10 Best Alternative Festivals In London 2022

Published . By Jasmine Lee Kennedy.

For many, the thought of flower crowns, mud creeping into unimaginable places and scalps inch-thick with dry shampoo is dreamy, but for others? The thought is simply hive-inducing. So if you fall into the latter category, don't worry; you can still get your kicks with this handy list. From boozy fiestas celebrating craft beer to K-Pop gigs and a whole week devoted to cocktails, here are the best alternative festivals in London.

London Cocktail Week

13th to 23rd October 2022, cocktail bars across London

A 10-day stint at a festival requires serious graft, or so you thought. London Cocktail Week is a fabulous celebration of creative concoctions organised by DrinkUp, the same folks who brought us Wine Week and Beer Week. Cop yourself a ticket, and you’ll dive into the city’s bustling, boozy scene, with £7 signature sips to try from 300 of the world’s best bars.

London Cocktail Week 2022 | DesignMyNight

Kicking off on the 13th of October, this is going to be one of the best drinks festivals in London for 2022.

Ballie's Bank Holiday Festival

26th to 28th August, Ballie Ballerson Shoreditch

Coming at you with three whole days of fun, Ballie’s Bank Holiday Festival in Shoreditch is set to be totally mega. You can expect vibrant decor, the ever-famous, adult-sized ball pit and quirky cocktails galore, with a daily changing playlist of tunes - think Brazilian funk, house, RnB, hip hop, bashment, soca and so much more. If that wasn’t enough? There will also be wild bottomless brunches ripe for the picking.

Ballie Ballerson's Bank Holiday Festival Shoreditch | DesignMyNight

If you're looking for quirky festivals in London, Ballie Balleron's party is where it's at.

The K-Pop Festival

28th August 2022, Barnet Playing Fields

Make sure to keep the 28th of August free, as The K-Pop Festival is heading to Barnet Playing Fields. It will be championing Korean culture with a lush lineup of performers, including Rocking Doll, Woo, Kaachi, Seeon and many, many more. So, get your dancing shoes, as you’re in for an absolute sonic sensation. Plus, if you get hungry, there will be lots of exciting food and drink to get stuck into.

K-Pop Festival London 2022 | DesignMyNight

Expect a brilliant day of culture at one of the best alternative music festivals in the UK.

London Craft Beer Festival

12th to 13th August, Tobacco Dock

Ah, the golden nectar. London Craft Beer Festival is turning 10 this year, and to celebrate? It's going all out like never before. Popping up at Tobacco Dock, this will see you sipping unlimited (yes, you read that right) beer from over 100 world-class breweries. Plus, to line your stomach, there will be scrumptious bites from the likes of Napoli Gang, Tendril and more. As for the music, while the sets are yet to be confirmed, previous years have seen big names like Hot Chip and Craig Charles gracing the stage.

London Craft Beer Festival Drinks Event London | DesignMyNight

Unlimited beer, lip-smacking bites and exciting live music? It doesn't get much better than this.

The World Food Festival

3rd to 4th September 2022, Norbury Park

Celebrating mouthwatering cuisines from all over the globe, The World Food Festival aims to introduce everyone to grub they may never have tasted before. Not only will there be street food vendors rustling up all kinds of tasty bites at this London festival, but also cooking demonstrations, eating competitions and shopping stalls. On top of that, live tribute bands Take On Take That and West Zone will be bringing the entertainment by the bucketload.

World Food Festival London | DesignMyNight

There will also be funfair rides and face painting for the kiddies at The World Food Festival.

Four Thieves Beer Festival 2022

26th to 29th August 2022, The Four Thieves

If you’re looking for something a little low-key, this free Four Thieves Beer Festival 2022 is a celebration of all things hoppy in Battersea. The much-loved pub will be pouring a seriously fab range of brews (with plenty of cans and bottles too), as well as offering tasting flights and food pairings. Even better? There will be beer-themed pizza specials, a BBQ in the garden and, on Saturday, a bottomless brunch with Boogaloo Stu.

Four Thieves Beer Festival Battersea 2022 | DesignMyNight

Did you know Four Thieves also has a super cool arcade room, with VR and racing games?

Cocktails In The City

11th to 13th August and 8th to 10th September 2022, Bedford Square Gardens

Instead of mud-wrestling at a raucous festival, you can look smugly on from a stunning Georgian garden, safe in the knowledge that you won’t need a tetanus injection later on. Taking place in Bloomsbury’s Bedford Square Gardens, Cocktails In The City is going to be one of the best festivals in London for summer 2022, bringing some of the capital's top bars and mixologists together to shake up a load of signature sips. There will also be masterclasses, live music, street food and a silent disco.

Cocktails In The City London | DesignMyNight

Sunshine sips are closer than you think over at Cocktails in the City.

Sun In The City

27th August 2022, Barnet Playing Fields

Be transported back to the 90s when garage first reared its party-loving head, as Sun In The City will be setting up shop for nine hours of non-stop fun on Barnet Playing Fields. Some of the biggest DJs, MCs and live artists (So Solid Crew, DJ Luck and MC Neat, plus Heartless Crew) are gearing up for this event, where they will be thumping out house, garage, old skool hip hop, jungle and DnB.

Sun In The City Outdoor Festival London 2022 | DesignMyNight

One of the best London day festivals for 2022? You betcha.

Overflo Festival

18th September 2022, Burgess Park

From queer nightlife icons Pxssy Palace comes Overlo Festival, where they will be turning Camberwell’s Burgess Park into a beautifully inclusive space that’s celebrating women who are intersex, trans or non-binary. Look forward to banging sound systems blasting out DJ tunes and cracking live performances, as well as workshops, discussions and plenty of vogueing. And on the lineup? Alewya, Crystallmess and many more fabulous artists, making this one of the best music festivals in London for 2022.

Overflo Festival Pxssy Palace Camberwell | DesignMyNight

Enjoy a rollicking roster of up-and-coming performers at Overflo Festival.

London Bierfest 2022

5th to 7th October 2022, Old Billingsgate

London Bierfest 2022 is taking over Old Billingsgate in the City for three days of merriment. A Bavarian-style beer festival with plenty to give, this offers unlimited steins of ABK beer and gratifying German grub. Chow down on anything from banging bratwurst and frankfurters to sauerkraut balls and loaded potato skins. And throughout the event, Oompah bands, amazing aerialist performers and dazzling fire artists will be your entertainment.

London Bierfest 2022 | DesignMyNight

Discover one of the best UK festivals at London Bierfest.

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