Things to do in London this summer

Unmissable Things To Do in London – Summer 2017

Festival season is truly upon us, so here’s a bumper Summer To Do List covering July & August to keep you busy in between Fringe frolics and the annual tent airing…

This summer’s top picks include a whole heap of Festivals including Greenwich+Docklands, Lewisham People’s Day, Postcards 2017, Latitude & MORE, plus the usual mix of kooky cabaret, nerdy exhibitions, live music, edgy performance and all the rest!

Cabaret & Circus

Briefs: Close Encounters | Underbelly Festival | From 14 July | From £20

A bulge-packed bonanza of boylesque on the South Bank.

Fantastic Beaver and Where to Find Her | Underbelly Festival | 22 August | 7:45pm | From £12.50

Miss Rosie Beaver sets the drag world alight with her debut rock odyssey.


The City is Ours | Museum of London | From 14 July | FREE

Post-Grenfell this exhibition at Museum of London should ask some important questions about our modern metropolis.


Art Night 2017 | Various Venues | 1 July | From 6pm | FREE

Free art experiences all over East London – check out the smaller galleries on the right.

See our preview here

Chorus | Southbank Centre | 1-2 July

A festival of choirs where 50% of the activity is free and the whole thing is full of talented women.

Greenwich+Docklands International Festival | Until 8 July

Our fave free spectacular is back with more oddities like this backless theatre bus.

Sagacity! | Oxford House | 3-4 July | FREE

Support Green Candle Dance in it’s mission to help older people discover the magic of dance.

Edinburgh Previews 2017 | Hackney Showroom | 8-28 July

Some great previews coming up including comedy queen London Hughes (pictured above), camp musical mayhem; Prom Kween and many more.

Lewisham People’s Day | Mountsfield Park | 8 July | From Midday | FREE

We’ve been championing Lewisham People’s Day as the pinnacle of free festivals for years now. This year is no disappointment with a HipHopera by Josephine and the Artizans, Margarita Pracatan and surely more free squash from religious stalls.

London Korean Festival | Olympia | 8 July | From 11am | FREE (£30 for Evening K-Pop Concert)

A festival of K-pop, food and culture from Korea including a gig with the marvellous girl band Exid (pictured above).

Postcards Festival  2017 | Jacksons Lane | 11-29 July

Circus, cabaret and entertainment collide in this festival in a former church.

Latitude | Henham Park | 13-16 July | Times | £197.50

Live music, sheep, lake-swimming, theatre in the woods and so much culture are packed into the epic Latitude line up. Get thee to Suffolk.

AFROPUNK London 2017 | The Printworks | 22-23 July | Times | £45/£90

A diverse celebration of live music and good vibes in London’s most amazing new venue.

River Stage Festival | National Theatre | From 28 July | FREE

Free fun by the river curated by the likes of gay pub The Glory, world music buffs WOMAD and Manchester’s HOME (arts space).

Camden Fringe | Various Venues | From 31 July

A twisted pick and mix of theatre and comedy. Take a leap of faith and see something unusual


Kenneth Anger Films (Live Score By Tomaga) | Moth Club | 2 July | 7pm | £10

Broody, sexy films from Kenneth Anger are shown with a live score at Hackney’s MOTH CLUB.

Lost In Vagueness | Lost Rivers Elephant | 13 July | 6pm | £12

Missed Glasto? Get the insider track on the weird and wonderful world of art punks Lost in Vagueness in this doc.


Theatre & Performance Art

Prurience | Southbank Centre | 18-30 July | 7:30pm | £18

‘An experiential entertainment about our private pleasures…’ basically a self-help group for porn addicts by alt performer extraordinaire Christopher Green..

Who Do You Think You Are? Barbara Brownskirt | Royal Vauxhall Tavern | 21 July | 7:30pm | £6

‘Shrouded in iconic anorak, knees bulging from pop socks, Barbara Brownskirt is the unsuccessful lesbian Poet-in-Residence at the 197 bus stop, Penge. ‘

Odyssey | The Scoop | From 9 August | 6pm | FREE

Free forum theatre for the people. Phil Wilmott and his company never disappoint at the riverside amphitheatre.


Piñata | The Montague Arms | 5 July | 7:30pm | £4

An eclectic night of quirky fun from top rising comedy geniuses including Marny Godden and Elf Lyons.

Werq: A London Voguing Ball | Barbican | 5 August | 10pm | £15

You betta WERQ! Or at least watch at this drag balls a la Paris is Burning.

Did we miss the perfect summer event or opening? Let us know and we’ll do our best to add it in!


I am Joint Editor at To Do List. I like: nice pubs, film marathons, not doing real marathons, bad comedy, plays/musicals with shorter second halves, and the Oxford comma.