Celebrating a white Christmas in England’s capital city is what picture postcards are made of, but summer in London reveals the city in a whole new light. Here’s what you need to know about spending time in one of the world’s most exciting cities this summer.
London is calling you! It’s one of the worlds greatest cities and features an unbeatable array of chic restaurants, historical museums, urban shops, funky festivals, and spectacular theatre performances. Last year, 19.1 Million tourists visited London. Will you join them in 2018? Read on for our ultimate summer in London Guide.
The Best Time to Visit
Peak Season in London is throughout the months of July and August. The days are longer, and the weather is much better than the rest of the year. But always plan for rain, no matter when you go – it is England after all! During these summer months, there is a busy schedule of tourist fun, especially in the City of London.
The Best Things to Do in London
From lazing at the park whilst listening to Jazz to taking a tour around the historical sites. There are so many fun places to go in London in the summer! So, whats going on in London this year? Read on to find out.
Visit the Queen
The first thing you have to do when you visit London is to visit the Queen. You won’t actually meet her, but you can get pretty close by taking a wander around Buckingham Palace in the annual summer opening.
See the Sites
One of the best things to do this summer in London is to take a walking tour. By traversing the streets you’ll go on your own journey of discovery. For example, you could tour London to see all the famous bridges and walk across them. From Tower Bridge to Westminster Bridge, you can take the time to admire the impressive architecture and the scenery around. There are also the “Must see” attractions like The London Eye, Trafalgar Square, The Tower of London, Big Ben, The Natural History Museum and more. If you’re not into walking, why not hire a driver? You’ll see more sites than you would by walking, and all in the comfort of a luxury air-conditioned vehicle.
Take a Cruise
Take a relaxing boat ride down the River Thames. Sit on the top deck and enjoy the welcome breeze as you see the historical and modern sites from afar. Some cruises offer a “hop on, hop off” option, so when you reach an area worthy of exploration, you can hop off! There are also many secret canal boat rides that take you away from the crowds and off the beaten track. Some canal cruises take you on a discovery ride though Regents Canal and through one of the oldest tunnels in Britain – Islington Tunnel.
Although London is a city, it is blessed with an abundance of parks, gardens and large open spaces. When it’s hot, just go and have a lazy afternoon at one of these stunning and well-manicured parks. Hyde Park is one not to miss, as it is an especially famous park for tourists. It also has a river with boat rides and even a place to swim. Take a stroll through Kew Gardens, and see the finest rose gardens in the whole of London.
Anyone for a spot of tennis? Wimbledon is the most prestigious tennis tournament you can attend. The well-maintained lawn court, respectable crowds, and dainty refreshments give the whole experience a touch of class. You will no doubt enjoy the matches too!
Tennis fans from around the world queue throughout the night to get Wimbledon tickets. Tickets are on a first come, first served basis. So if you want to get in, you’ll have to join the other hardy campers braving the night! Or, if you just want to sleep under the stars without queuing for tickets, you can pitch your tent in a campsite. For example, Crystal Palace campsite.
Ice, Ice Baby
If you find yourself stuck in London in the middle of a heatwave, hit an Icebar! Your temperature will quickly drop. Alexandra Palace also offers an all year round ice skating rink if you really want to cool down.
One of the nicest London evening activities is to take a wander around London Zoo. As the days are drawn out, the Zoo hosts “Lates” where you can see all the wonderful creatures as the sun sets. Every year they host a different theme. Be ready for a variety of tours, talks, music shows and cooling refreshments.
See a Show
There are many places to see a show in London, both indoors and out. Just taking a wander around the streets of Covent garden will give you the chance to see an array of talented and weirdly wonderful performers! Shakespeares Globe open-air Theatre takes you back in time and provides a truly unique theatre experience. It’s the perfect thing to do on a nice summers day. Another open-air theatre is Regents Park Theatre. They put on a variety of shows and performances in sunshine or rain. So, grab your picnic blanket and hamper and enjoy the show. Hyde Park features music festivals to rock out too in the summer. And Somerset House highlights established artists in fun open-air concerts all summer long. Alternatively, you could go and listen to classical music like the live Jazz sessions in Greenwich Park or Opera in Holland Park.
Every year Notting Hill has a vibrant carnival full of music, dancing, and Caribbean vibes. It’s Londons biggest street party, and it’s not to miss! The Underbelly festival at the Southbank center is also one not to miss with circus acts, comedy shows, cabaret and tasty street food stalls.
How to Keep Safe
As you’ve seen on the news, over the past few years the threat level of terrorism has risen in the UK. But don’t let that put you off from visiting. London is still buzzing with tourists throughout the year. Stay safe on public transport by knowing where you are going and where you are getting off. Make sure you always know when the last train or bus is. If you’re reluctant about using public transport and traveling alone, consider hiring a driver or tour guide to give you peace of mind while you travel around the City of London.
Summer in London
So, are you looking forward to summer in London? As you can see, there are so many incredible things to do and see. If you’re thinking of planning a trip, contact us! We can make all your wishes come true when it comes to private luxury tours.