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Are you searching for the ultimate guide to visiting London in summer? London is one of the most exciting cities in the world. This beautiful city is home to one of the most dynamic cultural and cosmopolitan population. This city is the second most popular vacation spots in the world and will add a pinch of both traditional charm and modern wonders to your Europe Trip.

Summer is the most beautiful season in London. The sun is shining everywhere, the people are out on the streets. The rooftop bars are filled, the parks are thriving with people enjoying their picnics, summer festivals are in full swing and the world-class open-air theatres are thriving. Here are the best things to do in London during summer.

London in summer truly brings out a festive feel. There is something for everyone, be it sports or beautiful gardens, food or music festivals, from the sophistication of Buckingham palace to the craziness of Soho Waiter’s race, the city of London has it all. A trip to London in summers will give you an experience of a lifetime.

So here are some things to do in London during the summer that you should add to your bucket list.

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1. Open Air Cinemas and Theatre in London


When the sun is out in London, you can enjoy everything in the open air and this applies to cinemas and theatres as well. When it comes to cinemas you can enjoy all types of classics, new cinemas and even Bollywood on the rooftop cinema in Wembley Park.

The open-air theatre and operas are the next big thing to enjoy the classic London summers. You can enjoy the Regent’s Park Open air theatre that is almost hidden away in the centre of the park making you feel like you are in a different world altogether.

If you are a lover of Opera then you should definitely not miss the Opera in Holland Park. They make around five productions every year and you can even enjoy the Royal Ballet there.

There are various festivals too that have open-air theatres and cinemas like the Summer by the River Festival, Underbelly Festival, Greenwich and Dockland International Festival Etcetera. You can enjoy various puppet shows, enjoy the food stalls and pubs and have a merry time with your family

2. Sports in London


If you are a sports enthusiast, then summer London is definitely the destination for you. The city thrives with various sports festivals and tournaments during the summer. You can take part in the Westminster Miles and cheer the teams on the London’s Great River Race. There are various riding events and races every year, you can cheer or and even take part in them.

3. Music Festivals in London


Summer Music Festivals are one of the must-do things in London. There are so many events and shows of every type of music and is truly a heaven for music enthusiasts. You can dance to all that groovy music, enjoy various food stalls and bars and sing along with some of the world-famous performers and bands. Some of the major music festivals are:

  • We Are FSTVL, Upminster,
  • Jam on Rye, Victoria Park,
  • Field Day, Meridian Water,
  • Camden Rocks, Camden,
  • Wireless, Finsbury Park,
  • British Summer Time, Hyde Park,
  • South West Four, Clapham Common and many more!!!

So if you are planning a trip to London from the USA in summer, make sure you get the feel of at least some of these festivals.

Must Read: Festivals You Must Visit in London

4. Flower Events in London


London in summer blooms with gardens and greenery. There are various flower festivals throughout the city of London that lets you enjoy the beauty of a variety of flowers and phenomenal gardens.

Chelsea and Belgravia hold free flower festivals during the summer season simultaneously with the nearby Chelsea Flower Show. You can enjoy special gardens made by the top gardeners of the world in the Chelsea flower show and then enjoy special events and shopping in the flower festivals nearby.

You can also walk around open garden squares during the weekends which are only open during summer times. 10 Downing Street and Ballots are some of the most popular venues.

5. Buckingham Palace Summer Opening


Buckingham Palace, one of the most royal palace, opens its gates for the commoners during the summer. You can visit around 19 rooms in the royal palace and get the feel of that royal living. You can view her Majesty’s collection of gifts and visit the Throne Room. You can also roam around in the beautiful royal gardens.

6. Open House


Open house of London happens during the summer seasons. You can go and check out the sophisticated buildings of London such as BT Tower, The Gherkin and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Some of these buildings are free to visit, and some require prior booking. It is better to book the tickets in advance for some of the popular buildings.

7. Activities for Kids in London


If you are on a family summer vacation to London, you have come to the right city. The city has various family attractions that your kids would love. The first and foremost is, of course, the Warner Brothers Studio. You can also roam around the city in the Original London Sightseeing Bus tour, and enjoy various world-famous museums.

You can become a kid yourself and enjoy the oldest and the grandest Hamleys toy store in London. There are also various festivals just for the Kids in London like the Kids Week, May Half Term etc.

8. Food and Drinks in London


When it comes to food, London is a pure delight. From street food to fine dining places, the London aces them all. In summer, the London blooms with rooftop cafes and bars. You can enjoy the sun while dining out with a stunning view of the beautiful city of London.

If beer is your favourite drink, then beer gardens are for you. When the sun comes out, various beer gardens open up in London. You can also go for Pub Crawls and get the best of both beer gardens and rooftop pubs. If you are with your family, make sure to enjoy the various park café and have your own summer London Picnic.

Along with the various restaurants, cafes and pubs, London also hosts various Summer Food Festivals. Streetlife is one of the famous street food festivals in London that should be on your list. Other than Streetlife, there is also Foodies Festival held in Syon Park, which is a paradise for food lovers and food Instagrammers in London and Taste of London held in Regent's Park where you can enjoy the true taste of London and meet some celebrity chefs.

Must Read: Best Restaurants in London

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Summing up London's summer is a hard task. London's Summer offers so much to the vacationers. There are so many more things you can do in Summer. It hosts some of the quirkiest festivals and events like the Soho Waiter’s Race, where the waiters run with trays in their hands, The Notting Hill carnival where dancers, musicians, drummers fill up the streets to have a gala time, May Fayre Puppet Festival and even Naked Bike Ride.

Summer in London is truly a marvellous experience and a perfect vacation for all types of travellers. So this summer, think no more and book your Europe tour package from the USA and experience the best time of your life.
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