Fabulous things to do in London this summer

If you’re visiting London this summer and want to know where all the really fabulous things are, then allow me (a very fabulous Londoner) to point you in the right direction. From queer cabaret to naked cycling, sunny outdoor cinemas to dark karaoke spots, I’ve got you covered. This is one big city so check out the parties, shows, exhibitions, festivals and events I have personally handpicked to ensure you have a brilliant time. I’ll be updating this list throughout June, July and August so check back here regularly for all the fabulous things to do in London this summer.

💃 Fabulous events and parties in London

🌈 Fabulous Pride in London parties

🌞 Fabulous August Bank Holiday weekend parties in London

🎨 Fabulous exhibitions in London

🌟 Fabulous musicals in London

🎭 Fabulous theatre in London

🎥 Fabulous open-air cinemas in London


Missed summer? Try my guide for autumn.


My top 10 things to do in London this summer

Have brunch with drag queens

If you like your breakfast with a side order of show tunes (or Spice Girls), then Dalston Superstore’s Disco Brunches is the tasty treat you need in your life this summer. Hosted by a different drag queen every Saturday and Sunday, you can expect riotous start to the day with music and amazing food. There’s not really a “show” per se, but more a hearty mix of catwalking, lipsyncing and audience interaction that will have you giggling into your Full English (especially if your host hasn’t actually been to bed from the night before yet). Oh, and the food is really good btw. One of my favourite brunch places in East London.
📅 Every weekend
📍 Dalston Superstore, 117 Kingsland High St, London E8 2PB
➡️ facebook.com/discobrunchdalstonsuperstore/

Things to do in London this summer @dsuperstore A Man To Pet Dalston Superstore Disco Brunch

A Man To Pet at Dalston Superstore Disco Brunch. 📷: @a_man_to_pet

Get a taste for some Hot Brown Honey

Personally, this is the hottest ticket of the summer in my opinion – I am THAT excited about this show. Hailing from Australia, these fierce mamas put on a show like no other, hoping to educate and entertain in equal measure. Think burlesque+politics+beat boxing+killer costumes=one seriously tasty treat. These seven incredible award-winning women of colour will by storming London’s Southbank Centre with six shows in July and trust me, this is one show you shouldn’t miss.
📅 24th-28th July 2018
📍 Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, Lambeth SE1 8XX
➡️ southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/123145-hot-brown-honey-2018

Things to do in London this summer @dylanevansphoto Hot Brown Honey Southbank

Hot Brown Honey. 📷: @dylanevansphoto

Boys, get your nails done

This June, the men’s manicure crew, Guys That Nail It, have their own pop-up in Peckham’s Holdrons Arcade. Featuring all manner of soak, shape and polish options, their aim is to make men realise that we all got nails – and it’s not just women who should take care of them. Whether you just want someone to sort your fingertips out or have always dreamed of your own gel extensions, this the perfect place to get your hands (and feet) sorted for summer.
📅 8th-22nd June 2018
📍 Holdrons Arcade, 135a Rye Ln, Peckham SE15 4ST
➡️ facebook.com/GuysThatNailIt

Things to do in London this summer @guysthatnailit Mens Manicure Guys That Nail It

Perfectly polished. 📷: @guysthatnailit

Watch TLC, Venga Boys & Mel C like it’s the 90s all over again

If festivals are usually a little too pretentious (read: basic) for your taste, then this campy campy fun time is probably the line-up you’ve been looking for. Hosted by legendary London club Sink The Pink, this one-day festival is happening in London’s Brockwell Park and has a whole host of iconic stars from long-lost girl groups on the bill: Louise Redknapp (Eternal), Nadine Coyle (Girls Aloud) and the aforementioned Mel C (from a small British group called the Spice Girls – you may not have heard of them). Throw into the mix B*Witched and Belinda Carlisle and you’ve got yourself a winning day out. Trust me when I say you should dress up for this one.
📅 3rd June 2018
📍 Brockwell Park, Herne Hill SE24 9BL
➡️ mightyhoopla.com

Things to do in London this summer @mightyhoopla Mighty Hoopla festival

Mighty Hoopla festival. 📷: @lukedyson

See Steps (yes, Steps!) in Kew Gardens

Speaking of the 90s, if you’re old enough to remember Steps (like me, hiya!), then this is probably one of the most hilariously fun nights you will have all summer. Set amongst the 300 acres of exotic flowers in far West London, this 90s pop group will be pumping out all their dancefloor anthems, in some sadly more age-appropriate outfits than 20 years ago.
📅 10th July 2018
📍 Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond TW9 3AE
➡️ kew.org/kew-gardens/whats-on/kew-the-music-2018

