The exciting month of October is just around the corner and brings so much with it than just the leaves turning to autumnal shades, and pumpkin jack-o-lanterns that you can see almost everywhere, as you head out. In London, October is also Black History Month, honouring the art, culture, tradition, and history of Black people, not just in the UK but across the world.
Book yourself an opulent stay with the Premier Inn Rewards hotel and grab this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquaint yourself with the contributions and achievements of the Black community, in London.
What is Black History Month?
Black History Month is an annual celebration of the invaluable contributions made by the black community to society. It has been celebrated in the UK since 1987 and in the year 2023, the focus is on the exceptional achievements of Black women.
When is Black History Month 2023?
Black History Month in the UK and Ireland is celebrated in October, with exhibitions, screenings, and plenty more events taking place nationwide throughout the month. The Black History Month theme for the year 2023 is “Saluting Our Sisters.” Here are some of the most exciting events happening around the city:
Legacies: London Transport’s Caribbean Workforce
The London Transport Museum, minutes away from your luxury accommodation in Kensington is hosting an exhibition called “Legacies: London Transport’s Caribbean Workforce” to celebrate the contributions of Caribbean people to transportation in London. The exhibition features stories from Caribbean people who worked for Transport for London, many of whom came to the city during postwar years in search of a better life. The exhibit highlights the challenges they experienced, triumphs and the major influence that London’s Caribbean communities have had on the city’s culture. Visit the London Transport Museum website for more information on events like recent Tube station art campaigns, and the Notting Hill Carnival and secure your spot, now!
The Untold Tales of Black Fashion
London is known for its blockbuster fashion shows that grace the capital city with a new wave of style and trends. However, when it comes to Black British fashion, there are so many more stories that still need to be told. This all-new exhibition at Somerset House celebrates these untold stories, from the 1970s to the present day. Curated by the Black Orientated Legacy Development Agency (BOLD), the exhibition will showcase the work of Black designers who have significantly impacted today’s British fashion. Enjoy a delectable meal at the Grand Restaurant Paddington, nearby and explore the ways in which black creativity and style have evolved over the decades.
Explorers Family Festival: Black Natural History
The Natural History Museum is hosting a family-friendly festival called “Explorers Family Festival: Black Natural History.” From making efforts to decolonise the climate crisis to researching marine animals and alpine plants, the first-of-its-kind festival will celebrate the work of Black scientists and how they are helping to save the planet. The fascinating event will feature curator-led tours and talks, as well as drop-in sessions, perfect for people of all ages to learn and get inspired!
Black History Month in London is not just a time of celebration but also sombre reflection and recognition. Reserve your stay at the Hyde Park Hotel in London, with the best of amenities, an exclusive restaurant, and a prime location in the heart of the city, for the utmost convenience and comfort. So, plan your trip to London and join the celebrations!