London is full of fun things to do in the summertime and 2015 is no different! Our intern, Julia, has put together a fantastic list of stuff for you to do here in the Big Smoke! So, no staying at home, get out on the London streets and go see the sights!
June / July 2015
More London Free Festival – FREE
The More London Free Festival is again bringing an impressive line-up of events and performances to the concrete amphitheatre below the Mayor’s leaning glass blob of an office on the South Bank.
Trooping the Colour: The Queen’s Birthday Parade – FREE
London celebrates The Queen’s official birthday in June each year with Trooping the Colour, a fantastic military parade that has taken place in London since 1820. Trooping the Colour is an annual event that takes place on Horse Guards Parade near London’s St James’s Park, marking The Queen’s official birthday.
Taste of London in Regent’s Park – FREE – 17th to 21st June 2015
Discover a tantalising selection of world-class chefs and London’s hottest restaurants as the Taste of London festival descends on London’s Regent’s Park once again.
Prudential RideLondon – FREE – 1st and 2nd August 2015
A weekend-long feast of cycling sport and leisure that sees an eight mile loop of roads around central London closed to regular traffic so that bike-enthusiasts can get a clear run at it. It costs nothing to join in, but register in advance on the “RideLondon” website.
Notting Hill Carnival 2015 – FREE – 30th to 31st August 2015
The streets of West London come alive every August Bank Holiday weekend as London celebrates Europe’s biggest street festival – the Notting Hill Carnival. With a Caribbean theme that sees West London packed with steel bands, Calypso music and tempting food stalls, the Notting Hill Carnival is a huge party. And everyone is invited! Expect a sea of colour as amazing floats and costumed performers wind their way through the streets of London.
London Mela 2015 – FREE – 6th September 2015
Soak up some culture at Europe’s largest outdoor South Asian festival, London Mela, with a huge programme of live entertainment and traditional Asian culture at Gunnersbury Park. This free event is packed full of acts who take to the various stages, including the main stage and nine zones that showcase differing music and dance styles, from the contemporary to the classical. Sample traditional South Asian delicacies at food stalls or browse the craft markets.
Pearly Kings and Queens Harvest Festival 2015 – FREE – 27th September 2015
Celebrate the harvest with the Pearly Kings and Queens, who will be wearing their traditional pearl-button suits as they parade from Guildhall to St Mary-le-Bow church. Wearing dark suits that are covered in hundreds of bright pearl buttons, the Pearly Kings and Queens of London are a charming and unforgettable sight. At this festival, which celebrates the bounty of the autumn harvest, they will be staging traditional entertainment at Guildhall before parading to St Mary-le-Bow church for a service of thanksgiving. You can expect marching bands, donkeys and a host of colourful characters at this traditional event, which raises money for the Whitechapel Mission.
All Summer Long
Buckingham Palace – 25th July to 27th September 2015 - £18.80
Poke around the palace while the royal family is out at their summer residencies.
Luna Cinema – May to September 2015 – £16.50
Luna Cinema’s mission is to sit you down in a gorgeous spot at sunset with a picnic and a classic movie. It’s most popular venues are the green spaces of Kensington Palace, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and Kew Gardens. This year we’re excited about seeing ‘Crocodile Dundee’ in Brockwell Lido – VIP seats are in dinghies on the pool.
Rooftop Film Club: Peckham Rye – £13
Like all the Rooftop Film Club venues, you get state of the art outdoor cinema at the Bussey Building, with comfy director chairs, blankets and wireless headphones. There is also a stunning 360 degree view out across London from the roof of the warehouse-style arts venue. The roof space opens from 6pm, the box office at 8pm and screenings will start at sunset (sometime around 9pm).