There’s always a ton of things to do in London, at any time of year, but one of the best times to enjoy the city has to be the summer – purely because there’s so many things to do outside.
Not only this, but there’s something for everyone to enjoy; even the most discerning traveller is sure to find a few things that they’d like to do or see. This is purely because London is massive – there’s so much room to cram in as much stuff as possible that the odds are ever in your favour.
Are you into sport? Excellent! There are lots of great sporting events happening throughout the summer. Don’t forget too that there are lots of amazing comedy and music events for you to get your teeth into.
Summer in London this year is even more special than usual, thanks to a range of cultural and historical events.
We’ve picked out a cross-section of some activities for you to get to this summer and you should absolutely try and see as many of them as possible – you won’t regret it!
Don’t forget, that there are a great range of London hotels from The Shaftesbury collection that will suit any budget and are in great locations to all the things you want to do this summer in the city.
This is one of the most famous sporting events in British history. Every year people come from all over the world to see what is one of the top four biggest events on the tennis calendar.
It’s one of the most quintessentially British activities that you can enjoy as part of your trip in London and this year’s tournament is already underway. You can get tickets to watch the matches in the courts themselves and get yourself some of the world-famous strawberries and cream and a glass of Pimms.
Alternatively, you can pack yourself a picnic and join the others watching the big screens on Henman Hill, unofficially named after former British tennis player Tim Henman.
Pre-Edinburgh comedy festival at Cutty Sark
If you’re a fan of comedy, you’ll really enjoy the pre-Edinburgh comedy festival at Cutty Sark in Greenwich between 22nd July and 4th August.
The festival had a sell-out run in 2015 and it’s making a glorious return to Cutty Sark’s 103-seater theatre, which used to hold the famous ship’s precious cargo more than a century ago.
Now, you can catch a variety of new and big-name talent, such as Seann Walsh, Shappi Khorsandi and Josie Long, as they gauge your response to their new material before they head up north to Edinburgh for the festival.
This is one way to see some of the UK’s best comedy acts without having to pay too pretty a penny to enjoy their acts.
BBC Proms 2016
The BBC Proms is known as the biggest classical music festival on earth, with fun and affordable concerts that are open to all audiences who have a fondness for great music performed in grand settings.
Out of all the venues that host the Proms, the most famous is the Royal Albert Hall – home to some of the finest classical music you’re ever likely to see.
The Proms prides itself on being affordable and making classical music palatable to the masses.
Bring the whole family to enjoy contemporary world premieres and concerts with leading musicians, singers and orchestras. Keep your eye out for the famous Last Night performances, this is an exceptional show that keeps millions entertained year after year.
You can find it trailing its way throughout the music venues of London from 15th to 10th September.
Centenary of the Somme
This year marks the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme and you can learn more about the momentous battle with events across London.
Most of the commemorative events in the capital begin or take place between 29th June and 1st July, which mark the 100 years since the first day of the five-month-long battle that began on 1st July 1916.
However, it’s through the entire month of July that you can find out more about this battle and the sad history that sees it remembered ever so clearly today.
Visit the Imperial War Museum London on the eve of the battle’s 100th anniversary for a free after-hours event. You’ll hear first-hand accounts of WWI through talks, live music and even interactive theatre.
This year there is also an overnight vigil at Westminster Abbey on 30th June to remember the thousands who lost their lives in the battle and those affected back home.
There are activities to mark the centenary of this battle all throughout the city, you won’t be short of ways to honour the battle this summer.
British Summer Time in Hyde Park
Hyde Park is one of the most iconic outdoor spaces in London, as it’s home to rolling green grass, a lengthy lake and of course, Speakers’ Corner, which is where people come from the world over to share their thoughts, thanks to freedom of speech.
It’s not only this that makes it great though, as it’s large enough to house amazing and popular festivals like British Summer Time, which takes place over two weekends in July from 1st to 10th July.
Acts you can expect to see this year include Take That, Mumford & Sons, Florence and The Machine, Massive Attack and Stevie Wonder, among others.
Inbetween the weekends of British Summer Time, Open House takes over during this week with a schedule of free summer activities. This doesn’t just include music, as you can enjoy open-air cinema, Wimbledon screenings, food stalls and even some badminton and ping-pong!
If you’d like to have an aerial view, you can get pretty close to it by climbing up the specially built 100 ft platform that gives you a breathtaking sight over Hyde Park and across the city skyline.
As most of you will have noticed if you’ve been to London before, this city is very fond of a bicycle or two.
There are hire bikes all throughout the city and you’ll find that many Londoners will use them to commute, rather than take the Tube or other transport.
Be part of the fun and hire a bike yourself – there are lots of cycle routes and tourist treks that you can go on to explore the city from a brand new vantage point.
But it’s RideLondon that’s a special event for summer this year. This is one of the biggest festivals of cycling in the world and in 2016 it returns with six events over one weekend from 30th to 31st July.
Anyone can take part in this event, as it’s free and it offers all people a great opportunity to experience the fun and freedom of cycling on traffic-free roads in the centre of London.
Last year, the route took the cycling enthusiasts around the city’s famous landmarks including Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, House of Parliament and St Paul’s Cathedral.
There are also six festival sites that offer cycling-themed activities and if you don’t feel like taking part on a bicycle, then you can join the thousands of other spectators who group together to watch this amazing event every year.