London in the summertime is just magical. The city is a buzz; full of colour and life. And what is more, enjoying a summer in London is not confined to the flush. The city prides itself on being able to cater for Londoners of all means and providing wonderful summer kicks for everyone. Here’s a simple list to get you started enjoying summer on a shoestring:
Free Concerts & Summer Festivals – Royal parks, historic houses and the city’s streets create beautiful backdrops for some of the best concerts and festivals in London. And with the summer sun shining resplendently over the capital for the next few months, there is a huge choice of free events.
World Pride – Proving that all eyes really are on London this summer, World Pride is also touching down in the capital for a weekend of flamboyant and exuberant celebrations.
Museums – You will genuinely be amazed at what you can discover in London’s museums. There are so many free London museums to choose from, including the British Museum, the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum.
Markets –There are markets all over London, ranging from the world famous such as Camden and Portobello Road to the quaint and charming hidden back street markets. Whether it’s to savour the sights, or the lure of finding that bargain antique or second-hand book, or to sample the finest of foods from around the globe, London markets have it all.
Parks – Summer is the time to make the most of London’s wide open green spaces. Here is a selection of the most famous ones:
Hyde Park: With over 350 acres, Hyde Park is the largest green space in central London. There is a boating lake and lido, horse-riding, tricksters on rollerblades, bandstands and the Serpentine art gallery.
Regent’s Park: Home to London Zoo is a combination of formal, manicured gardens and open parkland with fantastic views across London from Primrose Hill. It’s a hive of activity with an open-air theatre, a boating lake and packed football fields on Saturdays.
Greenwich Park: Here you can visit several historic buildings including the Old Royal Observatory designed by Sir Christopher Wren, the Royal Naval College and the National Maritime Museum visit. Perched on a hill, enjoy sweeping views across the river Thames to St Paul’s Cathedral.
Hampstead Heath: The heath stretches across 791 acres of woodland, playing fields, swimming ponds and meadows of tall grass in north London. Here you can visit the picture collection at Kenwood House or climb Parliament Hill for one of the most famous and filmed views of London.