Events & attractions – summer in the city

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🚣🏼 Angel Canal Festival
πŸ—“ 4 September
πŸ“ City Road Basin, Angel Islington, London N1 8GJ

A regular event for more than 30 years, the Angel Canal Festival is the perfect way to end the summer holidays in the capital. Boat trips, a floating market, street food, children’s entertainers, live music and theatre and the opportunity to try kayaking and pedalos is all on the agenda.

πŸ“½ BFI Southbank
πŸ“ 0 Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XT

If you love film, step into the world-renowned film lovers paradise that is BFI Southbank, a four-screen cinema right showing an incredible mix of classic and contemporary films.

Special offer: 25s and under can get tickets for just Β£3, bookable in advance for all regular screenings.

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πŸ™ŒπŸΎ Black Fantastic
πŸ—“ Until 18 September
πŸ“ Southbank Centre venues, South bank, London SE1

Dive into contemporary Black art and culture with the summer season, taking inspiration from the themes of the Hayward Gallery exhibition In the Black Fantastic.

Free and paid events

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🎸 Camden Inspire
πŸ—“ 2 and 3 September
πŸ“ Buck Street, London NW1 8NJ

This annual street festival celebrates the Camden Town’s neighbourhoods and the creativity and dynamism that keep its spirit alive. This year they take over Buck Street for two days of live performance, street food, creative workshops and an outdoors gallery of live interactive street art. Local businesses and artists make this festival a true festival of Camden Town.

Free with activities and performances for children early in the day and more adult-appropriate in the evening.

β™Ÿ Chess & Bridge Store
πŸ“ 44 Baker Street, London W1U 7RT

Unlike most online stores they also have a shop located in the heart of London. The range of gifts is second to none and they are pleased to advise you on any aspect of the game.

Special offer: Learn more about chess with lessons, chess games at the store and all manner of chess supplies and books. Free CHESS Magazine when you visit Chess & Bridge and check-in or tag them on social media @ChessAndBridge.

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βœ‚οΈ Craft School: a summer of playful making
πŸ—“ Wednesdays until 3 September
πŸ“ Crafts Council Gallery, 44a Pentonville Road, London N1 9BY

Free weekly hands-on craft workshops. A cost-of-living busting activity to do with your children this summer. There’ll be materials available for visitors to ‘make and play’ with others. The Gallery will be running craft-educator-led workshops for those looking for a bit of assistance.

Entry and participation are free. Booking is required.

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πŸ“ Shoreditch Treehouse, 34 Charlotte Road, London EC2A 3PB

Celebrate the best classical music with Β£7 off tickets to events in Shoreditch Treehouse.

Special offer: use the code OLDSTREET25 at checkout.

🏰 Climb the Garden Museum’s Medieval Tower
πŸ“ Lambeth Palace Road, London SE1 7LB

Climb 131 steps to the top of the medieval tower, and be rewarded with a fantastic view across London.

The medieval tower is the oldest part of the building of the Garden Museum, and was built in In 1377; it was repaired in 1834-1835, but is otherwise intact and visitors can climb the tower for views across London.

Special offer: free for under 18s with an adult.

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🏫 Imperial War Museum
πŸ—“ Open year-round
πŸ“ Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ

Enter the world’s leading museum of war for a moving, yet inspiring insight into the human experience of history’s most notorious conflicts.

Free entry

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πŸ’¦ Jeppe Hein’s Appearing Rooms
πŸ—“ Until 29 August
πŸ“ Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX (Riverside Terrace, Level 2)

Splash around in the outdoor fountains, with the return of everyone’s favourite sculptural installation.


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πŸ‘€ Mobile Arboretum in Cheapside – a series of β€˜carts’
πŸ—“ Until 31 August
πŸ“ Bow Churchyard in Cheapside and Middlesex Street in Aldgate

This summer visit the Mobile Arboretum in Cheapside – a series of β€˜carts’ which are filled with saplings to create a new home for trees. The Arboretum is inspired by the collective history of London’s historic markets. Cheapside, and nearby Aldgate which has a similar installation, have been or still are hubs of activity and trade in London from the medieval produce and poultry markets of Cheapside to the buzzing fabric markets of Petticoat Lane. Part of London Festival of Architecture.

