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Things to do in London this summer

By QMJaycee 22 Jun 2022

Jaycee is a Residential Assistant here at Queen Mary and has written a blog about all the amazing things to do in London this summer.

So if you're in the market for some fun summer plans, keep reading...

West End Live

For all the theatre lovers out there, from the 25 June to 26 June several well-known West End shows will be performing an array of songs and performances for free at Trafalgar Square.

Performances on the weekend include Hamilton, The Book of Mormon, Mamma Mia and many more.

This event is completely free so whether you plan to go or just stumble across the performances when out and about it is sure to be a lively and entertaining event.

For more information visit: https://www.visitlondon.com/things-to-do/event/30161454-west-end-live-at-trafalgar-square

Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival

Once home to King Henry VIII and his six wives, Hampton Court Palace was transformed in 1838 by Queen Victoria who opened it to the public. It has subsequently become popular with tourists from across the globe and the grandeur that Henry VIII once envisaged remains for all to see.

Not only is the palace made up of magnificent apartments, grand kitchens and hallways with many a tale of ghostly sightings, but it also offers picturesque and tranquil gardens.

This beauty is often portrayed through yearly events such as the Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival. The festival offers the public a chance to walk around a view an array of spectacular floral displays, while soaking up many demonstrations. From gardening hints and tips, to exhibitions on making the most of your garden through cooking and edible plants.

This is often a hugely popular event run by the royal horticultural society and while it is pricier than many summer events, it aims to leave those who visit feeling refreshed and inspired. 

This event is running from the 4 July 2022 to 9 July 2022
For more information visit: https://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-hampton-court-palace-garden-festival 

Greenwich and The Docklands International Festival 2022

Another one for all the art lovers out there! The Greenwich and The Docklands International Festival 2022 involves a range of activities that aim to encompass different forms of art and creative media, with theatre shows, light shows and art installations, the festival offers something for everyone to enjoy. The work on offer, and the demonstrations, come from both renowned UK and international artists as well as small businesses aiming to show off their creative 

The festival is running from 26 August 2022 to 11 September 2022 and is free for everyone to enjoy.
For more information visit: https://festival.org/gdif-2022/

Notting Hill Carnival

Notting Hill Carnival takes place every year and offers a vibrant and colourful carnival experience with a range of acts performing in the carnival procession.

As well as the main carnival street party, there are also a range of stalls selling food and other goods to add that little extra joy to the carnival spirit.

The carnival parade is so popular that up to 50,000 individuals take part each year and it is a true celebration of everything Caribbean.

The carnival is free to watch and can be accessed by tube to Notting Hill. It takes place on the last weekend of August including during the summer bank holiday.

For more information visit: https://www.visitlondon.com/things-to-do/event/9023471-notting-hill-carnival

Totally Thames 2022

A slightly different event, this one is suited to everyone but particularly the history lovers! Totally Thames is an exhibition of different art and cultural activities inspired by the River Thames that aims to highlight and celebrate its role in shaping London.

Throughout the month of September, there will be a range of activities to join in with and events taking place. While the official list of events is yet to be released, highlights of previous years have included installations by the Tate Modern along the banks of the river, mudlarking exhibitions and light shows, as well as promoting the importance of sustainability along the Thames.

Most of the events taking place are in aid of Totally Thames and are free. Donations to the River Trust are welcomed to allow for the event to continue running and support their work in maintaining the culture and importance of the River.

For more information visit: https://thamesfestivaltrust.org/whats-on/

These are just a few of the events that are taking place in and around London and there sure to get you into the summer spirit. 

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