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Everything You Absolutely Have to Do in London This Summer

Published On 06/01/2016 Published On 06/01/2016
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Jun 1-18

Get into a disturbingly good mood before work at Morning Gloryville Spraying yourself in glitter and shaking your thang on the dancefloor is no longer the sole province of the late night crowd. For two days in June, join the ranks of professionals who want to get their heart rate up with something way more fun than a spin class before work. This London-born morning rave has been sweeping the globe with its good time vibes, offering up great DJs, crazy visuals, coffee & smoothie bars, yoga, massages... really everything you need to get your day started right. 

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Get into a disturbingly good mood before work at Morning Gloryville Multiple locations Spraying yourself in glitter and shaking your thang on the dancefloor is no longer the sole province of the late night crowd. For two days in June, join the ranks of professionals who want to get their heart rate up with something way more fun than a spin class before work. This London-born morning rave has been sweeping the globe with its good time vibes, offering up great DJs, crazy visuals, coffee & smoothie bars, yoga, massages... really everything you need to get your day started right. 

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Jun 2-12

Get your culture on at the Cockpit Arts Open Studios Over 170 artists open their studio doors for two weekends, giving you a sneak peek into the creative workplace (and process). Passion mixes with a few drops of insanity to make stunning works of art, crafts, jewelry, and design, top independent London artists.  

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Get your culture on at the Cockpit Arts Open Studios Various locations Over 170 artists open their studio doors for two weekends, giving you a sneak peek into the creative workplace (and process). Passion mixes with a few drops of insanity to make stunning works of art, crafts, jewelry, and design, top independent London artists.  

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Jun 3-Jul 15

Make friends with animals and humans at the London Zoo Head to the zoo when the crowds go home for Sunset Safari, the new, updated version of Zoo Lates. For the first part of the summer, the zoo鈥檚 doors swing open on Friday nights: from 6pm-10pm, you can go and experience animals lit by fairy lights, acoustic music performances, a world street-food market, and on selected evenings, a late late-night comedy show from the likes of Robin Ince, Rufus Hound, and Katy Brand. 

ZSL London Zoo

Make friends with animals and humans at the London Zoo ZSL London Zoo Head to the zoo when the crowds go home for Sunset Safari, the new, updated version of Zoo Lates. For the first part of the summer, the zoo鈥檚 doors swing open on Friday nights: from 6pm-10pm, you can go and experience animals lit by fairy lights, acoustic music performances, a world street-food market, and on selected evenings, a late late-night comedy show from the likes of Robin Ince, Rufus Hound, and Katy Brand. 

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Jun 7 Tue

Get your wizarding world fix with Harry Potter & The Cursed Child JK Rowling鈥檚 boy wizard returns with a stage debut. Taking place after The Deathly Hallows, this eighth "book" follows a middle-aged Harry Potter, his young son, and the whole gang. Head to the Palace Theatre for this production, which has a complicated schedule -- basically, the show is comprised of two parts, which you can either binge on the same day or watch in two evenings back-to-back. Naturally, the initial run sold out of advanced tickets in seconds, but fresh tickets will be released every Friday the week ahead... plus this show is expected to be extended. While June 7th is the date this show opens, it should go on indefinitely. 

Palace Theatre

Get your wizarding world fix with Harry Potter & The Cursed Child Palace Theatre JK Rowling鈥檚 boy wizard returns with a stage debut. Taking place after The Deathly Hallows, this eighth "book" follows a middle-aged Harry Potter, his young son, and the whole gang. Head to the Palace Theatre for this production, which has a complicated schedule -- basically, the show is comprised of two parts, which you can either binge on the same day or watch in two evenings back-to-back. Naturally, the initial run sold out of advanced tickets in seconds, but fresh tickets will be released every Friday the week ahead... plus this show is expected to be extended. While June 7th is the date this show opens, it should go on indefinitely. 

