Two London parades compared

This lesson compares two of London’s biggest parades: the Lord Mayor’s Show, which originates from the same time as the Magna Carta, in 1215, and the Notting Hill Carnival, which has been held every year since 1966 and is one of the largest street festivals in the world. The lesson incorporates speaking activities, reading and some grammar. If appropriate, Task 6 can be used as the basis for preparing and giving formal presentations in a later session.

Topic: Two London festivals: The Lord Mayor’s Show and Notting Hill Carnival       

Level: A2

Time: 50–60 minutes


  • To develop students’ ability to read about and describe special events
  • To develop students’ vocabulary relating to special events
  • To practise word order in questions

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