Summer Festivals in London 2018: A month-by-month guide
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 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 through the night, there’s a summer festival in London for everyone to enjoy. And why not make the most of your time in the capital with a hop on hop off bus tour for the fastest way to see the city?
June Summer Festivals in London
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 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 Erykah Badu, Beauty & the Beat and Barely Legal, amongst others.
Where: Brockwell Park, South London
When: 1st & 2nd June
How much: Weekend ticket from £89
This one day event celebrates all things sparkly, poppy and fun! There are tons of 90’s pop sensations at Mighty Hoopla including Boyzlife, TLC, Vengaboys, B*Witched and 5ive 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 your platform shoes with matching bum bags.
Where: Brockwell Park, South London
When: 3rd June
How much: Standard tickets from £42.50
Crystal Palace Festival
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 bars when you need to refuel.
Where: Crystal Palace Park, South London
When: 11th-17th June
How much: Free entry every day
Taste of London
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: 13th-17th June
How much: Day tickets from £17 or multiple entry from £30
Live at Chelsea
Set against a beautiful backdrop, Live at Chelsea is a series of individual concerts with seating tickets available. Performers include the Kaiser Chiefs on Thursday, Jeff Beck on Friday, James Blunt on Saturday and the festival ends with a Musical Celebration of Andrew Lloyd Webber on the Sunday.
Where: Royal Hospital Chelsea, Chelsea Embankment
When: 14th-17th June
How much: Tickets for individual concerts from £38.50
The 25th Meltdown Festival is organised by Robert Smith from The Cure. This unique festival is curated by a different artist each year the lineup includes The Libertines, Manic Street Preachers and My Bloody Valentine, amongst many others. Shows take place over 10 days at the Southbank Centre and this years alternative rock theme is sure to please.
Where: Southbank Centre
When: 15th-24th June
How much: Tickets for individual shows from £11.25
West End Live
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: 16th & 17th June
How much: Free open air event
July Summer Festivals in London
Community Festival showcases the best in new music along with headline acts including Two Door Cinema Club, The Vaccines and You And Me At Six. 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 big bag, there are lockers available so you can chill out and enjoy the music.
Where: Finsbury Park
When: 1st July
How much: Full price tickets from £40
Greenwich Music Time
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 Emeli Sande, Tom Jones, Steps, Nile Rodgers & CHIC, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and Il Divo and there are street food vendors each night offering worldwide cuisine.
Where: Old Naval College, Greenwich Park, South London
When: 3rd-8th July
How much: Individual concerts from £32.50
Enjoy a weekend music festival in London without the camping! Head to Wireless over the three day festival to enjoy music from Wiley, Stormzy and DJ Khaled. 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: 6th-8th July
How much: Single day tickets from £55 but only resale tickets available
British Summer Time
British Summer Time is selling out fast, and it’s easy to see why. With headliners each night including Rodger Waters, The Cure, Eric Clapton, Michael Buble and Bruno Mars, you are definitely in for a musical treat. 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: 6th-15th July
How much: Individual day tickets from £65
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, Rising Stars and the Pride’s Got Talent music and cabaret competitions. There is also a Gala Dinner and the iconic end of festival parade which takes to the streets at 12pm on the 7th of July.
Where: All over London
When: 7th July
How much: Free to watch the parade & other events. Tickets from £12 for Pride’s Got Talent Final
Kew The Music
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 Steps, The Gypsy King, 2 Cello’s, The Human League, Boyzone and Jools Holland. Children are welcome to attend and there are places to buy food and drinks once you are inside.
Where: Kew Gardens
When: 10th-15th of July
How much: Tickets from £49 depending on the day or concert
For the ultimate summer Sunday, kickstart your week with the family at Citadel festival with music from Tame Impala and Chvrches. 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, craft beers and Smirnoff cocktails.
Where: Gunnersbury Park
When: Sunday 15th July
How much: General Admission ticket from £49.50
Lovebox Festival has gained a solid musical reputation over the years and this year their acts include Childish Gambino, Skepta and Nerd. 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: 13th & 14th july
How much: Tickets from £59.50 for one day or £115 for 2 days
Walthamstow Garden Party
The Walthamstow Garden Party is a family friendly festival created by The Barbican, Create and Waltham Forest. You can expect live music, theatre, cinema, comedy, dance, culture, arts and much more. Soak up the sun and enjoy the music, food and community spirit of the Walthamstow Garden Party.
Where: Lloyd Park
When: 14th & 15th July
How much: Free entry to the garden party
Overlooking the whole of London, Kaleidoscope Festival presents music, theatre, arts, comedy, DJs and much more. There is a variety of gourmet food and drinks vendors, including a dedicated vegan corner, and this one day festival will transport you to another world inside England’s capital.
Where: Alexandra Park & Palace
When: 21st July
How much: Adult tickets from £50.75
August Summer Festivals in London
London Craft Beer Festival
With a London Craft Beer Festival ticket, you get to try unlimited 100ml samples of beer from over 40 breweries during your session. Breweries include Brewdog, 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 headliners including Two Door Cinema Club.
Where: Tobacco Dock
When: 3rd - 5th August 2018
How much: All in one day ticket from £46.50, includes beer, glass and magazine guide
Eastern Electrics showcases underground house and techno-centric musicians. From new talent to fan favourites such as Jamie Jones and David Rodigan, you are sure to find a DJ set you love. Make the most of quality music and chill out areas as well as official after parties once the festival is over.
Where: Morden Park
When: 4th & 5th August
How much: Sunday tickets from £20
A colour explosion of funky festival vibes, Elrow Town is a treat for the eyes as well as the ears. Acts include Steve Lawler and Fatboy Slim and there is also a playground and a daily menu from food vendors. This year’s themes are Sambodromo do Brazil and Psychedelic Trip, so wear your brightest outfit and have some fun!
Where: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
When: 18th & 19th August
How much: Sunday tickets available from £42.50
Meet the distillers and sample a huge variety of gins from all over the world at the Gin Festival in London. This is great for gin lovers to take part in masterclasses and learn all about your favourite refreshing drink. Pay for your drinks using the cashless token system and sip your way through the summer.
Where: Tobacco Docks
When: 23rd - 26th August
How much: Day tickets from £16
South West Four
Perfect for lovers of electronic dance music, South West Four promises some great DJ sets for ages 18 and over. Headliners include Marshmello, Dizzee Rascal, Galantis and Chase and Status Live. 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: 25th & 26th August
How much: Weekend tickets from £107.50
Notting Hill Carnival
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: 26th-28th August
How much: Free 3 day celebration
From dance music to craft beer, there is a festival in London for everyone in 2018. 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 hop on hop off bus tour with The Original Tour - the perfect way to see the city after a weekend of dancing.