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Jun 11 Sat

Try the best bites while supporting a good cause at the Fork to Fork Food Festival Loaded with craft beer, artisan wines, food stalls, tastings, and talks, this Kensal Rise micro food fest is bringing together some of the best food and drink available. Raising funds for the Open Air classroom project at ARK Franklin Primary, which educates through creative approaches, like giving kids a chance to learn about disciplines like gardening, beekeeping, and weather science. Come check out Austen鈥檚 BBQ, Bluebird, Caravan, Granger & Co, Hoppers, and more, plus two stages of live entertainment and a huge raffle. 

ARK Franklin Primary

Try the best bites while supporting a good cause at the Fork to Fork Food Festival ARK Franklin Primary Loaded with craft beer, artisan wines, food stalls, tastings, and talks, this Kensal Rise micro food fest is bringing together some of the best food and drink available. Raising funds for the Open Air classroom project at ARK Franklin Primary, which educates through creative approaches, like giving kids a chance to learn about disciplines like gardening, beekeeping, and weather science. Come check out Austen鈥檚 BBQ, Bluebird, Caravan, Granger & Co, Hoppers, and more, plus two stages of live entertainment and a huge raffle. 

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Jun 11 Sat

Catch the pageantry of Trooping the Colour Also known as the Queen鈥檚 Birthday Parade, this annual event brings out the all the official calvary for inspection by Her Maj. Watch all the troops strut their stuff while the Queen rolls stately with the Royal Horse Guard up to Buckingham Palace, where the bandstand will be packed with onlookers, who will be treated with watching 1,400 officers and 400 musicians from The Massed Bands of the Household Division preen and prance their best. 

Buckingham Palace

Catch the pageantry of Trooping the Colour Buckingham Palace Also known as the Queen鈥檚 Birthday Parade, this annual event brings out the all the official calvary for inspection by Her Maj. Watch all the troops strut their stuff while the Queen rolls stately with the Royal Horse Guard up to Buckingham Palace, where the bandstand will be packed with onlookers, who will be treated with watching 1,400 officers and 400 musicians from The Massed Bands of the Household Division preen and prance their best. 

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Jun 17 Fri

Scope out the opening of the new Tate Modern This epic expansion is finally being unveiled after this casual 拢260M project has kept hands full for years. The new 11-floor addition will focus on international art and women, and will have a dedicated area for live art -- a global first -- while maintaining the space鈥檚 signature light and airiness. You鈥檒l also have plenty of space to rest your museum-weary feet (and brain), and just chill out at their new bar, restaurant, and 10th floor viewing level. 

The Tate Modern

Scope out the opening of the new Tate Modern The Tate Modern This epic expansion is finally being unveiled after this casual 拢260M project has kept hands full for years. The new 11-floor addition will focus on international art and women, and will have a dedicated area for live art -- a global first -- while maintaining the space鈥檚 signature light and airiness. You鈥檒l also have plenty of space to rest your museum-weary feet (and brain), and just chill out at their new bar, restaurant, and 10th floor viewing level. 

Flickr/Rob Schofield

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Jul 1-10

Enjoy British Summertime in Hyde Park Move over Glasto, Hyde Park is seriously upping its gig game. Kicking off their summer concert series with Massive Attack, they鈥檙e bringing the heat with performances from Florence & the Machine, Kendrick Lamar, Take That, Stevie Wonder, and more. 

Hyde Park

Enjoy British Summertime in Hyde Park Hyde Park Move over Glasto, Hyde Park is seriously upping its gig game. Kicking off their summer concert series with Massive Attack, they鈥檙e bringing the heat with performances from Florence & the Machine, Kendrick Lamar, Take That, Stevie Wonder, and more. 

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Jul 2-3

Soho Food Feast While most of us think of Soho as a restaurant hotspot, people do, you know, actually live here. Returning for its sixth year to raise money for one of London鈥檚 smallest primary schools, this two-day, hot-ticket charity fair is loaded with some of the best bites from the area with nearly 50 restaurants participating including Bone Daddies, Pizza Pilgrims, Ducksoup, Blacklock, and more.

