Our Guide To A Summer In London
When London is basking in glorious sunshine, it is one of the best cities in the world to play out in. Whether you’re after some after-work drinks high above the city, or you want to catch an open-air film or dance yourself silly at one of the lively festivals, it’s all in our guide to a summer in London.
Cinemas are no longer a rainy day activity, with open air cinemas popping up across London you can now enjoy a good film beneath the moonlit sky. Rooftop Film Club is perfect with friends or with a romantic date, throughout summer you can head to one of five rooftop locations to watch an old school classic or a brand new blockbuster, with a panoramic view of London’s skyline. This year screenings are held at Bussey Park, Roof East, Queen of Hoxton, Kensington Roof Gardens, and Tobacco Dock all offering picturesque settings, where you can watch the sunset over London.
Arguably London’s best open air event this summer is the British Summertime festival. Held from 30th June - 9th July, there are plenty of opportunities not to miss out on this fantastic festival set within the glorious surroundings of Hyde Park. From rock gods, Kings of Leon to an all time favourite, Phil Collins, there is something for everyone. With a host of weekday and weekend events to make the most of the long hot days and warm summer evenings. From legendary musicians, to outdoor games and food stalls, it’s the perfect summer activity. Not to mention the Barclaycard Betterview platform offering amazing views of Hyde Park and London's skyline from 100ft above the ground.
There’s nothing better on a warm summer’s evening in then to head to one of the many rooftop bars to take in the iconic skyline and sip on a cocktail above the clouds. Ours and what seems to be the rest of London’s favourite is Sushisamba Bar, set high above the capital on the thirty-eight floor of the City’s Heron Tower, it’s no wonder why it is so popular in the summer. Unofficially renamed the Tree Bar, thanks to the glittering lit up tree at its centre, serves an exquisite cocktail, from their exclusive culinary-inspired to their refreshing signature serves, mixed with the panoramic views, you won’t be disappointed.
London can be described as a foodie’s heaven, so visiting a food festival over the summer needs to be at the top of your list. The city boasts many gastronomic events for both savoury and sweet lovers. Our top choice is the infamous BBC Good Food Festival, taking place over the August Bank Holiday weekend at Hampton Court Palace. Featuring a range of culinary elite, from the likes of Michael Roux Jr, Jo Wheatley and Paul Hollywood. You can see these famous chefs cooking up a storm for you to take away some culinary tips. This one’s a great family day out, where you can enjoy live entertainment, face painting and get involved in sports day style games.
Don’t miss out on Europe’s annual biggest street festival, taking place over the August Bank Holiday weekend, the streets of West London celebrate Notting Hill Carnival. Seeing the streets transform into a Caribbean dream, enjoy vibrant colours exploding through Notting Hill and costumed performers on amazing floats. Founded in 1964, the carnival has held on to its Caribbean roots and brings spirit and diversity to London attracting over 1 million people over the weekend. Don’t miss the chance to be a part of one of London’s biggest and best events, everyone’s invited to this huge party. If this list of unmissable events has already got you thinking which ones you will be travelling to London for, don’t forget to book in with us at either of our London based hotels. London Croydon Aerodrome or London Chigwell, the choice is yours.
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