The summer’s here and, if you don’t fancy dancing in the streets of Canary Wharf, there are plenty of other places to do it. Failing that, slide down a sculpture in Stratford or take on an aquatic obstacle race in Royal Docks. Here’s what to do.

1. Visions Festival

Young Fathers

Returning to Hackney for its fourth year this festival brings with it a host of up-and-coming acts.

Organisers have lined up Young Fathers, Anna Calvi, Gengahr and Mykki Blanco to name a few. There’s also a range of markets, exhibitions and street food stalls. Tickets have sold out for the last two years, and only second tier are left for 2016, so don’t hang about.

Saturday, August 6, from 1pm, various venues

2. River Rat Race

London River Rat Race

Bounce, swim, scrabble and slide your way around one of the wettest obstacle courses in the UK. But wait. While this 10km race in Royal Victoria Dock may sound like child’s play you’d better be fit or you may find yourself struggling to make it over the 35 obstacles, including a 50ft water slide, dotted between Excel and London City Airport. The incentive is that money raised goes to homeless charity Shelter and, if you hit £200, your entry fee will be refunded.

Saturday, August 13, event opens at 7.30am, races start at 9am, outside Excel

3. South West Four Weekender


This dance music festival attracts superstar DJs from across the globe for those who can’t, or won’t, travel to Ibiza. This year’s line-up features Rudimental, The Chemical Brothers, Carl Cox, Gorgon City and Armand Van Helden.

Saturday, August 27, 11am-11pm, Sunday, August 28, 11am to 10.30pm, Clapham Common

4. Notting Hill Carnival

Notting Hill Carnival

Europe’s biggest street festival is still a vivid representation of London’s multicultural communities. Expect two days of live music ranging from reggae to dub to salsa as well as soca floats, steel bands and a whole lot of jerk chicken and rum.

Sunday, August 28-29, procession from 9am-7pm, Notting Hill, Ladbroke Grove and Westbourne Park

5. The Slide at the ArcelorMittal Orbit

Ready to slide!

Fly down the world’s longest and tallest slide as part of your visit to the Olympic Park. Belgian artist Carsten Höller has designed this new addition to the sculptural attraction which twists and turns around for 178 metres before depositing you at the base after 40 seconds.

Open daily, 10am-6pm, adults £17, children £12, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

6. Buckingham Palace Summer Opening

Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from the Queen's Wardrobe is on at Buckingham Palace.

Poke around the palace while the Royals are away during the annual public opening of the State Rooms.

This year the themed exhibition will be devoted to the Queen’s wardrobe, using dress, jewellery and accessories to chart royal fashions from the 1920s to the 2010s, highlighting her Maj’s favourite British designers, and displaying outfits worn at weddings, christenings and other family celebrations.

Until October 2, from 9.15am with a typical visit lasting 150 minutes, Buckingham Palace