A Guide to Celebrating Black History Month in London


The month of October in London brings with it a special time of honouring and celebrating Black history, culture, and significant contributions of the Black community on a societal level.  Book a luxurious stay at the Park Grand London Kensington Hotel in the heart of the city and see London come alive with a plethora of spectacular events led by Black people, including the finest theatre, thought-provoking art exhibitions, and even poetry hip-hop nights!

The Globe’s Black-led ‘Romeo and Juliet’

Catch a last-chance performance of the Globe Theatre’s rendition of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ with a Black-led cast. This iconic Shakespearean tale of star-crossed lovers from feuding families has long held a special place in the hearts of audiences and reflects on the vibrancy of cultural diversity in London. In this production, you’ll be captivated by the performances of Alfred Enoch (from ‘How to Get Away with Murder’) as Romeo and Rebekah Murrell (known for her role in the National Theatre’s ‘Nine Night’) as Juliet.

A Tribute to the Black female playwrights of the ’80s

Head to Clapham Library, easily commutable from your Park Grand Kensington Accommodation and be part of ‘Coming Together, Growing Together’. An event that serves as a heartfelt celebration of the ground-breaking theatre created by Black British women. Groups such as the Theatre of Black Women, the Munirah Theatre Company, and the Black Mime Theatre Women’s Troop used the stage as a powerful platform to address the pressing issues of racism and sexism prevalent at the time. The evening commences with a screening of the 1980s documentary ‘Polishing Black Diamonds,’ followed by engaging discussions for an enlightening experience.

Go to a Party at the London Library

A literary event like no other, attend a unique library soirée hosted by Inua Ellams, the creative genius behind the National Theatre’s acclaimed production, ‘Barber Shop Chronicles.’ Be part of an unforgettable evening at the London Library, brimming with hip-hop-infused spoken word performances and music.

Don’t forget to look out for some great deals on London hotels nearby, because the ultimate RAP party awaits you!

Witness Renaissance Art Reimagined

Experience a fresh perspective on Renaissance art, beautifully capturing European life between the fourteenth and seventeenth centuries in all its multicultural glory! In fact, several paintings of Black people from the era, both imagined Biblical subjects and portraits have been discovered. Inspired by this revelation, opera singer Peter Brathwaite embarked on a lockdown project as he used his own body and everyday objects to restage Renaissance paintings of Black figures.

So, head to King’s College London Strand Campus to explore this captivating reinterpretation in the form of the ‘Visible Skin: Rediscovering the Renaissance Through Black Portraiture’ exhibition.

This autumn, take the opportunity to celebrate and deepen your understanding of the lives of Black people in London with some of the most unique and splendid experiences in the city. See the city from a new perspective with a stay at your opulent hotel in Kensington with meeting rooms, perfect for all types of trips.