Free London Festivals

Unmissable Free London Festivals 2024

Forget the big corporate-sponsored festivals. We read a lot of emails and scoured the internet for the underdogs, the independent free London festivals with DIY spirit and here they are wrapped up for you to enjoy this summer.

Queer C*ntry – part of Chaka Khan’s Meltdown

Saturday 22 June | Southbank Centre – Waterloo

A queer Rodeo for all hosted by Margate’s finest cabaret and live music stars including Pink Suits.

Manor House Gardens Festival

Saturday 22 June | Manor House Gardens – Hither Green

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Free workshops, talks and entertainment, eclectic local traders, and spectacular street food near the O2 on the Greenwich Peninsula.

West End Live

22-23 June | Trafalgar Square

West End Live - Image shows the cast of Six musical with their arms up in front of a big crowd at Trafalgar Square - London Festivals

See all the key highlights of the West End’s triumphant shows at this free theatre fest.

Saigon Superfly

23 June | Centre 151

A retro “Vietnam 1960-70’s” party with food, live music and garden vibes.

Greenwich + Docklands International Festival

28 August-8 September 2024 | Multiple Venues

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Our ultimate favourite free festival gives you spectacular thrills and spills all over south east London.

River Stage

Weekends 5-28 July 2024 | National Theatre – Waterloo

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Every weekend the South Bank side of the National Theatre sees a takeover by some top culture brands including the hilarious drag antics of The Glory (5-7 July) and making their River Stage debut, our fave Greenwich + Docklands International Festival (12-14 July).

Summer by the River

Until September | near Tower Bridge at London Bridge City – London Bridge

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Free films, live music and sports on the big screen in London’s famous postmodern amphitheatre The Scoop.


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