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3 London Summer Festivals For Something a Little Different

We love festivals, but elbowing our way to the front of a muddy field to can get a little tiring sometimes. As an alternative we've hand picked the crop of London's upcoming festivals especially for you. Featuring street parties, busking, al fresco cinema, life drawing, fashion and comedy, we think they’re a breath of fresh air. And you can even leave your wellies at home.

By Clare Ebberson

Shuffle Festival | Tower Hamlets

Shuffle is back for 2016 with its eclectic line up of film, music, food, talks and installations. With Danny Boyle curating, expect big things. Set in the beautifully atmospheric venue of Tower Hamlets Cemetary Park, you can indulge on squid satay, beef rendang and spring onion pancakes as part of an Indonesian feast at the pop up outdoor restaurant.

From there, unleash your inner creativity with woodland workshops including sunrise life drawing classes, "release your inner pagan" sculpture making and canalside canoeing sessions (to burn off said satay). Last but not least, they’ve got a sweet selection of films from "Thames Film" featuring a live score, "Arabian Nights", a self proclaimed docu-fantasy and the Steve Jobs movie, all to be enjoyed at al fresco screenings until sunrise. 

Shuffle festival takes place on Saturday 9th July, all day and all night.

East London Fringe Festival | Various Locations

East London Fringe Festival kicks off this Saturday with a month long programme of film, music, street parties, busking, comedy, art and fashion. Tucked away among Shoreditch's offices and trendy apartments you’ll find a pop up cinema (complete with deckchairs and there's even a bar to chair drinks service) where you can re-watch all your cult fave films from Pulp Fiction to Grease.

There's a brilliantly diverse music line up to dance away the days to, with separate "mini-festival" days featuring acoustic music, busking, electronica and underground dj-ing from local collective Land of Kings. If all the boogying leaves you needing something more chilled, the Eastern Green event has yoga and meditation classes as well as a pop up art fair.

East London Fringe Festival takes place on selected dates from 9th July to the 7th August.

Camden Fringe | Various Locations

London's rival to the Edinburgh fringe, this is the festival for you if you are into stand up, improv, cabaret, musicals and poetry.

With some of the quirky events featuring titles such as "Does Buddha eat haggis?", "Quiche" and "Shed man", even the seasoned comedy lover will be able to find an unusual new show, and where better to experience the unusual than in a range of off-beat venues across Camden. We've got our eye on "Improv Deathmatch", a fast paced show where two teams use audience suggestions to improvise comedy and fight it out to see who can make the audience laugh the loudest.

Camden Fringe takes place from the 1st to the 28th August in venues across Camden.