Summer in this city is something very special, with day festivals, rooftop bars and large sporting events London is almost unrecognisable from the bleak, grey months of winter. Although there are endless opportunities for fun, it’s not always kind to your bank account. Here at London Living, we know that having a tighter budget doesn’t mean you have to miss out on any of the excitement this summer. We’ve put together our favourite and savvy summer activities for you.
Watch Wimbledon on the big screen
One New Change, St Pauls
Cardinal Place, Victoria
2 – 15 July
New Street Square, Chancery Lane
Kicking off your summer in traditional style, Wimbledon is set to cause a frenzy across the city for a fortnight in June. Thanks to Great British Summer, outdoor screenings of Wimbledon will be held across three central London locations, and all for free. Grab your strawberries and cream, a jug of Pimms and cheer on Murray, Federer, and Nadal for two (hopefully) glorious weeks of sunshine and tennis.
Get Fit for Free
Across several London Boroughs
Available all year round
Exercising is always easier in the summer months, particularly when you’re in one of London’s beautiful outdoor spaces surrounding by enthusiastic and like-minded people. In association with local councils and authorities, Our Parks is a new initiative to bring free exercise classes, led by experienced and insured professional instructors to Londoners across the city. From HIIT, to yoga, Box Fit and Brazilian Dance there is something for everyone and so really, no excuses not to join in. Find your nearest participating park here.
Image: Time Out
The Garden Gate Pub
South End Green, Hampstead
Saturday 16 July
Nearest tube: Belsize Park
Whether your dog is the cutest pup, or a golden oldie, at Pup Idol, every dog has its day. Held at London’s most dog-friendly pub, the Garden Gate in Hampstead, the search for Mr and Miss Hampstead (of the dog world) takes place alongside a tombola and auction in aid of All Dogs Matter, a rehoming charity for rescue dogs. A host of celebrity judges oversee proceedings, including Lucy the Rescue Cavalier. Entering your own pooch will cost £5 and spectators can watch the contestants sweat it out free of charge. Check out this link for more information.
Image: Lambeth Country Show
Lambeth Country Show
Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 July
Nearest tube: Brixton
It’s hard to distil what Lambeth Country Show is because, it’s a little bit of everything. With an eclectic mix of country pursuits and live music, the annual Country Show attracts a distinctly mixed crowd. This year, held on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd July, Saturday’s main stage welcomes afro-beat, drum and bass, and soul acts with Sunday bringing roots reggae day. The Village Green stage showcases a mix of national and local talent from funk, soul and samba. But that’s not the half of it, there’s jousting, sheep dog trials, owl displays, vegetable growing competitions and other events taking place between 11am and 8pm. It’s Glastonbury mixed with a village fete and all free of charge.
The Bandstand, Southwark Park, Gomm Road, SE16 2TX
Saturday 30 June
Nearest tube: Bermondsey
This long-standing Southwark Park Carnival first started over 100 years ago. Having enjoyed a revival in the mid 90s, the carnival has grown in popularity in the last few years. The day promises fun and entertainment for all ages and tastes including tributes to Frank Sinatra and the rat pack, the Abba Gold Girls and Tiny Tina’s band performing hits from Tina Turner and more. Other acts include local bands, gospel choirs and garage DJs and local Latin community group Carnival del Pueblo. You can also expect to find stalls selling delicious food and drink from local suppliers as well fairground rides and attractions.
For more information have a look here.
A Slice through the World
The Drawing Room, Rodney Place, London SE17 1PP
13 June – 5 August
Nearest tube: Elephant & Castle
A Slice through the World is an exhibition that brings together a varied selection of artists from across the globe. In our current climate of mass exposure to digital images and mixed media these works explore traditional methods to focus the viewer’s eyes and minds, to slow down and reimagine how we look at the world. The exhibition at the Drawing Room in Elephant & Castle is a collaboration with Modern Art Oxford and features artists Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze, Ciprian Muresan, David Musgrave, and Lucy Skaer. A private view will be held at the Drawing Room on 12th June coinciding with an artist’s tour. For more information on the exhibition and the collaborative exhibition in Oxford have a look here.
If you manage to catch one of the many free events in London this summer, let us know in the comments below!