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London's streets come to life for the Festival of Chariots

Worshippers make their way down Piccadilly during the Festival of Chariots Credit: John Stillwell/PA

Thousands of people filled the streets of the West End today to watch the Rathayatra parade - also known as the Festival of Chariots. The procession included three wooden carts which were pulled by hand from Hyde Park corner to Trafalgar Square.

Three wooden carts were pulled by hand along the route Credit: John Stillwell/PA

The altar deities from London's Soho Street Hare Krishna temple - Lord Jagannatha, Lord Baladeva and Lady Subhadra - were carried through the parade, accompanied by traditional music, singing and dancing.

Spain comes to the Southbank

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Visitors have a taste of Spain on the Southbank Credit: Atomic PR
Spanish festival
The festival features market stallholders from Barcelona's world famous market, La Boqueria Credit: Atomic PR

Thousands of Londoners and tourists have been along to the Southbank to sample the delights of the Campo Viejo Streets of Spain Festival.

The celebration, which last year saw 160,000 visitors, features food from Barcelona's world famous market, La Boqueria, entertainment and even the chance to blend your own Rioja.

The festival will also host what is hoped to be the world’s largest multi-sensory wine experiment, with more than 2000 people expected to take part. The event also runs tomorrow.

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Spanish Festival spices up the Southbank

The tastes, smells and sights of Spain have come to the streets of London this weekend in celebration of Iberian food, culture and art.

The Southbank Centre is hosting pop-up tapas restaurants, cooking masterclasses and film screenings.

The Streets of Spain festival will celebrate iberian food and culture. Credit: PA

Traders from the famous La Boqueria market in Barcelona will be selling their produce which comes direct from the one of the city's main streets, Las Ramblas.

Spanish urban artists Okuda and Remed will also perform live art installations.

The organisers are hoping the event will be even bigger than last year which attracted 160,000 visitors.

Black Sabbath to play at London festival

Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath Credit: Ian West/PA

Veteran rockers Black Sabbath are the latest headline act to be announced for the British Summer Time festival. The band fronted by Ozzy Osbourne and featuring Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi will play on the opening night of the Hyde Park event on July 4.

Black sabbath made a comeback last year with a number one album and sell-out tour. Osbourne said he's looking forward to the event, because when he first went to London he was impoverished and spent the advance he got for the first album on a new pair of shoes and some Brut aftershave.

"Returning almost 50 years on we are doing a bit better for ourselves, so I may even splash out on some new aftershave before taking to the stage at Hyde Park - the most beautiful park in London - that has opened its gates to so many legends in the past," said Osbourne.

"We are beyond honoured to be allowed to put on a show and hope that the royals will enjoy it."

Other acts to perform include Soundgarden, Faith No More, Neil Young and McBusted. Tickets go on sale on Friday.

Shoreditch hosts Streetfest 2013

East London will host an urban celebration with a difference tomorrow as Streetfest 2013 comes to Shoreditch. They'll be live performances from a range of artists, musicians and performers. It's the sixth year this event has been held in London and this one promises to be the best so far.

Graffiti in Shoreditch, London. Credit: Sophie Duval/EMPICS Entertainment

Festival goers will be able to try a range of sports including BMX riding, skateboarding and inline skating. They'll also be graffiti murals and a mini-ramp jam contest where 20 skaters will compete for a cash prize.

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Kelly Holmes: Live site will "make" London 2012

by London Tonight

Olympic champion Kelly Holmes says a free festival of music and sports being held at parks across the capital will "make" the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Londoners will be able to watch sporting events and concerts hosted throughout the event.

Big screens will go up at Hyde Park, Victoria Park, Potters Fields, Woolwich and Waltham Forest.

The double-gold medallist said it will unleash huge excitement and connect Londoners as they cheer on competing athletes.

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