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66 things to look forward to this summer in London

Posted at 10:00 am, June 12, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Food & Drink, Fun London, Music & Nightlife
©Steven Z. Ehrlich

[Photo: Steven Z. Ehrlich]

‘Summer summer summer time!’ The summer sunshine has officially arrived. Holidays are booked and festival tickets are in the post (we hope), but apart from basking in the heat devouring a few tons of ice-cream, what else do you have planned? Here’s some of the summer highlights you can look forward to…


Until June 28: Forks at the ready for Urban Food Festival on Shoreditch High Street.

Until December 14: A collection of children’s portraits with their favourite things at Toy Stories.

Until September 7: Major exhibition dedicated to British Folk Art at Tate Britain.

June 11-August 17: An array of works at this year’s Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2014.

June 11-September 26: Performance, film and food at More London Free Festival, The Scoop at More London.

June 12-15: Peruse work from over 100 galleries at the Affordable Art Fair 2014.

June 12-July 13: Get behind your country for the World Cup.

June 12-August 12: Journey through the science of mental health at Mind Maps: Stories from Psychology, Science Museum.

June 12 – July 5: Talks, book signings and celebrities at the Foyles Grand Opening Festival.

June 12: It’s No Sweat Sports Day for adults at Queen of Hoxton.

June 13 – Aug 25: Portraits and installations at Return of the Rudeboy at Somerset House.

June 13: ‘Belle‘, a great new period drama opens in cinemas.

June 13 – July 25: Be a night owl and stay up late for London Zoo Lates.

June 13- 15: Modern and contemporary Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese art at Pinta London 2014, Earls Court.

June 14: Lots of nudity at the World Naked Bike Ride.

June 14: Loads of pooches and their owners get together for a massive walk at Dogs Unite for Guide Dogs.

June 14: One-day music festival Bushstock, various locations.

June 14: Soldiers, guns and fighter jets at Trooping the Colour: The Queen’s Birthday Parade.

June 14-  15: Open Garden Squares Weekend sees around 200 private gardens open their gates to the public.

June14 – 15: Nibble your way along a tapas crawl at Rioja Tapas Fantasticas at Potters Field Park.

June 15: Mark Refugee week and explore the history of a tiny East London home at 19 Princelet Street Open Days.

June 18 – 21: Outdoor food festival Taste of London is back at Regent’s Park.

June 20 – 22: Workshops, talks and unusual plants at Grow London.

June 20 – 22: It’s craft beer heaven at Summer Brew Fest at Space Studios, London Fields.

June 20 – September 26: Street Feast arrives in Lewisham at Model Market.

June 20: It’s sleepover time at Dino Snores for Grown Ups, Natural History Museum.

June 21: Cycling fun and mountain bike coaching at Lambeth Bike Festival, Brockwell Park.

June 23 – July 6: Strawberries and champagne at the ready for the Wimbledon Championships.

June 24 – July 14: Comedy circus and cabaret in a giant Bowler Hat at Paternoster Square.

June 25 – 30: Epic music festival Glastonbury is at Worthy Farm.

June 25: Alfresco three course feast at pop-up Funthyme at the Farm, Spitalfields City Farm.

June 26: Royal Observatory Greenwich will be screening some classics at Sci-Fi Movie Night.

June 27: ‘Chef, starring Scarlett Johansson and Jon Favreau lands in cinemas.

June 27 – 30: Paintings prints, photography and film explore how a Bridge can affect our view of a city, Museum of London Docklands.

June 28: Pride in London Parade starts at Baker Street and ends up at Trafalgar Square.

June28: Visit The De Morgan Centre before it closes today.

June 28: Holi-inspired Festival of Colours brings bands, DJs and plenty of coloured powder to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.


July 3 – Sept 14: Immersive exhibition Digital Revolution explores digital art, music, film, video games and more at the Barbican Centre.

July 5: House of Illustration opens.

July 5: 3D printed guns and primark jeans at Rapid Response Collection, V&A.

July 10 – 20: Somerset House Summer Series gigs begins!

July 11 – 19: Big name comedians perform at the Balham Comedy Festival.

July 12 – October 4: Free coaching and games at Croquet East in Victoria Park.

July 12: Themed sporting events at The Chap Olympiad, Bedford Square, Bloomsbury.

July 12 – 14: Clipper Round the World Race finishes and all the boats arrive in St Katherine Docks.

July 12 – 13: Regent Street is traffic free for the Big Dance Weekend.

July 18 – Sept 13: Orchestras and classical performers head to the Royal Albert Hall for The BBC Proms.

Jul 19: Music festival Lovebox is back at Victoria Park.

July 19: Imperial War Museum reopens, Elephant & castle.

July 19: Break the Guiness World Record for the number of people dressed as Sherlock Holmes at University College of London.

July 25: ‘Jupiter Ascending‘, a new sci-fi from the directors of ‘The Matrix’ opens in cinemas.

July 25- 27: Get a Japanese culture fix at Hyper Japan, Earl’s Court.

July 26 – 27: Two-day festival Walthamstow Garden Party provides music, dancing art trails, food and craft beer.

July 26 – Feb 1: The history of protest at Disobedient Objects, V&A.


August 1: Bradley Cooper-starring blockbuster ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ arrives in cinemas.

August 2: Celebrate Eid Festival with food and performance in Trafalgar Square.

August 2: Smother your mates with human-friendly paint at Holi One Wembley Park. 

August 5 – November 11: An installation of 888,246 ceramic poppies at the Tower of London World War I Centenary Commemoration.

August 7 – 10: Outdoor theatre, music, horse riding and arts at Wilderness festival, Cornbury Park.

August 7 – 20: Watch a movie on the lawn at Film4 Summer Screen, Somerset House.

August 9 – 10: Saddle up and load up on carbs for Ride London.

August 22: Sand, beach huts and ice cream vans at Camden Beach.

August 22: It’s sleepover time at Dino Snore for Grown Ups, Natural History Museum.

August 24 – 25: Dense crowds and vibrant celebrations at Notting Hill Carnival.

August 26: Kate Bush comes to Hammersmith Apollo.

August 30: In The Woods music festival will take place in a secret location just outside London.

Take a look at even more great upcoming happenings.

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