Festivals in London You Need to Check Out This Summer
The weather in London is heating up, and with that comes many outdoor events to make the most of the glorious (and often rare!) sunshine. Festivals form a key role in British summertime culture, but there’s no need to venture far. Here is a list of our top 5 affordable festivals right here in the capital that you can’t miss out on.
There is still time to get in on the Citadel festival action in Gunnersbury Park! This day festival not only boasts musical acts such as Bastille, Friendly Fires and Catfish and the Bottleman, but gives you a chance to see various up-and-coming comedians and take part in group events such yoga and ‘70s dance parties. It is the ultimate summer Sunday. Tickets from £39.50.
’80 in the Park
Maybe you want to be transported back to the 80s? Radio 2 are putting on ‘80s in the Park in East London’s Three Mills Island. With tributes to the likes of Madonna, Blondie, Wham! and David Bowie, come celebrate at this short but sweet one-day festival, where throwback costumes are encouraged. Tickets from £25.
Summer by the River
Summer by the River is a free festival that takes place all summer long. Overlooking the Thames at Tower Bridge, there will be plenty of music, performances and open-air cinema to delight in, as well as lots of pop-up food stalls to quench those taste buds and fun workshops to take part in. This is a great option that doesn’t break the bank. No ticket price – it’s free!
If funk and soul are more your jam, check out Meltdown, a ten-day event taking place at Southbank Centre in August. Since its inception in 1993, Meltdown has quickly become one of London’s most anticipated festivals, boasting legends such as David Bowie, Morrissey, Massive Attack and The Cure’s Robert Smith as previous curators. This year, Grammy Award-winning composer, producer and guitarist Nile Rodgers has hand-picked an exciting and diverse line-up of music, art and free events. Lots of events are free, and others start as little as £15.
Notting Hill Carnival
Of course, we cannot forget Notting Hill Carnival, London’s biggest celebration of Caribbean culture. Having been around since 1966, it is deeply engrained into London’s culture, and takes place over the August Bank Holiday. Enjoy this free festival by joining the parade, listening to fantastic live music such as reggae, dub and salsa, taking in all the colourful customs, and enjoying lots of delicious Caribbean food. If you’re not completely exhausted by Monday night, there are also many after-parties in Kensington and Chelsea and other areas in London. It’s a free event, and if you’re lucky, we may have a few vacancies at our Bowden Court hostel in Notting Hill, so you can stay right by all the action!
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