From an outdoor beach cinema to the best roof top bar: Six of the best places to spend summer in London

Hannah Gilby
Somerset House's summer screenings are back
Somerset House's summer screenings are back (Source: Getty)

While many people are getting ready to head off on summer holidays, spare a thought for those stuck in the capital during the (relatively...) hotter months.

But fear not, those of you spending summer in London, as here are six of the best ways to keep yourselves entertained over the next couple of months:

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The right note

Event: Lovebox

Looking for something to do this weekend? Well, this two-day music festival might be in tune with what you're after. It crams in a packed line-up, including Frank Ocean and Jess Glynne, who will be performing at Victoria Park, on the 14-15 of July. Limited tickets are still available so think fast if you're feeling keen...

Where to get tickets:

Date: Friday July 14 2017 - Saturday July 15 2017

Time: 12:00 - 22:45

Venue: Victoria Park

Making waves

Event: Big Screen on the Beach

Bringing the beach to Camden, Roundhouse is rolling out a series of outdoor summer screenings, with classics such as Back to the Future 2 and Jaws, and comedies like Bridesmaids and Zoolander. Afternoon sessions are from 12pm - 5pm and evening sessions from 6pm - 11pm. Also on the 15 and 16 July, the beach will serve up free screenings of the Wimbledon finals.

Where to get tickets:

Date: July - August

Time: 12pm - 5pm or 6pm - 11pm

Venue: Roundhouse, Camden

Pop-up party

Event: Hyper Japan Festival

For all the street food fanatics, this is a three-day long course of Japan starting from tomorrow. The Hyper Japan Festival comes to London. It's offering a day of exploration of pop-culture, sushi-making competitions and Europe's largest tasting event for sake.

Where to get tickets:

Date: Friday July 14 - Sunday July 16

Time: 9:00am/12:00pm

Venue: Tobacco Dock

In fashion

Event: London Fashion Week & LFW Festival

As summer draws to a close in September, fashion fanatics will be able to feel sunnier for a little longer with London Fashion Week rolling up to the capital from the 15 September. Designers show off their latest autumn/winter collections. Hosted at The Strand, it's then followed by the festival on the 21 to 24 September.

Where to get tickets:

Date: LFW 15th - 19th September LFW Festival 21st - 24th September

Time: 9am - 7pm (closing at 5pm on Tuesday)

Venue: The Store Studios at 180 Strand

Sky-high fun

Event: Sky Garden

There are a range of great rooftop bars in the capital - check out our roundup of the best here. But the Sky Garden is worth noting as it might be in the heart of the City, but it boasts a flurry of foliage, observation decks and an open-air terrace. Plus that view of the city skyline is hard to beat with the Sky Pod Bar.

Where to get tickets:

Date: Open 7 days a week

Time: Monday - Friday 10am - 6pm; weekends `1am - 9pm

Venue: 1 Sky Garden Walk, The Walkie Talkie

The big screen

Event: Summer Series and Summer Screen at Somerset House

The location renowned for ice-skating in the summer proves an equal draw in the hotter months, with the Summer Series and Film4 Summer Screen coming to Somerset House.

It's bringing out the big guns with screenings of the likes of Donnie Darko, Cruel Intentions, and Moonlight from the 10-23 August, while visitors can opt for picinics or buy snacks from the event's foot stalls.

Gig-wise, the Summer Series started on 6 July, but there are still events to come before it wraps up on the 16 July. Mashrou Leila perform on Saturday 15 July, while Sonhoy Blues and Submotion Orchestra are on the Sunday.

Where to get tickets: and

Date: 6-16 July and 10-23 August

Venue: Somerset House

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