The Best of What’s On This Spring and Summer in London 2018
The Udderbelly Festival and London Wonderground is back on the South Bank and celebrating its 10th year! There’s circus, cabaret and comedy, including loads of family friendly shows. You can even just visit their huge outdoor bar and enjoy some food and drinks right by the river.
Open until Sunday 30th September
Alchemy Festival at the Southbank Centre
Alchemy Festival is in its ninth year and is the Southbank Centre’s South Asian festival of contemporary dance, performance, music and literature from international and British artists.
Friday 4th - Monday 7th May
London’s Thames-side beach club in Fulham is open Wednesdays to Sundays with two bars, live DJs, a pop up BBQ and a range of summer games and activities changing every week like yoga, shuffle board and table tennis.
Thursday 3rd May - Friday 31st August
London Craft Week
Celebrating London’s makers for the fourth year running, the programme of events will take you from hidden workshops to luxury shops, from ceramics studios to art galleries. There’s craft in all forms including jewellery making, upholstery, metal work and cordwaining.
Wednesday 9th - Sunday 13th May
RHS Chelsea Flower Show
The world famous flower show is over 100 years old and attracts over 500 exhibitors to show off their most prized plants and great gardening skills.
Tuesday 22nd - Saturday 26th May
Sundance Film Festival: London
The London version of Robert Redford’s Utah festival returns to Picturehouse Central for a long weekend of the best independent storytelling movies.
Thursday 31st May - Sunday 3rd June
Camden Rocks Festival
Maximo Park headline this one day festival where a single ticket can get you into see 200 bands across 20 different venues.
Saturday 2nd June
The theme of this year’s art, music and word festival is ‘Transforming Minds’.
Thursday 7th June - Sunday 24th June
Open Garden Squares Weekend
For one weekend only, over 200 green spaces in London will open their doors to the public for a couple of days of outdoor exploration and discovery.
Saturday 9th - Sunday 10th June
Trooping the Colour: The Queen’s Birthday Parade
The Trooping of the Colour has taken place for two centuries to celebrate the monarch’s official birthday and The Queen will be in attendance.
Saturday 9th June
World Naked Bike Ride
Thousands of fully and semi-nude cyclists will ride through the streets of London for the 15th year to “highlight the vulnerability of cyclists as well as the unique dangers they face, and promote healthy body image.”
Saturday 9th June
Taste of London
Five days of eating, drinking and live entertainment in Regent’s Park.
Wednesday 13th - Sunday 17th June
Greenwich and Docklands International Festival
London’s leading free festival for outdoor performing arts, celebrating diversity.
Friday 22nd June - Saturday 7th July
The oldest of the four global tennis Grand Slams, Wimbledon, at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, gets going again on 2nd July.
Monday 2nd July - Sunday 15th July
London’s largest free contemporary arts festival is coming to the South Bank, Vauxhall and Nine Elms this July. Transforming the city for one night only with live events, installations, performances and virtual reality.
Saturday 7th July, 6pm-6am
Pride in London Parade
The Pride in London Parade takes place on Saturday 7th July from 12pm when the city will be transformed into a rainbow coloured, love-filled party culminating in Trafalgar Square. The Pride Festival begins in London on 7th June with events across the capital.
Parade - Saturday 7th July, Pride Festival - Saturday 9th June - Saturday 7th July
Commemorating 100 years of the Royal Air Force with a special parade and flypast over Buckingham Palace.
Tuesday 10th July
Actually not a week, but a whole month of kids (aged 5-16) going free to London’s top West End shows when they’re with a full paying adult (you can also buy up to two extra half price kids tickets).
Wednesday 1st - Friday 31st August
London Craft Beer Festival
Get yourself down to Tobacco Dock for tasty craft beers from some of the best breweries, accompanied by food and music.
Friday 3rd - Sunday 5th August
Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House
Classics, contemporaries, cults and premieres all screened under the night sky. This year’s line-up includes Labyrinth, Call Me By Your Name and Inception.
Thursday 9th - Wednesday 22nd August
Notting Hill Carnival
Join London’s biggest street party over the bank holiday weekend. There’s sound systems, Red Stripe and jerk chicken galore at this carnival of Caribbean culture.
Saturday 26th - Monday 28th August