Glastonbury is over and it’s raining at Wimbledon; it’s officially summer in the UK. Check out some of these things to enjoy from love festivals and music in the park to must-see urban beaches! Here are our tips for what to see this summer in London.
What to see this summer in London
London has a whole host of events taking place all summer long, and plenty of them are free – from food festivals to cultural events – there’s something for everyone.
Festival of Love – Southbank
7th July to 29th August
The riverside Southbank Centre becomes the centre for a Celebration of Love! It’s packed full of events including dance, music, and performances, and since they’re sharing their love – most of it is free! The big shows are Klanghaus: On Air which is a huge musical experience hosted on the Royal Festival Hall roof, and Air Play – a circus adventure. There are also plenty of art installations to enjoy and explore all around Southbank, as well as pop up restaurants and bars, so head to the river! The festival also celebrates inspiring members of the community and has lots of events for kids, but go along and see some of the performance and embrace the love!!
This annual London music festival takes place in the middle of July in Victoria Park in East London. There are different stages including famous club Fabric and ID magazine hosting their own line ups. This year headline acts include LCD Soundsystem, Major Lazer, George Clinton, Katy B, Chet Faker and Run the Jewels. There is also a roller disco, cocktail bars and street food and tropiskarnival bandstand. Known for being a festival for Londoners it’s a great place to spend the weekend – they only have day tickets left so be quick! Buy your tickets here
BBC Proms 2016
15th July to 10th September
This famous classical music event is the largest in the UK and hosts concerts around London including the Royal Albert Hall. There’s plenty of music and concerts being held – with affordable tickets from £6, including ‘Proms in the Park’ where you can sit out with a picnic in London’s Hyde Park (and there are versions in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) and enjoy the music. This year there is a Latin American Jazz theme in the spirit of the Rio Olympics. Find out more here
The Cutty Sark Comedy Festival
22nd July to 4th August
Historical Greenwich is the setting for this South London comedy festival, named after the famous ship docked there and showing some pre-Edinburgh Festival acts. With the Michael Edwards Studio Theatre hosting some hot comedic talent, this festival is a good warm up for Edinburgh Fringe and a great chance to see some up and coming talent as well as established comedians. Acts include Josie Long and Elf Lyons, Seann Walsh and Elliot Steel and Shappi Khorsandi and Henry Parker. Find out more here.
Equity Point Hostel London is located centrally in Paddington – by famous Hyde Park and Notting Hill. With all the usual fabulous facilities of our hostels, we offer a clean, fun and safe place to stay. We also have rooms available to suit any budget. Find out more here
We hope you enjoy your recommendations of what to see this summer in London!