Summer in London
Summer in London is amazing and a great time to be in town. In this post and video below I’ll share with you events during summer and in particular July. Watch my video guide to summer in London and July events here –
Some key events during British summertime happen in July. Some events are anchored to celebrations that are fixed to dates in July such as Canada Day. And others move and can be earlier or later each year.
July the 1st is Canada day. A day when Canadians will be celebrating being Canadian. So with Britain and Canada having such close links there will be big celebrations in Trafalgar Square. And with many Canadians residing in London there is always a big turn out. The Canadian high commission Canada house is right next to Trafalgar Square. So the Canadian flags that always flank the Square will today be relevant to the event in Trafalgar Square.
2017 marks the 150th anniversary of Canada becoming a kingdom of its own. Obviously Canada existed before but July 1st 1867 was a significant milestone in Canada becoming more than multiple overseas colonies of the French and British empires.
Trafalgar Square hosts a celebration of all things Canadian. There is a stage with performances by renowned Canadian singers comedians and theatre productions. We play hockey here at school in the UK but its not a big sport by any means. However ice hockey in Canada is a big deal so there are some hockey competitions happening. There is a children’s hockey skills competition and a celebrity hockey tournament. You can visit the Mayor of London’s website here for details of similar upcoming events.
Also there is Canadian inspired food and drink on sale. So plenty of maple goodies and poutine. I queued for the poutine which I love. The queue was long and the poutine was just OK. So then I headed to Brick Lane in East London. To share the spot to get some of the best poutine in London each Sunday.
The Poutinerie is a market stall that serve some of the best poutine in London. They’re Canadian but there is one British addition which makes it possibly the best poutine in the world. The Rib Man’s hot sauce and meat. The Rib Man is a stall also on Brick Lane market that sell ribs and phenomenal hot sauce. And so when you add that to poutine its a perfect recipe.
Eid in London
This year Ramadan ended at the end of June. So Trafalgar Square hosts an Eid festival on the following Sunday. The smell of food and especially barbecue is phenomenal. Plenty of hijabs and halal food so I tried the falafels and hummus. The best falafels and hummus available in this part of London are actually a very short walk from Trafalgar Square. Gaby’s Deli is just up Charing Cross Road and well worth a visit if your after some Middle Eastern inspired food.
Pride Parade London
Also one of the major events here during summer in London is London pride. And arguably the most fabulous and spectacular part of the annual pride festival is the annual pride parade. So I visit the parade and watch some of the amazing procession through the centre of London. And then head to Trafalgar Square to watch some of the free concert that takes place.
So next a quick coffee stop at the department of coffee and social affairs just off Carnaby Street. Great coffee in a very central location if you know where to look. However I didn’t stop for long on Carnaby Street as I was heading to an event on London’s Regent Street.
The Summer streets event takes place on Regent Street every Sunday throughout July. This is summer streets fifth year here on Regent Street. Regent Street is one of London’s most famous shopping streets and destinations. Many global brands have their flagship stores here. Also many of the surrounding streets like Carnaby street are also iconic. And also filled with stores restaurants and bars.
Usually one of London’s busiest roads so being traffic free lets visitors discover Regent Street in a whole new way. There is a pop up food market bringing together a selection of the best drinking and dining destinations from across Regent Street and St Jame’s. There is live music which will fill the streets with a summer inspired soundtrack. And along side all of the amazing traffic free events many of the stores will also be holding in store events. Some will even be providing shoppers with complimentary drinks and snacks.
My final destination is Big Ben in Westminster. I check out some of the progress with the repair and restoration works that are under way. Big Ben hasn’t had any real major restoration work carried out since the early 1980’s. So this year they began a project of conservation work on the clock tower and they will be servicing the clock mechanism. The project will involve scaffolding the whole clock tower. They are they are up about as high as the roof and the palace of Westminster right now.