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London attractions: Top 5 London summer festivals

Published: Wednesday 5th of June 2013

Posted by Kevin Smith
 
There is an abundance of things to do in London and no shortage of summer festivals to get your teeth into. 

In fact there are so many exciting festivals held in the city of London alone, that choosing the top five was a tall order indeed.

Somehow, after racking our brains, and a lively office debate, we finally managed to come up with five eclectic festivals that are sure to capture your imagination.

Whether you're into music, royalty,  food, gardens or fun, you are sure to find something that suits your needs.

Wireless

If you're into music, then this is a must-see. Some of the biggest acts in the world will be performing here, including Jay-Z, John Legend,  Will.I.Am, Snoop Dogg and Justin Timberlake.

The Wireless festival is an annual event in London, known for attracting some of the most popular names in the music industry.

Now in its ninth consecutive year, Wireless 2013 will be held from July 12th-14th at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, despite previously being held in Hyde Park.

Sponsored by Yahoo, the festival is not only one of the largest of its kind in London, but is almost on a par with Glastonbury and Reading.

Kew's Summer Festival

No list would be complete without the inclusion of this fun fest, which combines food and gardening in a tasteful way.

The theme of this year's festival at Kew Gardens is IncrEdibles, where visitors are encouraged to embark upon a voyage of some of the city's most delicious plantlife.

Free for under 16s, this year's event will include the Tutti Frutti boating experience, which is a fun  boat ride where Pineapple Island is the destination, which comes complete with secret banana grottos and much more.

During the ride, guests will be encouraged to explore the experiential possibilities of edible fruit and this will inspire visitors to think again about the food you eat every day.

The festival will also include lots of family fun activities and attractions. These include a Rose Garden tea party, vegetable medleys and a Global Garden kitchen which features over 90 edible plants from every corner of the globe.

Notting Hill Carnival

The Notting Hill Carnival is one of the largest Caribbean festivals of its kind in Europe. 

Held each August bank holiday since 1966, it brings the streets of London alive with the sights and smells of the West Indies, colourful costumes, music, Jamaican-style food plus lots and lots of dancing!

The festival has also attracted its fair share of big names in the past including Eddie Grant, Jamiroquai, Wyclef Jean, Courtney Pine and Burning Spear.

Whether you're into calypso, soca, reggae, steel pan or dub, it's all here - and more. So if you want to dance the night away from August 25th-26th, then this is certainly one not to be missed.

The Coronation Festival

But if you prefer to add a touch of royalty to your festival shenanigans this summer, then you cannot get much more majestic than the Coronation Festival, which takes place at Buckingham Palace this summer.

From July 11th-14th, the palace will roll out the best food, drink and shows for this one-off event which celebrates 60 years of tradition, innovation and innocence.

Here visitors can explore the palace gardens, which will showcase over 200 royal warrant exhibitors.

It will also feature some of the UK's home and garden products, plus a wide range of pursuits and country pastimes.

In addition, there will be a number of design and technology experts, alongside exhibitors showing off the latest fashion clothing and accessories.

City of London Festival

But why not just celebrate the city of London itself? This festival takes place from June 23rd to July 16th in different areas of the city and features everything from tours to jewellery exhibitions.

Join organist Simon Johnson at St Paul's Cathedral, or discover the Bejewelled Make-up Boxes from the Age of Glamour exhibition at Goldsmiths' Hall in the city. The event showcases unique, and finely wrought jewellery boxes which were crafted from the 1920s to the 1970s.

The event takes place from May 31st until July 20th. This is one of many free events that is taking place across the city under the umbrella of the City of London Festival in the summer.

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