The Ultimate Guide to Summer in London: Sports, Festivals, Shows & Events

Maybe we’re biased, but as the best city in the world begins to heat up for another unforgettable summer, it would only be right to pull together a conclusive list of some of the best sports, festivals, and events in London this summer! 

Complement these exciting happenings with a stay at Buckingham & Lloyds perfectly located Hyde Park aparthotels and you are onto a winner. As the city comes alive with vibrant energy and endless possibilities, let’s dive into the lineup awaiting you in the heart of London…

Exciting Events for Sports Enthusiasts:

London is renowned for its vibrant summer sports scene, offering a plethora of thrilling events to captivate enthusiasts from around the globe. Here, we highlight some of the best sports events in London, showcasing the city’s dynamic summer sporting calendar.


  • Wimbledon: Experience the elegance and excitement of tennis at the iconic Wimbledon Championships. 1st-14th July 2024 at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, 30 minutes from Buckingham & Lloyds aparthotels.


  • UEFA Champions League Final: Football enthusiasts won’t want to miss the electrifying atmosphere of the UEFA Champions League Final. The match will be held on 1st June 2024 at Wembley Stadium, 30 minutes from Buckingham & Lloyds aparthotels.


  • European Rugby Finals: Catch the action-packed European Rugby Finals for an unforgettable sporting experience. The Final will be held on 25th May 2024 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.


  • MLB: Baseball fans rejoice as London hosts thrilling Major League Baseball games. Head to Trafalgar Square between 7th-9th June, the games are free to attend and open to everyone! Just 20 minutes away from Buckingham & Lloyds aparthotels.


  • London Athletics Meet: The London Athletics Meet will return to the London Stadium on Saturday 20th July 2024, as part of the Wanda Diamond League series.


  • London ePrix: Embrace the future of motorsports with the exhilarating London ePrix, 20th and 21st July at ExCel London.


  • USA Basketball Showcase London: Basketball fans can look forward to a weekend of US basketball games between 20th-23rd July at the O2 Arena.


  • NFL: American football fans can immerse themselves in the excitement of NFL games held in London. Dates TBA for the games which will be held at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.


  • Cricket at Lords: Enjoy the timeless tradition of cricket at the historic Lord’s Cricket Ground. Various dates at Marylebone Cricket Club, the most famous cricket club in the world, 20 minutes from Buckingham & Lloyds aparthotels.


Whether you’re cheering courtside at Wimbledon, feeling the pulse of football fever at the UEFA Champions League Final, or witnessing the raw intensity of the European Rugby Finals, each event promises an unforgettable experience. With easy access from Buckingham & Lloyds aparthotels, immerse yourself in the excitement and energy of these dynamic sporting spectacles, creating memories to last a lifetime.

Must-See Festivals in London:

London’s summer festivals embody the city’s diverse cultural tapestry, featuring a rich array of experiences encompassing music, food, art, and beyond. Explore some of the best festivals in London, highlighting the city’s vibrant summer festival scene.


  • Wireless Festival: Showcasing top-tier musical talents, Wireless festival is held at Finsbury Park on 12th – 14th July 2024.


  • Notting Hill Carnival: Join one of Europe’s largest street festivals and revel in the vibrant culture of the Caribbean. Just 15 minutes from Buckingham & Lloyds aparthotels, the streets come alive with vibrant colours, costumes and music on 25th and 26th August 2024.


  • BST Hyde Park: On our doorstep, Hyde Park lights up for the iconic British Summer Time festival. Experience unforgettable live music performances between 29th June and 14th July, and retreat to your Buckingham & Lloyds apartment just a short 5 minute stroll away.


  • Southbank Centre’s Meltdown Festival: Delve into a diverse array of music, art, and performance at the Southbank Centre’s Meltdown Festival. Held between 14th-23rd June at Southbank Centre, just 30 minutes from Buckingham & Lloyds aparthotels.


  • London Food Month: Indulge your culinary senses with the flavors of London’s vibrant food scene. This year the festival celebrates its 20th Anniversary, between 12th-16th July in Regents Park, just 20 minutes from Buckingham & Lloyds.


  • Summer by the River: Enjoy open-air cinema, live music, and delicious street food along the scenic banks of the River Thames. Starting on 30th May 2024 and running throughout summer until 1st September 2024.


  • SW4: Immerse yourself in electronic dance music at the SW4 festival, featuring top DJs and electrifying performances, held on August bank holiday weekend at Clapham Common, just 20 minutes from Buckingham & Lloyds.


Immerse yourself in the vibrant tapestry of London’s summer festivals, where every event promises a unique blend of culture, music, and culinary delights. From the pulsating beats of Wireless Festival to the colorful extravaganza of Notting Hill Carnival, each festival offers a captivating journey into the heart of London’s diverse cultural landscape. 

