There’s so much happening in London every summer – London’s events calendar is always busy! Plan the coming months today and make sure you don’t miss out.With our Summer City Breaks offer, you can visit London and enjoy some great events from just £65 a nigh

Get_137087546 London couple Canada Day International – 1st July

St George's Day celebrations

The coming Canada Day celebration in London is a great opportunity for all adventurous foodies, music lovers, and hockey fans from all over the world to come, unite and celebrate in true Canadian style! It is one of the favourite free summer festivals in London, and returns to Trafalgar Square on 1 July with some of the Canada’s best musical artists, great food, art, fashion and entertainment. Canada’s 146th birthday could not be celebrated without its music legends and national pastime – hockey. The festival will also feature a lululemon yoga class, face painting for the kids, appearances by Royal Canadian Mounted Police and much more.

 Open East Festival at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – 27-28th July

On the anniversary of the London 2012 Games , the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will be reopening at the Open East arts festival.

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The Olympic Park will be filled with music, art, theatre and food inspired by East London to mark one year since the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Games.

The festival will include various performances and workshops, a Real Food Festival, circus and different fairs. This will definitely be a great day out for the whole family.

 Notting Hill Carnival – 25-26th August

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Billed as one of the biggest street festivals in the world – second only to the internationally renowned Carnival in Rio de Janiero – the Notting Hill Carnival drew more than 1 million visitors last year. The two-day party is held every year on the last weekend of August in west London. A huge parade, featuring dozens of floats and dancers decked out in elaborate, jewel-encrusted costumes and sky-high feather headpieces, opens the festivities on Sunday. But perhaps the best part about the Notting Hill Carnival is the food!  There will be plenty of jerk chicken and fried plantain to feast on, so make sure to come hungry.

  Serpentine Gallery Pavilion – 8th June – 20th October

serpEach year, a different artist is chosen to design a temporary building for the lawn outside the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens. This year’s Serpentine Pavilion has been design by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto. It is made from a lattice of steel poles, giving a delicate, lightweight appearance.  The grid varies in density, framing or obscuring the surrounding park by different degrees as visitors move around it. Circles of transparent polycarbonate amongst the poles afford shelter from the rain but also create a layer that reflects sunlight from within. This is probably the best place to enjoy the sunny days in London. Moreover, inside the Pavilion you’ll find a café and a variety of different events throughout the summer.


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