Let’s set the scene… Boris has just announced that all restrictions will be eased by June 21st, London is seeing its third consecutive week of beautiful sunshine and you’re gearing up for your daily BBQ and Love Island fix… a few months ago if someone told you this was your life, you’d have thought they were joking or had maybe had a bit too much banana bread a la lockdown. But with the city now doused in the sunshine that looks like it’s here to stay and the NHS having vaccinated three-quarters of the nation, this distant dream is looking like it could be all of our realities in just a matter of weeks. Whether you’re planning your summer hol’ abroad or a three-month-long pub crawl in Blighty, here is the hotlist of what’s on in London this summer for you to pen into your ever-growing diaries.
Drink, Dine and Dodgems at Somerset House
The beautiful courtyard at Somerset House will be host to a fairground with a twist from the 15th July. Complete with live music, street food, immersive art experiences and dodgems, this funfair fit for the fanciest of Londoners will be one you won’t want to miss! You can book tickets on their website here.
Yayoi Kusama exhibition at The Tate Modern
Japanese artist Yayoi Kushama has designed two immersive mirror rooms at the Tate
Modern, seeking to ‘transport you into Kusama’s unique vision of endless reflections’. This installation is the largest that the Tate has ever seen and is a must-see for lovers of modern
art and the like. The exhibition will run until June 2022 and you can book your tickets here.
The Blenheim Palace All About Dogs show
There are certainly some fantastic events on offer throughout London this summer, but this one absolutely takes the cake (or the bone). On the 3rd and 4th of July, Blenheim Palace will be hosting the ‘All About Dogs show’, a day filled with activities including dog shows, arena displays and shopping. Whether you want to take your furry friends along or simply want to get your daily dose of doggo, this is one to remember. You can book your tickets on their website, and check out the other dates and locations they’ll be at this summer.
Hideaway cinema at Hampstead Heath and Kew Gardens
This is a must for film fanatics and avid cinema goers. Hideaway Cinema will be popping up at Hampstead Heath and Kew Gardens this summer with screenings of cult classics, new releases and fan favourites. If you head over to their website you can see all the films they’ll
be showing and the other fab locations they’ll be at over the next few months. Heaps of popcorn, deck chairs in the sun and a great film- what’s not to love?
All Points East, Victoria Park
Having cancelled due to COVID restrictions last summer, this year All Points East are back and better than ever. With headliners London Grammar, Jorja Smith, Foals and the Bombay Bicycle Club, All Points East will take place at the end of August in Victoria Park and will be the perfect (and booziest) summer send off. To book your tickets, you can head to their website.
Boris may take away our travelling rights, but he can never take away our freedom. If you’re looking to stay closer to home this summer but are still desperate to soak up some rays, Fulham Beach have got you covered. Complete with a large indoor jungle-themed pergola, bars, restaurants, live DJ’s and bottomless brunches, the Thames will be looking like the Mediterranean quicker than you can say 3 Pina Coladas, please. There are plenty of tickets available for you and your pals over on their website.
Whether your ideal sunny day entails a trip to the Tate Modern followed by a dog show or a bottomless brunch at the beach followed by a viewing at an al fresco cinema, London really has something for everyone.