London is without doubt one of Europe’s premier cultural hotspots. With annual events like Wimbledon and the Chelsea Royal Flower Show, the UK’s capital city always has something to shout about when it comes to culture and sport. This year is no exception, and here we take a look at 5 of the best on London’s summer cultural calendar; taking a look into the best of food, music, art and fashion events for the discerning visitor.
The City of London Festival – various locations 23 June – 26th July
The annual City of London Festival brings together some of the finest in British culture, from the best in contemporary classical music and the music exhilarating of modern art. Some of the highlights from this year’s programme include a performance or ‘War Requiem’, celebrating the 100th anniversary of Benjamin Britten’s birth. There are also some fantastic free events, such as the Children’s Parade Festival which will see hundred young people from inner-city London transform the City’s rubbish into a moveable feast of art in this colourful Parade.
‘The Show’ – Wembley Stadium 10th July
Bringing together the biggest names in cooking and catering, ‘The Show’ is the ideal event for food enthusiasts visiting the capital. Michelin star chef, and former protégé to the ubiquitous Gordon Ramsay, Mark Sergeant will be cooking up a storm with live demonstrations, alongside 30 of the biggest names in the food industry. As well as these mouth-watering attractions, visitors can also look forward to a tour of the spectacular Wembley stadium as part of the day out, something any enthusiast of British culture and sport should certainly relish.
Latitude Festival – Henham Park, July 18th-July 21st
With festivals like Glastonbury, Bestival and the Isle of White, visitors to England have always been spoilt for choice when it comes to live music festivals. Visitors to London have one extra reason to cheer, and cheer loudly with the inclusion of Latitude this summer. Now in its 8th year, Latitude is considered one of the most successful and exciting music festivals in the UK. Some of must-see acts appearing this year include German electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk, along with young British pretenders Bloc Party, Foals and America’s incendiary Grizzly Bear.
LolliBop Festival – Queen Elisabeth Park 16th-18th August
One of the biggest, brightest and most family-friendly events on the summer calendar is the LolliBop Festival. Billed as “the big bash for little people”, this fun and educational festival is sure to be a hit for any family looking for a great day out in one of London’s best loved parks. Featuring live performances from the likes of TV’s Dick and Dom and Peppa Pig as well as interactive and educational shows like the ‘Science Museum’, the LolliBop festival looks to have something for suit everyone, young and old alike.
Royal Arts’ Summer Exhibition 2013 – Royal Academy London 10th June – 18th August
As far as longstanding British cultural institutions go, the Royal Academy of Arts’ Summer Exhibitions series is a behemoth in the cultural world. Entering its (incredibly) 245th year, the Summer Exhibtion has always been and remains one of the best insights into the best of the British art world. This year some of Britain’s best artists, established and upcoming, will be showcasing over 1000 works collectively, including a diverse palette of work across media, printmaking, sculpture and a variety of other forms.
If you’re visiting London the summer, which cultural event are you most looking forward to?