Regular attendees of the annual Citadel Festival will no doubt be wistfully reliving the memories of this year’s event, which took place in July 2016 – and eagerly planning to go back in just under a year’s time for the 2017 version.
However, if you missed it, then make sure you’re at the front of the queue for tickets for next time, as this is one of London’s best new summer events.
Dates for 2017 are yet to be confirmed, but previous years have seen Citadel take place on a Sunday in the middle of July.
Tickets for 2017 have not yet been released, but the organisers have invited anyone interested in going to follow them on Instagram in order to get this information first.
What can visitors expect?
Citadel is a relatively new offering in the London festivals calendar, having only been launched in 2015. However, it is already a firm favourite in the summer schedule.
It is only a one-dayer, but there is so much to do crammed into such a short space of time that attendees will really feel as though they’re getting value for money.
It combines music, food, theatre and the arts to “reflect the cream of the city’s talent” and the organisers say they want to encourage visitors to celebrate Sundays, rather than seeing them as a looming reminder of the working week ahead.
In 2016, headliners in the music part of the festival were Icelandic band Sigur Ros and “visionary tastemakers” Soundcrash, but Citadel offers so much more than just live tunes.
There are debates on everything from politics to books at Sunday Papers Live, food from Michelin-starred restaurants, a sports day and workshops on exciting topics from swing dancing to screen printing.
If you live outside London and will have to travel in, or even reside on the outskirts of the city and don’t want the hassle of having to get to and from Citadel and back home in a day, then why not book yourself into a luxury hotel? This will mean you get the best of both worlds: the true festival experience, but a comfortable bed to return to when your feet are tired.
The Montcalm At The Brewery London City
For a really luxurious city break experience, book a room at The Montcalm At The Brewery London City, which is just a short ride away from the Citadel Festival on the Richmond overground train and the Northern Tube line.
Anyone who enjoys history should have a great time staying here, as the building dates back to 1750, when it was the former site of Whitbread & Co, Britain’s first purpose-built mass production brewery.
Guests won’t have any shortage of fine dining options, as The Jugged Hare gastropub is on-site, while the nearby Chiswell Street Dining Room are famed for their afternoon tea.
An array of modern amenities and close proximity to London’s favourite attractions make this an ideal base from which to explore Citadel.
M by Montcalm London Shoreditch Tech City
Just a short bus and Tube ride away from the Citadel Festival is the M by Montcalm London Shoreditch Tech City hotel, which is a masterpiece of modernist architecture and sure to appeal to anyone who appreciates original buildings.
It’s in really easy reach of the city centre via the Northern line of the Underground to London Bridge, but any number of attractions can be sought out if visitors head to Oxford Circus.
There are plenty of mod cons at the M by Montcalm hotel, with every room even including a tablet for everything from controlling the underfloor heating to browsing the internet after you’ve enjoyed Citadel.
Don’t forget to use it to order room service too, as you’ll be ready for some great food when you’ve spent a busy day listening to live music and learning new crafts.
The decor at the M by Montcalm is worth writing home about in itself, as it certainly fits with the stylish exterior of the hotel – and the spectacular views, super-soft beds and luxurious rain showers are sure to have guests returning again and again.
Once Citadel is over, you’re sure to want to explore London during your time in the city. Conveniently, all of the top attractions are within easy reach of either of the above hotels, so you won’t have to waste a minute of your trip.
Why not seek out some bargains at Borough or Camden Markets, or spot celebrities at Portobello Road?
If it’s the tourist hotspots you fancy, then book ahead and enjoy the London Zoo, Covent Garden and Buckingham Palace.
Alternatively, a brewery tour at the East London Liquor Company, a Jack the Ripper tour in Whitechapel or the V&A Museum of Childhood offer an exciting day out that’s a little more off the beaten track.