Fabulous things to do in London this summer

Are you visiting London this summer? Or are you a local looking for the best that your city has to offer now the sun is (finally) out? Well, luckily for you, I’ve handpicked the best of everything the UK capital has to offer over the next couple of months. From Peaches’ new variety show to my Lipsync1000 grand finale performance (!!!), there are so many fabulous things to do in London this summer.

So, when does summer start this year? Most people in the UK go by the astronomical seasons, which change slightly every year. This really surprised me when I first moved to London as I was used to the very structured meteorological seasons that set summer in the Northern Hemisphere as 1st June – 31st August every year. However, having lived now lived here for over a decade, the astronomical seasons definitely make more sense and this year the summer season in London will run from Friday 21st June to Monday 23rd September 2019.

Summer in London is usually a dreamy escape from nine months of cold and rain. The sun comes out and all the green spaces around the city suddenly become filled with people lazing around in its glow. There are so many things to do during these few short months that the weeks just fly by. There is an incredible array of festivals, outdoor cinemas and parties to enjoy. So pull on your short shorts and make the most of the season with these fabulous sunny things to do in London.

💃 Fabulous things to do in London this July

🎩 Fabulous things to do in London this August

👯 Fabulous things to do in London this September

🌈 Fabulous Pride in London parties

🌞 Fabulous August Bank Holiday weekend parties in London

🎨 Fabulous exhibitions in London this summer

🎭 Fabulous theatre and live performance in London this summer

🌟 Fabulous musicals in London this summer

🎥 Fabulous outdoor cinemas in London this summer

 

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Fabulous things to do in London this July

Things to do in London this summer_Lipsync1000 Grand Final_CREDIT The Glory

📷: The Glory

Lipsync1000 Grand Final

After 10 weeks of epic lipsync battles at The Glory, the grand final takes place in July – and I’m in it! Yes, I’ll be competing against 19 of London freshest divas for the crown and the chance to win £1,000. Come along and cheer me on.
📅 10 July 2019
📍Clapham Grand, The Grand, 21-25 St John’s Hill, London SW11 1TT
➡️ outsavvy.com

Crystal Rasmussen Presents the Bible 2 (Plus a Cure for Shame, Violence, Betrayal and Athlete’s Foot) Live!

If you’ve read Crystal Rasmussen’s incredible book, Diary of a Drag Queen, then you will know why I am so crazy excited to see this show. If you haven’t read her book yet, then get your hands on a copy now.
📅 24-25 July 2019
📍Soho Theatre, 21 Dean St, Soho, London W1D 3NE
➡️ sohotheatre.com

Night of 1000 K.D. Langs

If you’ve been having constant cravings for the Canadian crooner, then get your ass along to the Butch Please! party at the RVT. Style your hair into some floppy 90s fringe – or even rock a Stetson – to dress up as your favourite version of KD for this one of a kind party.
📅 25 July 2019
📍Royal Vauxhall Tavern, 372 Kennington Lane, Lambeth, London SE11 5HY
➡️ facebook.com

 

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Fabulous things to do in London this August

Little Gay Brother free party

One of London’s best queer parties, Little Gay Brother, is throwing one hell of a free party at the Royal Festival Hall’s Riverside Terrace this summer. Catch the disco vibes of their show plus DJs like Jonathan Bestley and Maze & Masters in the sunshine at this outdoor party.
📅 2 August 2019
📍Riverside Terrace, Level 2, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 8XX
➡️ southbankcentre.co.uk

Matthew Bourne’s Romeo + Juliet

As a queer kid in the 90s, I was obsessed with Mathew Bourne’s groundbreaking version of Swan Lake. Long before the days of YouTube, I had a copy of the ballet on VHS tape that was one of my most treasured possessions. So I am really excited to see his latest production, a ‘passionate reimagining’ of Romeo and Juliet.
📅 7-31 August 2019
📍Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Rosebery Ave, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 4TN
➡️ sadlerswells.com

