The Best Summer Festivals in London 2023
The best time for holding events is during the summer months – the days are longer and lovelier. The summer season in London always brings along an eclectic mix of festival based fun. Each year is accompanied with an unforgettable array of events, which take place in the capital and can be attended freely. Hyde Park and Regent Park’s open-air theatres are also a perfect place to hold musical concerts.
The summer festivals are one of the most exciting ways to experience this vibrant city, and below are some events, which you won’t want to miss out on:
Spitalfields Summer Music Festival
London serves as host to a number of music festivals during the summer, but none of them can be compared with Spitafields Summer Music Festival. If you are not comfortable with the crowds of Hyde Park’s mega-festivals, then this is the perfect alternative. There are various classical, folk and contemporary music performances across a variety of small East London venues, as well as outdoor spaces. This biannual also offers a series of debates and talks, visits, walks, and interactive workshops.
Greenwich and Docklands International Festival
This nine day free festival is a must for those, who want to spend the summer on a budget. The Co-Artist Director of the London 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony, Bradley Hemmings, is the one organizing this occasion and who also ensures music, dance and theatre performance are brought to the streets of Greenwich. This is a packed programme of creative installations and events from around the world, which will get you amazed.
Clapham Common Foodies Festival
Deck chairs adorn South London’s Clapham for this food-based festival, with celebrity chefs in attendance and cooking demonstrations galore. Sample signature dishes from some of London’s top restaurants and be filled with culinary inspiration during this three-day event. This would definitely encourage the modest chef to become more creative in the kitchen.
City of London Festival
This annual festival comprises of more than 100 free outdoor events and concerts in some of the capital’s most iconic buildings, including St. Paul’s Cathedral. This festival is aimed at entertaining and inspiring those who work and live in the City and the capital’s many summer visitors. The City of London Festival programme is packed full of music, films, visual arts, walks, as well as debates, so that everyone would definitely have a take.
The Scoop at More London Free Festival
Another free festival, The Scoop Amphitheatre at the South Bank’s More London offers a range of film screenings, theatre performances and musical events throughout the course of the summer season. This festival is suitable for all ages and offers a stunning views over London’s Tower Bridge. It is the perfect al fresco way to enjoy the art.