What’s on in London Summer 2016

Monday 25 July 2016 by Florence Evans London's sights and events are its forte, from lively fiesta feels at Notting Hill Carnival to summertime sipping at the annual Gin festival, there is sure to be something to suit everyone in this vibrant city.

The Rooftop Film Club, Tobacco Dock

This touring theatre company is currently in Wapping, Tobacco dock, offering dizzy heights of London until the end of July. The films are a varied mix of classics, ranging from cool ‘Dazed and confused’ to the throwback ‘Top Gun’. The striped deck chairs, blankets and wireless headphones are the perfect combination for a chilled evening under the stars. Experience London without the rush, relax and enjoy a cocktail with friends.

The Rooftop Film Club opens at 6pm for drinks and food, and the movie will start at sundown. General admission for tickets is £15.

Notting Hill Carnival

Immerse yourself in on one of the West End’s biggest and best events, which began in 1964 as a celebration of Caribbean culture in London. This fiesta is a flurry of calypso, reggae, funk and soul music, all wonderfully tied together with the consistent undertone of steel drums. Follow the procession and join in the party, or watch the parade and take advantage of the many delicious food and drink stalls – the jerk chicken is a must!

The carnival runs on the 28th and 29th of August, from 9am until 7pm. As its Britain’s biggest street party, it’s free!

The Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace

To experience the magical pomp and pageantry of British heritage, a visit to this historic ceremony is well worth a watch. A new band of soldiers takes responsibility of protecting Buckingham palace from the old guard, all undertaken in a formal ceremony accompanied by music (also known as guard mounting). Witness this traditionally British ceremony, and see the iconic red tunics and bearskin hats to truly get a feel of London.

In July the changing of the guard proceeds every day except the 30th and the 31st, and in August the display occurs on odd days only (1, 3, 5 etc.). This spectacle of British Heritage is free to watch!

Summer Garden at The View from The Shard

You’ll be sky high above the rooftops, and surrounded by colourful blooms and floral arrays – what could be lovelier? This picture perfect background celebrates the year of the English Garden, atop level 72 of the Shard, a juxtaposition of settings if there ever was one! Guests to the spectacle can purchase ice creams and green-finger inspired cocktails whilst they marvel on both the views and the flora. A perfect outing in London whether during the height of day or at sunset.

The display is open until the 18th of September 2016. Entry is included in general admission to The Shard, where standard ticket prices range from £25.95 in advance to £30.95 on the day (child, student and disabled prices are also available).

The London Gin Festival

This sell out event will undoubtedly be a hit with all those gin fanatics out there, from bone-dry refreshers to rich and fruity favourites, there’s so much to taste and see. You’ll receive your very own gin glass and brochure, and entertainment and food stalls in abundance are sure to keep anyone in great spirits. Industry experts will be at hand to pass on their knowledge, anything from fun distillery facts to the suggested garnish. Learn more about this drink fragranced with Juniper at the annual London Gin festival in Tobacco Docks.

Tickets are just £12.50, including an additional booking fee online, and the event runs from the 26th to the 28th of August during various times throughout the day.

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