Make the most of the end of summer with a trip to London
Schools are going back, the nights are starting to draw in and it won’t be long until the waterproofs are dug out – but summer isn’t over yet. You can still make the most of these last few weeks of sunshine with a trip to the British capital.
Here, we’ve listed our top recommendations for a visit to London this summer with what’s on over the next few months. So why not join Caledonian Sleeper for a last-minute summer break and explore one of the world’s most bustling cities?
Get outside and take advantage of al fresco dining whilst the summer weather is here. Whether it’s a picnic in Hyde Park, lunch at Chiltern Firehouse, nibbles within a Surfer Shack on the riverside terrace of Coppa Club overlooking Tower Bridge, or relaxing on the velvet chairs of The Ivy Chelsea Garden, there are plenty of options to enjoy some sunshine.
Or, if the rain comes on, visit Bluebird in Chelsea, with its conservatory and array of plants – you’ll feel like you’re outside whilst avoiding the elements.
Notting Hill Carnival
A celebration of all things Caribbean, Notting Hill Carnival has been taking place since 1966 and last year alone welcomed over two million visitors. Enjoy the vibrant parades, creativity, music, dancing and food from 25-26 August.
Make the most of the summer weather by taking advantage of one of London’s outdoor cinema experiences.
Pop Up Cinemas will be appearing in parks across the city throughout summer, showing popular favourites including Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, The Greatest Showman and Jurassic Park.
Until 21 August, Film4 Summer Screen will be showing a film every night in the grounds of Somerset House, with DJs playing music inspired by the film in the lead-up to the showing.
For children, head along to Luna Kids Cinema which is showing family favourites including Harry Potter, The Gruffalo, Moana and Aladdin. The films are shown at three different venues across the city throughout August, and features an on-site bar serving delicious refreshments. A portion of the proceeds of each ticket purchased goes directly to Save the Children, too.
Labelled the World’s Greatest Classical Music Festival, the Proms run until 14 September. Enjoy music from some of the biggest names in the industry and a range of concerts, workshops, talks and family events, as the eight week festival opens up classical music to everyone.
Buckingham Palace’s summer opening
The Palace’s annual summer opening takes place in August and September when the State Rooms of the Palace are open to visitors. Time it right, and you can also see the Changing of the Guard ceremony at 11am each day. On selected dates in August, there is a ceremony with musical support to accompany the Changing of the Guard.
Take in a show
Disney’s Lion King remake may have divided opinion, but fans of the film certainly aren’t disappointed by the multi-award winning musical at Lyceum Theatre in London. Still drawing huge crowds even in its 20th year in London, the sounds, colours and costume provides all of the family with an experience to remember. Get your tickets here.
London Theatre Kids Week runs across August, meaning that any child under 16 can go to one of the participating shows for absolutely free (subject to availability), as long as they’re accompanied by a full price adult. Kids week includes musicals, children’s shows, plays and comedies, and also includes Q&A sessions, dance workshops and behind the scenes tours.