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UK readers rejoice! The sun is shining, the weather is warm, and vacation time is in full swing. If you’re still looking for things to do, it’s time to dust off your Explorer Pass and visit London. Now, while you could do all the touristy things, such as peeking through the windows of Buckingham Palace, there is so much more you can add to your itinerary this summer, and we have a hot-list of things for you do here; a hot-list of events and activities that are running throughout the season, and beyond.
Scorching summer festivals
There is something for everyone this summer, so check out this guide to London festivals. Arts lovers will find much to enjoy at the Kaleidoscope Festival on July 21st, a veritable feast of theatre and comedy at the Alexandra Palace. The National Theatre is taking over the South Bank (July 13 – Aug 12) with free live music, dance and theatre. There’s the festival with a dress code, Henley Festival (near the Thames), where you will need to don a black tie (if you’re a guy), to see Rita Ora and Nile Jones perform (July 11-15). And house music fans will be able to rock the night away at the State Festival in Trent Park on August 4th. All these and so much more, so start planning now.
Something for movie buffs
You don’t want to spend your entire summer catching up with your Netflix watchlist at home, but you can still sate your love for movies in London. Running throughout July and up until August 18th, you can watch a movie on the River Thames, with a dedicated cruise ship where you can wine and dine, and watch such classics as Jaws and Some Like It Hot (appropriate for the season), as well as modern offerings, including Dunkirk and The Greatest Showman. Check out Film 4’s Summer Screen season, at Somerset House, with movies old (Sleeping Beauty) and new (the premiere of American Animals). All happening throughout August. And then there’s the Pop Up Cinemas at cool locations happening until September, inflatable screens showing such films as Baby Driver and Grease. Find out more online.
Enjoy the sun, while taking part in some incredible experiences this season. Fly down a 225-metre zip line above Victoria Park (a unique way to catch a glimpse of London’s tourist attractions from now until September 9th). Party your way around the Notting Hill Carnival on the August Bank Holiday Weekend. Take a bungee jump from the 02 Arena (this summer and throughout the year). Make like James Bond with a high-speed river boat adventure on the Thames (any time this year). And if those ideas make you feel slightly queasy (us too), you should book yourself a horse riding session on Hyde Park for something a little more sedate (available most times of the year).
London really is a great place to be this summer, although there is a range of things you can do at any time of the year that will suit you, whether that’s touring the city’s museums, or taking in the usual attractions. So for anyone looking to visit the city, check out these flights to London. Let us know what you get up to if you visit, and don’t forget to send us a postcard!
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