Music and entertainment in London
London is a tourist's dream with a lot to see and do. In addition to the many exceptional attractions and restaurants the city offers, many of the biggest music festivals, sporting events and cultural celebrations are hosted in London. If you're looking for things to do in London, check out this comprehensive list.
London is a hub for live music and entertainment. The unique culture of the city paired with the casual ambiance of a music festival is the perfect opportunity for creating memories with your friends. Check out a few of London's top music events.
We Are FSTVL
We Are FSTVL has become one of the most popular music festivals in the entire UK because of the many big names that it attracts. In total, the festival offers more than 300 artists across many different genres including EDM, drum and bass and electronic music. This award-winning dance event takes place in May of each year at Damyns Hall Aerodrome in Upminster.
The Field Day music festival hosts over 50 musicians and over 25 local restaurants each year. The festival which is held each June and with over 10 acres of festival space, you can enjoy the outdoors and music in comfort. The main warehouse hosts late-night performances with a speakeasy-type vibe. You can refuel and refresh during the festival at one of the local London breweries and Street Food Arcade food traders.
Owned and organized by Live Nation, you can expect a well-organized and entertaining festival experience at Wireless. Wireless has cemented itself as the home of grime, hip-hop and R&B music in the UK and champions some of the biggest and best upcoming acts in urban music.
Back in 2002, the creators of Lovebox were playing gigs and clubs everywhere but thought there might be a way to put on a different kind of show in London, with more exciting line-ups. The Lovebox music festival has now become one of the biggest music events in the UK.
South West Four
South West Four is a London dance music festival, taking over Clapham Common for an August bank holiday filled with EDM, house, techno, drum and bass, grime and more. Famed for its diverse lineups, SW4 partners with some of electronic music's foremost brands, inviting them along to host stages and help create one of the UK's most distinctive dance lineups.
London is also a great destination for sports enthusiasts to check out. Of course, London is a central point for tennis and cricket and is even becoming a top American football attraction. Catch a sporting event at one of these top sporting events.
Cricket World Cup
Since Thomas Lord founded it almost 230 years ago, Lord’s Cricket Ground has become far and away the world’s most famous cricket venue and is widely regarded as the spiritual home of cricket.
NFL at Tottenham Stadium
London has a brand-new football stadium, the Tottenham Stadium, which is worth checking out. The stadium is the home of the Tottenham Hotspur of North London but will also host a minimum of two NFL games each year.
London ATP Tennis
If you enjoy tennis, then you are sure to enjoy the London ATP Tennis finals at the O2 Arena on the Greenwich Peninsula. For a truly memorable experience, consider renting out a private suite or enjoy a VIP experience in the Match Lounge. The lounge comes with catered finger foods and a separate VIP entrance to the event.
The Wimbledon Tennis tournament is the oldest tennis tournament in the entire world. It has earned a reputation as one of the most competitive, prestigious and must-attend events in London society. Historically, Wimbledon Tennis Championships have taken place on the outdoor courts at the All England Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon since 1877.
Football is one of the most watched, and played, sports in England. Watching your favorite football players in action can make you feel like you are right in the game with them. There are many places you can catch an England football game when in London. Tottenham Hotspur often streams championship games live for a minimal price.
Food and Drink Events
Make sure you have your appetite ready when you visit London because the city offers some of the best culinary dishes in the world. One of the best ways to explore the many tastes of London is by attending one of these London food festivals.
Great British Food Festival
The Great British Food Festival, also known as the Chiswick House and Gardens Food Festival celebrates all things food with food tastings, eating challenges, cake decorating contests, demonstrations and cooking classes. There will also be plenty of entertainment with live music, children's activities and even kid's cooking classes. Ticket sales to the gardens are limited so you will want to get your tickets as soon as possible.
Great British Beer Festival
If you are looking for an entertaining event that allows you to try some of the best beers from all around the world, then you will definitely want to check out the Great British Beer Festival. The event is expected to host over 1,000 different beers, both British made and international. There will also be food and live music to enjoy.
You can also enjoy the thriving cultural scene that is found in London. Explore the local art, history and music by attending one of these London cultural events.
Art Night in Walthamstow celebrates contemporary art by bringing together local London artists. Each year, the festival focuses on a different part of London. The all-night event will feature over 40 independent artistic projects. There will also be live music, a laughter yoga event and the event's first-ever football cup event.
The Proms is one of the most anticipated and famous cultural events around the world. The event dates back to 1895 and attracts hundreds of thousands of guests today. Each summer, the Proms includes daily concerts and live music events in the British classical and orchestra music genres.
Whether you enjoy live music, art or trying the best food and drink, you are sure to find it in London. There is always a celebration, live musical event or festival that you can attend when visiting the vibrant and beautiful city.