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Once upon a London summer: Where to go and what to do!

Summary. Wimbledon, Royal Ascot, Trooping the colours, BBC Proms, Shakespeare Globe, Royal Academy of Arts exhibitions, and the Chelsea Flower show are just few of the most iconic events of a London summer. In this article, we give you the greatest of the British summer themes that makes London the unique city it is, so you don't miss out on that Londoner's lifestyle. Write your story and live it, once upon a London summer!

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London is no ordinary city, it changes with the season, everyday there is something to do and an opportunity to explore. As the summer sun graces the streets of London, the city comes alive with a kaleidoscope of cultural events and outdoor extravaganzas. From prestigious gatherings to hidden gems waiting to be unearthed, there’s no shortage of enchanting experiences to be had in the capital. Join us on a journey through the wonders of a London summer as we explore the most captivating events and activities the city has to offer.


BBC Proms: A Symphony of Splendor

Step into the grandeur of the iconic Royal Albert Hall and immerse yourself in the world’s greatest classical music festival. Returning to enchant Londoners and international visitors every year, the BBC Proms offer a feast for the senses, with orchestral masterpieces and sensational solo performances set against the iconic backdrop of one of London’s most iconic venues. The program extends from 19th July to the 14th September, so don’t miss out!


Royal Ascot: Elegance and Excitement

Experience the epitome of British sophistication at the renowned Royal Ascot horse racing event. From exquisite fashion to thrilling races, this prestigious gathering promises a day of glamour and excitement fit for royalty. After all, where else can you strike a pose in a fabulous fascinator. It’s called Royal for a reason, take your binoculars, while watching the races, you might also spot few royals and celebrities, they don’t miss the show, and neither should you, check it out from the 18th-22nd June 2024.


Wimbledon Tennis: A Sporting Spectacle

Another celebrity magnet, this one is not to be missed for sports fans. Join tennis enthusiasts from around the globe at the historic Wimbledon Championships from the 1st to the 14th of July. From nail-biting matches to strawberries and cream on the lush green lawns, Wimbledon is a quintessential summer experience not to be missed. Tickets are scarce, as people camp up in tents in Wimbledon Park to score a seat, so get yours early. While you are in the area, check our Wimbledon Village, home of the rich and famous of many Londoners, browse through the shops and cafes as the entire community dresses up the windows in purple and green to celebrate the championship.


Trooping the Colour: A Royal Spectacle

Still dreaming of spotting a Royal show? June is your month then! Experience the pomp and pageantry of a tradition dating back centuries with Trooping the Colour, an annual event held in honour of the British monarch’s official birthday. Watch in awe as regiments of the Household Division parade in full ceremonial uniform, accompanied by military bands and cavalry. The highlight of the event is the iconic balcony appearance by the royal family at Buckingham Palace, where crowds gather to witness the spectacular flypast by the Royal Air Force.

Trooping the Colour is a quintessentially British affair, steeped in history and tradition, and offers a rare glimpse into the grandeur of the monarchy, only in London. Join Londoners and visitors alike in celebrating this majestic event, a true highlight of the summer calendar in the capital.


Royal Academy Summer Exhibition: Artistic Inspiration

Celebrate creativity in all its forms at the Royal Academy’s annual Summer Exhibition. From the 18th of June to the 18th of August, thousands of artworks are on display. This eclectic showcase is a testament to the diversity of contemporary art and a must-visit for art lovers. The RA is a massive supporter for emerging British artists, so come and check the exhibition, that new artist exhibiting today might just become an icon in the world of art tomorrow.


Shakespeare’s Globe: Timeless Theatre

This is one of my favourites. Mostly because it is as unique as London itself! You just can’t recreate something from the 1500s! This is your chance to transport yourself to the enchanting world of Shakespearean drama at the historic Globe Theatre. From tragic tales to uproarious comedies, the Globe’s summer season offers a glimpse into the timeless works of the Bard in an authentic Elizabethan setting. What I find most incredible is that performances by the Shakespeare company that are still delivered in the same way as they did centuries ago, in similar costumes. Can’t you tell, we like tradition here in London! Bring flat shoes if you have a standing ticket, you will be close enough to the stage to smell the drama!


Chelsea Flower Show and Chelsea in Bloom: Floral Fantasies

Coming to bloom in our lives, the gorgeous Flower Show is here from the 21st to the 25th of May. Indulge your senses in a riot of colour and fragrance at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show. Another one attended by royals, here it’s all about beauty and greenness. Explore stunning garden displays and floral installations, then wander the streets of Chelsea adorned with enchanting floral decorations displays covering the shops in the famous King’s Road during the Chelsea in Bloom festival.


Somerset House Music Festival: Melodies by the River

Savour the sounds of summer at Somerset House’s spectacular music festival. With a line-up of renowned artists and breath-taking riverside views, this open-air concert series is the perfect way to while away a summer evening. The Somerset house never disappoints, its magical touch is spotting what will be trending in the world of creativity is simply a must experience. Check out other events such as Photo London and the Artist Market.


World Press Photo Exhibition: Capturing Moments

Bear witness to the year’s most powerful images at the World Press Photo Exhibition from the 3rd to the 27th of May. From stirring photojournalism to breath-taking landscapes, this acclaimed exhibition showcases the extraordinary power of visual storytelling. I attend this exhibition every year, and the emotions it delivers are just powerful, so don’t be surprised if you spend few hours staring at the incredible photographs. Get your ticket and discover the world though the lenses.


Dinner at the Thames River Cruise: Culinary Cruising

Time to cool down, enjoy that London summer breeze, and indulge in fine cuisine! Embark on a culinary journey aboard a Thames River cruise and dine against the backdrop of London’s iconic landmarks. From gourmet cuisine to panoramic views of the city skyline, a dinner cruise is the perfect way to end a summer day in the capital. Feeling the romance? cuddle up on top of the ship as you listen to the after-dinner music performance as you float on the Thames, London’s river of life.


Southbank Events: Riverside Revelry

Missing the beach? Don’t worry, there is a sand beach at Southbank waiting for you this summer! Explore the vibrant cultural scene along the Southbank, where a myriad of events awaits. From sensual jazz concerts, jaw dropping performances at the Southbank Centre and the Royal Festival Hall, quirky pop-ups like the ice cream bus, outdoors second book market, there’s always something exciting happening by the river. Round off your day with a ride on the iconic London Eye for breath-taking views of the cityscape.


Are you ready?

No matter what you choose to explore, this will be a summer adventure like no other.  Go on, discover the magic of a London summer, and immerse yourself in the city’s vibrant cultural scene. With a plethora of events and activities to choose from, your summer in the capital promises to be an unforgettable experience filled with joy, laughter, and cherished memories. So, what are you waiting for? Dive into the enchanting world of a London summer and let the city captivate your heart.


To stay safe under the London sun, read our 10 tip article on summer safety.

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