25 Things To Do In London This Summer

25 Things To Do In London This Summer

While the weather can't always be guaranteed, one thing that you can be 100% sure of is that there's always plenty to see and do in London. Here's our 25 suggestions for this summer...

1. Enjoy the novelty of a street party

Delicious varieties of food stalls, quirky cocktails, and music blaring out of shops or sound-systems depending on which type of event you attend. Highlights this summer include Brixton Splash and Clapham Street Party.

2. Absorb the palette of Notting Hill Carnival

Whilst we're on the subject of partying in the street, it would be criminal to carry this list on without mentioning Europe's largest street festival. Celebrating Afro-Caribbean communities, don't miss the colourful parade, the body shaking sound systems, and food regular attendees look forward to every year.

When & Where: 30 - 31 Aug, Notting Hill

3. Celebrate 20 years of Faithless at SW4 

A part of the essential electronic soundtrack for two decades, Faithless will be playing a special show at London's weekend of beats and bass. The lineup also features Fatboy Slim, Eric Prydz & Basement Jaxx.

When & Where: 29 - 30 Aug, Clapham Common

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4. Witness a male spin on burlesque and cabaret

Boylexe is a delightful mix of inspiring stories, hilarious routines, raunchy songs and other naughty surprises. With a lineup that mixes resident acts with new talent surprises every week, expect everything from drag queens to male striptease! Your face will hurt from laughing too much.

When & Where: 10 Jul, 14 Aug, 11 Sept, The Shadow Lounge, Soho

5. Skip the traditional Sunday roast and tuck into the new launch of Citadel Festival

Sunday may be a day of rest for some, however the likes of Ben Howard, Bombay Bicycle Club, Anna Calvi, and Roots Manuva will soundtrack a new event that also features, sports, literature and more pleasures.

When & Where: 19 July, Victoria Park, London

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6. Venture around the UK's biggest convention of J-culture and anime

Celebrating all things Japan, Hyper Japan is a wonderful explosion of art, fashion, food, anime and all the other cultural aspects Westerners adore about their East Asian friends.

When & Where: 10-12 July, The O2 Arena

#7 - See some of the biggest Urban, Electronic & Pop names in one location

Why should you go to Wireless Festival? Let the lineup do the talking...Drake, Avicii, A$AP Rocky, David Guetta, Nicki Minaj, Major Lazer, Knife Party, Mary J Blige, Clean Bandit and Kendrick Lamar are just a pinch on this insanely unmissable lineup.

When & Where: 3-5 July, Finsbury Park

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#8 - Hang out with cats at London's first cat café

If you are a cat lover, treat yourself to a High Tea booking and enjoy cake, tea and other savoury teats whilst enjoying the cutest feline company.

#9 - Be the ultimate Star Wars fanboy or fangirl

Secret Cinema's famous cinematic immersive experiences go beyond just screening the movie, where attendees are assigned a role inspired by the film and journey round a themed set encountering all kinds of movie-centric tasks, role-play and actors adding to the atmosphere, with the main attraction screened towards the end of the night.

When & Where: 4 June - 27 Sept, Secret London Location

#10 - Jump around at London's first ever trampoline park

From hour-long free jump sessions to teen discos, Oxygen Freejumping is set to open on 20 July.

Where: Kendal Avenue, West Acton

#11 - Step into the magic of London's finest boutique festival

The creative lovechild of electronic music duo Groove Armada, Lovebox is a sensational music feast mixing treats like a vintage fair, Bump Roller Disco and luscious food stalls with a lineup boasting Snoop Dogg, Rudimental, Hot Chip and Cypress Hill.

When & Where? 17 - 18 July, Victoria Park

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#12 - Indulge in your garlic obsession at Bröderna Olssons "Garlic & Shots" bar & restaurant 

Amongst the food and the 101 different flavoured vodka shots, while chewing gum may be needed this is one hell of a taste experience. It's a great place to drink too with heavy metal, punk and rock playing, with the bookable "Crypt Room" downstairs. Be sure to try the famous "Blood Shot".

Where: Frith Street, Soho

#13 - Aim for the sky in North Greenwich

From walking over the O2 dome to taking the Emirates Air Line cable car, treat yourself to both the unusual and indescribable views of the capital.

#14 - Enjoy the quintessential family weekend at On Blackheath

Presenting fun for all ages from parent to child, cooking displays from Michelin starred chefs, village fete games, a massive food market, workshops along with Elbow, Madness, Manic Street Preachers and Kelis performing will combine to make OnBlackheath a superb family experience.

When & Where? 12 - 13 Sept, Blackheath

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#15 - Go on a global taste experience at London's international hotspots

Barter for a great deal in the curry houses of Brick Lane, stuff yourself full with Turkish food on Green Lanes or enjoy the food and shopping riches of Chinatown.

#16 - Sing-a-long to world-famous pop legends at Greenwich Music Festival

Backing on to the River Thames, this year's concert series welcomes Tom Jones, Gipsy Kings, Ray Davies and George Benson.

When & Where: 23 - 27 July, Old Royal Naval College

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#17 - Learn history through amazing sights and galleries at the Imperial War Museum

The Imperial War Museum aims to "provide for, and to encourage, the study and understanding of the history of modern war and wartime experience". Not one to rush through the museum has an extensive collection of official documents, film, art, recordings, aircraft and so much more innovatively presented over many floors.

Where? Lambeth

#18 - Try authentic and classic British dishes at Rules Restaurant

If you fancy a rather decadent dining experience, book a table at Rules one of the oldest restaurants in London and try adored food of the UK such as pies, rabbit, teas, truffles, and the recently created Kate Middleton's "Royal 29" cocktail.

Where? Covent Garden

#19 - Discover London's hidden natural or historic delights via a bike tour

London Cyclist magazine is a good place to look for information on renting bikes and fun themed routes to take, such as the North East London trek which takes you past Clapton Pond, Hackney Downs and Low Hall Wood.

#20 - Lose hours at the V&A

From a specially curated exhibitor on Alexander McQueen to endless halls of renaissance paintings and sculptures, the Victoria and Albert is another classic example of London's talent for museums and galleries to disappear into a world of enlightenment.

Where? Knightsbridge

#21 - Grab a seat for a show in the West End

Watch the new game-changers and respected classics born in Britain such as Billy Elliot, War Horse, The Commitments and Les Miserables.

#22 - Argue over the meaning of art at Tate Modern 

One man's large blue dot on a white page is another man's interpretation of human existence in the universe. With such a bizarre and iconic mixture of pieces to see, where better to discuss what art does or doesn't mean to you then the Tate Modern.

Where? Southbank

#23 - Watch films outside at Somerset House

Mixing cults with classics, the Film4 Summer Screen is a highly anticipated annual event where many gather in front og London's largest outdoor screen to laugh and cry with fellow film fans surrounded by the bold beauty of Somerset House.

Where? Strand

#24 - Visit a market

Each with a personality of their own, London has such a rich diversity of markets you'll find tons of websites dedicated to detailing the antiques of Portebello Market, the food of Borough Market, the zany clothing of Camden and plenty more.

#25 - Lose an afternoon, evening and night at the Southbank

A book market everyday, a skate park thousands petitioned to save when faced with destruction, food markets, the London Eye, Big Ben, The Houses Of Parliament, as well other landmarks that make up the famous London skyline is just a fraction of why everyone visiting London has to enjoy the southbank walk along the Thames.


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