Bundled up with unique experiences, London is always ready to welcome visitors in a new way with an open arm, especially in the month of summer. Usually the city is drenched with an unalarmed downpour for most part of the year; the summer, on the other hand brings a pleasant change. The sunlight brightens up the face of the city and brings a ‘sepia-tinted’ glow on its iced landscapes. As the temperature rises up, the city has many activities and things to do in summer for individuals belonging to every age group. Starting from games and summer safari to open air events and dining places, London has everything on its palate. Check out some ideas to make your summer vacation in London different.
1] How about summer sports –
How about warming up your body with some games? Sounds interesting, right? Lots of smaller parks like Greenwich Park have courts where you can enjoy a game of tennis. Else head on to a horse riding course in Richmond Park or Hyde Park! Don’t worry if you are a novice, there are different management levels to help you out.
Swimming is another option to consider. In this pleasant summer, take a dip into the cool waters of Hampstead Heath ponds and swim as long as you wish.
2] Visit Buckingham Palace –
Visit London in summer and it lets you take a glimpse into the lifestyle of the royal family living inside the Buckingham Palace. The palace serves as both residence and office of Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II. Take a tour into the 19 rooms of the royal palace that display royal collections of paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens and Canaletto.
If you are lucky, you might see the Changing the Guard or Guard Mounting ceremony.
3] Go for lazy brunches –
Nothing goes better with London summer than a perfect lazy brunch. Explore different flavors and it will also save time in deciding upon separate eateries for breakfast and lunch. Lots of rooftop bars like Rooftop Romance and a beer garden like The Albion in N1 are all set to fill up your appetite. If budget is your concern, there are Farmer’s markets, sprouting all over the city in summer. Pick freshly baked buns or breads, English cheese and colorful fruits and your picnic basket is ready. Nothing can be as mesmerizing as enjoying picnic in any of the small parks of London like Hyde Park or Greenwich Park. Make sure you apply sunscreen and carry a picnic blanket to spread over the lush green grass to sit upon.
Else, attend the Taste of London festival, held in Regent’s Park in summer. The festival takes place for five days in summer and turns the entire park into a ‘foodie wonderland’. Nearly 40 best restaurants around London come up and showcase some of their exclusive cuisines. This year, they are planning to bring flavors from all around the world. This festival is said to be one of the important things to do in London for foodies. So, what you are waiting for?
4] Enjoy outdoor performances –
In summer, especially in June, London has a huge list of outdoor events and things to do. As the sun sets down and turns the sky into a golden color, the whole city gets decked up for outdoor entertainment like an open air theatre, street performance and open air film shows. Regent’s Park open air theatre, Covent Garden and Rooftop film club are places to look forward to for the events.
Else try something different like Hot Tub Cinema. Just put on your bikini and get into the hot tub. You can either go solo or with friends. The waiters will be there to serve you.
5] Enjoy the nightlife –
A trip to London is absolutely incomplete unless you get the flavor of their night life. With lots of pubs and clubs spread all over the city, you have different kind of options to enjoy the night life of London. And if it is summer, you cannot miss out events like the live jazz performance of Pavilion Café in Greenwich Park and Summer Series at Somerset House.
Apart from this, the Hyde Park has become a common platform for many stars from all around the globe to perform in front of nearly thousand people in the event named British Summer Time Hyde Park. It is a one-day music festival. According to the ‘hush hush’ news going around, stars like Taylor Swift, Beck and Paul Weller might perform this year. So, grab the tickets before it’s too late.
Hyde Park London
6] London street shopping –
Leaving London without shopping is a serious crime (not legally of course!). Being the second heaven in the world of fashion, London has some of the best streets for shopping. Right from clothing to antiques, foods and drinks, the city has every option open for you. So, when you are jotting down your list of things to do in London in this summer, add the names of the streets like Borough Market, Portbello Road Market, Camden Market, Carnaby Street, Covent Garden.
Borough Market London
So, what you are waiting for? In this summer, visit this beautiful city that goes beyond any convention!