Relive the 1950s with the Story of London festival

August provides the opportunity for modern history and culture fans staying in luxury London hotels to appreciate the 1950s city scene with various events staged throughout the capital. 

The Story of London festival is a month-long event that celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Festival of Britain – a 1951 showcase of contemporary design and innovation in post-war Britain.

Visitors can experience what the festival was like as five museums put on free displays and recreate some of the activities that took place in the their boroughs that year.

Brent Museum and Archives will stage an indoor street party on August 24th, from 13:00 GMT to 16:30 GMT.

Organisers commented: "Help us re-enact Brent's Festival of Britain celebrations at our indoor street party. Families can explore 1950s lifestyle and be inspired to make something to wear!"

Additionally, the Southbank Centre has planned a range of events across London , including Festival Folk Dancing, a Floral Bicycle Parade, Punch and Judy performances and more.

The Floral Bicycle Parade will see Londoners transform their bikes, helmets and clothing into gardens on wheels.

Mayor Boris Johnson said: "This year's Story of London is a chance to really get involved in the spirit of the time, taking in some of the capital's wonderful local museums and offering the chance to unleash your own creativity – not least by transforming your city bike from the urban to the bucolic!"

The Clore Ballroom is set to host a production of comic-opera Merrie England.

Furthermore, people can join a retro craft workshop, learn to jive or be transformed into a post-war pin-up at the 1950s-theme Late event at the Museum of London.

The Montcalm hotel is ideally situated in the heart of London to take part in all these events, with the local Marble Arch station providing transport links to the rest of the capital.

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