London is well known for being a cultural hub. With a history of music and creativity, the city’s parks are often overlooked for their potential to cater to and be a platform for music and the arts in general. With the temperamental British summer weather, it’s no surprise. But if you brave the rain gamble, then you’ll be pleasantly surprised how much there is to fill up your city summer music itch. Whether you’re a local or a guest at a 5-star London Hotel, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the sheer abundance of music and arts festivals in London this summer.
British Summer Time
British Summer Time is a festival which runs over July in Hyde Park, bringing some of the biggest names in pop music centre stage and to crowds of thousands. The Festival runs over several weekends and has in the past brought the likes of Phil Collins, Justin Bieber and The Strokes to London’s royal park. This is a great day out for all ages, the family friendly vibe being perfect from hardened music veterans to young ears eager for their first taste of the festival scene.
Proms in the Park
BBC’s Proms in the Park is another Hyde Park based music festival, this time with a classical edge. Running from July till September, classical orchestras and musicians get their time to shine at a festival designed for the more refined music lover. Kit out your picnic hampers and enjoy the open-air sounds.
Screen on the Green Somerset House
Somerset House, just across the river from South Bank is home to a gallery all year round and an ice rink during the winter. During the summer months, you can find talks, live music and DJ’s performing as well as film screenings, all in the open air and with a bar kitted out and ready to go. Whether you’re looking for a film hot off the festival trail or the next big blockbuster.
A short journey from Shoreditch, home to the Montcalm Hotel London City, Visions Festival is an inner-city music all-dayer based in the Hackney and London Fields area. This festival brings the best in forward thinking music to a range of great venues across East London. You never know, you might find your next favourite singer or band.
Notting Hill Carnival
Notting Hill Carnival is a West London party weekend on the 26th and 27th of August this year. Occurring over the Bank Holiday, this festival celebrates the West Indian community of the area as well as being a huge celebration of Black British culture. The festival brings free parades and music as well as ticketed events for some of the biggest names in hip hop and dance music.
Lovebox Music Festival takes place in Hackney’s Victoria Park and is a perfect example of the all-encompassing London music scene. Whether it’s Groove Armada or a punk band, this eclectic festival always goes off with a bang, continuing to do so this year on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th of July.