We know that loading up the car, putting up a tent and trudging through muddy fields can make going to a festival hard work. However, some of the summer’s hottest festivals are right in the centre of London, so you’re only a tube ride away from a fun-filled weekend.
From day time food festivals to music festivals that last through the night, there are London festivals this summer for everyone to enjoy. And why not make the most of your time in the capital with a sightseeing bus tour for the fastest way to see the city?
With an old school village fete vibe, Field Day festival brings together village games by day and a great musical lineup by night. There are indoor warehouses and outdoor arenas hosting jazz artists to DJ sets and plenty of stalls where you can grab a drink or a bite to eat. The lineup includes Skepta, Diplo and Jorja Smith, amongst others.
Where: Meridian Water, Enfield
When: 7th + 8th June 2019
How much: Weekend ticket from £67.50
This one-day event celebrates all things sparkly, poppy and fun at Mighty Hoopla! There are tons of 80’s, 90’s and 00’s pop sensations including All Saints, Bananarama, Jamelia and Liberty X which will take you right back to your younger years. Enjoy a selection of street food and drinks as you dance the day away in platform shoes and a cute bum bag.
Where: Brockwell Park, South London
When: 8th June 2019
How much: Standard tickets from £45
If you’re looking for free festivals in London for families, the Crystal Palace Festival is perfect. Enjoy arts and crafts, family workshops, live music, comedy and street performances or get lost in the maze. There is something for everyone at the Crystal Palace Festival including street food stalls, farmers markets and high street pubs when you need to refuel.
Where: Crystal Palace Park, South London
When: 15th - 23rd June 2019
How much: Free entry every day
Enjoy 5 days of food at Taste of London. Sample dishes from some of London’s best restaurants, take part in a masterclass and purchase some mouthwatering food and drinks from the farmers market. Take part in VIP taste experiences and learn new ways to prepare your meals from some of the world’s best chefs.
Where: Regents Park
When: 19th - 23rd June 2019
How much: Day tickets from £13 or multiple entries from £26
Set against a beautiful backdrop, Live at Chelsea is a series of individual concerts with seated tickets available. Performers include TOTO and The Gipsy Kings, amongst others, and the festival ends with a musical celebration on the Sunday. There is also the option to add dining packages to your concert ticket.
Where: Royal Hospital Chelsea, Chelsea Embankment
When: 13th-16th June 2019
How much: Tickets for individual concerts from £63.25
It’s very rare to see all of your favourite musicals come together in one place, and that is what West End Live is all about. Over two days, West End stars will take to the stage, giving you a snapshot into the best of musical theatre. Whether it’s a show you know and love or one that you haven’t seen yet, West End Live will give you a taste of what you’re missing.
Where: Trafalgar Square
When: 22nd + 23rd June 2019
How much: Free open air event
Community festival showcases the best in new music along with headline acts including The Kooks, Blossoms and Kate Nash. It is suitable for children aged 5 and upwards and you can even bring your own soft drinks and snacks. If you’re carrying a bag, there are lockers available so you can chill out and enjoy the music.
Where: Finsbury Park
When: 30th June 2019
How much: Full price tickets from £40
Greenwich Music Time festival is a series of 6 nights of live music through individual concerts in a beautiful historical setting which overlooks the Thames. Headlining acts include Cliff Richard and Paul Weller, with other acts performing each night. There are also a range of worldwide street food vendors so there were be something to suit your taste buds.
Where: Old Naval College, Greenwich Park, South London
When: 1st - 7th July 2019
How much: Individual concerts from £45
Enjoy a weekend music festival in London without camping! Head to Wireless over the three-day festival to enjoy music from Cardi B, Migos and Tyga. There are tons of DJs and hip hop artists performing over the three days and you can take your own food and drinks into the festival or check out the food vendors once you are inside.
Where: Finsbury Park
When: 5th - 7th July 2019
How much: Single day tickets from £65 but the event is now sold out
British Summer Time sells out fast, and it’s easy to see why. Headliners each night include Celine Dion, Florence + The Machine and Robbie Williams with special guests. This is a standing event and you can purchase food and drinks once you are inside the festival which is easily accessed by public transport.
