Summer in the city

10 June 2015

With warmer weather approaching, Londoners are shaking off their winter hibernation and preparing for a summer of festivals and fun. Where is the best place to base yourself in the city centre to take advantage of what’s on offer? has the hottest deals on the best flatshare and house share accommodation in the capital’s Zone One. What kind of activities could you discover on your doorstep?

The More London Free Festival takes place June 4-September 26, bringing an impressive line-up of events and performances to the amphitheatre that sits below the Mayor’s office on the South Bank. Kicking off with a four-day street party of Latin and Caribbean food and fun, entertainment will then focus on music, theatre and film. An LED screen will also show Wimbledon tennis coverage from June 23-July 6. All events are free, just bring a cushion!

Meanwhile, the annual City of London Festival returns June 22-July 17 with a host of events in some of the capital’s grandest settings, from orchestral concerts in St Paul’s Cathedral, to jazz gigs in the Gherkin. The Bowler Hat, a pop-up venue in Paternoster Square, will present a variety of kid’s theatre, stand-up comedy, circus and cabaret, while a series of festival events under the banner of Seoul in the City showcases a wealth of upcoming classical talent from South Korea.

If your new flatshare accommodation doesn’t have its own garden, why not take a peek at some famous London lawns? On June 14-15, the Open Garden Squares Weekend takes place, allowing access to around 200 communal gardens not ordinarily open to the public, from traditional squares to roof terraces and allotments, as well as gardens belonging to historic buildings, schools, shops and cafes. One ticket allows entry to all venues over the weekend. Public ballots are being held for entry to Highbury Square (the former home of Arsenal Football Club) and to the gardens at Number 10 Downing Street.

 North London music lovers can groove along to the legendary Camden Crawl, now revamped as ‘CC14’, on June 20-21. More than 25 venues spanning a two-mile stretch of NW1 will play host to more than 200 live artists, DJs and specialist fringe events, showcasing the best emerging live music talent. The ticket price includes a lanyard programme guide and 2014 compilation album.

Sports fans in the city’s centre can take a stroll down The Mall to see the world’s top cyclists competing in the Tour De France. On July 7, the cyclists will be riding into London from the north east, before heading for central London, racing past London landmarks including Tower Bridge, the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace. London will host three official fan park sites with live coverage, cycling experiences, entertainment and French cuisine.

And it’s not a summer in London without Europe’s biggest street festival. The streets of West London will come alive with Caribbean flavour this August Bank Holiday weekend (August 24-25) for the Notting Hill Carnival. Packed with steel bands, Calypso music and fabulous food stalls, amazing floats and costumed performers wind their way through the streets – if you’re a local resident, you will become part of the party!

 If you want to enjoy this hot summer fun in your new central London neighbourhood, visit the latest flatshare and house share accommodation offers.