It is set to be a scorching summer in the city this year and we could not be more excited. London is ready to entertain with activities, events and all things outdoors waiting for you to explore and enjoy. So, now that everyone’s favourite season has begun, we want to keep you updated with what’s happening in the capital and believe us when we say that you will not be disappointed!
Where do we start? How about with the giant purple cow that’s been sitting pretty behind the London Eye since April, hosting a variety of theatre, music and kids shows. Every summer the Udderbelly sets up its 400 seat venue until July in the Jubilee Gardens and features a wide array of entertainment for absolutely anybody who happens to pass the huge colourful (and kind of crazy looking) animal, wondering what on earth it is. Expect food, drink and a programme full of ‘amoosing’ stand-up, cabaret, children’s shows and even a circus! Acts due to perform at the festival include stand-up Katherine Ryan on June 6th, from the 8th June is improvisational music group, Showstoppers and for the little ones, the iconic TV show Knightmare will be performed live on stage this Friday. All these among many more exciting surprises await inside the Udderbelly to make you literally laugh out loud.
If you are looking for a more relaxing and peaceful day out, perhaps alone or with a loved one, clear your plans for the 13th/14th June. For that weekend and that weekend only, the secret gardens of London that do not usually open for the public are going to be opening their gates for exploration. Spanning over 27 boroughs, Open Garden Squares Weekend is set to showcase gardens that belong to historic cafes, shops and buildings, 23 of them being new additions to the mix. Only free to walk through with a ticket, take the chance to stroll through some of the capital’s most stunning greenery where you can actually walk on the grass! Don’t forget that London is (believe it or not) full of green space, so even if you are not taking a trip to a fancy garden, why not hunt for the hamper in the attic and grab a blanket and deck-chair? Hampstead Heath, Regents Park and Victoria Park are a few of the best parks in the city where there is plenty of space to sunbathe, have a nap or kick a ball around and what better time of year to do this than summer!
Party people of the city, listen up. Rudimental, Mark Ronson, Annie Mac, Snoop Dogg and Jessie Ware… all in one place. Got your attention? Good, because Lovebox festival is returning to Victoria Park to host the city’s biggest and coolest weekenders of the year on the Friday 17th July. These acts among others will be showing you how to party hard this summer as well as plenty of weird, but wonderful activities for a memorable experience with your mates. Rock up in your very best 70s outfit and test your balance (preferably before you have a beer) in the Bump Roller Disco or get your wiggle on with Charlene to Hula Queen at a free hula hoop workshop. We really meant it when we said weird and wonderful! Other fabulous festivals occurring this summer include British Summer Time with headline acts such as Taylor Swift and The Who, Wireless festival featuring hot names such as Drake, Avicii and Jessie J and don’t forget the gig set in the gorgeous Somerset House courtyard for Somerset House Summer Series with James Bay and Passenger. There’s simply no excuse to not live it large in London this year!
Finally, for the cyclists of the city that would like to take a ride away from the manic traffic, a weekend of clear run cycling for all ages will be taking place on the 1st August. RideLondon is a brilliant opportunity for bike-enthusiasts and families to freely take a spin around town with 8 miles of road, completely closed! To top it off, it is totally free to take part. Additionally, on the 2nd August, thousands of cyclists (including the top 150 male cyclists of the world) will be sent on a 100 mile route through London and need some crowds to cheer them on. Many participants are raising money and riding for charity, so head over to cheer and spur them on!
We could go on until Christmas listing all the possible things you could get up to this summer, keep an eye on our social media for any cool things happening this season that we think you should know about. The sun is out and it is heating up, so fish out the flip-flops and sun-cream and enjoy what London has to offer.