London is one of the greatest cities in the world and one of the oldest too. However, it is forever young and always on the go. The city is a leading one for finance, theatre, fashion and the other arts. London is always buzzing and summer is the time when the action really kicks into high gear.
Here is a look at just some of the festivities that will be taking place across the city this summer.
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park was the centerpiece of the 2012 London Olympic Games. It is now open to the public to explore a wide range of activities, venues and attractions. Ever since 2013 the Park has played host to series of festivals, concerts and other events.
You can access the venues used for the 2012 games including the swimming pool, tennis courts and cycling tracks. For a more relaxing time you can ease up on the parkland. A number of animals and birds have found the area to be to their liking with many making it their home. Wildlife spotting can be a great pastime and fun. You could take a boat tour along the canal and learn intriguing facts and stories about the park.
Then there is the Beach Park. It is the largest urban beach in Britain and the biggest attraction. It consists of 2200 square meters of sand. A paddling pool, beach volleyball sections and funfair rides have also been installed along with two bars. The beach will feature a summer long program of live performances, competitions and sports events.
The beach is open seven days a week – from 10:00am to 10:00pm and entry is free.
More London Free Festival
For twelve years the More London Free Festival has been giving joy to audiences and exposure to up and coming artists of all kinds. This (2015) the thirteenth year of its running is as good as the previous editions. The impressive line-up of acts and performances will be staged in the wonderful amphitheater right next to the innovative leaning glass tower that is the Mayor of London’s office.
There will be an eclectic mix of live music, fringe (and mainstream) theater and films. A giant LED screen will provide full coverage of the Wimbledon Championships, the Tour de France and The Ashes series.
There is also a mini-food festival that runs alongside. A pop-up restaurant, London Riviera will be serving delicious French cuisine for the entire period
Since all events are free to the public there will be large numbers showing up for performances. So make sure to get there early and take a cushion as the seating is concrete.
Beginning 3rd June the festival will continue till the 24th September.
Festival Of Love
It might not be Woodstock revisited but the Festival of Love has been a great way of keeping the spirit of those heady times alive. For three whole months, ending 3st August, the Southbank Centre will be the focus of love-themed activities, performances, music, exhibitions and free events as hundreds of artists, communities and partners come together to create an unforgettable summer.
One of the more innovative activities is the attempt to get the public (attending or otherwise) to make the world a better place by doing “67 Small Acts for Big Change”. Activities will also involve free singing and dancing performances, workshops, poetry readings and a dance every Friday night at the Royal Festival Hall.
Saturday 6 June 2015 – Monday 31 August 2015.
The London Wonderground is dedicated to showcasing the best and hottest acts of the alternative scene in the country. Top talent on the cabaret and burlesque circuit will be performing in a charming 1920s-style Spiegeltent at the South bank Center.
The entertainment runs the gamut of risque comedy, street performers, wild musicians, comic acrobats and unconventional dark cabaret, interactive art lessons, hilarious and satirical sketches. To keep your spirits and strength up there will be bars, food stalls and rides.
The festival runs till 27th September.
A relative newcomer to the London festive scene, the Visions Festival is a music extravaganza. The music involves star underground acts and performers. Some of the names on the line up are Camera Obscura, Fat White Family, The Antlers, Shamir, Hinds and Girl Band.
Like the last two years (this year will be the third edition) the musical action will play out in various venues around the Hackney area. The festivities will also include a crafts market, exhibitions and street food stalls.
The festival runs up to 8th August.