With so much to see and do in London, it can be tough deciding where to go first, especially when travelling en famille. But for those staying at The Milestone Hotel, it couldn’t be easier to get out and enjoy all that this lively city has to offer. Whether you want to enjoy some live music, sample the best of London’s thriving food scene, or simply kick back and watch a great film with your kids, you’ll be overwhelmed by the array of options on offer in the heart of the capital. With the warm weather fast approaching, we’ve selected some of London’s top family friendly festivals to enjoy this summer.
British Summertime Hyde Park, 4 -13 July
During July, London’s Hyde Park plays host to top music acts and plenty of partygoers hoping to soak up the sun and the merry atmosphere. This year’s line-up mixes chart toppers old and new for the perfect family-friendly affair – headline acts including Tom Jones, Black Sabbath, Little Mix and Tom Odell will all take to the stage during the 10-day extravaganza. Make sure to test out some of the delicious dishes on offer from London’s best food markets whilst you’re are there too.
Film 4 Summer Screen at Somerset house, 7-20 August
For two weeks in mid-August you can attend a very special movie night in one of London’s most spectacular venues. Somerset House will be celebrating the tenth Film 4 Summer Screen Series, where guests will be treated to an array of cult classics and contemporary movies, ranging from comedies to action thrillers.
Visitors are encouraged to take along comfy blankets and refreshments and kick back and enjoy a wondrously unique experience. As well as evening screenings there will also be a number of free daytime family workshops and a Summer Screen Prints exhibition of contemporary screen print film posters.
Taste London, 18-22 June
If you’re a self-confessed foodie then you’d better head to Taste Festival in Regent’s Park. The famous park space is transformed into a gastronomic heaven, where you’ll be able to mingle with top chefs like Michel Roux Jr, food and drink producers, and renowned restaurateurs from all over the world. They’ll all be showcasing their latest culinary innovations and classic dishes, plus there’s a chance to brush up on your own techniques by heading down to cooking tricks of the trade. There are also a number of activities to keep the kids entertained with special workshops and masterclasses to help those budding little chefs learn some new skills.
City of London Festival 22 June -17 July
Celebrating London’s world-class arts scene, for three weeks during the summer the City of London Festival will showcase the top UK artists, musicians, dancers and dramatists at some of the capital’s most iconic venues. The eclectic programme includes acclaimed comedy from Richard Herring, musician and actor Doc Brown and performances by the sensational London Symphony Orchestra. Alongside a full schedule of ticketed events, there will also be plenty of free family-friendly outdoor performances spread across the city.
Covent Garden May Fayre and puppet festival
The classic Punch and Judy puppet shows date all the way back to Victorian times, but you can see the age old routine at the annual May Fayre in Central London. Each year the event is kicked off with a grand procession through the streets to celebrate Mr Punch’s birthday. Afternoon children’s activities include workshops to master your puppeteering skills, street performances and plenty of funny antics from the resident clowns.
Underbelly, 10 April – 13 July
Prepare yourself for an eight-week extravaganza of comedy and entertainment; Underbelly Festival attractions include a bizarre gigantic purple cow and the London Wonderground Circus and Cabaret. The freshest names in comedy and the top names from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival circuit will be taking to the stage throughout the duration of the festival. There are also a series of children shows planned throughout the festival to keep the little ones occupied. Get inspired by the Gandini Juggling SMASHED show – where the art of juggling is taken to a new level. Or try and keep up with the world record breaking human beatboxer, Shlomo, who has been referred to as a “one-man Hollywood film soundtrack”.
For the kids: Lollibop, 15-17 August
It may well be a bit further afield than the confines of central London but if you’re looking for a festival designed with kids in mind, this is the answer to your prayers. Primarily for under 10s, the festival includes tons of fun and interactive games and educational activities to keep young ones entertained all day. With a full range of facilities on site at the beautiful Hatfield House, parents will be able to relax, whilst children will be encouraged to join in the fun.
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