London Summer Culture Guide 2019

New literary landmarks, hidden rivers and how culture can help the city’s fight against violent crime — plus the hot events to check out this summer

Forget Bloomsbury and Hampstead – today’s writers find their inspiration in Tooting, Clapham and Greenwich

Where to follow the capital’s lost waterways this summer

When the sun arrives, all of east London seems to gravitate to this vibrant spot

Critics of London’s first ‘Borough of Culture’ argue money is better spent on tackling violence. Does it have to be one or the other?

An at-a-glance guide to summer in the city

Many are drawn to the city for its rich and varied scene but some residents and artists can no longer afford to participate

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From wetsuited triathletes to tattooed teens, outdoor swimming pools are the perfect Petri dish for observing the city’s tribes

This summer experimental and established groups are innovating with pop-up programmes and unusual venues

Why venues like Rowans Tenpin Bowl are cultural gems too

The capital has a fine selection for lovers of the sparkling fruity stuff