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It’s the longest day of the year on Friday – use this weekend as a chance to stay late in London’s outdoor spaces and sample the best the city has to offer. If it’s raining, there’s always the indoor Pimm’s Summer Garden!
Taste of London, Regent’s Park
Don’t miss the tenth anniversary of this outstanding food festival, which features an unbeatable line-up of both chefs and restaurants. Highlights of this year’s Taste of London include appearances by celebrity chefs, including Raymond Blanc and three generations of the Roux family, as well as the presence of top London restaurants such as Le Gavroche, the Opera Tavern and Tamarind. Tickets start from £24 – you can find full details on these and Crowns, Taste of London’s currency, on the festival website. 20-23 Jun
Eye Nights at the EDF Energy London Eye, Southbank
Enjoy night-time London from an unbeatable angle on the EDF Energy London Eye, which is now allowing passengers to hop on board until 11.30pm on Fridays. Not only can you enjoy the bright lights of London after dark, but you can also augment your experience with special packages that range from champagne and canapés to special Sipsmith gin cocktails. Tickets start from £18.80. From 21 Jun
The Shubbak Festival 2013
Explore contemporary culture at this wide-ranging festival, which provides a window into Arab music, films, art and thought. Highlights include an exhibition of work at the Tate Modern by Sudanese and Lebanese artists, a discussion about faith and fashion, and a closing party at the Flyover Portobello. Events are staged around town and many are free: see the website for full details. 22 Jun-6 Jul
Enjoy the best of the English summer indoors at the Pimm’s Summer Garden! Wander in for a glass of Pimm’s at the bar and a cheeky game at Pimmbledon, or become part of the Pimm’s Picnic Club by reserving a blanket, which not only gets you Pimm’s and dinner, but also means you can take the blanket away as a souvenir. For full details see the Facebook page. 19-29 Jun
The Greenwich+Docklands International Festival
The Greenwich+Docklands International Festival is London’s largest festival of outdoor theatre, and features great free performances of theatre and dance in the area’s public spaces. For a list of the highlights and further details, see our event page. 21 Jun-29 Jun
West End Live in Trafalgar Square
For two days only, you can enjoy the best of London’s world-beating theatre for free in Trafalgar Square. West End Live features the best of London’s musicals, including Jersey Boys, Mamma Mia and Wicked, as well as exhibits and family activities. Get there early to secure your spot! 22-23 Jun
The St John’s Wood Classic and Supercar Pageant
Between 11am and 5pm on Sunday you can ogle at more than 30 beautiful automobiles at this pageant in St John’s Wood. Not only can you view cars such as Fangio’s 1956 Mille Miglia Ferrari, a 1928 Speed Six Bentley and Stirling Moss’ 250 GT Ferrari, but you can also enjoy a funfair and the area’s splendid array of shops. 23 Jun