No matter where you are in London, you’re never too far from a festival or exciting event. During the summer time, London is soaked in festive mood with amazing music festivals, events and pop-ups all over the city.
You’ll find hundreds of events in and around London throughout June, July and August, and London truly becomes magical when the sun is out. Enjoy beer crafting, popular sunspots, pop-ups bars, street food, and of course plenty of concerts and festivals, and stay in a London serviced apartment for a homely experience.
Below is a list of our favourite events in London this summer.
11 June: Trooping the Colour, The Queen’s Birthday Parade
London celebrates The Queen’s official birthday every year with the ceremony Trooping the Colour. The event takes place on Horse Guards Parade and Her Majesty the Queen herself carries out an inspection of the troops and takes the salute. The parade route leads down to Buckingham Palace and is a great event celebrating Britain. More info here.
Enjoy the glamorous horse racing event at Royal Ascot with five days of tradition, pageantry and style. The Royal Ascot is a perfect way to spend a day away from the busy London life while enjoying the great atmosphere and lots of tasty champagne. More info here.
Book your tickets in advance to watch the world’s most premium tennis tournament. The popular tournament takes place over two weeks in late June and early July during which the entire area is packed with happy tourists and locals. This highly popular tournament attracts around 500,000 spectators and millions of television viewers worldwide. More info here.
1-3 July: Love Supreme Festival
Love Supreme is a jazz festival in Glynde, East Sussex that brings together 3 days of ultimate fun with artists from the four corners of the world of jazz. Enjoy funk, soul and blues in a place where classic jazz meets modern boutique. The venue is set against the attractive backdrop of Glynde Place in Sussex and the show is organised in association with Jazz FM. More info here.
7 April – 17 July: Udderbelly Festival at Southbank Centre
Enjoy a fun-filled event at Southbank Centre’s Udderbelly Festival, watching live acts inside a giant upside-down purple cow. Laugh your heart out attending vibrant seasons of comedy, circus and other exciting family entertainment activities. More info here. For more inspiration near South Bank, check out our South Bank area guide.
The Visions Festival in Hackney offers a big dose of creative fun with this year’s acts that include Young Fathers, Anna Calvi, Mykki Blanco and Gengahr. The one-day festival with underground music, street food and crafts markets give you everything you need for a great day out in the sun. More info here.
13 August: River Rat Race
Get ready to swim, crawl, jump, slide and laugh in the London Rat Race. Large groups of Londoners make their way around the wettest obstacle race in the UK to raise charity for families fighting homelessness in Britain. More info here.
Expect a sea of colours and costumed performers making their way through the streets around Notting Hill. You are free to join the crowd or simply watch the parade, fun and music from the pavement. Notting Hill Carnival leaves West London packed with steel bands, Calypso music and tempting food stalls. More info here.