The Best London Summer Events 2017

Cut through the rubbish and book one of these

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Summer in London is always a tricky balance between bankrupting yourself on flotilla raves in Mile End and sitting at home with the lights off watching other people's exotic summers on Instagram with a solitary tear rolling down your cheek.

Luckily, we're here to sort out the overpriced festivals from the genuinely memorable, not-too-bank-account-busting events.

Here's how to nail Summer '17 in the big city.

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The Bucket List fried chicken festival

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If you, like us, have more than had your fill of the London burger scene, then feel free to upgrade in style as a fried chicken festival is coming to Kings Cross this summer. Set over two days with eight traders including Mother Clucker, Other Side Fried, Bill or Beak and Killa Dilla, every ticket entitles you to to a portion of fried chicken from every trader present and a drink. Move quick: understandably early bird tickets have already sold out.

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Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

A London must-do but something many of us never quite get around to, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre is a brilliant and sophisticated way to wile away a summer's evening. From June to August they will be showing Oliver Twist, A Tale Of Two Cities and Jesus Christ Superstar. Something to cater for children, literary snobs and musical fanatics. Invite them all.

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Summer Series at Somerset House

Hosted in the beautiful courtyard of Somerset house - the ideal venue for some laid back vibez - their summer series of concerts are what smug Instagram posts were made for. Running for 10 days in July the outdoor concerts will see performances from artists including Goldfrapp, Damian Marley, Nora Jones, Warpaint, Birdy and The Cinematic Orchestra. They always sell out quickly so get moving.

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Taste of London Festival

An opportunity for constant grazing should never be passed up, especially when you're feasting on food from top chefs including Tom Kerridge and Franceso Mazzei. This year's sprawling and succulent event boasts over 40 of London's best restaurants and chefs including stalls from Temper, Oldroyd, Kricket and ROKA. Come hungry and leave incredibly full.

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The Underground Supper Club

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More exciting than a restaurant and far less work than a dinner party, this is where you should be dining come summer. From June until September the underground supper club will once again be serving dinner in the most unique of venues - a decommissioned 1967 London Underground carriage. Expect high quality meats like BBQ pork belly and mouth watering steaks. A truly underground experience.

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The Luna Cinema outdoor screenings

Specialists in bringing cinema to life in beautiful locations, the Luna Cinema are really a step ahead when it comes to outdoor screenings. Divide picnic duties, bring a bottle and try not to fall asleep before the film starts. See Oscar-winner La La Land in Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, bloodied classic Pulp Fiction in Kew Gardens or iconic rom-com Notting Hill in Chiswick House. There are events on weekly across London so you're bound to find a beautiful spot and film that suits.

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Late at Tate Britain

A great opportunity to see an iconic British gallery in a whole new light, the Tate late evenings are always charged with a great energy. Explore the galleries after hours with food, drinks and live music. Best of all it's totally free. There are two summer dates on 2 June and 4 August which will include immersive art, live discussions and performance installations.

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Sunfall festival

Day festivals get something of a bad rep in London for a number of reasons; line-ups aiming to please everyone end up confused, you spend the whole day queueing for warm beer and you spend a lot of money on not much fun. But Sunfall, run by the experienced teams behind clubs like XOYO and Phonox, brings together a tight collection of jazz, techno, soul, hip-hop and disco artists for a unique afternoon in Brockwell Park on 12 August. The acts this year include Gilles Peterson, Theo Parrish and Floating Points. Go before it gets too popular for its own good.

Sunfall.co.uk