St Anne鈥檚 Churchyard Gardens

Soho Food Feast St Anne鈥檚 Churchyard Gardens While most of us think of Soho as a restaurant hotspot, people do, you know, actually live here. Returning for its sixth year to raise money for one of London鈥檚 smallest primary schools, this two-day, hot-ticket charity fair is loaded with some of the best bites from the area with nearly 50 restaurants participating including Bone Daddies, Pizza Pilgrims, Ducksoup, Blacklock, and more.

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Jul 7-17

Somerset House Summer Series While most festivals are relegated to the outer limits of the city, this outdoor concert series in smack bang in the middle. Housed in the soaring courtyard of Somerset House, watch top artists like Everything Everything and James Morrison plus new emerging acts like Benjamin Clementine and Hiatus Kaiyote under the stars... without getting your feet muddy or worrying about the state of the portaloos.

Somerset House Summer Series While most festivals are relegated to the outer limits of the city, this outdoor concert series in smack bang in the middle. Housed in the soaring courtyard of Somerset House, watch top artists like Everything Everything and James Morrison plus new emerging acts like Benjamin Clementine and Hiatus Kaiyote under the stars... without getting your feet muddy or worrying about the state of the portaloos.

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Jul 8-10

Check out the acts at the Wireless Festival This three-day festival up in Finsbury Park is one of North London鈥檚 pride and joys -- until everyone tries to make a speedy exit simultaneously, of course. Catch headliners like Calvin Harris, Chase & Status, and Kygo, plus up-and-comers like Krept & Konan, Petite Meller, and Frisco.

Finsbury Park

Check out the acts at the Wireless Festival Finsbury Park This three-day festival up in Finsbury Park is one of North London鈥檚 pride and joys -- until everyone tries to make a speedy exit simultaneously, of course. Catch headliners like Calvin Harris, Chase & Status, and Kygo, plus up-and-comers like Krept & Konan, Petite Meller, and Frisco.

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Jul 15-16

Shake what your momma gave you at the Lovebox Festival Be sure to do your stretches: this year鈥檚 Lovebox is pretty dancetastic, featuring LCD Soundsystem and Major Lazer, along with the likes of Diplo, Katy B, Chet Faker, and Jungle. Not content to wreck you during the normal festival hours, they also have their After Dark series at venues like Village Underground and The Laundry, with DJ sets from Hannah Wants, Goldie, Justin Martin, and more. 

Victoria Park

Shake what your momma gave you at the Lovebox Festival Victoria Park Be sure to do your stretches: this year鈥檚 Lovebox is pretty dancetastic, featuring LCD Soundsystem and Major Lazer, along with the likes of Diplo, Katy B, Chet Faker, and Jungle. Not content to wreck you during the normal festival hours, they also have their After Dark series at venues like Village Underground and The Laundry, with DJ sets from Hannah Wants, Goldie, Justin Martin, and more. 

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Jul 17 Sun

Get really out there at the Citadel Festival Just in case you hadn鈥檛 had enough fun times in Victoria Park this weekend, delve deep into your soul and return for one more day... this time for a slightly more artsy experience. Back for its second year, expect plenty of flower power, bubbles, and new wave art exhibits along with experimental rockers Sigur R贸s and Caribou headline... and are sure to keep you from easing too quickly back into reality. 

Victoria Park

Get really out there at the Citadel Festival Victoria Park Just in case you hadn鈥檛 had enough fun times in Victoria Park this weekend, delve deep into your soul and return for one more day... this time for a slightly more artsy experience. Back for its second year, expect plenty of flower power, bubbles, and new wave art exhibits along with experimental rockers Sigur R贸s and Caribou headline... and are sure to keep you from easing too quickly back into reality. 

