London is full of dynamic cultural energy, with a huge number of indoor and outdoor venues hosting some of the UK’s top festivals. We’ve answered some of the most common questions about music, film, art, dance and more festivals in London to help you find the finest festival for you.
There are a number of music festivals that take place in London, but few can draw in the big guns quite like British Summer Time. Held in Hyde Park over two weekends, this festival sees headliners from a wide variety of genres attracting hundreds of thousands of revellers every year.
All Points East is another eclectic festival that takes over Victoria Park for ten days, drawing in bands from the world of rock, pop and dance, while Wireless Festival, the UK’s biggest urban music festival, takes place annually in Finsbury Park.
Brixton Disco Festival proves disco never died, taking place across the Ritzy, the Black Cultural Archives, the Prince of Wales and Electric Brixton – any excuse to dust off your hot pants and throw some shapes. Classical fans can head to the Royal Albert Hall for The Proms, while the London Jazz Festival is held every November across numerous venues.
London Screenwriters Festival attracts over 1,000 attendees, crowding into a series of interesting events featuring some of the most well-respected screenwriters in the world. Alternatively, try out the London Design Festival, a celebration of the city’s world class design industry that pulled in nearly 600,000 visitors from over 75 countries in 2018. Taking place in September, the event takes over chunks of the city and incorporates numerous tradeshows, not to mention the incredible Landmark Projects it produces.
If you fancy yourself as a bit of a Fortnite fan or a Minecraft maestro, London Games Festival is one of the UK’s biggest gaming conventions, celebrating the players, developers and investors over nearly two full weeks of events in the capital. Get to grips with the latest releases, showcase your own game or find the next Angry Birds to invest in.
One of the most vibrant colour pops of activity each year in the capital, unleash your inner nerd and show off your creative flair by dressing as your favourite fictional character at London Comic Con. Excel London is overrun with comic book, TV and film and gaming culture, where you can attend talks, buy merchandise and mingle with likeminded Londoners. Meanwhile, Fanfest Events run events like Heroes and Villains, where you can try bungee jumping and archery, along with the zombie-themed Walker Stalker in the capital.
No matter the time of year, London’s love affair with the finest food and drink means there are always festivals in London going on. Eat & Drink Festival is a travelling event that descends on The Olympia, where you can indulge in demonstrations, cookery schools, artisan stalls and talks by some of the best chefs cooking today. Marvel at their modern culinary skills, learn something new and best of all, taste and take home some of the fine food and dishes produced.
Can’t get enough caffeine? The London Coffee Festival is a four-day event with live roasting sessions, coffee pairing, the school of chocolate, a home barista workshop and live latte art. Learn to distinguish your flat whites from your triple shot lattes. You’ll never drink instant coffee again!