No matter the time of year in London, you’re bound to find a celebration or festival taking place somewhere. As Brits, we’re quite fond of tipping our hats to the very best in food, drink, arts and music – from day festivals to parties that continue for entire weekends! Here are our top 5 festivals, including food, music and art, that are guaranteed to give you a good time!
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Taste of London Festival
Regents Park, London, NW1 4NR
Nearest Tube: Regents Park, Great Portland Street
Foodies, rejoice! This June in Regents Park, the Taste of London Festival returns. For those of you that haven’t experienced this before, Taste of London is a 5-day festival showcasing the capital’s best restaurants, chefs and leading food and drink brands. You’ll be joining 55,000 foodies in sampling delicious dishes from top restaurants, whilst watching world-class chefs cooking up a storm in live demonstrations.
Expect an abundance of food and drink masterclasses that you can take part in, including complimentary activities such as wine and beer tasting. All in all, this festival is a fantastic way to spend time with friends and family in a relaxed environment, in one of the city’s most stunning parks. Prepare your taste buds for a treat and choose your ticket to the festival here.
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London Cheese Project
The Geffrye Museum, 136 Kingsland Road, London, E2 8EA
Nearest Station: Hoxton
We know it might sound ‘cheesy’, but this festival is guaranteed to be ‘grate’! London’s premier cheese festival returns 26-28 May, just in time for the Bank Holiday. This ticketed 3-day festival of fromage will take place in the gardens of The Geffrye Museum, Hoxton, and will showcase a wonderful selection of British cheesemakers, Indie cheesemongers and street food cheesy specials. Cheese lovers will be able to listen to a series of talks for free from industry experts including the Academy of Cheese, Quicke’s and the Great British Cheese Awards. As if this wasn’t tasty enough already, you can also enjoy a live demo of mozzarella making. Be sure to bag your tickets for just £5 here.
London Wing Fest
Stratford Waterfront, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Waterdon Road, E20 2ZQ
Nearest Tube: Stratford
5,000 people, 65,000 wings, 20 wing vendors, 2 days of wings, music, beer and bourbon. This is an entire, finger-lickin’ good festival dedicated to the chicken wing, and it’s landing back in London this August!
Head to Wing Fest to taste more wings than you could ever imagine, from sticky BBQ to spicy buffalo – then watch as a panel of judges crown the winning wings! Will you be brave enough to take the ‘lava wing challenge’, or sink a few ‘hot sauce shots’? Grab your tickets here.
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British Summer Time Festival
Hyde Park, London, W2 2UH
July 6th-8th, July 13th-15th
Nearest Tube: Hyde Park Corner
BST Hyde Park has secured a fantastic musical line up this year with performances from The Cure, Eric Clapton, Michael Bublé, Bruno Mars and Paul Simon. Prepare yourself for 6-days of non-stop music, celebrations and giveaways, including special Barclaycard customer-only presales so you can get your hands on the hottest tickets in town! Tickets are starting to sell out so be sure to secure yours here today.
East London Comics & Arts Festival
The Round Chapel on 1D Glenarm Rd, London E5 0LY
Nearest Station: Hackney Central
For the 8th year ELCAF returns to London 22-24th June, featuring over 100 art exhibitors. This is a brilliant and colourful festival celebrating the artwork and artists from across the UK and beyond; including Charlotte Dumortier, Partick Kyle, Tor Brand and many more!
Over 2 days you can join in with London’s largest annual celebration of comics, illustration, sequential art and storytelling. Comic-fans and art admirers alike can enjoy a delightful programme of talks, screenings and workshops led by the artists themselves.
Tickets are split into two tiers, the first is a day pass which allows you access to the exhibitors hall and all workshops. The second is the ‘All Access’, which gives you access to all talks, as well as the exhibitors hall and workshops. This is a festival bound to inspire, so be sure to book your tickets in advance here.
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