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In case you hadn’t noticed that summer is upon us, this weekend’s amazing series of festivals should get you in a sunny mood – whatever the weather!
Barclaycard British Summer Time at Hyde Park
Head to Hyde Park for two weekends of fantastic music, featuring sets from the Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, Elton John, Jennifer Lopez and many more. As well as a world class line-up of music every evening at weekends, you can also enjoy live comedy, film, sport and much more during the week, which is centred around three fun festival areas within the park. Tickets to music events start from £55, and you can find out more programme details on our event page. 5 – 14 Jul
London’s iconic Carnaby Street hosts Carnaby Sound, a free one-day music festival this Saturday, as part of its year-long celebration of music. More than 15 live bands will be playing throughout the area, covering all the musical genres that have made Carnaby so famous – everything from blues and jazz to mod, urban and rock. The main stage will be on the Liberty department store roof, but music, giveaways, exhibitions and much more will be happening all over the area throughout the day. The festival takes place between 12pm – 7pm. 6 Jul
Summer Streets on Regent Street
Love shopping but hate the traffic that separates you from your favourite shops? Head to Regent Street on Sundays for the next four weeks, where the roads will be pedestrianised as part of the Summer Streets programme. Between 10am to 7pm every Sunday in July, Regent Street will become a traffic-free environment that hosts installations, entertainment, live music and – of course – unparalleled shopping opportunities! Shops are typically open from 12pm to 6pm. Until 28 Jul
elBulli: Ferran Adrià and The Art of Food at Somerset House
There are few more famous names in the culinary world than elBulli, or indeed Ferran Adrià – the renowned Spanish chef who transformed it into the globe’s premier destination for molecular gastronomy. You can now get closer to the world of elBulli than ever before, thanks to this fascinating new exhibtion at Somerset House, which takes you behind the scenes of the restaurant and explains how Adrià’s unique dishes went from concept to delicious reality. Tickets are £10. 5 Jul – 29 Sep
Silly Sports Day at the Queen of Hoxton
Do you and four friends think you have what it takes to be crowned sporting champions? Head to popular Shoreditch pub the Queen of Hoxton to test your mettle: you’ll be pitted against other teams in events such as beer pong, speed foosball and limbo! As well as the chance to be crowned champions, you can enjoy a BBQ on the terrace, DJ music and lots of other sports day fun. Entry for a team of 5 is £50. 6 Jul
Truck Stop, Woodwharf
Experience phenomenal street food at Truck Stop, which brings more than 20 of the UK’s best food trucks to Woodwharf in London’s docklands. Not only can you buy tasty meals at the likes of Mother Clucker, Spit & Roast and Baba G, but you can also enjoy a locally-produced tipple at one of the many bars. Entry is £10, which includes 10 truck stop dollars for you to spend. 4-5 Jul