18 brilliant things to do in London this summer

From live music, art and design installations to gorgeous walks, wine tasting, kids' events, Pride and cabaret, here are just few incredible events to make the most of sunshine in the city... 

18. Grab the best bbq in town next to a big screen
Liverpool Street, 5 June-16 August

Head to the welcoming green of Exchange Square for the best gourmet burgers and BBQ boxes in the city as Jimmy’s PopUp present the BBQ Club. With slaws, salads and BBQ Corn on the Cobb chilli and lime butter, this is the place to soak up some rays and take in summer’s biggest sporting events on the big screen. 
The BBQ Club and big screen

17. Embrace some feminist football
Festival of Football, Shoreditch, 1 June-9 July

To coincide with the FIFA Women’s World Cup, the Book Club in Shoreditch is partnering up with women’s team Goal Digggers FC in order to create fun and inspiring events including live screenings and panel events designed to get women and non-binary people to play football at every level.
The Festival Of Football

16. Chill out in a vegan garden bar
Regent’s Place, from 7 June

Out and about in town? Then head over to the tipi for vegan sharing plates and ethically sourced wines as the sun gently sets on a summer’s evening. 
Vegan Garden Bar

15. Discover amazing art for free
Broadgate, all summer

From modern art that demands a second look as a blonde woman blinks her eye to an East End Venus, Broadgate by Liverpool Street is home to some of London’s most incredible public realm art. Discover the art trail here and plan a day of discovery, food, drinks and unexpected delights. 
Follow the art trail

14. Enjoy the booziest brunch in town
Broadgate Circle, all summer

Have you discovered Mrs Fogg’s Maritime Club & Distillery yet? Inspired by Phileas Fogg’s Indian wife, Aouda, step aboard for an experience like no other. Take a seat in the lifeboat or saunter into the speakeasy bar. With vegan and veggie options, their brunch also includes bacon-stuffed naans and free-flowing gin cocktails. An afternoon snooze may well be headed your way… 
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13. Uncover the history of magic
The Wellcome Collection, Euston, until 15 September

This summer, the jaw-dropping Wellcome Collection hosts Smoke and Mirrors: The Psychology of Magic – which explores how our biases affect our perception and how magic affects our minds. With displays including the head of the gorilla costume worn by Derren Brown, Harry Houdini’s ‘Bell Box’, Tommy Cooper’s fez, and Paul Daniels’ sawing-in-half box, this is a brilliant day out – plus the Wellcome’s permanent collection is not to be missed – where else will you discover the most gruesome historical finds in London? 
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12. Celebrate London Pride
All of London, June and July

It’s Pride’s Jubilee year which means a calendar of even bigger and brighter events this June and July (with the Pride parade taking place on Saturday 6 July at 12pm). From craft pop-ups to comedy nights via art, music, cabaret and everything in-between, celebrate 50 years since the Stonewall Riots. Plus, show your support with a Just Like Us Rainbow Ribbon and get involved at Broadgate. 
Find out how to get involved this year

11. See some of London’s best cabaret
Theatre Deli, near Liverpool Street, June and July

Meet The House of Q and be in for an absolute treat. On 26 June at The Theatre Deli near Liverpool Street, they will be celebrating their birthday with cake and bumping and grinding (they’re also doing a Sequinned Summer Sizzler on 24 July). “Life is a cabaret, old chum, So come to the cabaret....”
Book tickets here

10. Hear the next big musical thing
Broadgate Circle, June

Since Thursday is the new Friday, head over to the heart of London’s best food and drink destinations (where you’ll find Grind, Franco Manca, Yauatcha City, The Botanist and more…) on Thursday nights to hear live music played by some of the city’s biggest up-and-coming names. From 6pm-8pm, gather your friends and enjoy the sounds. 
See the line up

9. See an exhibition to get you thinking
Whitechapel Gallery, until 25 August

Michael Rakowitz is an Iraqi-American artist and his latest show at in the Whitechapel Gallery has been described by The Guardian as, “You have to stay with it and negotiate the complexities, or you might be left wondering why there is a whole gallery devoted to the breakup of the Beatles and John Lennon’s murder, the death of Egyptian president Nasser, and an overlay of Liverpool’s Cavern Quarter with a map of Jerusalem.” Visit and start pondering Rakowitz’s visions. 
Find out more here

8. Wander some of London’s prettiest spots
Paddington Central to Little Venice

One of London’s best walks involves meandering past Sir Peter Blake-painted barges, spotting landmarks from the Paddington films and gazing at some of the city’s most beautiful houses. Head to Paddington Central (at the bottom entrance of the station next to the Heathrow Express platforms) then follow the canal as it winds its merry way. With Darcie and May Green (the aforementioned barges) and the London Shell Co, it’s also one of the best spots for some excellent food. 
Plan your route

7. Transport yourself to Singapore
Finsbury Avenue Square, 13-15 June

Awaken the senses and explore an immersive garden journey to commemorate Sir Stamford Raffles' landing in Singapore in 1819 and its transformation over the past two centuries. Singaporean artists, chefs (including Michelin-starred Malcolm Lee) and mixologists will be contributing to this incredible event with music, food, drinks, artworks and more. 
See more about this amazing installation

6. Uncover London’s Roman City Wall
East London, all summer

While walls can be a contentious issue these days, back in the day the Romans erected a two-mile citywide wall that stretched from Tower Hill in the east to Blackfriars Station in the west. While not much of the original wall is left, Historic UK have helpfully put this walking guide together – make a day of it and enjoy street food from Spitalfields and Broadgate Circle, stop for a coffee at Grind and finish off with a tasty cocktail or two. 
Plan your walk

5. Keep the kids entertained in the holidays
Underbelly Festival, Southbank until 29 September

Pirates, magic, baby discos, Twirlywoods and Basil Brush… Whatever the child in your life’s particular interest then it’s highly likely Underbelly will have something on to keep them amused. Tickets go fast though so start planning your visit now. 
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4. Try a little wine at one of London’s most loved Italian restaurants
Piccolino, Exchange Square, 20 June and 23 July

Want to know more about white and rose wine? Well, Piccolino’s Head Sommelier and Wine Buyer, Dario Barbato, is hosting exclusive wine tastings along with canapes, a Q&A and all kicked off with a dash of Prosecco Primo on arrival. To book, please contact Anna: anna.tokarska@individualrestaurants.com/020 7375 256 

3. Get ripped for summer at 1Rebel
Broadgate, all summer

This is how 1Rebel describe themselves: “Broadgate is raw and it’s real. Enter an underground playground that lies beneath the city where the gloves come off and beast mode comes on.” If you’re not terrified after that then we’d highly recommend their Rumble (so much fun after a stressful day), Rounds and Reshape. These people mean business…
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2. Enjoy some cocktails and complimentary dim sum
Broadgate Circle, every Wednesday in the summer

Step onto the elegant terrace of Yauatcha City, listen to a live DJ play music and watch the sun go down while sampling the vast range of subtle and chic cocktails from the team. With free dim sum to sample, we’d highly recommend the Lemonberry martini (Ketel One Citroen vodka, raspberry, vanilla, lemon and cranberry). Yum 
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1. Plan your London Design Festival
Across the city, 14-22 September

One of the world’s best design celebrations, the London Design Festival promises a Camille Walala-designed lounge in South Molton Street, design fairs, talks, pop-ups and most excitingly of all: an interactive design by Paul Cocksedge in Finsbury Avenue Square called Please Be Seated. Its design will feature curves for people to sit on and walk under making it an unmissable stop on the LDF schedule. 
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