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

Field Day

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

Mighty Hoopla

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

Meltdown Festival

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

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

Wireless

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

London Pride

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

Citadel

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

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

Kaleidoscope

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

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

Elrow Town

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

Gin Festival

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.