Promising a plethora of activities and events, a visit to London is the perfect way to spend your time this summer.
With a surprising amount of open and green space, London is incredibly versatile in what it can offer you from June through to September. Over the summer holidays, kids across the country will have weeks’ worth of time to roam free, meaning that many parents will need to find activities to keep them engaged.
Whether you’re based in the UK or elsewhere, booking a break at a hotel such as the Grand Royale Hyde Park Hotel will give you the flexibility and opportunity to enjoy the best London has to offer in order to have a memorable summer.
British Summer Time Festival
Taking place throughout the first two weeks of July, British Summer Time is a multi-weekend music festival that showcases both crowd-pleasing headliners and the best in new music.
With a wide range of incredible headliners such as Florence and the Machine and Eric Clapton, this family-friendly music festival is filled to the brim with great food, drinks and a wonderful atmosphere. With many hotels near Hyde Park offering great deals over the festival period, this is the perfect reason to visit London with your friends or family.
Taste of London
Taking place from the 19th to 23rd of June, the Taste of London is a food festival based in Regent’s Park.
This fantastic festival offers up over 200 world-class pop-up food stalls alongside talks and masterclasses from some of the best cooks in the city. Whether you’re a beginner or a master chef, the Taste of London is one of the best ways to enjoy the best cooking in the city.
Cricket World Cup
From the end of May and into mid-July, the Cricket World Cup brings the best cricket teams in the world to battle it out, this year using the UK as their stage.
This quintessentially British summer tournament is staging ten matches in London. This includes the opening match and the final, giving spectators a chance to experience the atmospheric Kia Oval and Lord’s Cricket Ground.
Notting Hill Carnival
If you’re visiting London at the end of August, Notting Hill Carnival is a bank holiday weekend event that showcases West London’s rhythms and colour. Celebrating Afro Caribbean and West Indian culture in the city through a parade and pop-up sound systems, this is one of the most exciting dates in the city’s calendar.
London Pride takes place this year on the 6th of July and marks the end of a month of pro-LGBT events throughout the city.
With a parade and plenty of music-based events across the city, London Pride attracts hundreds of thousands of marchers and spectators and offers up a vibrant weekend of inclusive fun in the sun.
Explore London’s lidos
London may be an in-shore city, but it still has plenty of opportunities to get cool by the pool on the hottest of days.
From the freshwater lakes of Hyde Park and Hampstead Heath to the open-air lidos of Brockwell Park and London Fields, there are ample spots for you to swim and relax. Just make sure you get there early to reserve a spot; these lidos and lakes can get very busy in the height of the summer!
Parks of London
There’s no need to wait for specific events to really enjoy your summer. The city itself offers up free parks every day of the year. From the deer filled swathes of West London’s Richmond to the crown jewel Victoria Park in the East, there’s always somewhere to explore during your visit.