In London for the summer, or just need some great activities for a weekend getaway? Check out London Tops Sights 100 tips for a great London summer.
- Listen to the blues at America-lovin Black Deer Festival
- Explore late-night art at… Art Night
- Browse for hours at the beautiful Liberty London department store. Founded in 1875, it was called “the chosen resort of the artistic shopper” by Oscar Wilde.
- Get your brain in gear at the Frontline Club in Paddington. Founded to promote independent journalism, it runs a full programme of talks, discussions, presentations and films, with an emphasis on conflict reporting.
- Fly above the treeson this 60ft zip wire Walk amid the treetops at the gorgeous Kew Gardens
- Soak up the sun at the South Bank Beach Brunch
- Groove away at this funk and soul summer solstice
- Indulge your sweet tooth at London’s Gelato Festival
- While away the afternoon in a grassy pub garden
- . Explore the butterfly house and gardens at Horniman Museum
- Catch a movie on a rooftop with Rooftop Film Club – or any of London’s other top outdoor cinemas
- Enjoy London Zoo without the kids at ZSL Zoo Lates
- . Recreate the famous photo of the Beatles on the Abbey Road album cover, at the crossing outside the Abbey Road recording studios.
- Be part of the audience at a TV or radio show being recorded by the BBC. Visit their website to apply for free tickets.
- Watch an auction or just appreciate the art, at Sotheby’s auction house, founded in 1744.
- Sink a cocktail at one of these beautiful rooftop bars
- The Sunday flower market on Columbia Road transforms a small high street with exclusively independent shops into an oasis of foliage and flowers.
- Blast out the hits at Vauxhall’s outdoor karaoke pit
- Take a walk along the Thames at one of these riverside pubs
- Combine alcohol and chocolate with boozy libations
- Enjoy the rhythms of Cuba, Ibiza, and Club Tropicana at these sun-soaked parties (Jun 30-July 20)
- Join the Queue and catch the tennis at Wimbledon (July 1–14)
- Celebrate the capital’s LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans +) community with the Pride in London festival which takes place in June and July. The festival culminates with the famous Pride in London Parade through central London, and free performances in Trafalgar Square
- Marvel at beautiful gardens and floral displays at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, the largest annual flower show in the world.
- Explore a room full of rainbows at Tate Modern (from July 5)9. Scoff everything in sight at this rooftop wing festival (July 5-7)10. Feel the love at the Pride Parade (July 6)Experience the world’s greatest classical music event, BBC Proms, which kicks off this month for eight weeks of fun and affordable concerts at the magnificent Royal Albert Hall
- Peer inside the lavishly furnished rooms of Buckingham Palace during the annual summer opening of the Queen’s official London residence
- Dine while suspended 100ft above the city at London In The Sky (until July 15)
- Judge the vegetable sculptures at Lambeth Country Show (July 20–21)
- . Get involved in the first National Park City Festival (July 20-28)
- Crunch and crunk your way through London’s first crisps, dip and gin festival (July 20, Aug 24
- Belt out film classics at a singing cinema (July 20, Sep 28)7. Check out the blooms at the Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival (July 2–7)
- Chill out at the rum & reggae rooftop party (July 6, Aug 3, Aug 25)
- Sip something special at Cocktails In The City (July 12–13)
- Sail the high seas on a bouncing brunch boat (July 13, Aug 10)
- Mosey on over to this secret garden party (July 13)
- Hop a train to fab festival Standon Calling (July 25-28)
- Set your taste buds alight with at one of the curry houses in Brick Lane – curry is now considered to be the British national dish.
- . Sample the street food at the London’s famous Borough Market.
- Catch a movie at Somerset House’s Film 4 Summer Screens (Aug 8–21)
- Take on a massive inflatable obstacle course at Alexandra Palace (Aug 23)
- Live like common people at Clapham’s South West Four (August 24-25)
- Climb Greenwich Park’s hill and enjoy the sunset
- If one dessert is never enough, head to the Café Royal dessert restaurant, where every course is sweet
- Glitter yourself up for the epic Elrow Town party (Aug 17)
- Eat yourself into a sugar coma at the London Dessert Festival (August 17-18)
- Twerk and jerk at Notting Hill Carnival (August 24–26)
- Sample the beer at a traditional English pub, such as the George Inn in Borough High Street – the only pub to be owned by the National Trust
- Enjoy traditional afternoon tea at the Houses of Parliament, after one of the guided tours
- Toast marshmallows around a campfire at the beautiful Midnight Apothecary
- . Frolic in the fields of Mayfield Lavender Far
- Set sail in your very own floating hot tu
- See ALL the art at the annual Royal Academy Summer Exhibitio
- Take someone special on a charming summer dat
- Dip a toe (and more) in one of London’s lovely lido
- Big Ben
- The War Memoria
- Westminster Bridge
- Royal festival Hall
- Jubilee Gardens
- London Dungeon
- Hungerford Bridge
- Waterloo Bridge
- Taste summer with this refreshingly light cocktail
- Go for dinner at one of these fab restaurants with al fresco seating
- . Test your skill on the green at FestiBowl