Can’t wait to soak up the sunshine this summer in London? Looking to enjoy a summer filled with boat trips, picnics and trips to the zoo. We can all agree that Londoners love making the most out of the glorious, long sunny days in the city – making it an ideal time to visit the capital.
We’ve come up with some great ideas for making the most of London this summer – from trips to Buckingham Palace and urban beaches to visiting the capital’s open-air theatres. With this being London, it’s also important to plan in some good rainy day activities – just I case the sun isn’t always shining.
Watch the changing of the guard
Avoid the busy crowds standing outside Buckingham palace and head instead for the Changing of the Guards ceremony at Horseguard’s Parade. This area is far less crowded and any visitors you may have staying are bound to love the pomp and pageantry attached to this!
Travel down the Thames in style
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to see a different side of London and explore the city by boat. You will easily be able to see the sights of London as you make your way along the River Thames. If you’re a boat lover, make sure to pay a visit to the Cutty Sark, the National Maritime Museum.
Alfresco dining at its finest
London’s parks often make the best picnic spots. Some of the city’s crowning jewels include St James’s Park, Hampstead Heath and Green Park. If you’re looking for an extra-special picnic spot, Green Park is a favourite. Here you can order a gourmet picnic hamper complete with your very own Butler service.
Build a sandcastle on the urban beach
Why not pack your buckets and spades and explore the city beaches this summer? The latest urban beach to pop up is the Neverland beach. This beach can be found at Wandsworth Bridge. If you choose to visit, you’ll find beach huts, sun loungers, street food stalls galore and the obligatory palm trees. Just a quick note for parents, children are only allowed here on weekend afternoons.
Experience an open-air theatre
The Open Air Theatre at Regent’s Park certainly has a magical atmosphere and often has performances to suit all ages. The Scoop is another open-air theatre worth a mention. This theatre is right beside Tower Bridge and offer free showings throughout summer!
Get lost in Hampton Court’s maze
The maze at Hampton Court is now thought to be the most famous in the world. As well as getting lost in the maze, you should also consider visiting the Magic Garden – this interactive adventure playground is sure to be a kit with the kids! Plus, over the summer Hampton Court hosts a number of exciting activities including sword fighting, Tudor jousting and falconry.