Sun is shining, the weather is sweet.
Or at least, that’s the plan.
Regardless of whether British Summer Time plays ball, there are plenty of events serving up a good time in the City in the coming months…
Here are a selection of the best...
London’s biggest and best lawn bowls pop-up Festibowl is rolling into town from May to September. With ten dates in Finsbury Square and two weeks in London Bridge, there’s ample opportunity to lap up the sun while simultaneously impressing your friends and colleagues with your bowling prowess. Don’t know if you have any? There’s only one way to find out. What’s the worst that can happen? (Broken nose? – Ed.)
22 Finsbury Square, EC2A 1BR
Swingers crazy golf club is bringing an extra slice of English summer sport to the heart of the City with its Wimbledon screening party – streaming both the men’s and women’s finals on its big screens. With strawberries and cream gelato, Pimm’s by the glass (or let’s face it, jug) and a limited-edition Wimbledon cocktail, the matches are sure to be enjoyable whatever the results are.
8 Brown’s Building, EC3A 8AL
Canary Wharf is once again setting the stage for the my AFK beach volleyball championship this summer. Filled with 200 tonnes of sand, the my AFK beach courts will be open to all, with pay-to-play sessions in doubles or as a team starting from 8 July. So you can sign up for the tournament or just challenge your
co-workers to a lunchtime match. And if you’re more of a spectator, you can just enjoy the sun and watch some of Europe’s top volleyball champions play showcase matches.
Montgomery Square, E14 5HQ
A celebration of great beers, passionate brewers and the people who make London a great beer city, London Craft Beer Festival is a guaranteed good time. On hand to keep your thirst at bay are a host of more than 80 world-class breweries. You’ll be able to pair your beer with food from a range of fine restaurants and street food. There’s also a strong line-up of killer DJ sets from acts like Friendly Fires, Kaiser Chiefs, and Zombie Disco Squad.
Tobacco Dock, Wapping Lane, E1W 2SF
Fulfilling its does-what-it-says-on-the-tin name, Summer by the River is returning to the capital. Lasting three months, it is the largest free outdoor festival in London – stretching along the riverside from London Bridge Pier to City Hall. With food trucks and stalls as well as workshops and open-air theatre productions, there will be music from Georgia and the Vintage Youth, Chaps Choir, and The Eskies. A summer stroll by the river guarantees more than just a good view this year.
2A More London Riverside, SE1 2DB
If you’re keen to broaden your cultural horizons or simply escape the inevitable rainy summer days, head to the Barbican for its immersive exhibition, Al: More than Human. This centre-wide ‘festival-style’ showcase is displayed across the building and explores the creative and scientific developments in artificial intelligence.
Barbican, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS
Friday lunchtimes in Canary Wharf may normally be saluted with a couple of cheeky pints in the sun, but now you can add live music into the mix thanks to a series of pop-up gigs at Jubilee Park. Canary Wharf has invited Docklands Sinfonia orchestra to bring high-quality music to the area – with both jazz trios or string quartets in residence. Featuring the likes of the Simon Thorpe Jazz Trio, Fiorella Camilleri and Ahmed Dickinson Cardenas. Good music, food and booze. Why not.
Jubilee Park, Canary Wharf E14
Throughout June, COYA Angel Court will be hosting several cigar and cocktail evenings. Putting its own spin on alfresco drinking, each event will be based in COYA court’s terrace. ‘Noche de Cigarros’ is the first evening to kick off this series: on offer will be COYA Angel Court’s signature cocktails, The Nut Nut and El Capitan and on the cigar front, Montecristo Open Masters.
31-33 Throgmorton Street, EC2N 2AT