Festivals

Your guide to festivals in London, including music, food, comedy and the arts


Great festivals taking place in the capital

More London Free Festival

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Twelve years in and the More London Free Festival is again bringing an impressive line-up of events and performances to the concrete amphitheatre below the Mayor's leaning glass blob of an office on the South Bank. For 2014 the events are divided into five cultural categories, and the festival kicks off with a four-day street party (June 4-8) of Latin and Caribbean food and fun. Free Fringe runs from June 4-20 and features lighthearted shows from Pantaloons Theatre Company and

  1. The Scoop at More London The Queen's Walk, SE1 2DB
  2. Until Fri Sep 26
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Walthamstow Garden Party

  • Critics choice

Programmed by the Barbican and absolutely free, the Walthamstow Garden Party is a two-day festival in E17 that combines a cracking music line-up with plenty of family fun: dancing, circus, drumming, a daytime disco, free tours and family art activities at the William Morris Gallery, a designers' market and art trail, and a real food festival including a craft beer bar that showcases local Walthamstow breweries. Soul titan Bobby Womack tops the music bill on Saturday, with more

  1. Lloyd Park Forest Road, Walthamstow, E17 4PP
  2. Sat Jul 26 - Sun Jul 27
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Huguenots Threads Festival

The fashions of Spitalfields have come a long way. American Apparel outlets and vintage clothes stalls may be the area’s most enticing wares these days, but the original fabric of the area’s society was the very finest silk. The Huguenots of Spitalfields charity's festival is back for a second year in 2014 to remember the silk-spinners who set up shop in the area and made its goods the talk of the town. The eleven-day celebration is taking Spitalfields back to its intricate

  1. Various Venues
  2. Until Sun Jul 20
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More London Free Festival

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Twelve years in and the More London Free Festival is still bringing an impressive line-up of events and performances to the strangely concrete amphitheatre that sits below the Mayor's leaning glass blob of an office on the South Bank. For 2014 the events are divided into five cultural categories, and the festival kicks off with a four-day street party (June 4-8) of Latin and Caribbean food and fun. Free Fringe runs from June 4-20 and features lighthearted shows from Pantaloons

  1. The Scoop At More London The Queens Walk, SE1 2DB
  2. Until Fri Sep 26
More info

Nature's Sanctuary

The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew have already started making plans for the summer. Visitors can go au naturel (from the ankles down) to wander the barefoot walking trail: balance on beams, hop across tree trunks and experience the moist bouncy softness typical of rainforest floors and get muddy in the squelch zone.  For those that are more about tasting nature than touching it the gin and tonics garden will be open teaching tasters about the forgotten medicinal properties of

  1. Kew Gardens Kew Rd, TW9 3AB
  2. Until Sun Sep 7
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