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London Summer Festivals 2013

London is a city with a lot to offer in the form of art, music, cuisine, history and tradition. This vibrant culture is put on display every summer through the city’s various festivals. Below are some of the headlining festivals coming to London this summer.

Beautiful and historic Greenwich is the site for this showcase of outdoor art, theatre, dance and family entertainment. The Greenwich and Docklands International Festival spans nine days and is free to the public. The event will feature more than 150 performances by artists from all over the world. Since its inception in 1996 the festival has been capturing the attention and imagination of spectators with breakthrough outdoor artistic performances. If you are looking for a progressive display of amazing artistic, theatrical and dance performances, GDIF 2013 is the festival for you.

Dates: 21-29 June
Free Admission
Location: Greenwich Park
Tube: North Greenwich Station- 24 minute walk
Docklands Light Railway- 5 minute walk

British Summer Time will feature a wide range of attractions including music, film, literature, cuisine and sport. The festival will divide Hyde Park into 4 themed sections, each with its own style of entertainment. The park will be filled with pubs, bistros, cafes, cocktail bars and food stalls allowing guests to indulge in the city’s food and drink culture. During the weekends, concerts will be held at the park featuring headlining acts by Elton John, Bon Jovi, The Rolling Stones and other music legends. General admission tickets are available for the festivities and concert ticket prices are listed on the event’s website.

Dates: 5-14 July
Ticket prices for events throughout the week can be found here.
Location: Hyde Park
Tube: Knightsbridge Station- 9 minute walk

The Wireless Festival is in its ninth consecutive year, and this year it’s making the move from Hyde Park to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The 3 day music festival will be headlined by Justin Timberlake and Jay Z, who will be joined by other big names such as Snoop Dogg, Franck Ocean, Emeli Sande and Rita Ora. Crowds of over 20,000 are expected for each of the three days, and the atmosphere will be buzzing. This will be one of the first events at the Olympic Park, which officially reopens on 27th July 2013.

Dates: 12th, 13th, and 14th July
Tickets can be found here.
Location: Olympic Park
Train: Hackney Wick Overground Station
Lovebox is London’s answer to Glastonbury, with 3 full days of heavy partying set to loud music in a friendly and casual atmosphere. Each day will have its own distinct musical character. Friday’s schedule includes Azealia Banks – playing her only UK festival set of 2013 – Rudimental and Jurassic 5; Saturday has Plan B, AlunaGeorge and D’Angelo; and Sunday rounds things out with Goldfrapp, Hurts and Lil’ Kim.

Dates: 19th, 20th and 21st July
Tickets from £58.50
Location: Victoria Park
Tube: Mile End Station

The Great British Beer Festival is a beer connoisseur’s paradise. With a selection of more than 800 lagers, ales and ciders from around the world there is something for even the most casual beer drinker. Visitors are free to explore the event of their own accord or join a guided tour and learn about the some of the subtleties of the countless brewed drinks offered at the festival. To round out the hop-infused environment, take part in the pub games, enjoy the live music and sample a large variety of snacks.

Dates: 13-17 August
Ticket Prices: Day Pass- Member:£8 Non-member:£10; Season Ticket- Member:£22 Non-member:£26
Location: Olympia
Tube: Kensington (Olympia) Station

This annual festival celebrates the natural marvel running through the heart of London, the river Thames. Celebrations are held on the river, the river banks and bridges crossing the river. The Thames Festival is a 10 day event that will have a little something for everyone. The centerpiece of the festivities will be an on-water ship opera performed by a group of historic vessels using whistles, cannons, bells and horns. Other featured events include a commemorative display at All Hallows by the Tower, the oldest church in London, unique interpretations of the river through a narrated river cruise, and sketched alternative map. The festival reaches its colorful conclusion with performances from a children’s choir made up of more than 600 school children singing about the Thames’ history, and a group of UK choirs uniting to ‘Sing for Water’ and raise money for Wateraid.

Dates: 6-15 September
Free Admission
Thames River and river banks between the Westminster and Tower Bridges
Tube: Blackfriars Station- 3 minute walk