10 events you must go this summer in London

Yes, British Summer Time has officially begun, and, despite no guaranteed sun, it’s time for Londoners to step outside. Whilst the capital’s museums still offer some of the world’s best exhibitions (and are perfect respite from the inevitable summer rain), London’s offering a whole heap of fantastic outdoor activities to take part in.

1.Udderbelly Summer Festival

UdderBELLY by night

What is the Udderbelly Festival?

Ever wondered what that giant purple cow grazing behind the London Eye is? It’s the Udderbelly! Each summer the 400-seat temporary venue provides a vast array of entertainment, from outlandish cabaret to daytime children’s shows and the biggest selection of comedy in London.

Beside the big moo is a large outdoor bar and selection of upmarket food stalls which can be enjoyed without a ticket. Plus, next to the upturned cow is another temporary venue – the London Wonderground – a huge spiegel tent playing host to circus, cabaret and much more. What better way to spend the summer?

When is the Udderbelly Festival?

The Udderbelly Festival runs April 7-July 17 2016.
The London Wonderground runs from May 5-September 25 2016.

What sort of thing can I expect?

People telling jokes and being funny, more or less. Pus lots of circus and cabaret acts.

2.Wimbledon Tennis Championships 2016

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Warm up for two weeks of strawberries, Pimm’s and thrilling tennis

Whether you’re a legitimate tennis fan or just in it for the Pimm’s and oh-so-toned players, Wimbledon Tennis Championships are a must in the London calendar.

When Wimbledon Tennis Championships 2016 happen?

The next tantalising tennis tournament will take place on Monday June 27 – Sunday July 10 2016 and, from how to get 2016 tickets to London’s outdoor screenings, you can find all the info you need here.

 

3.Flamingo Pier

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One of the finest and most fun pop-up parties of last summer, Flamingo Pier is back for summer 2015, which is great news for anyone who likes their pop-ups with a big dose of tropical indulgence.

The action takes place both inside Hackney Wick’s Counter Cafe and on the venue’s floating pontoon, as well as Counter’s moored canalside boat. As before, there’ll be DJs spinning deep disco and hip house soundtracks, street food, bespoke cocktails and craft beer (from Hackney Wick’s Crate Brewery), but for 2015 the Flamingo Pier crew have stepped things up: each night the party will be themed around a different exotic location or ‘postcard’ (including Bali, the Seychelles, Phillipines and Burma), with food and drink inspired by the setting and custom projections to bring the theme to life visually.

The Flamingo Pier parties were understandably popular last time around and Counter Cafe’s capacity isn’t huge (which keeps things intimate), so get down there early to snag a door ticket. Prepare to be treated to some wild and wonderful tastes, soundtracked by top disco, house and funk DJs – speaking of which, the FP crew have just released their first disco-dipped EP on their new Flamingo Pier imprint, so listen out for some funky tracks from that at future FP parties.

 

4.Notting Hill Carnival 2016

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Europe’s biggest street festival, Notting Hill Carnival 2016 is a vivid spectacle representing London’s multicultural past and present. This August bank holiday, don’t go anywhere without reading our guide, which includes invaluable Notting Hill Carnival information, route details and tips on having fun and staying safe. And for all the key info you need for the big day, take a look below.

When is Notting Hill Carnival?

Carnival takes places on Sunday August 28 until Monday August 29 2016

Where does Notting Hill Carnival take place?

The Carnival celebrations take over the streets of W10, west London. The nearest tube stations are Notting Hill Gate, Holland Park and Ladbroke Grove.

What is Notting Hill Carnival?

Since 1964, the capital’s Caribbean communities have celebrated their culture and traditions at this two-day festival of fantastic live music, which ranges from reggae to dub to salsa. The celebrations also include soca floats, steel bands and a whole lot of jerk chicken and fried plantain.

