Friday 31st March – Festival of the Dead
Festival of the Dead is a carnival-esque festival at the Troxy London (E1 0HX) with a giant skull procession, dance troupes and acrobats, DJ’s and live music, skull face painting, pinatas, confetti, co2 and light shows. Check out the video below, it looks insane!
Get tickets here (tickets almost sold out so be quick!).
Sunday 2nd April – The Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race
The 2017 Cancer Research UK Boat Races will be the 163rd Boat Race and 72nd Women’s Boat Race. The Boat Races, which start at Putney Bridge and end at Chiswick Bridge 4 miles upstream, are amongst the oldest sporting events in the world.
The races are free for anyone to come and watch, with viewing areas all the way from Putney Embankment and Bishops Park at the beginning of the course, Hammersmith and Barnes on the route, and Dukes Meadows and Chiswick Bridge at the finish line. As well as the numerous pubs and boathouses along the course where you can enjoy a drink and watch the action live, there are 3 fan parks in the area with bars, food stalls and large screens broadcasting the races. Events kick off at 12, with the main races happening at 4:35pm and 5:35pm.
Thursday 13th to Sunday 16th April – Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta
This Easter weekend head to Greenwich to see a fleet of over 30 Tall Ships before they set sail to Quebec in Canada to mark the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation. The ships will be anchored along the Thames and visitors can go on board, talk to the crews, learn sailing skills and even book to go on a cruise on one of the ships. Being a festival there will also be entertainment, live music and fireworks.
Friday 9th to Sunday 11th June – Polo in the Park
Chesterton’s annual Polo in the Park returns to Hurlingham Park in Fulham for three days this summer. The polo field is smaller than a traditional field and the rules are simplified so non polo expects can follow the action. And if you still don’t fancy the idea of watching the actual game, Polo in the Park is still a fun opportunity to dress up and enjoy a few drinks in the sun with your friends. There are several bars and drinking areas such as Lanson’s Champagne Garden, the Pimm’s double decker bus, the Mahiki tiki bar (with pina coladas in pineapples!) and MINT’s Mojito bar, as well as The Grazing Paddock which hosts a selection of London’s top restaurants and street food vendors such as maze Grill, Bubbledogs, Le Bun and SMOKESTAK.
Tickets are between £30 – £47.50 depending on which of the 3 days you want to attend.
Wednesday 14th to Sunday 18th June – Taste of London
Taste of London is a five day festival in Regents Park celebrating the city’s best food. Hundreds of London’s top restaurants will be serving up taster portions of their dishes, top-chefs will be doing live demonstrations and visitors will be able to get hands-on with interactive masterclasses. Eat, drink and enjoy the sun in this ultimate foodie heaven!
Entry to the event costs £13 (early bird). Grab your tickets here.
Wednesday 14th June to Sunday 8th October – Luna Cinema
A great way to enjoy a warm summers evening, and my favorite outdoor cinema experience in the city. This year Luna Cinema are screening classic films such as Dirty Dancing, Harry Potter and Top Gun, as well as new releases including La La Land and Beauty and the Beast (just to name a few) in beautiful outdoor locations all around London such as Greenwich Park, Brockwell Lido, Victoria Embankment, One New Change and Kensington Palace.
With films starting just as the sun sets, you can lay back under the starts with a drink (which you’re allowed to bring from home) and bite to eat (there are food stands at the venues).
Pre-sale tickets (for email subscribers) go on sale on Wednesday 28th March and general sale on Friday 30th March.
Tuesday 20th to Saturday 24th June – Royal Ascot
Grab your fanciest hat and head to Ascot for the ultimate event of the summer season. I don’t think much else needs to be said about this one.
Tickets are available here (early bird prices until 31st March).
18-24 year olds can also get half price tickets for the Tuesday and Wednesday race days – find out how here.
Wednesday 28th June to Sunday 2nd July – Henley Regatta
Although not necessarily in London, the close proximity (just 1 hour by train) makes Henley Regatta extremely popular with Londoners. Over 5 days, hundreds of world class crews race down the River Thames in one of the most coveted rowing competitions in the world. Henley Regatta is also a highlight of the social season, with spectators donning their fanciest summer clothes and enjoying the races from the riverside enclosures with plenty of food, drinks and live entertainment.
Tickets for the 2017 Regatta are released at 9:30am on Monday 3rd April 2017 and can be brought here.
Friday 30th June to Sunday 9th July – British Summer Time, Hyde Park
British Summer Time is a music festival held over two long weekends every summer in London’s Hyde Park. This year Phill Collins, Green Day, Justin Bieber, Kings of Leon, The Killers and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers will be all headlining different nights of the event. Although there is no camping, each headliner has a host of other acts before them, with the days running from lunchtime into the night. Inside the park there is also a street food market and several bars.
Plus, even if you haven’t splashed out on tickets to any of the main nights, you can still make the most of this years event. On non-concert days BST becomes an open-house for everyone to enjoy. As well as the many street food stalls and bars there will be an outdoor cinema, Wimbledon screenings and live entertainment in Hyde Park.
Sunday 27th to Monday 28th August – Notting Hill Carnival
Every August the streets of Notting Hill, Ladbroke Grove and Westbourne Park become one giant party. Notting Hill Carnival is a celebration of London’s Caribbean communities, with two days of reggae music, elaborate costumes and plenty of jerk chicken and beer. The event is free but the area gets extremely busy so remember to get off the tube a few stops away and walk in to join the party.