Enjoy the rare spectacle of a traffic-free street in zone one every Sunday in July, as Regent Street's classy curve is pedestrianised from Oxford Circus all the way to Piccadilly Circus for a street party. The festivities will take on a different theme each week, with free entry, installations, demonstrations, food and drink and activities to get stuck into. Find out more here.
The Lambeth Country Show has brought countryside pursuits to Brockwell Park for the last 43 years and the 2018 instalment will once again feature home grown a veg carving competition, sheep shearing, sheep dog and owl displays, an on-site mini farm and lots, lots more. Live music can be heard from two stages over the weekend (don't miss Roots Reggae Day on the Main Stage, Sunday). Locally made (and rather potent) cider, homemade cakes and other refreshments will be on sale, and – as ever – entry is free. More than 170,000 people decended on Lambeth for the show in 2018, so expect to be elbowing your way through the crowds. Final entry time is 6.30pm.
Coeliacs can stuff themselves and Paleo followers can pig out at this street food festival packed with tempting gluten-free treats. An absence of wheat needn't be a bad thing, and the likes of Louisiana Chilli Shack, Cupcakes and Shhht! and Uncle G's are lining up to prove it. Thirsty for more? Skinny Brands will be pouring gluten free and vegan beers all weekend long.
This £4-a-dish food fest is returning to Last Days of Shoreditch. Dress code: Hawaiian shirt, naturally. The theme this year is ‘fantasy fusions’ and some of Just Eat's best restaurant partners will be concocting dishes straight out of your gastronomic dreams. Expect delicious remixes of all your favourite classics.
Cider fans of every stripe will be satisfied by this 100 plus booze fest featuring sweet, dry and cloudy varieties plus concoctions made with everything from passionfruit and blueberries to chilli and ginger. Ciders, perries and ales at this hidden-away boozer in backstreet Southwark will be complemented by a barbecue, steel band, DJs and ping-pong. Get involved - it's a scrumpathon.
Have some (legal) fun in a former carpark at Skylight, a rooftop playground in Tobacco Dock, which is back for some summer fun. The Wapping rooftop will be home to three floors of bars, street food, croquet and pétanque with some unparalleled panoramas of the city skyline to boot. There'll also be screens to watch the Word Cup and Wimbledon unfold and don't miss the one-off parties throughout tehe summer featuring DJ collectives including Gold Teeth and Coastal Haze. Find out more here. Price for a 45 minute croquet game is £25-£35. Price for a Pétanque game is £15. Group tables start from £10. Book here.
Your one and only chance (for this year) to visit the historic catacombs at this 178-year-old cemetery, with guided tours available for just £5 a pop. Visitors will also be able to browse craft stalls, an exhibition of fine art and a selection of Victorian funerary memorabilia, as well as admiring the birds of prey, an apiary and an Edwardian hearse. Drumming and sketch sessions should keep kids perky despite the macabre setting.
Fill yer boots with free live music, dance and theatre at the National Theatre's free outdoor mini-festival weekends. River Stage takes over a dedicated spot on Southbank outside the theatre, offering crowds the chance to discover new performers, join in workshops, or just slump back in a deckchair and soak up the sun. 2018 River Stages features five weekends of events curated by East London drag hub The Glory (13-15th July), regional theatre powerhouse HOME Manchester (20-22nd July), classical music innovators Nonclassical (3rd-5th August) and the National Theatre itself (10-12th August). Find full line-up information HERE.
The wonderful Provisions wine bar and deli on Holloway Road are closing their shop and running a bar till late with plenty of wine, food and music for their annual summer party. Sip a special selection of wines not normally served at the bar all at friendly prices. On the 1s and 2s is Café Au Lait's Mr Redley playing a vinyl only DJ set for the long, hot summer night.
Cool off during London's heatwave by whizzing your way down a massive water slide. Coconut water pros Vita Coco are bringing, what they claim to be, the UK's biggest slip 'n' slide to the capital at the one and only Lambeth County Show. The inflatable slide will be 15m high and 36m long and you can get a snap of yourself slip-sliding around on it. There'll also be a ‘Sip N’ Slide Challenge’ to join throughout the weekend with chances to win Vita Coco prizes. Plus, Bake-Off's Selasi Gbormittah will be on hand serving up Vita Coco cocktails. Open to anyone aged 7 and over.