Five London festivals

Spring has finally sprung, bringing festival season along with it. For London this doesn’t always mean wellies, tents, and singing under the stars. There’s a whole host of festivals going on from now until the end of the summer that I am sure there is something for everyone. From the book-worm to music lover, via keen gardeners, foodies and the cultured kind.

Here are five of my favourite events going on in the city during the season.


1. London Literature Festival (20 May – 5 June) – Over a week of talks and events about all things literary, featuring best-selling authors and plenty of topics that appeal to English students and bookish types alike.

2. London Coffee Festival (25 – 28 April) Three days dedicated to the delicious world of coffee. I went last year (read my review here) and had a great time. A year on and a whole host of coffee shop reviews behind me, I’m hoping to make a visit and see what difference my experiences have made.

3. Museums at Night (16 – 18 May) Friday Lates at London’s finest museums are a must-do, but if you struggle to fit one into your Friday schedule this festival allows you to have a more cultural late night out (that can still include lovely chilled glasses of wine!).

4. Real Food Festival (every weekend & 6 May)A collection of fine foods and street food vendors introduced to me by Giulia (from Mondomulia) over the Easter Bank holiday weekend. You can find a selection of vendors every weekend at South Bank Square, with more offerings along South Bank over the next Bank Holiday weekend in May.

5. Electric Daisy Carnival (20 July) – I’m not a big clubber but the atmosphere at electronic dance festivals is brilliant. This one day music festival has a line up of big names and provides a great opportunity to return to the Olympic Park.

If you want more options, this list on Visit London is by far the most comprehensive out there.

Are you getting involved in the festival season? Which festivals do you have in the diary?