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

Great festivals taking place in the capital

Merge Festival

  • Free

This free collection of creative events and installations takes over venues great and small in the Bankside area for a third year in 2014, this time with a theme of 'Art and Science'. The full schedule will be announced on the Merge Festival website, but highlights already confirmed include Alex Chinneck's 'A Pound of Flesh for 50p', a life-size house made of wax bricks which will melt by the end of the festival, leaving only its roof on the site where it stood. Bompas and Parr

Totally Thames

This month-long celebration of the Thames is sure to make a splash with its mix of arts festivals, community events, regattas, river races, foreshore archaeology and environmental activities. Major events confirmed so far include the Greenwich Tall Ships Festival (Sep 5-9), The Great River Race (Sep 27) and The Big Thames Tidy (Aug 31 and Sep 1), which invites Londoners to dig out their wellies and get mucky while helping to spruce up Gabriel's Wharf foreshore. More events will

The Cake & Bake Show

The Cake & Bake Show is back for another year and the 2014 edition is serving up some seriously delicious treats. Top name culinary creatives including Rachel Khoo, Lisa Faulkner and Phil Vickery are taking to the stage with live demonstrations and helpful baking tips across the weekend. Top chocolatier Paul A Young, Britain's Best Bakery's Mich Turner and Peter Sidwell, and the four champions from the Great British Bake Off are also on the bill, ready to showcase their skills

  1. Earls Court Hammersmith Rd, W14 8UX
  2. Fri Oct 3 - Sun Oct 5
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Great British Bioscience Festival

  • Free

Not many scientists look like Doc from 'Back to the Future' (regrettably), but many are just as exciting. Discover how much we depend on biology at this free festival with more than 20 displays and workshops run by real-life scientists. Become a vet or farmer of a virtual farm, journey through a giant gut, learn about new inventions such as pain-free injections and remarkable replacement limbs and visit the flight arena to see the invisible electrical world of bees. The event is

  1. Museum Gardens
  2. Fri Nov 14 - Sun Nov 16
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  • Free

Why would you call your event Photomonth when it's actually on for two months? It's a conundrum we'll just have to move on from, because it would be a shame to put you off this vast festival of photography which includes exhibitions, talks and workshops in a selection of venues across east London. Full listings will be announced on the Photomonth website in due course, but already confirmed is 'Imagining the East End' (Cass Gallery, Oct 2-Nov 2), a collection of images inspired

  1. Various East London venues
  2. Wed Oct 1 - Sun Nov 30
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London Literature Festival 2014

  • Critics choice

Back for 2014, the London Literature Festival brings together an international line-up of worldclass poets, authors and speakers to celebrate the power of words and their ability to transform lives. This year's liberty-themed festival focusses on justice, freedom and democracy, and acts as a tribute to the late Maya Angelou. Highlights include poet Alice Oswald's premier of 'Tithonus-46 Minutes in the Life of Dawn'; a piece by experimental musicians Gavin Bryars and Richard

  1. Southbank Centre Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX
  2. Until Mon Oct 13
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