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The festival usually happens in a holiday camp, but it’s getting promoted to a much cooler venue – the never-before-used London Pleasure Gardens. The gardens are a pop-up space, from the brilliant minds that created the beautifully hedonistic debauchery zone Shangri-La at Glastonbury. And it’s got a line-up to back it up, with (take a deep breath) Snoop Dogg (above), Richie Hawtin, Steve Reich, Orbital, Flying Lotus, Gary Numan, Ricardo Villalobos, Nicolas Jaar, Robert Henke’s Monolake, Jeff Mills, DOOM, Joy Orbison b2b Jackmaster, Four Tet and a hell of a lot more. Get your party on.

July 6-7 | From 2pm | £99+
Royal Victoria Docks, E16 2BS
Tube | Pontoon Dock

The Chelsea Flower Show

You don’t have to be green fingered to like this one – the show exhibits fresh, modern and innovative design. The cutting-edge displays get quirkier every year – whether that’s with references to far-flung climes or eye-popping architecture. Look out for plenty of nods to this year’s Olympic Games, as well as Queit Time: DMZ Forbidden Garden, designed by Jihae Hwang, mirroring Korea’s Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and Trailfinders Australian Garden – a modern luxe outdoor living space.

May 22-25. 8am-8pm | May 26, 8am-5.30pm | Sell-off at 4pm | £16+
Royal Hospital Chelsea, SW3 4SL
Tube | Sloane Square

The Chap Olympiad 2012

Amid the Georgian beauty of Bedford Square, the lovely people behind The Chap will be hosting Britain’s most eccentric sporting event. Described as a true“celebration of athletic ineptitude and immaculate trouser creases”, the day of posh events ranging from the normal (afternoon tea, cocktails) to the bizarre (butler baiting, umbrella jousting, shouting at foreigners) stipulates a strict dress code of elegant finery, military wear, formal wear, dandy wear and no denim or sports clothing, except cricket whites. Take Heed.

July 7-8 | 12pm-11pm | £20
Bedford Square, Bloomsbury, WC1
Tube | Russell Square

World Pride

This year, London’s hosting World Pride. Taking over Soho, it’s going to bigger and better than the capital’s usual LGBT celebration and parade.

Sat, July 7 | 9am
Starts at Baker Street
Tube | Baker Street

Film4 Summer Screen

Watch fantastic movies, including Sexy Beast, in the lovely surrounds of Somerset House’s courtyard.

August 16-25 | Times vary | £14.50
Somerset House, The Strand, WC2R 1LA
Tube | Charing Cross

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

Get patriotic and take to the streetsto celebrate Liz’s 60th year on the throne. Events are happening across London for the entire bank holiday (hello, four-day weekend), but Sunday 3 June is the big day. The Queen will be heading up a river pageant of more than 1000 boats – both historical vessels and modern passenger boats – so grab your space along the Thames to watch. One of the largest flotillas to ever hit the river, it starts at Battersea Bridge at 2pm and will float along to Tower Bridge to disperse to West India Docks by around 6pm. Worth making the effort for.

Sunday, June 3  | Free
Along the Thames

Vauxhall art car boot fair

Whether you’re just into looking at art or want to snare yourself a bargain, this is the arty place to head this summer. Admire pieces from established artists like Tracey Emin, Sir Peter Blake and Polly Morgan or snare a piece from an up-and-coming talent from just £10. It’s worth it just for a look – all the artists will be there in person, selling their wares from the boots of classic and vintage cars. And there’ll be food stalls from St John Bread & Wine and Nude Espresso. Other confirmed names are Bob and Roberta Smith, Jessica Albarn, Pure Evil, DavidDavid and Pamm Hogg.

May 27 |12-6pm | £3
Brick Lane Yard, 146 Brick Lane, E1 6QN
Tube | Liverpool Street

London Green Fair 2012

Celebrate all things green in the great outdoors, with live music, DJs, speakers, exhibitions and plenty of market stalls.

June 9-10 |12pm
Cumberland Green, Regent’s Park, NW1
Tube | Camden Town


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