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The Best Places to Enjoy the Summer in London

5 June 2018 Simon Banks Read time: 4 min
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Simon Banks

The recent hot weather has us hoping that this summer will be the real deal in London. In other words, more than roughly nine days of sun spread over three months. The capital lights up under the rays. And we’re hoping to see more than usual this year.

People flock to open spaces, lidos, events, pop-ups - you name it. If there’s a chance to bask under the blazing sun, Londoners will be there.

But where are the best places to enjoy in the soaring temperatures?

There’s no need to get all hot under the collar, as we’ve put together some of the best summer spots. From the usual park hangouts to off-the-beaten-path delights, read on and find out where to enjoy the best places in London this summer.

Hyde Park
Aerial view of Hyde Park

There are hundreds of parks scattered all over the capital, but Hyde Park is the bona fide open space to catch some sun. It’s centrally located and is one of the eight royal parks in London, covering over 350 acres.

There are so many things to do at Hyde Park, from laying on the grass to attending a world-class music concert. You can peddle boat on the serpentine, visit galleries and even try a spot of horse riding.

Hyde Park’s popularity is reflected by the number of people that visit during the summer months. Even those that prefer to enjoy their local parks should at least try and get to Hyde Park for at least one day during the summer months and experience it in full effect.

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre


A performance at the open theatre in Regent's Park Photo credit: www.thestage.co.uk


Open air cinemas might be all the rage, but the open-air theatre at Regent’s Park is well worth your time this summer. There are several shows to watch, from William Shakespeare's As You Like It to Peter Pan and Little Shop of Horrors.

Just 10 minutes from Baker Street tube station, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre offers a scenic atmosphere with twinkling lights and a barbecue for those feeling peckish. Doors open around 90 minutes before performances, so be sure to get there with plenty of time to spare - on hot days it gets particularly busy.

Urban Beaches


The Urban Beach at Royal Docks Photo credit: www.londonsroyaldocks.com/urban-beach


And you thought there were no beaches in London. For shame!

There is a permanent beach in Ruislip, but our primary focus is a bit closer to central London, with the pop-up craze solving the inner city’s lack of sand. If you’re looking for some beach fun this summer, you don’t need to traipse all the way down to Brighton and sit shoulder-to-shoulder on the overcrowded pebble beach.

You will find temporary beaches in Fulham, Hampstead, Brent Cross and the Royal Docks. The concept is simple: rock up and enjoy temporary sand, deck chairs and good vibes. You’ll also find bars, street (beach?) food and much more.

Lambeth Country Show
Jousting at the Lambeth Country Show

It’s all happening at the Lambeth Country Show at Brockwell Park in Herne Hill. “Choice” is the word of the day, with funfairs, bouncy castles, a farm with animals, live music and food stalls ripe for your exploration.

The show takes place on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd of July and, best of all, it’s completely free. The Lambeth Country Show aims to reflect both the countryside and the city with its events. In 2017, over 150,000 people attended over the weekend.

Wireless Festival


Crowd enjoying the performances at Wireless Festival Photo credit: www.her.ie


Festival season is well and truly underway in the UK. While Glastonbury and V Festival are the big ones, London offers more than a few options, including Wireless Festival. Set in Finsbury Park, the event takes place on between the 6th and 8th of July.

Headliners this year feature J.Cole, Stormzy and DJ Khaled, with other confirmed performers including Post Malone, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Migos, French Montana, Giggs and Rae Sremmurd. 2018 sees the festival taking place for the 13th time.

A tennis match at Wimbledon

Strawberries, tennis, Henman (or is that Murray?) Hill - summertime and tennis are synonymous in London, thanks to Wimbledon. Taking place between 2nd and 15th of July, Wimbledon is one of the major tennis tournaments of the year.

Tickets aren’t easy to come by though. But fear not - even if you’re not lucky enough to get some tix for Centre Court, there are plenty of venues across the capital streaming the matches. It’s much more fun if you witness it live, though.

Naked Bike Ride


Two participants at the Naked Bike Ride www.riverfronttimes.com


We know what you’re thinking, Movebubble is PG-rated content. But sometimes you've got to let loose, right? Well, that will undoubtedly be the case at the Naked Bike Ride, which takes place on 9th June and goes through London.

So, why are people mounting their bikes minus the clothes? We get that it’s hot, but surely it’s not that warm out? The event was designed to reduce car culture towards cyclists. Everyone is invited to take part. But if you feel like staying clothed but want to see what it’s all about, it's okay to watch too.

Notting Hill Carnival
People enjoying themselves at Notting Hill Carnival

The Notting Hill Carnival first ran in 1964 and is still one of the most anticipated events of the year to this day. Celebrate Caribbean culture to the max with live music ranging from reggae to salsa. But there’s so much more at the carnival than music.

There are live floats with spectacular costumes, steel bands, and plenty of great food, from jerk chicken to fried plantain. Notting Hill Carnival takes place over the August Bank Holiday Weekend.

World Cup
A bus with the flags of participating World Cup countries

The World Cup might be taking place in Russia this year, but with England’s participation, you can be sure that many venues across London will cover their games. Expect local bars to screen the matches as well as specialised events for specific games.

London’s diversity also means there will likely be a chance to watch every other nation taking part too. That’s certainly a good thing, as it’s well known that the Three Lions usually exit the competition at an early stage.

London in the sun

There’s so much going on in the capital this summer, Londoners are spoilt for choice. Which one of these events interest you the most? Have we missed any out? Sound off in the comments below with your thoughts.

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Main photo credit: www.standard.co.uk

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