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Jul 22-23

Be wowed at the London Anniversary Games Return to the Olympic Stadium to witness some of the world鈥檚 best athletes blow your mind yet again. With the IAAF Diamond League plus the IPC Grand Prix Final bringing their A-game, keep your eyes peeled for world鈥檚 fastest man, Usain Bolt, and some of the top Olympic stars in their final contests before the next big games in Rio.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Be wowed at the London Anniversary Games Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Return to the Olympic Stadium to witness some of the world鈥檚 best athletes blow your mind yet again. With the IAAF Diamond League plus the IPC Grand Prix Final bringing their A-game, keep your eyes peeled for world鈥檚 fastest man, Usain Bolt, and some of the top Olympic stars in their final contests before the next big games in Rio.

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Jul 29-31

Have a truly excellent time at Cocktails in the City Returning for another edition of collected boozing, Cocktails in the City has once again gathered some of the city鈥檚 best bars under one roof to the detriment of your liver. Grab cocktails from bars like Cocktail Trading Co, OXO Tower, 68 & Boston, The Alchemist, and others, plus international drinkeries like Amsterdam鈥檚 Door 74 and Paris鈥檚 Little Red Door. Not content with just booze, they鈥檙e also bringing you crazy golf, a silent disco, masterclasses, and more.

Bedford Square Gardens

Have a truly excellent time at Cocktails in the City Bedford Square Gardens Returning for another edition of collected boozing, Cocktails in the City has once again gathered some of the city鈥檚 best bars under one roof to the detriment of your liver. Grab cocktails from bars like Cocktail Trading Co, OXO Tower, 68 & Boston, The Alchemist, and others, plus international drinkeries like Amsterdam鈥檚 Door 74 and Paris鈥檚 Little Red Door. Not content with just booze, they鈥檙e also bringing you crazy golf, a silent disco, masterclasses, and more.

Flickr/Rob Schofield

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Aug 6 Sat

Throw down at the 51st State festival If you鈥檙e the guy who always asks the DJ for house, this is going to be so your jam. Warming you up for Carnival, get ready for a day of dancehall, disco, dub, soul, garage, and most importantly, house. This is the second year this party鈥檚 gone down, and this time, it鈥檚 going to feature artists like Soul II Soul, Kenny Dope, Crystal Waters, Mr. Vegas, Roy Ayers, and many more. 

Trent Park

Throw down at the 51st State festival Trent Park If you鈥檙e the guy who always asks the DJ for house, this is going to be so your jam. Warming you up for Carnival, get ready for a day of dancehall, disco, dub, soul, garage, and most importantly, house. This is the second year this party鈥檚 gone down, and this time, it鈥檚 going to feature artists like Soul II Soul, Kenny Dope, Crystal Waters, Mr. Vegas, Roy Ayers, and many more. 

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Aug 6 Sat

Check out the variety at the Visions Festival Back for its fourth year, this multi-venue festival is the premier east London creative collection of art, music, markets, and street food, featuring underground up-and-coming artists like Mykki Blanco, Young Fathers, and Gengahr.

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Check out the variety at the Visions Festival Multiple venues Back for its fourth year, this multi-venue festival is the premier east London creative collection of art, music, markets, and street food, featuring underground up-and-coming artists like Mykki Blanco, Young Fathers, and Gengahr.

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Aug 28-29

Notting Hill Carnival This is really the official summer closing party and all-out insane street party, not to mention, you know, the world鈥檚 largest Carnival party outside of Rio. The two-day extravaganza takes over Notting Hill and shuts it down with a parade, more food stalls then you can count, a bunch of stages for get your groove on, and so, so, so much booze.

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Notting Hill

Notting Hill Carnival Notting Hill This is really the official summer closing party and all-out insane street party, not to mention, you know, the world鈥檚 largest Carnival party outside of Rio. The two-day extravaganza takes over Notting Hill and shuts it down with a parade, more food stalls then you can count, a bunch of stages for get your groove on, and so, so, so much booze.

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