Summer in London: Things to do and Places to go

Boats going down the Thames in London

There are few things better than spending the summer in London. A city of royal parks, riverside attractions and ritzy rooftop restaurants, London’s summertime aesthetic has been well-honed throughout the years. Typically much warmer than anywhere else in the UK, the city is the perfect destination for a summer vacation or short city-break. We thought we’d put together a list of a few of the best things about summer in London!

Best Rooftop Bars in London

Frank's Cafe in Peckham, London.

Summer in London wouldn’t be the same without the city’s huge range of popular rooftop bars. From plush sky gardens to friendly London pubs, this city is full of places to bask in the sun.

Pergola on the Roof

 

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Pergola Paddington: 5 Kingdom St, London W2 6PY

Pergola Olympia: Level Five Rooftop, Olympia Car Park, Olympia Way W14 8UX

One of London’s favourite bar chains, Pergola has got everything but a trademark on summer in London. With venues in both Olympia and Paddington respectively, Pergola has monopolised the west London area and provided a unique environment for summer drinks. Offering unbeatable views across the city, Pergola bars feature a range of cocktails and street food options.

Radio Rooftop

 

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ME London Hotel, ME London, 336-337 Strand, London, WC2R 1HA

Like Pergola, Radio Rooftop is one of the best rooftop bars in London. Found in a ritzy area overlooking the West End, this bar is a hugely popular option in one of the city’s most central areas. Radio Rooftop offers breakfast, brunch and afternoon tea with amazing views out across the Thames and the city’s stunning skyline.

The Rooftop St James

 

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2 Spring Gardens, Trafalgar Square, London, SW1A 2TS

Surrounded by the pomp and refined majesty of central London’s most prestigious landmarks, The Rooftop offers visitors a unique, immersive experience. London is one of the most architecturally marvellous cities in the world and this charming establishment allows you to enjoy all the sights and sounds of city life.

Things to do in London this Summer

Hampton Court Palace in London

London Events

From beautiful flower shows to high-adrenaline sporting events and sun-soaked music festivals, here are a few of our favourite things to do in London this summer.

RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival

The annual RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival

Hampton Court Palace

July 1st – July 7th

Run by the same company who are behind the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival is the biggest horticultural celebration in the world. Inspiring talks, beautiful gardens and live demonstrations are all there to be enjoyed, while the regal majesty of Hampton Court Palace provides a sumptuous setting for the week.

London Pride

The annual London Pride in Trafalgar Square, London

Trafalgar Square (among other locations)

June 8th to July 6th

A month-long celebration of London’s LGBT+ communities, London Pride is a world-famous occasion and an amalgamation of different cultural forms such as theatre, dance, art, cinema and music. Free festivities are held in Trafalgar Square, whilst other events are hosted throughout the West End.

Film4 Summer Screen

 

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Somerset House

August 8th to August 21st

Summer in London wouldn’t be complete without Film4’s annual Summer Screen at Somerset House. Celebrating its 200th screening this time around, there is a range of screenings on offer – creating the ultimate cinematic experience. Whether it’s Jordan Peele’s Get Out or Pedro Almodovar’s latest film, Pain & Glory, Film4’s Summer Screen has got something for everyone! Visit London and take part in this annual celebration of one of the world’s most well-loved artistic forms.

London Music Festivals

It’s difficult not to mention London’s music festivals when talking about things to do in London this summer.

All Points East

 

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Victoria Park, South Hackney

May 24th – June 2nd

Kicking off London’s busy summer festival season, All Points East is back for its second year. Split across two weekends in late May & early June, this popular newcomer is the perfect way to kick off the summer. One of the best London music festivals, All Points East have some great acts lined up such as The Strokes, Mac Demarco and Bon Iver.

Field Day

 

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Meridian Water, Enfield

June 7th – June 9th

Another one of the biggest London music festivals, Field Day has become increasingly popular ever since its first outing in 2007. With headlining artists such as Earl Sweatshirt, Jorja Smith and Bonobo, this north London festival has something for everyone. This year also marks the first time that the festival is venturing north of the river. Traditionally hosted in south London, this year, Field Day will be hosted in four giant warehouses in Enfield. A staple aspect of summer in London, this festival is a great reason to visit London.

Mighty Hoopla

 

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Brockwell Park, Herne Hill

June 8th

Brixton’s hugely popular Mighty Hoopla is returning for its third year in early June. A big part of the LGBT+ summer calendar, the Mighty Hoopla is a one-day celebration of LGBT+ culture taking place in Brockwell Park. This year will see headliners such as Chaka Khan and All Saints take the spotlight. One of the best things to do in London this summer for the experience alone, this eclectic festival has made quite a name for itself.

British Summer Time

 

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Hyde Park

July 5th – July 14th

A Hyde Park-based music festival that brings together the likes of Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie and Barabara Streisand has got to be one of the greatest reasons to visit London this year. Every year, British Summer Time is always one of the most highly anticipated London music festivals. Occupying Hyde Park for two weekends in early July, the line-up also features Robbie Williams, The National and Khruangbin.

Meltdown Festival

 

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Southbank Centre

August 3rd – August 11th

Grungy warehouses and sun-soaked, Red-Strip-drenched parks not your scene? Fear not, London music festivals come in all shapes and sizes. The Southbank Centre’s Meltdown Festival offers all the fun of a music festival alongside the cultural edge that the centre is famed for. Curated by legendary American producer, Nile Rodgers (pictured above), Meltdown’s line-up features a host of up-and-coming acts such as London’s very own Kokoroko. Looking for things to do in London this summer? August’s Meltdown Festival is well worth checking out!

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