London streets to stage free pop-up festival of culture during half-term

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Sadiq Khan, The Mayor of London, is inviting Londoners and visitors to enjoy Pop-Up London – a free culture festival of family-friendly performances taking place in locations across central London during October half-term (23 to 31 October 2021).

The festival is the latest in a series of free public events to be staged as part of the Mayor’s Let’s Do London campaign.

In partnership with Battersea Arts Centre and Found in Music, Pop-Up London will bring together artists, musicians and a range of performers from across the capital to perform at Trafalgar Square, Spitalfields E1, Canary Wharf and other locations across central London.

Pop Up London will celebrate some of London’s most creative grassroots talents with more than 200 artists performing in more than 100 events across nine days. Performances will include hip hop dance acts, musical comedy, storytelling, puppetry, circus skills, magic shows and many more.

Details of the festival will be published on and the Visit London app to help families plan their visit to make the most of the festival as well as taking in London’s other famous attractions and world-class food and hospitality on offer over the half term holiday.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “This half term, Pop-Up London offers a fantastic opportunity for families across Britain to visit the centre of our city and enjoy an incredible range of entertainment, for all ages, absolutely free of charge.

“Freelance artists and performers are vital to the success of our world-renowned creative industries, but many have been out of work for months. As London continues to recover from this awful pandemic, Pop Up London will give creatives a platform to perform and give Londoners and visitors yet another reason to make the most of our capital this October.”