Every year, the capital plays host to scores of quality festivals, celebrating all manner of things, and based around a whole slew of different themes. For many boroughs, they’re the highlight of the summer, and a great draw for tourists.
Having taken an extended break during the pandemic, festival season is once again back in full swing, and making up for lost time. Let’s take a look at some of the standouts. You might find that many of them are easily reachable from London King’s Cross Station, and thus they’re accessible from just about anywhere in the country.
Hampton Court Palace Festival
This year, Hampton Court Palace Festival runs from June 9th. The festivities are set against the fantastic backdrop of the Base Court of Henry VIII’s famous palace, and will extend over three weeks. Among the acts set to perform are Elbow, Michael Ball, and McFly.
One Out Festival
This festival, in Walton-on-Thames in Surrey, is running over a single Saturday on the 18th June. It’s set to provide a mouth-watering lineup of street food and musical performers, including DJ Seinfeld, the Menendez Brothers, and Amyelle.
BST Hyde Park
Running over several weekends in late June and July, BST Hyde Park festival offers some serious international talent, including Adele, the Rolling Stones, and Elton John. As such, you can expect tickets to be in extremely high demand.
As well as the three paid-for weekends, there’s also a midweek programme called Open House, where the activities and entertainment are free. If you’re looking to have a good time without spending a fortune, you can therefore make time to head down.
Wireless festival actually takes place across two weekends in London (and Birmingham). The first is in Crystal Palace Park, and will include performances from A$AP Rocky, Chris Brown, and others. The second is in Finsbury Park, and will include performances from Cardi B, SZA, and Nicki Minaj. One of the great things about this festival is that you won’t need any cash. Make sure that you keep your card safe.
Both parks are fantastic for enjoying the British summer – though sunshine is not guaranteed, since this is England we’re talking about!
Kaleidoscope festival in Alexandra Park and Palace offers a family-friendly lineup of musical and comedy performances. Headlining the main outdoor stage are Orbital and the Happy Mondays. There are also DJ sets and parties from Craig Charles, the Cuban Brothers, and DJ Yoda, among others. If you need a break from the festival atmosphere, then you also have the option of descending into the palace’s famous Victorian basements, where performances go on late into the night, and there’s a seemingly endless supply of cocktails.