are served to the audience. VIP ticketsinclude a two-course meal with champagne how can you not? 4. Notting Hill Carnival Aug 26-27Notting Hill Chepstow RdWestbourne GroveLadbroke GroveW11 1HTWell it had to feature. Amazing floats, music and a buzz you cantfind anywhere else, if you havent found time to go yet make thisyear the one you do. Dont forget to pick up some jerked chickenand plantainCheck out Time Outs fantastic guide here. 5. ThamesFestival 2012Sep 8-9 On the banks of theThamesThis amazing festival takes place between Westminster Bridge andTower Bridge, with an incredible programme of events beside theThames. Check out the closing firework display if nothing else.For a full events guide, see here. 6. Open HouseLondon 2012Sep 22-23All over LondonSome tickets may be required.So its not an open bar this event gives you the chance to viewsome amazing buildings for free. This includes snooping aroundgovernment buildings, private houses, schools, town hallsThis years theme is the changing face of London - among thefamous faces are the Gherkin. 7. The Cakeand BakeShow Sep 22-23Earls Court ExhibitionCentreWarwick RdSW5 9TAPaul Hollywood, Mary Berry and royal wedding cake designer FionaCairns (remember that crown cake at the Jubilee?) are among thebaking aces appearing at the Cake & Bake Show. With plenty to seeincluding demos, tastings, workshops, a food market and equipmentstands, this is a must if youve got a sweet tooth. 8. Soho Literary Festival Sep 27-30Soho Theatre21 Dean St W1D 3NEWere all for feeding your hunger, how about feeding your soul?In association with the Oldie Magazine, check this high-brow festivalfor author-led talks and events by a range of writers including GilesCoren, Jeremy Vine, Fay Weldon, Michael Palin, Pam Ayres andMichael Frayn. 9. Photomonth2012 Oct 1-Nov 30 Various venuesThis annual East London photography festival takes place over twomonths (do we think they know that?). Open for submissions rightnow, if youre feeling hipster enoughHighlights include the Photofair at Old Spitalfields Market and thePhoto-Open exhibition. 10. Lord Mayors ShowNov 10Begins at Mansion House, 11amWelcome to the new Mayor of London! Were looking forward toseeing the new Boris so lets welcome him in in styleWere loving the slightly bling 254-year-old State Coach. This is realEnglish-style celebrating at its best aircraft flybys, marching bandsand floats followed by fireworks. 11. So what did we miss? What are your favourite London festivals?Let us know and watch this space for more updates and seeyou at Notting Hill Carnival with some jerked chicken!