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The best events in London this Summer

Thursday, June 7, 2018

The best events in London this Summer

There's no place quite like London in the summer. Here are 6 stand-out events you can't afford to miss.

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The Barbican 11th Jun

Celebrate the RAF’s 100th anniversary with the London Concert Choir, as they perform some of best classical music by British composers in the last century at the Barbican.

Listen to stunning pieces by Parry, Walton and Britten, as well as new work by Roderick Williams.

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Various Locations 1st - 30th Jun

Enjoy a month of concerts, workshops and events, as the Mayor of London’s Sounds Like London festival takes over the capital this June.

Sounds Like London celebrates the capital’s grassroots venues and up-and-coming talent. In the centenary year of the women’s right to vote, the festival also highlights the important contribution made by women in the music industry.

It is part of the mayor’s campaign for gender equality, #BehindEveryGreatCity. Supporters and ambassadors include DJs Annie Mac and Abbie McCarthy, as well as artists Vanessa White and KT Tunstall.

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London Stadium, 14th & 15th Jul

Watch your favourite athletics stars compete in two nights of track and field events during the inaugural Athletics World Cup at London Stadium.

The groundbreaking event takes place across two evening sessions at the iconic venue in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, pitting the world’s top eight athletics nations against each other in track and field disciplines.

Just one man and one woman from each nation are selected in each of the individual events, which include everything from discus and high jump, to 1500m and 100m races. See athletes from China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Jamaica, Poland, South Africa and USA battle it out for the $2 million prize fund.

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South Bank, until 30th Sep

Enjoy a fun-packed festival of live entertainment and al-fresco eating and drinking at Underbelly Festival in South Bank.

In 2017, the Udderbelly Festival and London Wonderground were joined together in a huge season of top live acts, forming the Underbelly Festival. Stretching throughout the summer, the festival returns for the 10th year with stages full of affordable circus, theatre, cabaret, comedy, music and children’s shows on the south bank of the Thames.

You can also drop by the free-to-enter festival site to tuck into street food from the riverside vendors and grab a drink at one of London’s biggest outdoor bars.

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Various Venues, 7th Jul

Follow a trail of art across south London during the all-night arts festival, Art Night.

Now in its third edition, Art Night presents a free one-night programme of contemporary art, performance, music and architecture, which takes place from early evening until dawn and moves to a different part of London each year.

Curated by the Hayward Gallery to celebrate its 50th anniversary, this year’s event sees art projects running along the Thames from Southbank Centre, through Vauxhall and Nine Elms, to Battersea Power Station.

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Notting Hill, 25th - 27th Aug

Join London’s biggest street party as the Notting Hill Carnival fills the streets of west London with Caribbean colours, music and flavours.

Watch elaborate floats and colourful costumed performers wind their way through the streets in the carnival parade, dance to the sound of steel bands and calypso music, and visit the tempting food stalls along the route.

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BLOC Magazine

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As summer draws to a close, the autumn issue of our magazine looks forward to some exciting events that are taking place in our nation's capital, London and second-city, Birmingham.

London is easily accessible from our Gatwick hotel and Birmingham is soon to be home of a second BLOC. Behind the scenes, we're working hard to add other locations where you can sample our affordable luxury.

At BLOC, we have distilled the finest ingredients into a package that provides perfect, yet affordable conditions for any overnight stay in prime locations. It's about no-nonsense style and function.

BLOC magazine embraces this theme. We've curated some of the favourite things we have discovered on our travels including the wonders of the Emerald Isle, Bentley's new concept, travel tech and apps as well as food and drink destinations.

You will also find details of BLOC's new VIP Guest List - don't forget to sign up to be eligible for free room upgrades, free coffee and be the first to hear about our blockbuster VIP competitions.

We hope that this magazine provides you with insight and entertainment on your journey.

You can view all of the articles on this site or view an online FREE version of the magazine, here.

We’ll also be adding to and updating this site with more cool stuff that we find on our travels. Jump on board!

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