Summer has officially begun! With London’s summer line up probably being one of the best out there and the city getting a whole new feel, with its parks getting crowded, rooftop bars filling up and the huge amount of outdoor activities London has to offer. We didn’t want to miss sharing with you some of our favourite events and activities you’d definitely not want to miss this summer season.
British Summer Time
30 June – 9 July
British Summer Time Hyde Park has become a go-to in London’s summer calendar. The one day festivals include acts like Justin Bieber, Kings of Leon, The Killers and various others in their line up, and is a not-to-be-missed for music lovers.
Missed it? Don’t worry. Check out Somerset House, which regularly hosts open air gigs during the summer, getting established artists, but also upcoming acts onto their stage every night in the 18th century courtyard.
RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show
3-9 July 2017
Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is world’s biggest annual flower show in the city. You can enjoy Show Gardens, the Rose Marquee, Floral Marquee, plant pavilions and a variety of talks, demonstrations and exhibits all over the place, on both sides of the Long Water at Hampton Court Palace.
Notting Hill carnival
27 – 28 August
Every year during the August Bank Holiday, the Notthing Hill Carnival makes their return to the city. London’s biggest street party features vibrant colours, Caribbean flavours and dancing, lots of dancing, and attracts hundreds of thousand people to the city.
The Luna Cinema
June – October
A classic film on a big screen under the stars in the city? Count us in! Whether it’s La La Land at a Racecourse, Mean Girls at the Crystal Palace or Breaakfast at Tiffany’s at the Amphitheatre, from June until October, The Luna Cinema provides you with the best movies at the loveliest spots, all over the city.
If you’re more of a theatre kind of person, try Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, showcasing pieces in their 1,250 outdoor auditorium this summer.
A day on the Soutbank
Whether it’s Southbank’s book market, the Underbelly festival, featuring comedy acts, circus shows and cabarets, together with food stalls and a farmer’s market, or just a walk along the riverside, London’s Southbank is for everyone and makes for a perfect Summer day in the city during the warmer months.
Let’s all be honest, who doesn’t like to casually sip a cocktail in a cozy lounge on a hot Sunday afternoon, while enjoying one of the best views the city has to offer? Yes, escaping the heat of the pavements all while getting a birds eye view of the city is one of our favourite things to do during Summer as well.. London is doing great with their rooftop bars all over the city. There’s plenty to choose from, just pick one and your mojito is on it’s way!
If you don’t fancy a rooftop chillout that much, head to a pub with more of a country garden feel, or go a bit further south and get the added bonus of riverside views.
London has a variety of outdoor pools, lidos and ponds to choose from, where you can easily spend a hot summer day splashing into the water every now and then. Another option is hiring a rowing boat or pedalo at one of London’s parks to have some fun on the water (Summer date on the water, anyone?).
A lazy day at the park
The classic option to spend a hot summer day. Thankfully, London is blessed with a huge amount of open spaces like parks and gardens, so it does not really feel too crowded anywhere, even during a really hot summer day. Some of our favourites? Definitely Hyde Park & Primrose hill, popular, but providing enough space for everyone. Grab your picnic basket and look out for your nearest park.