Some of the Most Exciting Events in London This Summer

best london events in summer

London is a busy city with lots to do at any time of year but, when the sun comes out and the days get longer, it truly shines. There’s plenty on this summer to cater to all tastes and interests, from world-renowned art exhibitions to unique nightlife experiences. All of these are great reasons to plan a trip to the capital. You might be able to set up base in a serviced apartment in London and tick off two or three in one visit if you play your cards right.

The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

Running from 18 June to 18 August, the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition is a must-visit for art enthusiasts. This annual event, now in its 256th year, showcases a diverse range of artworks from both established and emerging artists. Curated by sculptor Ann Christopher, this year's exhibition promises a mix of traditional and contemporary pieces, offering a glimpse into the future of the art world. The open submission format means you might even spot work from new, undiscovered talents alongside well-known names​.

Silent Sounds Boat Party

For a unique nightlife experience, the Silent Sounds Boat Party on the Thames really stands out. Taking place on select Saturdays throughout the summer, this floating silent disco offers breathtaking views of London’s iconic landmarks as you dance the night away.

best london events in the summer

Guests are provided with headphones to switch between different music channels, ensuring a personalised party experience. The combination of music, the river’s ambience and the city's skyline makes for an unforgettable evening​.

Midnight Apothecary

Experience an enchanting evening at the Midnight Apothecary, a pop-up cocktail event set in the picturesque roof garden of the Brunel Museum in Rotherhithe. Running on weekends from May to September, this event offers handcrafted botanical cocktails made with ingredients from the garden itself.

best london events in the summertime

Complemented by fire pits and live music, it’s an idyllic setting for a summer night out. The event also includes guided tours of the historic Thames Tunnel, adding a touch of history to your evening in London​.

Trooping the Colour

A quintessentially British event, Trooping the Colour is a ceremonial parade that celebrates the monarch’s official birthday. Held on 8 June at Horse Guards Parade, this grand spectacle features hundreds of soldiers, horses and musicians in full regalia. The parade ends with a Royal Air Force flypast watched by the Royal Family from the Buckingham Palace balcony. It’s a grand act of tradition that’s well worth experiencing in the flesh at least once.

All Points East

From 16 to 25 August 2024, Victoria Park hosts All Points East, a 10-day festival of music and community activities. This year’s line-up includes big names such as Mitski, LCD Soundsystem and Loyle Carner, among many others. Beyond the weekend concerts, the festival features a free midweek programme with film screenings, live sports and family-friendly activities, making it a comprehensive cultural experience.

What about you, have you ever been to London in the summertime? Feel free to share any tips & advice below!

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