Let’s Do London: Festivals and Events

August 18, 2021Mannion McGinley0

Whether it’s music, food, art, or dance, London’s festivals and events are back! Return to the outdoors with friends and family to familiar settings and exciting new pieces of entertainment. Find your niche and celebrate it in a festival with others.


Secrets of Central London

Take a walking tour hosted by London’s Transport Museum to uncover all there is to know about Central London and explore some of the city’s best-kept secrets. Only available on select dates, tickets for adults are £20.


Underbelly Festival
Hotel Paradiso at Underbelly Festival

Hit up Cavendish Square from 1 July-26 September as it is the new home of the Underbelly Festival. With pop-up bars, street food and entertainment around the square, there’s plenty of options to eat, drink and enjoy.


Royal Festival Hall

Get your vitamin-D fix on the Royal Festival Hall’s terrace and enjoy the buzzing Southbank riverside this summer, which is hosting free concerts, art installations and more. The nearby Southbank Centre Food Market is a must-visit too, whether you’re a certified food lover or just peckish.


Buckingham Palace Gardens
Buckingham Palace view from the garden
© The Royal Collection

For the first time ever, explore the beautifully kept grounds of Buckingham Palace. Make time to feel like royalty as you’re strolling around the gardens before they close on 19 September. Tickets for adults are £16.50, for children £9.00.


London Wonderground

Find yourself sitting on a city beach or a vintage carnival ride after one of the exciting performances or shows that London Wonderground has to offer in their lineup. This Underbelly festival continues from 15 July-26 September.


Summer Reunion at Southbank Centre
Queen Elizabeth Hall at the Southbank Centre, by Pete Woodhead.
Queen Elizabeth Hall at the Southbank Centre, by Pete Woodhead.

If you’re looking for indoor concerts, outdoor performances with top-class artists, or simply a celebration of art, literature, music and dance head down to the Summer Reunion at the Southbank Centre. They’ll have multiple events across their venues until 30 August.


Greenwich + Docklands International Festival

You can’t miss one of London’s largest free outdoor art festivals of the season. Come see open-air theatre performances, art installations, dance and music for all ages from 27 August-11 September.


London Design Festival
© London Design Festival 2021

Watch as the city transforms for the London Design Festival. The entire capital will become one massive art and design gallery for everyone to enjoy for a week in September, from the 18-26.



This rock, pop and soul festival will take over the leafy suburbs at Crystal Palace Park from 10-12 Sep. Featuring performances by Future, Skepta, Migos and many more.


RHS Chelsea Flower Show
via Shutterstock

Take a stroll through a whole bunch of incredible floral displays or gaze across different colourful garden designs at the prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The show opens on 21 September and closes on 26 September.


Sky Garden X Fever-Tree

Watch the sunset from the Sky Garden as you get ready for an evening filled with breathtaking views, music and tropical plants. London’s highest public garden has teamed up with the UK’s favourite tonic brand, Fever-Tree, for a Spritz in the Sky gin pop-up at its City Garden Bar, located on level 36. On until 6 September.


City Splash

The City Splash mission is to celebrate the impact and importance of reggae music on British culture. Reggae music, sound systems, events and Caribbean food stalls will take over Beckenham Place Park on 12 September. Tickets from £38.50.


London Fashion Week
Models wearing striking geometric clothing walk down the catwalk at London Fashion Week
via Shutterstock

Put your best foot forward as you mix with industry experts, find inspiration in the latest trends and admire the latest creations by top designers in events across the city from 17-21 Sep.


Frieze London
Marianne Boesky Gallery, Frieze London 2019. Photo by Linda Nylind.
Marianne Boesky Gallery, Frieze London 2019. Photo by Linda Nylind.

Frieze London is one of the world’s most influential contemporary art fairs, focusing mostly on 21st-century art. Whether you are seasoned in the art world, a first-time collector or simply enjoying the fair as an exhibition, enjoy a cultural day out in Regents Park from 13-17 Oct. Frieze Masters, its sister festival, is within walking distance too. Here you can find work made pre-21st-century, which offers a unique view on the relationship between historical art and contemporary practice.


Pub in the Park

TV chef Tom Kerridge is back with the biggest food and music festival tour in the UK. Amazing chefs, musicians and artisanal producers come together to provide entertainment for all ages. Expect performances from Craig David, Kaiser Chiefs, Basement Jaxx DJ Set, Beverley Knight and many more. Head to Chiswick House & Gardens from 3-5 Sep, or travel out to the beautiful Berkshire village of Marlow from 16-19 Sep. 


BFI London Film Festival
Courtesy BFI London Film Festival 2021

London’s Southbank will be the heart of the 65th Annual BFI London Film Festival experience this year, thanks to a brand-new partnership with The Royal Festival Hall. The hall will host the red carpet opening and closing galas, while BFI Southbank, will be the place to see the competition entries, best docs and first features. Screenings will also be hosted at partner venues in the West End as well as 8 cinemas around the UK. London Film Festival will be on from 6-17 Oct and tickets go on sale 20 Sep.


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