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Blue skies and sun are never a guaranteed part of summer in London, but there can be no doubt about the range of cool and quirky things to do across the city. Whether you’re looking to eat, drink or dance your way through the summer months, these events are the best of an impressive line-up of happenings in our hometown.
Krankbrother Street Party
After its success in 2012 and 2013, this Shoreditch street party is back. From the internationally acclaimed party duo Krankbrother, expect daylight dancing to house music with summer cocktails. Don’t forget to bring your appetite as local traders promise to cook up a storm to keep you fuelled all day long (and well into the night for the after-party at Village Underground). WHEN? June 27, 1PM to 10PM (and after-party until 4AM) WHERE? TBA, East London HOW MUCH? Tickets from £15.
Pride Arts Festival and Parade
Homosexual, heterosexual…we-don’t-give-a-sexual. What better way to enjoy summer than celebrating love? Join the parade that fills the streets of London fuelled by a pop-up bar, live performances and photo-booth to make the memories last longer. Or watch from the roof terraces of the London College of Fashion with ArtsPride for unrivalled views of Britain’s thriving LGBT community. WHEN? June 21 to 28 WHERE? London College of Fashion, Oxford Circus, London, W1G 0BJ HOW MUCH? Get on the ground and join in for free or ArtsPride tickets are £5.
Pop Up Screens is running for its fourth year, disproving the theory that films have to be enjoyed indoors. Swap dusty carpets and a roof over your head for the great outdoors and the open night sky. With a fabulous selection of classic titles (When Harry Met Sally, The Big Lebowski and Pretty Woman to name a few) enjoy a fully-stocked bar and delicious street food or bring your own picnic. WHEN? July to September WHERE? Greenwich Peninsula, Fulham, Parsons Green, Eltham, Hammersmith, Holborn, Lewisham, Sydenham, Streatham Common, East Greenwich. HOW MUCH? Tickets £10.
Notting Hill Carnival
August bank holiday weekend can only mean one thing. The annual carnival that fills the streets of Notting Hill with troops of colourful costumes, fantastic floats, tropical music and copious quantities of jerk everything from London’s Caribbean community. Its far from secret or hidden but you’d be mad to miss it. WHEN? August 30 and 31 WHERE? The streets of Notting Hill, West London, 9AM-7PM (expect a spontaneous after-party) HOW MUCH? Absolutely unnecessary – the best things in life are free.
Holi Festival of Colours
As summer draws to a close, the best way to end it is with a bang at the Holi Festival of Colour. Holi originated in India but you needn’t go that far afield to celebrate the expression of freedom, equality and colour. A rainbow explosion to a jam-packed musical line-up will leave you feeling and looking like you’ve danced your way through a kaleidoscope. WHEN? September 12 and 13 WHERE? Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, E20 2ST HOW MUCH? Tickets from £35.
Street Feast's Model Market
From the people that created the Dalston Yard food market comes the Model Market. Set in an abandoned 1950s space, weekly changing traders bring you some serious grub such as Bill or Beak and Smokestack, irresistible cocktails and vinyl-only grooves for ultimate summer vibes. WHEN? Every Friday and Saturday until October 2015 WHERE? Lewisham High Street, Lewisham, London SE13 6LS HOW MUCH? Free before 7PM, £3 after.
Royal Academy of Art Summer Exhibition
This annual open-submission art exhibition has run since 1769 and is the largest and oldest exhibition in Britain. Once showcasing the works of Turner and Constable, this year will include 1,131 works of art from established and emerging artists. WHEN? June 8 to August 16 WHERE? Royal Academy of Art, Burlington House, London, W1J 0BD HOW MUCH? Tickets from £12.
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