Top 9 Must-Go Summer Events in London

Top 9 Must-Go Summer Events in London


Balham Literary Festival

This festival is one that’s themed, ‘Happy, Healthy and Home’ truly radiates hygge.  Balham Literary Festival returns this year with a great line-up of speakers, for example, MasterChef 2005 winner Thomasina Miers and Mercury-nominated singer-songwriter Kathryn Williams. Delve into a collaboration of history, spoken word, song and home cooking to satisfy those who live for home comforts.

Open Garden Squares Weekend

If you’re in the business for plants, flowers and picnics you will be happy to hear that from the 17th to 18th of June more than 200 London gardens, including ones which are usually closed to the public, will unlock their gates for the whole weekend! Walking and cycle tours, family activities, food and drink make up this fun weekend, so take a look at what’s available and get booking carefully so as not to miss anything. Cameras at the ready, but no filters needed for these photos!

Cockpit Arts Open Studios

Have you ever seen a business incubator for craftspeople? Us neither, until we came across Cockpit Arts: the award-winning social enterprise event and the UK’s only business incubator for craftspeople! This summer, you can support more than 170 independent designer-makers by visiting Cockpit Arts and taking home of their wonderful pieces. A great bonus of this open studio event is that you can watch what happens behind the scenes and how things are made, perfect to inspire a little creativity in you and your accompanies.

Wimbledon Championships

We hope that you’ve managed to get your tickets to one of the most exciting sports events of the summer, the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis Club. But no need to worry if you haven’t, you can still feel part of it all, sat on the lawns around the outside of the courts, where they show all the action live on a giant screen. Come rain or shine, people come from all over the world to attend this event. Last year, the total attendance was 493,928 – these numbers don’t lie! So what are you waiting for? Grab your picnic blankets, flasks, Champaign and strawberries and be sure to head to the Wimbledon Championships this year. Watching it at home on TV doesn’t cut it when the sun is shining.

Into the Unknown: A Journey through Science Fiction

Sci-Fi geeks of the world, gather round – this event is something from outer-space! The exhibition explores the science fiction world with artefacts such as the original manuscripts by adventure novelist, Jules Verne, original models from the film, Stargate, plus music, film screenings and sci-fi modern art, all in one place. Want to know more about the sci-fi genre and how it has developed into a cultural phenomenon? Then Into the Unknown: A Journey through Science Fiction is waiting for you.

Hyper Japan

London’s Tobacco Dock will transform into an island of fun, to bring a touch of Japanese culture to London this summer. Visit and explore the magic of anime, cosplay, J-pop and Japanese music. Activities include gaming, exhibitions, performances, a traditional street food market and a sushi-making challenge. You can also enjoy oriental mask painting and can finally learn how to make origami properly (bring patience with you). Kawaii!

Notting Hill Carnival

This annual carnival, that’s origin dates back to 1966, has now grown into the two-day reggae and salsa music and dance extravaganza it is today. But this is more than just a festival parade, this is a celebration of Caribbean communities in London. And it is open to everyone, free of charge. It’s purpose, to foster the creative development and enhancement of diverse artistic excellence, is harrowing and is reflected in the atmosphere it emulates through West London when it is on. Need a free mood booster? This really is the place for you this August holiday bank weekend, so don your glitter and whistle and get moving!


This August, Sunfall will strike South London with its electro-music lightning bolt! Get ready to meet the heroes of the alternative cult music scene at this dance festival, which goes on all day and all night. If you want to know what to expect at this festival, simply visit London dance clubs, Phonox, XOYO or The Nest to get a feel for the vibe, as Sunfall is brought to you by the teams behind these popular clubs. Held in Brockwell Park during the day and then taken to clubs across South London for the after parties, this festival is certainly for party people.

Angels In America

Last, but not least, this wonderful event in Splento’s must-go list is one that we think you’ll definitely want to look into. If you have never been to the National Theatre, this is a great time to visit, as Angels In America brings its magic to the stage. This event is an eight-hour quasi-religious series of performances, starring Andrew Garfield, critically acclaimed the ‘gay fantasia on national themes’. The perfect thing to go to with friends to celebrate London Pride.