Where: Hyde Park
When: 5th - 14th July 2019
How much: Individual day tickets from £73.60
Pride London is a month-long celebration which comes to a close with the annual parade. In the lead up to the parade, you can attend Pride in London festival and the Pride’s Got Talent music and cabaret competitions. There is also a Gala Dinner and the iconic parade takes to the streets on the 6th of July. Why not also take a trip on the Dragged on Board Comedy Pride Bus Tour?
Where: All over London
When: 6th July 2019
How much: Free to watch the parade & other events. Pride’s Got Talent final is a ticketed event.
Kew The Music presents a different picnic concert each night of the festival. You can bring your own picnic, folding chairs and alcohol and enjoy music from Beverley Knight, Billy Ocean, Jess Glynne, Jools Holland, Craig David, Garbage and Rick Astley. Children are welcome to attend and there are places to buy food and drink once you are inside.
Where: Kew Gardens
When: 9th-14th of July 2019
How much: Tickets from £49
For the ultimate summer Sunday, kickstart your week with the family at Citadel festival with music from Catfish and the Bottlemen, Rag’n’Bone Man and Friendly Fires. There is an arts and ideas area with a science camp and a fun and fitness zone where you can take part in mass yoga sessions. Grab refreshments inside the festival including prosecco on tap, real ale and cocktails.
Where: Gunnersbury Park
When: Sunday 14th July 2019
How much: General Admission ticket from £54.50
Lovebox festival has gained a solid musical reputation over the years and this year their acts include Chance the Rapper, Solange and Annie Mac. There are tons of DJs performing over the weekend and a selection of food and drinks vendors. Spread the love and celebrate the weekend at Lovebox.
Where: Gunnersbury Park
When: 12th & 13th July 2019
How much: Tickets from £58.50 for one day or £120 for 2 days
The 2019 Meltdown Festival is organised by producer, songwriter and musician Nile Rodgers. This unique festival is curated by a different artist each year and this years lineup is expected to include a mix of funk, disco, jazz, soul, classical, pop and R&B music, amongst other genres. Shows take place over 9 days at the Southbank Centre and this year's eclectic theme is sure to please.
Where: Southbank Centre
When: 3rd - 11th of August 2019
How much: Tickets for individual shows from £11.25
With a London Craft Beer Festival ticket, you get to try unlimited 100ml samples of beer from over 80 breweries during your session. Breweries include Boundary, Harbour and Weird Beard, amongst many others, along with a selection of pop up kitchens and a street food bazaar. There is also live music with some great headline acts.
Where: Tobacco Dock
When: 9th - 11th August 2019
How much: All in one day ticket from £40, includes beer, tasting glass and magazine guide
Perfect for lovers of electronic dance music, South West Four promises some great DJ sets for ages 18 and over. Headliners include Basement Jaxx, Wiley, Tinie Tempah and The Prodigy. South West Four is easily accessed by public transport and there are plenty of hotels nearby if you are staying for the weekend.
Where: Clapham Common
When: 24th & 25th August 2019
How much: Weekend tickets from £99
For a colourful celebration of Calypso and Caribbean music, Notting Hill Carnival is not to be missed. Enjoy steel band performances, storytelling, poetry, comedy and performances from a range of musical genres. This vibrant summer festival is open to everyone and is complete with Caribbean food and drinks and colourful parades celebrating the culture.
Where: Notting Hill
When: 24th-26th August 2019
How much: Free 3 day celebration
From dance music to craft beer, there is a summer festival in London for everyone in 2019. Whichever one you choose, you are sure to have the time of your life! So don’t forget your glitter and festival glam, throw all of your cares away and have some fun.
If you’ve got some time to spare and fancy some laid back sightseeing in London, step on board a sightseeing bus tour with The Original Tour. The perfect way to see the city after a weekend of dancing.
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