London has an amazing array of events and places to explore this summer, whether it’s your first summer in London or not, these events listed should not be missed when the sun is shining!
Udderbelly Festival at Southbank is packed full of events and stalls, showcasing performances from cabaret to comedy. Hidden away off Southbank, you can escape in the folds of Udderbelly whilst still being in the middle of the city, camouflaged between the trees and fairy lights. Having been last year several times, Udderbelly is definitely something I am eager to return to.
The Udderbelly Festival has already begun and will be in London until the 30th September. Even if you don’t go for the shows, the fairy-tale environment is great; a secluded spot to relax with friends or read a book.
If you’re looking to soak up some inspiration this summer I recommend checking out UAL's Chancellor and astounding artist Grayson Perry’s exhibition. Held at the Serpentine Gallery in Knightsbridge, this free exhibition will show Perry’s most recent work, looking at how ordinary people interact with art and what it means in the current post-Brexit era.
Perry’s work will be available from Thursday 8th June - Thursday 7th September 2017.
We’ve all seen the Red Santander or “Boris Bikes” spread out across London, but perhaps haven’t had the need to use them, yet. They don’t only need to be used for a way to get from A – B; they’re also a great way to explore. Whether you’re a confident cyclist or not, Boris bikes are great to explore the city or perhaps just to enjoy the sunshine whilst cycling around Hyde park.
For just £2 you can enjoy the sunshine and get a little light exercise.
Art Night is a free evening event, which will be held on Saturday 1 July 2017. The evening promises a trail of art across London’s East End throughout the night. It encompasses a night of contemporary art, performance, music and architecture, which will begin in the early evening and continue through until dawn. In association with Whitechapel Gallery, the artwork on display will be specific to each venue and engage directly with the culture of the area it is based in. What’s exciting about this event is you don’t know what you’ll find, your very own artistic treasure hunt!
5. Luna Cinema
Every summer should consist of at least one trip to an outdoor cinema. Luna Cinema has a variety of venues across London from Alexandra Palace to Tooting Common. Showing a range of classics, from “Labyrinth” to more modern hits such as the award-winning “La la land”. Luna Cinema offers a cosy night of cinematic stargazing, showing from June all the way through until October.
Just be sure to check their website so you don’t miss the showing of your favourite film! The ticket prices depend on what you’re going to see, but if you book in a group it generously brings the price down.