Things to do in London this summer @kewgardens Steps Kew Gardens

A very grown-up Steps. 📷: @kewgardens

Get stuck in the K Hole

If you’re a regular at Dalston Superstore, then you’re going to love their new bar: The Karaoke Hole! Opening its doors for the first time this weekend (with a Madonna vs Gaga showdown, of course), this is the best new bar in London this summer. Located under Vodoo Rays Pizza on the high street, you should expect all manner of vocal stylings and campy songs with some rather fabulous drag queens on hand to host the show.
📅 Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays from 6pm-3am
📍 The Karaoke Hole, 95 Kingsland High St, Dalston E8 2PB
➡️ thekaraokehole.com

Things to do in London this summer @TheKaraokeHole The K Hole Dalston

Sing your way out of the K Hole. 📷: @eivindhansen

Cycle naked around London

For one day a year, you won’t be arrested for getting your flaps out in the sunshine – as long as you’re on a bike. That’s right, the World Naked Bike Ride happens in the Northern Hemisphere every June and in London, you can join this au natural peloton from 6 different location around the city (detailed below). This joyful protest is an anti-petrol and pro-body positivity way of drawing attention to the need for space for cyclists on London’s roads. Plus, it’s an ideal day out for exhibitionists of every shape and size.
📅 9th June 2018
📍 Starting from: Tower Hill, Regents Park, West Norwood, Hyde Park, Clapham Junction, and Kew Bridge
➡️ facebook.com/WNBRLondon

Things to do in London this summer @korybalski World Naked Bike Ride London

Pray it doesn’t rain. 📷: @korybalski

Travel on the London Eye like a queen

If you’ve ever wanted to be trapped in a glass pod 400ft above the ground with two seriously loco drag queens, then this is your dream come true. Crystal Beth and Baby Lame, from the cracking monthly party Mariah & Friends, will be taking to the skies this June as part of Time Out’s Eye-Openers series. Your holiday snaps will be so much more next level with these two sparkly beauties by your side.
📅 13th & 20th June 2018
📍 London Eye, South Bank, Lambeth SE1 7PB
➡️ londoneye.com/whats-on/time-outs-eye-openers-talks-and-performances

Things to do in London this summer @robgreigphoto London Eye Time Out's Eye-Openers series

Hello London! 📷: @robgreigphoto

Monkey about in London Zoo after dark

If your animal side comes out at night, then here is the perfect event for you in London this summer. On Friday evenings throughout June and July, the London Zoo stays open late – just for adults. Yes, you have to be over 18 to hang with a hippopotamus (her name is Lola, btw) after hours. Think wild yoga, tours with kinky animal sex tips and ‘watering holes’ with refreshing beverages.
📅 1st-20th July 2018
📍 ZSL London Zoo, Regent’s Park NW1 4RY
➡️ zsl.org/zsl-london-zoo/whats-on/zoo-nights

Things to do in London this summer @zsllondonzoo Zoo Nights ZSL London Zoo

The perfect place for night owls. 📷: @zsllondonzoo

Party on the Southbank with queens and kings of London

For three days in July, the iconic grey concrete brutalist structure that is the National Theatre becomes a riot of colour, camp and cabaret as the beauties from The Glory (my favourite gay bar in the whole of London) run amok with their very own pop-up festival. The line-up has now been revealed to include a whole host of East London’s drag superstars, including Virgin Xtravaganzah, Baby Lame, Timberlina and The Glory’s very own Jonny Woo.
📅 13th-15th July 2018
📍 National Theatre, Upper Ground, Lambeth SE1 9PX
➡️ nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/the-glory-river-stage-2018

Things to do in London this summer @virgin_x River Stage Festival Weekend The Glory

Virgin Xtravaganzah. 📷: @virgin_x


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Watch Geri Halliwell wannabe Just May‘s documentary Just May Does Geri 📷: @minkaguides

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Fabulous exhibitions in London this summer

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Under Cover A Secret History Of Cross-Dressers exhibition.📷: @minkagides


Fabulous musicals in London this summer

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Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. 📷: @minkagides


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Beautiful Thing. 📷: @jamesberryphotography


Fabulous open-air cinemas in London this summer

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Rooftop Cinema Film Club Peckham. 📷: @beltandbracespr

  • Rooftop Film Club  (showing I, Tonya, Clueless and The Craft) @ Bussey Building – till 30th June 2018
  • Film 4 Summer Screen (showing Carol, Blue Velvet & Call Me By Your Name) @ Somerset House – 9th-22nd August 2018
  • The Nomad Cinema (showing Ladybird, Breakfast at Tiffanys & Some Like It Hot) @ two locations near Barbican & St Pauls – 16th June-26th October 2018

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