🎭 Mulan Rouge
πŸ—“ Until 28 August
πŸ“ The Vaults, Theatre Entrance, Launcelot Street, London SE1 7AD

In a tunnel beneath Waterloo Station, The Vaults theatre hosts a hidden jazz club, secret cinema and modern takes on classic cabaret like the fantastic Mulan Rouge.

Special offer: 20% off tickets to Mulan Rouge with code: SPECTACULAR.

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🩺 The Old Operating Theatre
πŸ“ 9a St Thomas Street, London SE1 9RY

Housed in the attic of the early eighteenth-century church of the old St Thomas’ Hospital, this atmospheric museum offers a unique insight into the history of medicine and surgery.

Special offer: Southwark Presents Card, London Bridge DealCard, or NHS ID holders get 2 for 1 entry.

🎭 The Old Vic
πŸ“ The Cut, London SE1 8NB

Founded with the goal of making theatre accessible to everyone, this iconic London theatre offers a range of affordable tickets starting from just Β£10.

Special offer: find tickets from Β£10.

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🧺 Picnic in the park
πŸ—“ Until 25 August
πŸ“ Various locations

Enjoy a Picnic in the Park at key locations across the CDA areas. Enjoy summer in the city, with music, deckchairs, and food pop-ups at Red Lion Square (Tues), Bloomsbury Square (Weds), Russell Square (Thurs). Don’t forget your sunglasses – sit back, relax and enjoy!

🎨 Royal Academy of Arts
πŸ“ Burlington House entrance, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD

Explore over 1,000 works of art, soak up the atmosphere, and discover invited artists and architects responding to the theme of β€˜Climate’. From an explosion of colour in the galleries, to immersive installations.

Offer: under 16s free.

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🎭 River Stage by National Theatre
πŸ—“ Until 14 August
πŸ“ National Theatre Square, Upper Ground, London SE1 9PX

Celebrating the best of British, visitors can enjoy five weekends of outdoor programming, across a range of performances, music, dance, family workshops and theatre.


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🎨 Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition
πŸ—“ Until 21 August
πŸ“ Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD

Love contemporary art and architecture? Visit the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition for a taste of culture. Book tickets in advance.

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πŸ™‹β€β™€οΈ Scenes in the Square
πŸ—“ Until 21 August
πŸ“ Leicester Square, WC2H 7DE

Unveiling icons from a century of cinema with an interactive statue trail, get ready for Scenes in the Square in London’s home of film and entertainment!


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🌞 Summer by the River festival
πŸ—“ Until 2 September
πŸ“ Between London Bridge and Tower Bridge on the south side of the River Thames

Free entertainment set against stunning views of the capital. Bringing 1930s Miami vibes to the banks of the Thames over three locations – The Scoop, Hay’s Galleria and The Pier.

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🌞 Summer in the Square
πŸ—“ 17 August and 7 September
πŸ“ Portman Square Garden, London W1H 6LT

Enjoy this beautiful green space in the heart of Marylebone. Join free wellbeing workshops, activities and entertainment, with a pop-up bar and a handful of specially picked food stalls.

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🎑 This Bright Land
πŸ—“ Until 29 August
πŸ“ Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA

Transforming the magnificent courtyard into a wonderland open to all, with joyful day-and-night performances, music, dance, talks, workshops and more, platforming established creatives and grassroots communities. Includes free and paid events.

🎢 Saturday Acoustic Sessions
πŸ—“ 30 July, 13 August and 27 August
πŸ“ Islington Square, 116 Upper Street, London N1 1AB

Every Saturday throughout July and August, Islington Square’s new Summer Terrace will be filled with the dulcet tones of a carefully curated line-up of some of our finest homegrown talent. Grab a drink from the pop-up bar, pick a deck chair to nestle into and soak in the mix of sun and musical magic. Free to attend and no booking is required.

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🎭 Various events around Aldgate
πŸ—“ Summer
πŸ“ Aldgate

Find music, entertainment and food events in the district.

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