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Kew the Music - Richmond

Taking place in the stunning grounds of Unesco World Heritage Site Kew Gardens, this six-night festival boasts one of the best settings in London. Branded a ‘picnic concert’, enjoy an evening of sophistication listening to the soulful sounds of Blondie, Human League, Paul Weller, Jools Holland, Leona Lewis and Soul II Soul. VIP your night by ordering a hamper and bubbly when you book.

£35.50+, July 9-14.
5.45pm-10.15pm (9.45pm Sunday, July 14) 

Kew, Surrey, TW9 3AB 
Tube | Kew Gardens


West End live - Trafalgar Square

Too skint to check out London’s West End? Now you can see the best of what’s at the theatre for free as the casts from all the shows perform al fresco in Trafalgar Square. Expect clips from Billy Elliot, Stomp, Mamma Mia! and more.

Free, June 22-23.
11am/12pm-6pm WC2N 5DS 
Tube | Charing Cross 


Henley Royal Regatta - South London

It’s like Royal Ascot, except on the Thames with rowing crews replacing horses, as a bunch of posh lads and lasses compete in knockout races along the river. Think lots of Pimm’s and picnics. 

£17+, July 3-7. Times vary Henley-on-Thames, RG9 2AQ 
Station | Henley-on-Thames


Coronation Fest - Victoria

Celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation, this event is set in the gardens of Buckingham Palace. Wander and eat posh goodies, or book for the gala gig in the evening, showcasing music from the Commonwealth.

£30, July 11-14. From 9.30am 
Buckingham Palace, SW1A 1AA 
Tube | St James’s Park 



Henley Festival - South London

It doesn’t get much posher than a music and arts fest that requires punters wear black tie and designer dresses. Expect a floating stage, fireworks, flowing champagne, Jamie Cullum and Paloma Faith.

£50, July 10-14. From 6pm 
14 Friday Street, RG9 1AH  
Station | Henley-On-Thames

Mint Polo in the Park - Fulham

Ladies, fascinators at the ready. This three-day event (below) boasts champers in the Pommery Garden, cocktails at the Mahiki Bar, and Pimm’s on a special bus as well as fantastic grub from Gourmet Street Food.

Matches kick off with ‘City Friday’, then Ladies’ Day on Saturday, rounding off with the finals on Sunday. There’s also a shopping village and afternoon tea – so plenty of off-field action to keep non-enthusiasts amused.

June 7-9. 12pm-9/8/7pm 
Hurlingham Park, SW6 3DR 
Tube | Putney Bridge



London Restaurant Festival - Across London

It’s a way off, but this festival is worth flagging up. Eat your way across some of the 400 restaurants and 50 events that make up this foodie extravaganza. There’ll be quirky stuff aplenty, including the chance to dine on board a double-decker bus, and a three-course meal inspired by a renowned chef’s favourite film, served to punters inside a cinema.

October 3-21.
Times vary Various locations


Photos: Getty; Third Light


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