Five Reasons You Need to Visit London this Summer

28 Jun 18
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Five Reasons You Need to Visit London this Summer

28 Jun 18

The British capital is a sizzling hub of cutting-edge culture, Michelin-starred cuisine and world-famous attractions to thrill tourists and locals alike. Summer raises the tempo a notch or two with colourful festivals, spectacular performances and some of the biggest names in sport and music congregating in the city. Whether it’s theatre beneath the stars, a whistle-stop tour of Buckingham Palace or watching the world’s tennis champions get their best backhand on, visit London in the summer and you’re guaranteed an unforgettable trip.

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre: 22ndJune–15thSeptember 2018

London’s immaculately tended Royal Parks are hives of activity over the summer, with picnickers, frisbee-throwers, dog-walkers and sunbathers alike flocking to enjoy their exquisitely landscaped gardens and lush lawns. The summer programme of award-winning performances offered by Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre is the cherry on the cake for park-lovers. One of the largest theatres in the capital, enjoy spectacular afternoon and evening performances—complete with famously good sets—in the open-air, tree-lined auditorium. Picnic hampers can be purchased, as can a bottle of something special for a romantic evening under the stars.

The Championships, Wimbledon: 2nd–15thJuly 2018

Sports fan or not, a courtside seat at a Wimbledon Championships tennis match—where the Pimm’s is in full flow, the strawberries are juicy, and the atmosphere is refreshingly convivial—is a highlight of the London summer season. If a pilgrimage to the tennis capital of the world is not on your itinerary while the competition is in full swing, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy its matches across the capital. Many al-fresco bars, cafes and restaurants erect dedicated Wimbledon screens and host fun BBQs and garden parties to celebrate the major matches.

BBC Proms: 13thJuly-8thSeptember 2018

From Beethoven to Zimmermann, the BBC Proms, aka ‘the world’s greatest classical music festival’, showcases a wealth of international musical talent at the historic Royal Albert Hall every summer. With the grand venue itself worthy of a special visit, there are additional talks, workshops and performances at various locations across the capital, including Proms in the Park in Hyde Park, hosted by Michael Ball, on the festival’s last night.

Underbelly Festival: 6thApril–30thSeptember

From acrobatic circus performances to swinging cabaret and comedy, Underbelly Festival is a six-month homage to the world’s most talented rising stage stars, many having cut their teeth at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Catch a wildly diverse array of international performance artists, musicians, actors and comedians at the Underbelly Festival’s inventive pop-up venue on the South Bank. The atmosphere is merry and there are plenty of tempting street-eats available, making this one of the best things to do in London in the summer. 

The State Rooms, Buckingham Palace: 21stJuly–30thSeptember 2018

Wander through Buckingham Palace’s magnificent official rooms (where the Royal Family entertains its guests), bask in the sheer opulence of the gold-embellished Throne Room, marvel at the glittering chandeliers in the Ballroom, and admire the palace’s splendid art collection in the Gallery. A visit to the Queen’s official London residence offers a fascinating glimpse into royal life and is only open to visitors during the summer months.


Feature images © Hugo Glendinning/Design Feast Creative; kireewongfoto/iStock; sharrocks/iStock; Underbelly Festival; DaLiu/iStock

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