17 Unmissable Summer Events in London 2024

Tuesday, 9 July 2024

Explore Thrilling London Events this Summer with London Northwestern Railway

London bursts with colour and excitement all summer long! From world-famous art exhibitions to vibrant cultural celebrations, there's something for everyone. London Northwestern Railway makes getting to the heart of the action easy and affordable.

Travel tips to London

  • When heading into the capital this summer be sure to make the most of the savings on offer with advance tickets – saving passengers up to 77%* compared to regular fares.
  • Travel outside peak times and bag yourself cheaper fares. Think after the morning rush, evenings and weekends for bigger savings.
  • Groups of 3 to 9 people can save up to 34% on off-peak journeys with GroupSave discounts.
  • For families with children aged between five and 15, the Off-Peak Family Travelcard means kids tickets will cost just £1. Plus, the ticket even includes unlimited travel on London's buses and tubes, and most trains in the Transport for London area.

Get times and tickets

Zoo Nights 7 June–26 July 2024

Explore London Zoo after hours and indulge in a unique adult-only animal adventure. Every Friday evening in July, escape the daytime crowds for Zoo Nights, a festival atmosphere featuring drinks, street food and DJ beats amid the animal habitats. Upgrade your experience with a Birds and the Bees after-dark tour to glimpse the nocturnal lives of our feathered friends.

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre 10 June–14 September 2024

When you’re looking at London summer events, consider catching a captivating performance from a deckchair under the stars at this open-air theatre . Soak up the summer magic and lose yourself in a world of stories. This year's diverse program offers something for everyone: The Secret Garden and Fiddler on the Roof, Shakespeare for Every Day of the Year, singer Arlo Parks and more. Pack a picnic, gather your friends and family, and enjoy an unforgettable evening under the London sky.

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 18 June–18 August 2024

Enjoy the world's largest open-submission art show, featuring over 1,700 contemporary works and installations that sprawl across the galleries, spill into the courtyard, and adorn Piccadilly. This year’s Summer Exhibition line-up includes renowned artists Andrew Pierre Hart and Michael Craig-Martin among others. Challenge your perceptions and immerse yourself in the forefront of artistic innovation.

Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships 1-14 July 2024

Soak up the atmosphere of the pinnacle of tennis on big screens throughout London. Pack your own strawberries and cream and Pimms, then sit back and enjoy the match from a deckchair. Screenings are free in Canary Wharf amid towering skyscrapers, or at Covent Garden Market, Portman Square Garden, Eccleston Yards, Screen on the Canal at King's Cross, and BST Hyde Park, among others.

Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta 7, 21 & 28 July 2024

Look to the skies and witness a colourful spectacle as up to 50 hot air balloons paint the London sky at dawn. Event dates are weather-dependent and may change. Final launch sites and details will be confirmed closer to the dates. Check the official Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta website for the latest information and viewing tips.

North Face Climb Festival 12-13 July 2024

Scale new heights as you participate in climbing challenges and workshops at the adrenaline-packed North Face Climb Festival . This two-day extravaganza offers a variety of challenges and workshops to test your limits and hone your skills, no matter your experience level. Learn from the best athletes with expert-led workshops covering various climbing techniques.

2024 Hankook London E-Prix 20–21 July 2024

Gear up for high-octane thrills and feel the buzz of electric cars racing through London's streets with the Hankook London E-Prix . World-class drivers battle for pole position on a unique circuit that weaves through ExCeL London and the historical Royal Docks. Beyond the adrenaline rush on the track, immerse yourself in a vibrant festival atmosphere with entertainment.

Buckingham Palace Summer Opening 11 July to 29 September 2024

Peek into the State Rooms of Buckingham Palace , the King's official residence. For 10 weeks, the public can explore the heart of British monarchy, with access to the grand Ballroom, the exquisite Throne Room, and lavishly decorated Drawing Rooms. It's a rare opportunity to experience royal splendour up close.

Southbank Centre's You Belong Here Summer Festival 29 June–8 September 2024

Revel in this vibrant free festival of music, performance, art and food on the Southbank, transforming the Thames riverside into a creative hub. Explore electrifying DJ sets, thought-provoking talks and a diverse lineup of hidden gems and established artists, including the Riverside Stage with live music, dance, fashion and more. This year’s event features new commissions by Strachan and free public art.

The BBC Proms 19 July–14 September 2024

Celebrate classical music at the prestigious BBC Proms festival in the Royal Albert Hall. Experience electrifying orchestral masterpieces, from Tchaikovsky symphonies to contemporary compositions. Enjoy performances by renowned orchestras, conductors, and rising stars in a relaxed setting with enthusiastic singalongs. Don't miss the legendary Last Night of the Proms, a vibrant celebration of British music and culture ending with a joyful flag-waving finale.

London TRANS+ Pride 27 July 2024

Join the vibrant celebration of London's LGBTQ+ community which explodes with colour and joy. Mark your calendars and join the festivities marking inclusivity, self-expression, and the resilience of the transgender community. Whether LGBTQ+ or ally, everyone embracing love and acceptance is welcome at London Trans+ Pride .

Camden Fringe 29 Jul–25 August 2024

Be among the first to witness tomorrow's stars today. Discover new acts and innovative performances at this eclectic arts festival, where artists take risks and push boundaries. With over 300 productions across 30+ venues in Camden Town, the diverse line-up includes theatre, comedy, dance, and music. Check the official Camden Fringe website for updates and tickets.

National Gallery Summer on the Square 1 August–1 September 2024

Ignite your creativity in the heart of London with a free festival of art including daily creative sessions and activities in Trafalgar Square against the backdrop of the National Gallery. Join thousands of Londoners and visitors in this celebration of art and community, transforming Trafalgar Square into a vibrant outdoor studio. Open to all ages and abilities on a first-come, first-served basis.

Summer Events London: Sounds at Coal Drops Yard 15–26 August 2024

Groove to live music under the summer sky in King's Cross. This free 12-day music festival transforms the industrial-chic Coal Drops Yard into a vibrant open-air concert venue. Summer Sounds brings Kings Cross alive with free concerts each evening from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Family Sundays offer a fun-filled afternoon for all ages.

Greenwich+Docklands International Festival 23 Aug-8 Sep

Experience boundary-pushing outdoor theatre, dance and art installations at this innovative free festival. GDIF transforms public spaces into stages for cutting-edge performances. This year's highlights include an epic eight-hour aerial performance atop a melting ice block, dynamic dance productions and interactive art installations scattered throughout Greenwich and Docklands.

Hampton Court Palace Food Festival 24–26 August 2024

Travel the world on a plate! Immerse yourself in a delightful culinary adventure held within the historic grounds of King Henry VIII's magnificent palace. Picnic on the manicured lawns, stroll through the picturesque gardens and enjoy live music performances and entertainment. The Hampton Court Palace Food Festival is the perfect summer escape for foodies and history buffs alike.

Notting Hill Carnival 25-26 August 2024

Lose yourself in the rhythms and explosion of colour at Notting Hill Carnival , Europe's largest street festival. This free two-day extravaganza celebrates Caribbean culture with colourful costumes, lively floats and infectious music. Experience London's streets alive with joy, enjoy delicious Caribbean food like jerk chicken and ackee, and immerse yourself in an unforgettable celebration of community and diversity.