There’s Only One Peach with the Hole in the Middle

Peaches is coming back to London with her epic ‘variety-style futuristic stage happening’ involving over 40 musicians and performers. Amazingly, the show is inspired by the 70s variety shows of legends like Bette Midler and Liza Minnelli, so this promises to be one amazing evening.
📅 28 August 2019
📍Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 8XX
➡️ southbankcentre.co.uk

 

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Fabulous things to do in London this September

Things to do in London this summer_London Trans+ Intersex Pride 2019_CREDIT George Hunt

📷: London Trans+ Intersex Pride

London Trans+ Intersex Pride 2019

One of the most important events happening in London this summer is the first official London Trans+ Intersex Pride! This completely grassroots DIY event will focus on creating a space for London’s trans, non-binary, intersex and gender nonconforming community and feature talks, discussions and performances. More info should become available closer to the date so make sure you check out their event page below.

📅 14 September 2019
📍Hackney – venue TBC
➡️ facebook.com

 

Things to do in London this summer_Harry Potter live orchestra_CREDIT Warner Bros:Southbank Centre

📷: Warner Bros. Pictures

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in Concert

Potter fans – this one is for you. Imagine watching the original film on a 40-foot high screen, accompanied by a live orchestra? This is now an actual thing you can experience, as your favourite wizarding world will be appearing at the Royal Festival Hall with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra performing all the music.

📅 17-18 September 2019
📍Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 8XX
➡️ southbankcentre.co.uk

 

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Fabulous Pride in London parties

Things to do in London this summer_The Glory's Alternative Pride Weekender at the River Stage 2_CREDIT Holly Revell Photography

Looking for the best Pride party this summer? You really can’t miss The Glory‘s takeover of the River Stage on the South Bank. Three days of epic entertainment, including Man Up! drag kings, a Judy Garland celebration and Baby Lame’s Poop Show. Plus, it’s all free! 📷: Holly Revell Photography

All weekend

Thursday 4 July

Friday 5 July

Saturday 6 July

Sunday 7 July

 

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Fabulous August Bank Holiday weekend parties in London

Check back here for an update in early August!

 

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Fabulous exhibitions in London this summer

Things to do in London this summer_Van Gogh exhibition Tate Britain_CREDIT Minka Guides

I went to see the Van Gogh and Britain exhibition at Tate Britain recently and spent a good 20 minutes sitting in front of ‘Starry Night Over the Rhône’. 📷: Minka Guides

 

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Fabulous theatre and live performance in London this summer

Seven methods of killing Kylie Jenner - credit Helen Murray

Seven methods of killing Kylie Jenner‘ was first commissioned as part of The Andrea Project at Royal Court Theatre and will be showing there from 4 – 27 July 2019 📷: Helen Murray

 

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Fabulous musicals in London this summer

Things to do in London this summer @minkagides Everybody's Talking About Jamie

I went to see Everybody’s Talking About Jaime a while ago with my friend Lucy and it was fantastic! I’m not normally a fan of new musicals but it was really well put together – and very fab! 📷: @minkaguides

 

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Fabulous open-air cinemas in London this summer

Things to do in London this summer @beltandbracespr Rooftop Cinema Film Club Peckham

Rooftop Cinema Film Club Peckham 📷: Belt and Braces PR

  • Summer Film Nights (showing Little Shop of Horrors and Chicago) @ Southbank Centre ~ 24 July-21 August 2019
  • Rooftop Film Club (showing Death Becomes Her and Spiceworld) @ Peckham, Shoreditch and Stratford ~ till 31 July 2019
  • Film 4 Summer Screen (showing Clueless and The Piano) @ Somerset House ~ 8 – 20 August 2019
  • The Nomad Cinema (showing The Favourite and Some Like It Hot) @ 16 locations across London ~ 18 June – 7 September 2019
  • L.A. Nights – Backyard Cinema (showing Mamma Mia and Pretty Woman) @ Roundhouse, Camden ~ 18 July – 17 August 2019

 

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