Summer is in full swing in the city and there’s plenty going on.
From rooftop beach parties to nights at the Zoo, London won’t disappoint this June.
Want to laugh until your sides hurt this summer? Then get yourself down to the Underbelly Festival at Southbank. Find the big purple cow and discover comedy, live circus, cabaret and general merriment right in the heart of London. Also on site is one of London’s largest outdoor bars and plenty of street food vendors to keep those bellies full and happy.
Tickets for shows approx £20
As dusk settles in, ready yourself for one of the city’s most original adults only event of the summer – Zoo Nights. Every Friday during the summer, The London Zoo will open its gates to city dwellers. Neon effect lights will come up and transform the Zoo into a nighttime playground where you’ll find various events and workshops dotted around the grounds along with street entertainers and a plethora of street food options serving up flavours from all around the world.
2nd June, and every Friday during the summer
Over the last ten years, Field Day has slowly been building it’s reputation as one of London’s most exciting music festivals. Held in Hackney’s Victoria Park, hip crowds pour in from East London (and further afield) to soak up the sun and listen to some of the world’s best alternative acts. This year the programming has been streamlined into one day – so you can go enjoy the summer sounds and then find your way back to a comfortable bed rather than a tent!
3rd June 2017
One day, 250 bands, 25 venues – one ticket … If you’re into rock and metal, and staying at Clink, this is the festival for you. Head over to Camden (just a few minutes’ walk from the hostels) and you’ll find over 200 heavy bands turning up the volume across various gloriously sticky-floored venues across Camden. The line up for 2017 includes Orange Goblin, Ruts DC and The Damned.
3rd June 2017
Hackney Flea Market started life as a pop up event in 2013, setting out to offer vintage sellers and independent creatives a cost-effective space to sell their stuff and advertise their business to the right crowd. Now, you’ll find a weekend-long market along with various pop up locations around the borough.
11th & 12th June 2017
11am – 6pm
Grayson Perry is a bit like marmite – loved by some, hated by others. Whatever your view, Perry is one of Britain’s unlikely national treasures. His talent lies in his ability to take traditionally crafted objects like tapestries, ceramics and cast iron and combine them with vignettes of contemporary life. He draws on both personal and public subject matter. From his life as a transvestite to the foibles of modern society.
From 8th June until September 2017
Sofas is all about live music in intimate spaces. Their mission is to bring the magic back to live music and, the way we see it, they’re doing a pretty cracking job. If you’re lucky enough to nab a ticket (you have to ‘apply’ and you’ll be entered into a random draw), the location of the gig will be announced to you on the day. We just love the mystery of it all.
10th June 2017
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Summer is in full swing and Brixton Rooftop is the place to celebrate the longest day of the year. Miguel Campbell and Russ Yallop will be swapping the Ibiza for the Brixton beach, bringing the sunshine vibes to South-East London. Grab your ticket and you can look forward to street food, sweet tunes and sand between your toes.
17th June 2017
1pm – late
In association with the National Trust, hundreds of gorgeous London gardens will open their gates to the public as part of this weekend-long event. In 27 boroughs across the city you can find all sorts of greeen spaces – from roof terraces and allotments to classical gardens and everything in between. One ticket gives you access to all venues – so take advantage and make a weekend of it!
17th and 18th June 2017
Adult Weekend Ticket £13
OM International Yoga Day falls on 18th June. To celebrate, there’ll be hours of free yoga and mediation at Alexandra Palace. The beautiful grounds there are the perfect setting to stretch, breath and and meditate. There’ll be classes for all levels so it’s a great opportunity to try something new, or bring along a friend who’s never done yoga before.
18th June 2017
8am – 6pm
Register for free