[Photo: Steven Z. Ehrlich]
‘Summer summer summer time!’ The summer sunshine has officially arrived. Holidays are booked and festival tickets are in the post (we hope), but apart from basking in the heat devouring a few tons of ice-cream, what else do you have planned? Here’s some of the summer highlights you can look forward to…
Until June 28: Forks at the ready for Urban Food Festival on Shoreditch High Street.
Until December 14: A collection of children’s portraits with their favourite things at Toy Stories.
Until September 7: Major exhibition dedicated to British Folk Art at Tate Britain.
June 11-August 17: An array of works at this year’s Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2014.
June 11-September 26: Performance, film and food at More London Free Festival, The Scoop at More London.
June 12-15: Peruse work from over 100 galleries at the Affordable Art Fair 2014.
June 12-July 13: Get behind your country for the World Cup.
June 12-August 12: Journey through the science of mental health at Mind Maps: Stories from Psychology, Science Museum.
June 12 – July 5: Talks, book signings and celebrities at the Foyles Grand Opening Festival.
June 12: It’s No Sweat Sports Day for adults at Queen of Hoxton.
June 13 – Aug 25: Portraits and installations at Return of the Rudeboy at Somerset House.
June 13: ‘Belle‘, a great new period drama opens in cinemas.
June 13 – July 25: Be a night owl and stay up late for London Zoo Lates.
June 13- 15: Modern and contemporary Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese art at Pinta London 2014, Earls Court.
June 14: Lots of nudity at the World Naked Bike Ride.
June 14: Loads of pooches and their owners get together for a massive walk at Dogs Unite for Guide Dogs.
June 14: One-day music festival Bushstock, various locations.
June 14: Soldiers, guns and fighter jets at Trooping the Colour: The Queen’s Birthday Parade.
June 14- 15: Open Garden Squares Weekend sees around 200 private gardens open their gates to the public.
June14 – 15: Nibble your way along a tapas crawl at Rioja Tapas Fantasticas at Potters Field Park.
June 15: Mark Refugee week and explore the history of a tiny East London home at 19 Princelet Street Open Days.
June 18 – 21: Outdoor food festival Taste of London is back at Regent’s Park.
June 20 – 22: Workshops, talks and unusual plants at Grow London.
June 20 – 22: It’s craft beer heaven at Summer Brew Fest at Space Studios, London Fields.
June 20 – September 26: Street Feast arrives in Lewisham at Model Market.
June 20: It’s sleepover time at Dino Snores for Grown Ups, Natural History Museum.
June 21: Cycling fun and mountain bike coaching at Lambeth Bike Festival, Brockwell Park.
June 23 – July 6: Strawberries and champagne at the ready for the Wimbledon Championships.
June 24 – July 14: Comedy circus and cabaret in a giant Bowler Hat at Paternoster Square.
June 25 – 30: Epic music festival Glastonbury is at Worthy Farm.
June 25: Alfresco three course feast at pop-up Funthyme at the Farm, Spitalfields City Farm.
June 26: Royal Observatory Greenwich will be screening some classics at Sci-Fi Movie Night.
June 27: ‘Chef‘, starring Scarlett Johansson and Jon Favreau lands in cinemas.
June 27 – 30: Paintings prints, photography and film explore how a Bridge can affect our view of a city, Museum of London Docklands.
June 28: Pride in London Parade starts at Baker Street and ends up at Trafalgar Square.
June28: Visit The De Morgan Centre before it closes today.
June 28: Holi-inspired Festival of Colours brings bands, DJs and plenty of coloured powder to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
July 3 – Sept 14: Immersive exhibition Digital Revolution explores digital art, music, film, video games and more at the Barbican Centre.
July 5: House of Illustration opens.
July 5: 3D printed guns and primark jeans at Rapid Response Collection, V&A.
July 10 – 20: Somerset House Summer Series gigs begins!
July 11 – 19: Big name comedians perform at the Balham Comedy Festival.
July 12 – October 4: Free coaching and games at Croquet East in Victoria Park.
July 12: Themed sporting events at The Chap Olympiad, Bedford Square, Bloomsbury.
July 12 – 14: Clipper Round the World Race finishes and all the boats arrive in St Katherine Docks.
July 12 – 13: Regent Street is traffic free for the Big Dance Weekend.
July 18 – Sept 13: Orchestras and classical performers head to the Royal Albert Hall for The BBC Proms.
Jul 19: Music festival Lovebox is back at Victoria Park.
July 19: Imperial War Museum reopens, Elephant & castle.
July 19: Break the Guiness World Record for the number of people dressed as Sherlock Holmes at University College of London.
July 25- 27: Get a Japanese culture fix at Hyper Japan, Earl’s Court.
July 26 – 27: Two-day festival Walthamstow Garden Party provides music, dancing art trails, food and craft beer.
July 26 – Feb 1: The history of protest at Disobedient Objects, V&A.
August 1: Bradley Cooper-starring blockbuster ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ arrives in cinemas.
August 2: Celebrate Eid Festival with food and performance in Trafalgar Square.
August 2: Smother your mates with human-friendly paint at Holi One Wembley Park.
August 5 – November 11: An installation of 888,246 ceramic poppies at the Tower of London World War I Centenary Commemoration.
August 7 – 10: Outdoor theatre, music, horse riding and arts at Wilderness festival, Cornbury Park.
August 7 – 20: Watch a movie on the lawn at Film4 Summer Screen, Somerset House.
August 9 – 10: Saddle up and load up on carbs for Ride London.
August 22: Sand, beach huts and ice cream vans at Camden Beach.
August 22: It’s sleepover time at Dino Snore for Grown Ups, Natural History Museum.
August 24 – 25: Dense crowds and vibrant celebrations at Notting Hill Carnival.
August 26: Kate Bush comes to Hammersmith Apollo.
August 30: In The Woods music festival will take place in a secret location just outside London.
Take a look at even more great upcoming happenings.