London in the summer months is a truly an amazing place. With so much to do and see, we’ve picked out the very best the city has to offer this July and August.
1. Summer Tales
Arguably East London’s coolest pop up. An eclectic mix of food stalls and the finest craft beer accompanied by the best DJ’s from London and beyond.
When: Thursday to Sunday – All Summer
Where: 288-299 Old Street, Shoreditch, London, EC2A
2. Lovebox Festival
Snoop Dogg, Hot Chip and Jessie Ware will be doing their thing as the great and the good of East London flock to Victoria Park for its second sizzling summer festival of the year.
When: 17th – 18th July
Where: Victoria Park, Tower Hamlets, London, E3
3. Carsten Höller: Decision
This progressive and interactive exhibition invites visitors into a series of experimental environments which scrutinise the process of decision making.
When: 10th June – 6th September
Where: The Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, London SE1 8XX
4. The Nomad Cinema
The outdoor pop up cinema that finds its home in all sorts of unexpected London locations.
When: 9th July – 30th September
Where: There are various venues across the city
5. Walthamstow Garden Party
A lively weekend of music, theatre, dance, circus, film, spoken word and arts and crafts. All for free!
When: 18th – 19th July
Where: Waltham Forest, Lloyd Park
6. Sorbitium Ices
Purveyors of delicious, all-natural ice cream in a range of delectable flavours.
When: Every Saturday throughout the summer
Where: Granary Square, King’s Cross
7. To Kill a Mockingbird
Award winning stage adaptation of Harper Lee’s classic which brought to light racial injustice of the 1950’s American South.
When: 24 June – 25 July 2015
Where: The Barbican Theatre, Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS
8. Urban Beaches
Londoners can get their toes sandy at one of London’s many urban beaches this summer:
When & Where: Beach East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, 11th July – 31st August. Camden Beach, Roundhouse, 17th July – 23rd August.
9. The South London Soul Train
Peckham’s favourite arts café and night-time hotspot hosts a night of funk, soul and groovy motown jams.
When: 18th July, 10pm – 5am
Where: The Bussey Building, 133 Rye Ln, Peckham, London SE15 4ST
10. The Deep Hum At The Heart Of It All
Saving central London from its rather sad live music drought is this weekly night at this cool underground venue. Expect up-and-coming live acts followed by alternative DJs.
When: Wednesday 15th and Wednesday 22nd July from 7pm
Where: The Social, 5 Little Portland St, London W1W 7JD
11. Laugh out London
The Edinburgh Fringe is the world’s biggest festival of comedy and art. Get a sneak peek before it kicks off August in a series of ‘work-in-progress’ shows in venues across London
When: 20th July – 26th July
Where: Multiple Locations
12. Blindfolded tour of Borough Market
Part of ‘London without Limits festival’, designed to help the Royal London Society for Blind People defeat the lonely reality of childhood sight loss. Experience the delectable delights of the famous Borough market from a whole new perspective.
When: 23rd and 30th July – 10.30am
Where: Borough Market, 8 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1TL
13. LOL at the Udderbelly
If you’ve ever fancied watching a spot of comedy in a big purple cow then this is your chance.
When: Every day until 19th July
Where: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
14. Bullsh*t London Factually Inaccurate Walking Tours
Guaranteed to show you the comical and very silly side of London life, this walking tour is like no other. Experience all major landmarks as if Monty Python had been elected Queen.
When: 7pm on Thursdays
Where: St Paul’s. Behind the statue of Queen Anne.
15. Shuush Two-Part Summer Jam: Boat Party and Club Night
Party sundowner style on a sweet boat on the river Thames.
When: 1st August – 8pm
Where: Westminster Pier and then Lightbox for the after party. Lightbox London, 6A South Lambeth Place, SW8 1SP
16. LOST Festival
Get whisked off to a secret woodland location for 24 hours of interactive art, music and exploration.
When: 22nd August
Where: Revealed to ticket holders nearer the time
17. Festival of Love
Southbank centre’s Festival of Love returns this year with a whole host of performances, installations, activities and pop-ups celebrating the ‘big L.’
When: Everyday throughout the summer until 31st August
Where: The Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
18. Flamingo Pier
Hackney Wick’s trendy arts café plays host to this fun, tropical themed pop up. Expect cool cocktails, neon signage and East London’s hipsters knocking down the door for a spot.
When: First Friday of each month throughout the summer
Where: Counter Café, 7 Roach Rd, London E3 2PA