 

5.Red Bull Soapbox Race

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If you’ve ever watched ‘Cool Runnings’ and thought that flinging yourself down a hill in a colourful wagon that looks like it was built by the Teletubbies looks like the best fun ever? Find a team and get planning, because this is your chance to fulfill your need for speed in a real soapbox race in the hilly grounds of Alexandra Palace.

Your application had better be creative – only 70 teams of the 1,000 who applied were chosen to compete at the last London event and designs included a VW Camper, a full bathroom suite and a giant Usain Bolt. If you’d rather not risk being a part of north London’s most spectacular pile-ups keep an eye on the Red Bull Soapbox website; thousands of spectator tickets will be available nearer the event.

6.Ride London

Cyclists of all ages ride past the Houses of Parliament during the Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle ride in central London

Take on eight miles of empty London roads for this weekend feast of cycling aimed at riders of any age and ability. Visit the website for the exact route and registration details.

If you’re more of a spectator, give your hands and vocal chords a workout by cheering those amateur riders taking part in the 100-mile fundraising challenge and the pros whizzing past in the Grand Prix event.

 

7.The Queen’s Birthday Parade

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In 2016 the annual celebration for the Queen’s official birthday will mark her arrival at the big nine-0.

Although Trooping the Colour is also known as the Queen’s Birthday Parade, this prime piece of pageantry doesn’t take place on Her Maj’s actual birthday (that’s on April 21) but on her official birthday, a Saturday in June being more likely to provide decent weather for the proceedings.

Carried out on Horse Guards by fully operational troops from the Household Division (Foot Guards and Household Cavalry), Trooping the Colour is a military tradition that dates back to the early eighteenth century. Originally it was all about helping soldiers to recognise their own standard in the chaos of battle. Now it’s an opportunity for some seriously impressive marching manoeuvres and an excellent opportunity for royalty spotting (other members of the royal family attend, as well as the sovereign). For many years the Queen strutted her stuff on horseback but these days she travels by carriage. After the parade, the royals head back to Buckingham Palace for balcony photo op and there’s usually a fly-past at 1pm to wind things up.

 

8.London Dragon Boat Festival

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Cheer on dozens of dragon boats racing the Thames at this annual festival, and enjoy martial arts displays, Chinese lion dancing, music and south east Asian streetfood between the sporting events.

More details about the Dragon Boat Festival, check the official website, right here: http://www.dragonboatfestival.co.uk

 

9.Lovebox

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The party in Victoria Park returns for 2016, with LCD Soundsystem and Major Lazer headlining

Consistently one of the finest festivals in London, catering for cool kids and party monsters, Lovebox packs as much fun into two days as many festivals manage in three. It’s one of the highlights of the London summer thanks to a storming, genre-blurring line-up of DJs electronic acts and live bands, plus all sorts of weird fun on the side (performance, art, dance, and mysterious mischief) and a full range of banging afterparties.

Wanna get more details about Lovebox?
Opening hours: 7am-dusk Mon-Sun
Transport: Tube: Mile End/Bethnal Green
Price: £45-£78.50
Event website: http://loveboxfestival.com

10.Wilderness festival

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A leftfield line-up, gourmet grub and a distinctly boutique vibe: Wilderness could be the coolest UK music festival

It’s back! Wilderness festival returns this summer, once again taking over a pocket of Oxfordshire countryside and filling it with music, food, performance and festival magic.

When is the Wilderness Festival?

This year’s Wilderness takes place from August 4–7 2016, with music, long-table banquets and street food, woodland parties, theatre, film and dance, a pop-up spa and more escapist activities. Sound good? Here’s the full line-up for Wilderness festival 2016.

 

So what are you waiting for? Go to London, find a perfect place to live during the summer and just enjoy! We hope this summer calendar will help you during your summer trip or internship in London.

About the author

Max

French native from the West coast. 24 years old & MBA graduate. Speaking english, spanish and, french, of course. Thinking outside the box, I love challenges & strategic marketing. Also hard practicer of rock climbing, running & US Tv shows are my favourites.

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