So you think you’ve done London? Visited the Tower of London, caught a West End show, taken a spin on the London Eye and wandered around the Tate. But when the temperature rises during summer, London comes alive with rooftop bars, festivals, outdoor cinemas and parks packed with sunbathers. Check out our outdoor highlights for summer in the capital city.
1. Get some festival feels
Have all the amazing music and good vibes at one-day gigs in London’s parks, without the hassles of camping! London’s line-up of established festivals includes Wireless, Lovebox, and South West Four. There are loads more festivals catering to most musical genres.
2. Party hard at the Notting Hill Carnival
Add this celebration of West Indian culture to your party calendar on August Bank Holiday! Prepare to be wowed by the flamboyant costumes, ornate floats, food stalls serving delicious cuisine and sound systems filling the streets with Caribbean music at the Notting Hill Carnival this year.
3. Watch a movie under the stars
Nothing beats watching a film under the stars on a balmy summer’s evening! Choose from the Rooftop Film Club in four urban locations across London. Luna Cinema, with evening screenings at unusual venues, and the very cool Dalston Roof Park.
4. Rent a ‘Boris Bike’
Named after Boris Johnson, these bikes are great for pedalling your way around London’s cycle-friendly routes. You can hire a bike from as little as £2. Download the Santander scheme’s mobile app to check the status of your nearest dock and to plot your route through town.
5. Experience the street food scene
London’s pop up restaurants come in all sorts of shapes and sizes with vans, caravans and food bikes coming together for night-time residencies. 'Street Feast'offers weekend night-time food festivals across London.
6. Night-time animal magic at London Zoo
If you’re an animal lover, then get a bit closer to wildlife with a visit to ZSL London Zoo. It offers extra special experiences including, Zoo Nights, which include a torch-lit tour of the zoo after dark, games, storytelling and talks.
Where to stay
In one of the most expensive cities in the world, where can you find somewhere decent to stay under £50? Browse our summer lets, located in the heart of the city: Kings Cross and Newington Green. Ok, there isn’t any fancy room service, mini-bars or concierge service, but rooms are clean and close to the main attractions. Prices start from just £38.50, per person per night; it’s hard to beat.