With our dotted green plots, raging roster of music acts and penchant for drinking through summer, it's no wonder that the city toasts to Vitamin D in the only way it knows how, by snagging a spot by the stage or necking a few cold ones on over-trodden grass. From craft beer and independent music festivals, to weekend long bashment, here are our recommendations for the top 10 summer festivals in London......
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Victoria Park: June 3rd
With a music mentality that never comes into question, Field Day is one of the best summer festivals in London with good and great reason. Not only setting up in Vicky Park for those all important rays, Field Day is a barrage of talent that blends between indie, post-punk, reggae and house. Village inspiration? They've got it too. Expect eating competitions, grassy plots, team games and more.
Blackheath, South London: September 9th-10th
Considering it's run by John Lewis, and I don't know many millennials that could even afford a plate there, OnBlackheath is still coming up trumps when it comes to London's festival scene. Not only a booming space atop the Heath itself, OnBlackheath is one of the most family friendly festivals on the London roster, all set alongside a sought after musical line-up, pop up stalls, banquet events and more.
South West Four
Clapham Common: August 26th-27th
A festival stunner down South, South West Four is one heck of a fine foray into the world of urban acts, clubbing names and DJ faces. Brimming between tents, and keeping Clapham up until the early hours of the morning with their lights and storming nights, South West Four is the ultimate bank holiday booze up alongside a legendary DJ line-up. Awards nominated? Oh yeah, it's had that too.
Across Various Hackney Venues: August 5th
Blending together the best of indie, prog, DJs and bands, Visions Festival is the drink that slides down just right. Go on, have three. Held across a heap of Hackney venues, Visions is a treasure and one of the best summer festivals in London thanks to their ever beaming acts, fun-filled penchant and aggravatingly good East London spots: Laundry, Oval Space, MOTH Club and St John.
Notting Hill Carnival
Across Various Streets in Notting Hill & South Kensington: August 27th-28th
Sound stages, feathers, feathers and more feathers. If you're looking for London's most colourful cavort (and one that originates way back to 1964), Notting Hill Carnival is the place to find it. Set across two storming summer days in a nod to Afro-Caribbean culture, Notting Hill Carnival takes to the streets to tempt hoards of crowds with jerk chicken, street food stands and sound stages beaming with some of the best reggae in the business.
London Pride Festival
Across Various London Venues and Streets: June 24th-July 9th
The LGBT community comes out in full force at one of the friendliest, fun and most colourful festival cavorts in the city. Not only a testament to sexual equality and gender rights, London Pride is a party palace of stunning street parades, live music events, drag nights, diverse name faces and more. Rainbow flags find their place to shine, right here.
Various Venues in Camden: June 3rd
Bands, they're pretty much the blood and backbone to some of the best festivals in London, so where can we praise them in all their hedonistic, heaving riff glory? A homage to all things rock, Camden Rocks storms the North London scene, snagging their best gig venues and filling them silly with some of the best bands and names at the heart of prog-rock, punk, alternative and grunge.
Finsbury Park: July 7th-9th July
Pyrotechnics, confetti and some of the most powerful names on the commercial chart (Craid David, if you needed tempting). If that's what you want, then it's what you're going to get at Wireless. A thriving event, and one of the biggest summer festivals in London, not only is Wireless churning out big name line-ups in rapid dose, they're primed for the sun thanks to their Finsbury Park location.
London Craft Beer Festival
Oval Space: August 4th-6th
There's plenty of food and drinks festivals in London, and that's real nice like, but not many of them can compare to the heady craft dosing of London Craft Beer Festival. Not only do they appear to be weather wizards, with every year conjuring the best of summer sun for their weekend festival, London Craft Beer's event is the holy grail of city brewers (Siren, Kernel, Magic Rock), tasty pints, DJs and street food.
Victoria Park: July 14th-15th
As one of the very first London festivals, Lovebox knows a thing or two about putting on a summer shindig. Set up in 2005 by Groove Armada, the event now lasts for two days in Victoria Park. Past acts are suitable shiny with the likes of Snoop Dog, Chase & Status, M.I.A, and Grace Jones all having headlined. It's not all incredible music, this East London corker is known for its fashion stakes with festival goers taking dress up seriously; on your marks, ready, glitter, go.