Summer in London has officially begun and it’s time to take advantage of the wide selection of events and activities taking place this year. From markets and museums to open air theatres and annual festivals, here are our top picks which are ideal for any adventurer with a desire to make the most out of summer in the city.
Notting Hill Carnival: Times have been tough over the last few weeks so here’s a chance to let your hair down, dance like nobody’s watching and revel in the colours and excitement of Europe’s biggest street festival. Celebrating Caribbean culture and traditions, the annual Notting Hill Carnival is a vivid spectacle of fantastic live music with over 50,000 performers.
If you’re feeling daring enough to trek outside the M25, why not try a road trip to another city? From The Edinburgh Fringe Festival to Feastival, there are so many taking place around Britain this summer that there’s bound to be something for everyone, even if you can’t be tempted by the idea of flower garlands and a two-man tent.
Outdoor Shows: Enjoy a movie alfresco this summer as The Rooftop Film Club hosts screenings of well-known classics such as The Breakfast Club and The Notebook in several locations around London. For those of you who prefer Shakespeare to Mean Girls, the award-winning Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre is a London landmark. The amphitheatre hosts a varied programme of four productions throughout the summer.
Museums: Taking into account the sporadic sunshine, museums and exhibitions may be the top destination for a day out in times of lousy weather. A number of great museums such as The Tate Britain, The V&A and The Natural History Museum are offering after-hour openings, where you can avoid the school groups and tourists, and they frequently host DJs, special events and late bars.
The Great Outdoors
Park Life: London may be a dynamic urban park, but would you believe that almost half of it is green space? So there really is no excuse to not indulge in a woodland stroll in Queen’s Wood or wander through Chelsea Physic Garden. Alternatively, wrap up some cucumber sandwiches (so easy, yet so nostalgically good), grab some cider and delight in a picnic in one of the Royal Parks, or (for those of you who prefer the more active way of life) go pedal boating on the Serpentine Lake.
London Markets: Discover culinary delights, street performances and pop-up stalls selling treasures and trinkets, in numerous markets scattered around London. Charming, bustling markets such as Spitalfields or Portobello Road are perfect if you want to spend a day wandering around the jam-packed cobbled streets, searching for bargains and one-of-a-kinds. Camden Market is ideal for small gifts and jewellery, and nothing compares to Borough Market for a quick bite.