One of the world’s most exciting and dynamic cities, London is a veritable treasure trove of notable attractions, iconic landmarks and must-do experiences.
Life's A Beach
London boasts an enviable selection of urban beaches to bring the coast to the heart of the capital including Neverland on the banks of the Thames, Urban Docks in the east and a popular temporary beach outside the Southbank Centre.
The hundreds of tonnes of golden sand at the award-winning Beach Brent Cross (among the most popular), welcoming families in droves to enjoy the summer sun until September 2. The temporary resort promises a tempting array of activities and attractions to entertain visitors of all ages including a splash and paddling pool, a new balloon challenge called Water Wars, rollicking Punch and Judy shows, and fairground rides for thrill seekers big and small. Keeping with the seaside theme, plentiful food and drink options include traditional fish and chips, ice cream, doughnuts and an ocean of ice cold juices, cocktails and alcoholic tipples.
Dinosaurs In The Wild
Venture back in time around 67 million years and encounter creatures from the late Cretaceous period in the thrilling safari adventure Dinosaurs In The Wild, which is booking until September 2 at Greenwich Peninsula. Experience the awe and wonder of entering your own Jurassic World in a spectacular fusion of live-action theatre, cutting-edge audio-visual effects, animatronic creatures, dramatic storytelling and theme park excitement. During the journey, you might glimpse Triceratops or Alamosaurus in the wild, witness the dissection of a Pachycephalosaurus in the Autopsy Lab or stare a rampaging Tyrannosaurus Rex in the eye.
Don't Miss Kids Week
London’s theatreland is heaving with fabulous shows for families but ticket prices can be expensive. Thank goodness for the annual Kids Week initiative run by the not-for-profit organisation Society of London Theatre (SOLT). For the whole of August, children aged 16 or under go free to any participating show when accompanied by a full paying adult, and up to two additional children’s tickets can be purchased at half price. Crucially, there are also no wallet-busting booking fees. Advanced booking is strongly advised for a tempting array of shows including the enchanting musical play The Tiger Who Came To Tea based on the book by Judith Kerr, hit musicals Wicked, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie and Kinky Boots, and madcap comedy Horrible Histories Live On Stage - Barmy Britain Part Four!.
Elsewhere in theatreland, the 13th edition of Camden Fringe boasts the best in boundary-pushing and experimental arts from July 30 to August 26 in 22 venues. This year’s edition boasts around 300 shows, which generally last one hour or less. Highlights include comedian Andrew Bird (July 30 & 31), who has supported Rob Brydon and Michael McIntyre on tour, an irreverent new musical dedicated to Jurassic Park actor Sam Neill (August 11-13), and Soccer AM host Lloyd Griffith improvising laughs on a stage for an hour (August 20-23). There are no physical tickets. You need to present a proof of purchase at the venue such as a printed receipt or booking confirmation on your phone to gain admission to each show.
If music be the food of love then London serves up a feast of festivals to satisfy the heartiest appetite. Kaleidoscope Festival on July 21 at Alexandra Palace boasts the likes of The Flaming Lips, Ghostpoet, Mystery Jets, The Go! Team and Beth Orton.
Rock, Don't Stop
Let’s Rock London! is a one-day feast of retro delights from the 1980s and 1990s, taking place on July 28 on Clapham Common. Step back in time in the company of UB40, The Boomtown Rats, Kim Wilde, Big Country, Go West and Tiffany.
There is a jungle carnival theme for the London edition of Elrow Town on August 18 and 19 in the Queen Elizabeth Park. Tickets are sold out for Saturday but on Sunday, you can still catch Fatboy Slim, Idris Elba, Claptone, Shy FX and Dynamite MC.
South Water Four Weekender
Then the South West Four Weekender makes its mark on Clapham Common on the Bank Holiday weekend of August 25 and 26. Big names playing on Saturday include Marshmello, Dizzee Rascal, Armin van Buuren, Oliver Heldens, ML and Benny Benassi while Sunday boasts the likes of Chase & Status live, Craig David, DJ EZ and Hype playing back to back with Hazard.
BBC Proms returns to Hyde Park on September 8 hosted by Michael Ball. He welcomes a dazzling array of special guests including Gladys Knight, Josh Groban, Joseph Calleja, Matt Goss and Lisa Stansfield plus the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Richard Balcombe.
That same weekend, September 8 and 9, OnBlackheath turns up the volume on Blackheath Common. Squeeze, The Divine Comedy and Billy Bragg reign supreme on Saturday while Sunday’s line-up includes Paloma Faith, De La Soul, Corinne Bailey Rae and Lighting Seeds.
Radio 2 Live
The summer music festival season in the capital closes with a bang courtesy of Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park on September 9. The guest list is always exceptional and this year’s glittering acts swing effortlessly between pop, rock, country, folk and disco. The line-up includes age-defying national treasure Kylie Minogue, Manic Street Preachers, Boyzone, Carrie Underwood, All Saints, Rita Ora and Lenny Kravitz.
Top Events In London This Week
London Design Festival
Nine days of exhibitions, special events and activities at multiple venues around the capital to mark London's as the design capital of the world.
London Fashion Week Festival
Britain's biggest biannual showcase of British and international fashion welcomes visitors to the Strand for four days of catwalk shows, pop-ups, designer shopping, hair-styling and pampering, and educational panels from leading industry experts.
- Fashion Fair/Fashion Show
New Scientist Live 2018
The annual festival of ideas and discovery promises more than 140 inspirational and informative talks that touch on various areas of human life such as plastic waste, old age, red squirrels and antisocial media.
- Family Event
Meet Chris Ryan
The best-selling writer and former SAS Sergeant signs copies of the military thriller Head Hunters.
- Book Signing
The National Wedding Show
A chance to browse a wide selection of traders offering all the requirements for potential brides and grooms.
- Consumer Show
Open House London
Some of London's most impressive and mysterious buildings open their doors for one weekend, offering a rare glimpse behind the scenes of the capital's diverse architecture.
- Guided Tour
Benedict Allen: Ultimate Explorer
The adventurer-explorer tells the whole unvarnished truth of his most recent adventure - a solo expedition to Papua New Guinea, during which he filmed his journey to visit a community he had befriended thirty years earlier.
The Devitt MCN Ally Pally Show & Supersprint
The world's only indoor motorcycle sprint pits historic race bikes and celebrity riders against one another in a test of head-to-head speed and skill.
The Totally Football Show Live With James Richardson
Italian football expert James Horncastle, Michael Cox, author of The Mixer: The Story Of Premier League Tactics and statistician Duncan Alexander join host James Richardson for a live recording of the popular podcast.
- Discussion/Panel Event
Colourscape is a large inflatable labyrinth sculpture of colour and light originated by artist Peter Jones in the early 1970s. Wander around coloured chambers, illuminated by natural daylight, which are linked by elliptical openings to form a temporary maze of space and light.