The summer period may be short in England and let's face it, we don’t get much of a summer. But when the sun is out in London, it's the place to be. With the smell of BBQs in the air and people pouring out of the city's many beer gardens, everyday feels like a Friday. Whether you want some culture or to indulge in food or drink, our guide to summertime in London has got you covered.
If you’re looking for rooftop bars to enjoy the blue skies and amazing views, you won’t fall short of finding one in London. Our top three picks are below:
Netil360 (Hackney): If you want chilled out rooftop vibes, this is the place to go. With views of the London skyscrapers in the distance, it’s the perfect spot to have a few drinks and some pizza as you watch the sunset.
Sushi Samba: Come here for a 360 degree view of London right in the city center, with an amazing outdoor terrace and views from the 60th floor.
Sky Garden: Sky Garden boasts three storeys of exquisitely landscaped public gardens and London’s most exclusive social spaces, including observation decks and an open air terrace.
Notting Hill Carnival
This is a must if you are in London in August. Falling on August 27 and 28 this year, experience Caribbean culture at one of Europe's biggest street parties, with floats setting off in the morning and parties going on well into the evening.
Visit a Food Market
Boxpark: Based in Shoreditch with over 50 fashion, arts and lifestyle brands, not forgetting modern street food and bars.
Camden Market: If you want something a little less conventional then Camden Market is the spot, with over 1000 unique stores and totally Instagrammable food.
Borough Market: Head here if fresh produce is more your thing - like handmade cakes and pastries, fresh cheese and bread with some wine to top it off.
If you’re looking for a day out in the park, which is slightly out of the city center madness, "Ally Pally" is the place to go with loads of activities such as Go Ape, skate park, boating on the lake, and a bar with views of the city in the distance.
Go to a Day festival
Wireless in Finsbury park is a 3 day festival featuring acts such as The Weeknd, Chance the Rapper and Skepta. You can also opt to go for only one day (July 7-9 ). Otherwise there's Love box in Victoria Park with Solange as the headliner (July 14-15).
Fire Up a BBQ in the Park
Visit one of London’s many parks, such as Hyde Park or Regents Park, and take a picnic. If you want to fire up a BBQ, then visit London Fields in Hackney.
Hire a Borris bike
Cycle around the Capital on a Borris bike, stopping at sights as you go and returning the bike at any drop off point around the city. It's an enjoyable way to see the city and still catch a tan.
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