10 Things To Do In London This Summer

Enjoy the Weather

Take advantage of the sunshine with a stroll and perhaps a picnic in one of the capital's magnificent parks. From Great Portland Street tube station, set off across Regent's Park to the zoo or watch a play at the open-air theatre.

Take a Promenade

Proms at the Royal Albert cater for all musical tastes and include late-evening concerts. Join the traditional promenaders to queue on the day for cheap tickets, or take in a free one at the Royal College of Music. If you can't get in to the famous Last Night, head to Hyde Park for Proms in the Park.


There's something for everyone at art venues like the V&A, Tate Modern or Britain, National or Portrait Galleries and the Museum of Childhood. Many are free apart from special exhibitions. History enthusiasts will love the British Museum, Museum of London or its Docklands outpost and the Imperial War Museum. Try Fashion on the Ration, 1940s street style!

The Summer Exhibition

Don't miss the Royal Academy's popular annual show, where a panel of judges chooses submissions from the public to hang alongside work by members of the Academy. Most are for sale so get your offering ready for next year.

Discover the Magna Carta

This year is the eight hundredth anniversary of the signing of this iconic document. The British Library's Law, Liberty, Legacy exhibition displays two of the original documents and other artefacts, together with the first British showing for Jefferson's handwritten Declaration of Independence and an original copy of the US Bill of Rights.

By the River

The arts and music complex on the South Bank at Waterloo hosts diverse events, festivals and outdoor activities, with many being free. Summer additions include Udderbelly, the Wonderground Festival, Meltdown and the Big Wedding Weekend as part of the Festival of Love.

Totally Thames

If your holiday insurance stretches to September, immerse yourself in one of the many local events that commemorate this great river's relationship with the city and its people. Past years have seen exhibitions, walks, river races, foreshore archaeology, a floating HippopoThames and Battersea Power Station's Fire Garden.

Anyone for Tennis?

If you have the stamina, join the queue for Wimbledon, but get there very early. Celebrate with a Pimms when you make it through the gates or just drink in the atmosphere. Rub shoulders with players from the past, and catch some action by today's talent anywhere except on show courts - pay separately for these.

The Anniversary Games

If you weren't able to attend the 2012 Olympics, cheer on many of the Olympic and Paralympic athletes at July's Anniversary Games in the Olympic Stadium, and explore the grounds of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Climb the Orbit for a great view or just admire its shape and colour from afar.


Be in the heart of things with music, discussions and events in and around historic locations during the City of London Festival, or understand how immigrants integrated as weavers at Huguenot Summer in Spitalfields.