If you missed the spectacle of the royal wedding last month, don’t be disheartened – there is still plenty more to see and do in London this summer. London is one of those cities which seethe with life all year round but in the summer it is particularly attractive and welcoming. This may be partly because the English are at their gleaming best in the summer months. After the long, dark, cold days of winter, they emerge from their cocoons like beautiful butterflies full of goodwill and friendly smiles.
With the sunshine dappling the ancient buildings and setting the famous London skyline aglow, the city basks in golden mellowness and opens its streets and doors and gardens to reveal all its ancient secrets. Here is just a very small taste of things to do and see during your summer visit to London.
This summer Regent’s Park also houses an exciting festival of food in which top chefs, old and new, will appear in pop up restaurants to tantalise the taste buds with their new and exciting culinary creations. Regent’s Park underground station is the best way to reach it. Another royal park, Hyde Park (Lancaster Gate or Marble Arch underground stations) has a wide variety of events and sponsored walks throughout the summer months, particularly in the build up to the Olympics.
Walk through any of London’s urban areas and you will
From 26th June through to mid July, the City of London Festival celebrates music and the arts from all over the world, setting the streets, squares and historic buildings ablaze with colour and sound. There are numerous free outdoor events including processions, guided walks and exhibitions as well as bookable concerts in many notable venues.
Slightly quieter, but equally colourful, is the London Festival of Architecture, a two week extravaganza (ending on 4th July) of street constructions and markets, exhibitions, workshops, guided walks, cycle and boat rides. Its theme, appropriately, is ‘The Welcoming City’ and over three weekends the focus will be on the West End, The Royal Parks and the East End looking at ways to improve these whilst retaining all their merits.
Children are far from forgotten in London in the summer. All London’s parks have dedicated play areas and activities for children and one unmissable event is the House of Fairy Tales in leafy Victoria Park in London’s East End. This takes place at the end of July and includes interactive workshops, music, comedy, art and magic – indeed all in all a magical day for children and adults alike. And as a treat for the very young, In the Night Garden’s live show continues at the O2 until early September. It is an enchanting show which will capture even the youngest child’s imagination.
And as well as all of these, there is London’s usual plethora of sightseeing tours, historic landmarks, museums, exhibitions, galleries, theatres and concerts. For those who enjoy a little retail therapy London’s shopping experience is unparalleled. Once you have explored the stores in the centre of town, take a trip out to the suburbs to investigate the vast, modern shopping malls that encircle London. And of course dining out in London is an adventure in itself with every possible taste catered for in its truly international cuisines.
A great deal of London can be explored on foot and at absolutely