Summer is the perfect time for a holiday, and there is no city like London to spend it in. You’ve probably seen how many activities London has to offer during Christmas, and the same is true during the summer!
There’s a lot to see and do in London no matter what you’re interested
in. Whether you want to stroll around the city centre or to catch an outdoor
play, visiting London in the summer will only make you want to keep coming
back! Here are 5 activities to do in the city this summer.
Walk along Regent Street
The summer weather is perfect if you’re looking to do a bit of shopping
and the place to visit is the world famous Regent Street. A lot of brands have
their flagship stores here (Apple, Burberry, Hamleys) and walking amongst
classic architecture will make you feel like you’re in a film. London has a mix
of both luxury fashion houses and up-and-coming brands, making it a shopper’s
paradise. Regent Street is also a stone’s throw away from Oxford Street and
Piccadilly Circus in case you want to have a bite to eat before you resume your
Watch theatre in the park
Londoners everywhere like to take advantage of the sunny weather, with
theatre companies following suit. While catching a show at the West End is
definitely a must, you can also opt for something different and watch some
open-air theatre. Regent Park’s Open Air Theatre
rotates through a range of shows from Shakespeare to musicals, making it
the perfect summertime outing for everyone. This year they are putting on A Midsummer Night’s Dream and
the musical Evita. Bring a picnic basket, a
blanket, some food, and you’re ready to go!
Get tickets to go to Wimbledon
The British summer starts with the tennis Grand Slam, Wimbledon. For
tennis fans it is one of the most prestigious tournaments to attend. There are
two types of tickets available (excluding VIP packages) – a Ground Pass and show court tickets. A Ground Pass will give you access to Murray
Mount and 15 courts, while the show tickets will give you access to Centre
Court, No1 Court, and No2 Court. The only way to get these tickets is to queue
very early on the day (many fans do so overnight), and hope that there are
still some available.
It is not hard to see why this tournament inspires such dedication as Wimbledon has become synonymous with cementing a player’s status as one of the greats. This year is particularly special as it could be one of the last chances to see legends like Roger Federer and Andy Murray in action in the famous tournament. In a feature by Ladbrokes on the highest earning sports stars, it details how Federer is an “elder statesman of the sport”. With 20 Grand Slam wins, he will be looking for one more this year, and if you are fortunate enough to get tickets you could be part of his historic 21st title.
Take it slow with some brunch
Who said that holidays have to be busy? You should definitely reserve a day for taking it slow, and getting brunch at one of London’s many top bistros is a great option. The hardest thing will be deciding where to eat! Time Out suggests Covent Garden’s The Black Penny, which is known for its amazing food and calming atmosphere; it’s perfect for a sunny day where all you want to do is relax. Brunch is a popular choice for many locals, too, so you can rub shoulders with London’s in-crowd on a hot summer’s day.
Visit the National Portrait Gallery
London is second-to-none when it comes to fine art and museums, and the National Portrait Gallery comes highly recommended. Located in Trafalgar Square, the gallery has the largest collection of portraits in all of London. It is mostly free, but there are some paid exhibits that you can visit, too. You can easily spend your whole day here and experience the mastery of some of the world’s best painters. A perfect way to get out of the sun and soak up some culture.