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by Serena Reidy (subscribe)
Freelance writer and avid reader living in the North of London. Check out my blog at www.ramblingsofanotherunistudent.blogspot.co.uk
Published July 23rd 2017
HoliOne, festival, summer, London
Image courtesy of HoliOne


Lovebox, British Summer Time and Wireless may have already been and gone, but that doesn't mean that the festival season is over. There are still numerous opportunities to put on your flower crown and hit London's best parks before the season ends in a couple of months. Read on to find out some of the capital's best festivals for the rest of summer.

1. HoliOne

London's most vibrant and colourful festival returns to Wembley Park this weekend. If you fancy getting covered from head to toe in bright paint, HoliOne is for you. There's also plenty of music to enjoy during this Hindu-inspired event, including a mix of EDM, dance and bass.

When & where: 29th July, Wembley Park

2. Sunfall Festival

Sunfall is a fairly new festival heading to London this August. It was first held in 2016 and runs well into the night, so you have to be ready to party hard. Sunfall Festival combines a whole range of music genres, including jazz, house, soul, disco, hip hop and dubstep. Tickets range from £55 to £65 (plus booking fee).

When & where: 12th August, Brockwell Park

3. Southwest Four Festival

If you don't yet have any plans for the August Bank Holiday, be sure to add Southwest Four Festival to your diary. Nicknamed 'SW4', this festival is one of London's biggest dance events, and is perfect for anyone who wants the festival experience without having to camp out. Southwest Four Festival brings together the likes of Pendulum, Tinie Tempah, Sigma and Wilkinson. Unfortunately, Saturday is sold out, but there are still a few tickets available for Sunday. Head to the official website now to see Deadmau5, Knife Party and Sub Focus live on stage.

When & where: 26th and 27th August, Clapham Common

4. Gin Festival

Gin Festival also occurs over the August Bank Holiday, and you can expect to find over 100 varieties of gin to sample. As with most drink festivals, there will also be a number of masterclasses, live music and mouth-watering food at Gin Festival.

When & where: 25th – 27th August, Tobacco Dock

5. Notting Hill Carnival

How could I not include Notting Hill Carnival on this list? As the country's largest and most diverse street festival, it's no surprise that Notting Hill Carnival attracts partygoers from all over the world. The event adopts a Caribbean theme – think elaborate floats, flamboyant costumes and upbeat music – and is suitable for all ages.

When & where: 26th – 28th August, Notting Hill

6. Foodies Festival

Calling all foodies! North London's Alexandra Palace will be holding the last Foodies Festival of the year, after its tour around the UK, and it's not to be missed. Enjoy live cooking demonstrations from Michelin starred chefs such as Adam Simmonds; discover some new food in the Street Food Avenue; see how many chillies you can eat at once in the Chilli Eating Competition and tuck into a delicious afternoon tea in the Vintage Tea Tent.

When & where: 26th – 28th August
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