As every Londoner knows, London comes alive in the summer, but you don’t always have to pay for festival fun. Check out our top three free festivals happening in the city this summer.

Alexandra Palace Summer Festival

This free summer festival on Saturday 23 July takes place in north London’s impressive Alexandra Park. DJ Yoda will be hitting the decks, while a 100m waterslide is the perfect spot to find a cooling thrill. There will also be live music stages, family raves and a silent disco, as well as an outdoor cinema, street food and craft beer. The fun doesn’t even stop there. Those looking for quirkier pastimes can embark on hamster zorbing or tree-climbing, go retro on the dodgers or walzers at the fun fair, or take part in the Great British Pram Race.

Photo by Alexandra Palace Summer Festival

Photo by Alexandra Palace Summer Festival

Website: Alexandra Palace Summer Festival 

Lambeth Country Show

This fair in Brockwell Park has been running for more than four decades. Taking place on the 16 and 17 July this year, this is a quirky festival with the aim of bringing countryside pursuits to the city. As well as an annual vegetable sculpture competition, there is also sheep shearing, donkey rides and recycled garden competitions. Music stages bring everything from roots reggae music to samba, while the more active minded can take part in activities from martial arts to Zumba. And of course there is food galore, with a cacophony of food stands and home-made cakes.

Lambeth Country Show summer festival

Photo by Mark Arrigo

Website: Lambeth Country Show

Festival of Love

This annual festival goes on until the end of August, and involves a packed schedule of music, art, dance and performance, and many of these events are free. The variety is immense, with immersive musical experiences on the roof of the Royal Festival Hall, circus adventures involving giant balloons and floating kites, and artwork installations by big names such as Jeppe Hein. Visitors can also get involved in a range of free workshops and taster sessions, such as morning rooftop garden yoga.

Photo by Belinda Lawley

Photo by Belinda Lawley

Website: Festival of Love