London is transformed into a whole new city during the summer months. Rooftop bars open, parks are flooded with sunbathers and days last well past 9pm. Here are our top five things to do in London this summer.
1. Go to the open air theatre
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre features a selection of plays, musicals, films – and even a few comedy performances – in their 1,250 seat outdoor auditorium. The show goes on regardless of the weather, so be sure to pack a raincoat and jumper along with your picnic.
2. Head off to a music festival
No need to find a tent or worry about accommodation, there are a host of one-day festivals held throughout the summer in local London parks.
Be sure to also bookmark the South West Four Weekender. Usually held on Clapham Common on the August Bank Holiday, festival goers can enjoy two days of dance music and club classics.
3. Dine outdoors
While some councils have banned outdoor barbeques, there are still places in London where you can take advantage of the sunshine. London Fields in Hackney have specially designated areas for you to barbecue, and Wandsworth Park has metal barbecue stations set up. Burgess Park in Southwark also has purpose built grills – just remember to bring your own charcoal.
4. Pick your own fruit
From June to October, you can get the tube to Cockfosters in Zone 5 and head over to Parkside Farm to pick your own fruit and vegetables. With more than 20 varieties to choose from, you can enjoy summer’s bounty at the height of the season.
5. Be Queen for a day
Well, almost. From 23 July to 2 October 2016, visitors can make the most of the annual Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace. Whether you’re interested in the state rooms, garden tour or the Queen’s Gallery, you’ll be able to live out your royal fantasies for a day.