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About Luton

Luton is a large town and unitary authority in Bedfordshire and just 30 miles (51 kilometres) north of London. Luton and its near neighbours, Dunstable and Houghton Regis, form the Luton/Dunstable Urban Area with a population of over 240,000.

London Luton Airport which opened in 1938  is one of England’s major airports. During the Second World War it doubled as an RAF base. The Luton Carnival, held on the late May bank holiday, is the largest one-day carnival in Europe.

For many years the town was famous for hat-making, it is also home to a large Vauxhall Motors factory the head office of Vauxhall Motors.  Car production at the plant began in 1905 and continued until 2002  but commercial vehicle production still remains an important activity.

 

Shopping

The Luton Mall is an all-in-one, in-door, in-town shopping centre housing over 100 shops is about a mile long building and has a vast number of shops including grocery, mobile phones shops, clothing, hairdressers, food, etc. Bury park is the home of Asian fashion and food.

 

Night Life

There’s a multitude of pubs and bars to sit down and have fun, a lot of them in the centre. Some of the nice pubs and clubs are: Liquid, Envy, White House, Charlie Brown, Yates, Chicago Rock, Scream, etc.

 

Luton Carnival

Luton Carnival, one of the biggest in Britain, usually takes place on each May Bank Holiday Monday and is attended by up to 200,000 people each year. The procession starts at Wardown Park in Luton and then makes its way down New Bedford Road, around the Town Centre via St George’s Square, and back down New Bedford Road to finish up back in Wardown Park. It is a great day out and celebrates Luton’s vibrant multi-cultural and multi-faith status

www.luton.gov.uk/carnival

www.carnivalarts.org.uk

www.lutonculture.com