Unmissable Summer Things to Do In London in July & August 2019
Summer is here and we’re here to make sure your London visit or staycation is out of this world.
Here’s our guide to July and August in London.
Festivals & Seasons
Theatre, dance and cabaret, by artists and companies with and without disabilities including South London Inclusive Dance Experience (SLiDE) – pictured above).
London’s newest riverside park opens with this eclectic free festival with acts, art and events from Ethiopian jazz star Mulato Astatke (pictured above left) to leftfield drag sensations Sink the Pink.
Walthamstow comes to life with this free festival curated by the Barbican.
Lana del Rey, Sigrid, Frank Skinner, Charlie Brooker and many more collide for Suffolk’s arty party. Swimming lake and pink sheep included.
Celebrate the moon with this festival of lunar joy. Highlights for us must be a symposium with Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid’s Tale) and our favourite science boffin Maggie Aderin-Pocock.
Discover Chingford as Ridgeway Park hosts this free family music festival.
Cabaret & Variety
Satire-pumped duo Bourgeois and Maurice invite special guests including funny man Mawaan Rizwan, Diane Chorley and Myra Dubois every night for cabaret mayhem.
Daring sassy circus, fierce fresh kweens and everything imbetween at the most fun-packed jamboree on the South Bank.
Talks & Lectures
2 punk legends Jordan and Poly Styrene (Xray Spex) unite for this book floggathon.
Film & TV
Vanessa Paradis stars in this queer slasher romp.
This festival champions new talent across comedy in film and TV.
Before RuPaul and Pose the queen of the drag ball was PARIS IS BURNING. See it for free at Peckham Levels.
Super creepy horror from the legendary John Carpenter.
Anna Mae Wong stars in this silent classic.
Theatre & Performance Art
‘Character comedy, dance and Latin beats guide you deep into a surreal, queer, immigrant wonderland.’
Kit Redstone (Testosterone) heads up this genre-bending new production.
Support new queer performance at this relaxed night.
Savor the sound of Aretha with the divine Miss Patti Boulaye.
Mind-blowing exhibition from the guy who made the giant sun in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall.
‘High-brow collides with low-brow to form the perfect unibrow. The Garden Party is an original night of comedy making its debut in London. Come to the garden party… There’s gonna be a fight.’
‘Warped guitar solos, shining melodies, and unnervingly tender lyrics about yogurt and seafoam and feral parakeets: it’s the leftfield pop trio.’
There’s Only One Peach with the Hole in the Middle | Royal Festival Hall | 28 August | 8pm | From £25
F*ck the pain away with the queer punk cabaret vibes of Peaches.
Berlin’s uber cool karaoke party returns to Vauxhall.
Unmissable lofi DIY shindig is back and we can’t wait!
Did we miss any offbeat things to do in London? Leave a comment…
Occasionally the To Do List team are forced to work together.
Rupert likes: free, cheap & offbeat London, especially: cabaret, art, theatre, pop-ups, eating out, quirky films, museums, day trips, social enterprise & much more.
Stuart likes: nice pubs, film marathons, not doing real marathons, bad comedy, plays/musicals with shorter second halves, and the Oxford comma.