Yep, to misquote The Jam, we’re going Wonderground (going Wonderground) this summer, as a new food and entertainment hub sets up in West London for the summer. London Wonderground is heading to Earl’s Court with a mandate to provide street food, fairground thrills, and live music and comedy this summer, and it’s the spectacular summer playground we definitely need for 2021.
Arriving on July 15, London Wonderground will be in residence at Empress Place in Earls Court all summer long, and offer myriad delights to visitors. It comes to us from the Earls Court Development Company and the team behind Underbelly, which means two things: one, that the programme of music, comedy, and circus will be excellent, and two that their instantly-identifiable upside down purple cow tent will be in place at London Wonderground. An amazing programme of live shows has already been promised, including a “Best of the Edinburgh Festival” season later this year.
Aside from giant purple cows, London Wonderground will also be home to a 1000-capacity big top for further entertainment, and vintage fairground rides for more summer thrills. Expect to encounter a mouthwatering array of street food vendors, sun-soaked al fresco bars, and a lineup of live music and DJ sets through the summer. Excitingly, the venue will also feature Earls Court City Beach, where you can kick back on the sand beneath parasols and pretend you’re in the Mediterranean.
All in all, London Wonderground is designed as a “staycation playground”, and we reckon you’ll get the requisite sun, fun, and sand on your visit here. It also continues a rich heritage as an event space for the area; the site has previously been used as a showground and home to the Great Ferris Wheel of 1895, along with the old Earls Court 2 Exhibition Hall in more recent years. The project was developed in consultation with the local community, who signalled their support for temporary theatres and food markets this summer, ahead of a planned future redevelopment of the site. Live events skills training schemes on-site will also be available to local young people, which is a nice touch.
London Wonderground will be free to enter, and feature a mix of paid and free events; the festival will also follow all coronavirus guidelines necessary at the time, including reduced capacities and social distancing measures. The initial programme of shows is expected to be announced towards the end of May, but you can go ahead and forecast a mix of adult and family-friendly shows. It runs from July 15 to September 26, and you can sign up for information here. Now, I’m off to try and get “Going Wonderground” out of my head…
Find London Wonderground at Empress Place, Earls Court, SW6 1TT from July 15 – September 26. Nearest station is West Brompton.
Article Source: Secret London