London's West End Shows to Catch This Summer:

The West End is renowned for its world-class theatre scene, and this summer, London promises a dazzling array of captivating performances. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience the magic of top West End Shows in London. Here are some highlights for 2024:


  • Back to the Future: Experience the iconic film brought to life on stage with Back to the Future: The Musical. Showing at The Adelphi Theatre, less than 30 mins from B&L aparthotels.


  • Disney’s Frozen: Journey into the magical world of Disney with the enchanting Frozen musical, one the kids will love! Showing at Theatre Royal Drury Lane, less than 30 minutes from Buckingham & Lloyds.


  • Fawlty Towers: Laugh along with the classic comedy brought to stage with Fawlty Towers. Head to the Apollo Theatre, just 20 minutes away from B&L aparthotels.


  • Guys & Dolls: Be swept away by the charm and romance of Guys & Dolls, a timeless Broadway classic. Showing at Bridge Theatre on London’s West End.


  • Hamilton: Discover the groundbreaking hip-hop musical that has taken the world by storm. Hamilton is showing at the Victoria Palace Theatre, less than 20 minutes from Buckingham & Lloyds aparthotels.


  • Harry Potter: Step into the wizarding world with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a spellbinding theatrical experience. Showing at Palace Theatre, 20 minutes from B&L.


  • Les Miserables: Experience the epic tale of love and redemption with the legendary Les Miserables. Showing at Sondheim Theatre, 20 minutes from B&L aparthotels.


Experience the enchantment of London’s West End this summer with a spectacular lineup of world-class performances. From the timeless charm of Guys & Dolls to the spellbinding Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, each show promises an unforgettable theatrical journey. 

Exhibitions and Galleries for Cultural Connoisseurs

London’s art scene thrives in the summertime, presenting a wealth of exhibitions and galleries for exploration. Delve into some of the best exhibitions in London in 2024, showcasing the vibrant array of summer art galleries and cultural experiences the city has to offer.


  • V&A Museum: On our doorstep, dive into a treasure trove of art and design at the Victoria and Albert Museum, hosting a variety of exhibitions throughout the summer. A couple of noteworthy exhibitions include: Naomi (Campbell) in Fashion, from 22nd June, Fragile Beauty: Photographs from the Sir Elton John and David Furnish Collection from 18th May 2024.


  • Design Museum: Just less than 10 minutes from Buckingham & Lloyds, the Design Museum is hosting Barbie: The Exhibition this summer from 5th July. Explore the iconic doll’s influence on fashion, culture, and society. From Barbie’s evolution over the decades to her impact on diversity and inclusivity, this exhibition offers a fascinating journey.


  • Tate Modern: Experience contemporary art at its finest at the Tate Modern, with a diverse range of exhibitions showcasing cutting-edge works, such as Expressionists: Kandinsky, Münter and The Blue Rider which is showing until 20th October 2024, and Zanele Muholi from 6th June into 2025.


  • National Gallery: Immerse yourself in centuries of artistic mastery at the National Gallery, home to an unparalleled collection of paintings and sculptures. Discover Degas & Miss La La, from 6th June to 1st September 2024.


Discover the dynamic landscape of London’s art scene this summer, as the city unveils a captivating array of exhibitions and galleries. From the iconic Victoria and Albert Museum to the cutting-edge displays at the Design Museum, each venue promises a unique journey through the world of art and culture. 

Other note-worthy events throughout London this Summer:

There’s no doubt that London has something for everyone within its extravagant summer calendar of events. Here are some more of the best summer events in London to add to your diary:


  • Chelsea Flower Show: Marvel at stunning floral displays and garden designs at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show. Held at the historic Royal Hospital Grounds in Chelsea between 21st-25th May, it’s an iconic event not to be missed.


  • Father’s Day: Treat your dad to a memorable Father’s Day experience in London, with countless activities and events to enjoy together on a (hopefully) sunny Sunday, 16th June.


  • Taylor Swift’s Tour: Catch the pop sensation Taylor Swift on her highly anticipated tour, with Buckingham and Lloyds’ accommodations providing the perfect retreat after the show. Taylor will perform her Eras Tour at Wembley stadium on various dates.


  • London Pride: Join the celebration of love and diversity at London Pride, an iconic event that continues to grow in popularity year after year. Pride in London 2024 promises a spectacular parade on June 29th 2024.


  • Pokemon Go Fest: Embark on a gaming adventure like no other at Pokemon Go Fest, where players unite to catch ’em all in the heart of London. 4th-6th August in Brockwell Park.


Brimming with events tailored to every taste and interest, you won’t be short of something to do in London this summer. Exquisite floral displays at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show, celebrations of love and diversity at London Pride, once-in-a-lifetime memories at Taylor Swift’s Era Tour, each event offers a unique opportunity for unforgettable experiences. Treat your dad to a memorable Father’s Day in the city, or embark on a gaming adventure at Pokemon Go Fest in Brockwell Park. With Buckingham & Lloyds aparthotels providing the perfect retreat after each action-packed day.


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