Five London Events to Get Excited About This Summer

The Capital is playing host to plenty of exciting events.

Whether you’re local to the city of London, planning a day trip, or even coming over for one hell of a holiday, there’s plenty of fun things and tourist landmarks to explore. In-between visiting the temporarily-muted Big Ben and gawping at the brilliance of Tower of London, there’s plenty of exhibitions and events on this summer to get your teeth into and to ensure you have a kick ass time.

Especially if you’re visiting the city during Pride, then you’re going to want to hang around and explore some of the other exciting and unique events occurring across the city. We’ve rounded up some of our favourites that are guaranteed to be good fun and, dare we say it, a little bit different to a normal visit to London.

The Spice Up London Exhibition

28th July – 20th August 2018, Business Design Centre, Angel Islington. (website)

This one tingles all of our Spicey senses. Get ready to Spice Up Your Life like it’s 1997 again with the ultimate Spice Girls exhibition. Hundreds of iconic costume pieces worn by the five-piece, including Victoria Beckham’s Wannabe dress and Melanie C’s outfit from the ‘Spice Up Your Life’ video, can be seen alongside thousands of items of merchandise and memorabilia.

Not only that but the one and only Spice Bus will be making an appearance. Seen in Spiceworld: The Movie, the bus has been out of operation for a while but it’s been renovated specifically for the exhibition and will be recreated to allow fans to step inside the famous bus.

The Heart of Hollywood Tour

21st June – 17th July 2018, The O2. (website)

Celebrate the glitz and glamour of the Hollywood movie scene in this dazzling collection of historic memorabilia from some of the most important films from cinema’s history.

The centrepiece of the tour, by far, is the chance to see the ‘H’ from the original Hollywood sign up close. Reaching as high as four double-decker buses, the sign rose high above the hills of Hollywood between 1923 and 1978 and is now visiting London for the first time before taking off on a tour around the world.

At night, a spectacular show will take part incorporating the rich history of cinema with the ‘H’ sign. Featuring dancers and performers, the show is guaranteed to take you right back to the golden era of film.


13th – 15th July 2018, Olympia London. (website)

Japan is known for not only being one of the most amazing places in the world, but also for its thriving culture. From Sake to retro video games, there’s a lot that Japan is proud of. For those of us who can’t yet afford a trip to the Land of the Rising Sun, there’s some good news in that Japan is coming to London (well, not literally)!

HYPER JAPAN will provide you with the opportunity to indulge in classic culinary delights, sample Japanese wine, play retro video games, and shop til you drop with over 200 specialist shops carrying everything from fashion to toys. There’ll also be a selection of performers and diverse artisans expressing their skills and talents across the three days, giving you a glimpse into long-established traditions and cutting-edge innovations.

Summer By The River

1st June – 2nd September 2018, London Bridge City (from London Bridge Pier to The Scoop outside City Hall). (website)

We’ve been enjoying some GLORIOUS weather quite recently and with reports that the heat is only going to keep serving up sunshine realness across the summer, what better way than to spend your time in the sun right by the river?

Already kicked off, Summer By The River runs until the beginning of September meaning there’s plenty of fun to get involved in. With stunning views of Tower Bridge, The Tower of London and the iconic City skyline, this year’s event will have a vibrant English country garden theme so you know there’ll be plenty of food and wine to taste!

With outdoor cinema and theatre, big screen summer sports (including Wimbledon, Ascot and the cricket), live comedy and music performances, fun family days, fitness classes and a host of events to let your hair down on a Friday, Summer by the River is set to be THE place to be.

Free Open Air Theatre

8th August – 2nd September 2018, the Scoop. (website)

From flying monkeys to medieval romances, London’s Free Open Air Theatre returns with new adaptations of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and King Arthur. Best of all (as their name would imply), it’s free to attend!

Giving a new generation free access to the city’s finest theatrical artists, and promise an epic adventure for audiences of all ages and backgrounds, it’s set to be a unique setting and trip out during the summer that’s perfect for families, friends, and date nights.

Theatre performances run every evening from Wednesday to Sunday from the 8th August. Please check the website for times and performance schedules.

2018 Pride London

9th June – 7th July 2018, events across the city. (website)

You think we’d forget about Pride London? Erm, no chance!

On June 23rd, you can experience London’s highest Pride celebration with an extravaganza like no other at the View from The Shard.

Enjoy live cabaret from drag queen Michael Twaits and performances from stage and theatre legend Mzz Kimberley and #PridesGotTalent 2017 winner Toby Corton and his band whilst taking the ultimate selfie under the rainbow archway on the open-air Skydeck. Tickets can be purchased here, and includes entry, complimentary cocktail, access to the indoor viewing platform and London’s highest viewing gallery. What’s more, proceeds from the event will support Pride in London.

We’ll be unveiling more of our top recommendations for the event very shortly here on QWEERIST, but until then be sure to check out the website to find over 200 more events happening across the city.

Now it’s your chance to be tour guide! Think there’s any other cool events happening across London this summer? Let us know on Twitter or hit us up in the comments below!

Written by QWEERIST editor

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