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Activities to Do in London This Summer

Ride in London Eye, Experience Open Air Cinema Screenings, Go to the Chelsea Flower Show, Swimming in Hyde Park, Watch a tennis Match at Wimbledon, Cruising at River Thames, See the Views at The Shard, Explore the ZSL London Zoo, Visit the Tower of London, and more.

Flaunting a myriad of summer activities, the gorgeous city of London promises to offer its visitors an action-packed vacation during the hot season. No matter if you love history, wildlife, photography, architecture, sports, fashion, or food, there is an ample amount of
things to do in London this summer.

From the London Eye and the Tower of London to the Thames River and the Hornniman Museum, there are bountiful places to visit in London in summer for an exquisite holiday packed with exhilarating activities. While you can go catch 360 degrees panoramic views of the city at The Shard, you can take a wonderful food tour through the Borough Market and relish global cuisine. While you can enjoy a refreshing and rejuvenating swim at Hyde Park, you can experience an educational walk through history at the Churchill War Rooms.

Here are some of the best things to do in London this summer:

01

Ride in London Eye

Taking a ride in the iconic London Eye is one of the best things to do in London this summer, if you want to witness a spectacular panoramic view of the entire city while enjoying some fresh and cool air hitting your face. You can catch a glimpse of all the best-kept treasures of the city from here, starting from the serene South Bank waters to the conglomeration of towering concrete structures.

Location:
The London Eye, Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7PB.

Time:
From 11 AM to 6 PM, throughout the week.

Entry fee:
- £24 for children aged between 3 to 15 years,
- £30 for adults, and free for infants aged between 0 to 2 years.

02

Cruising at River Thames

Cruising through the Thames River is one of the most favourite things to do in London this summer for every tourist. Extending upto a length of around 346 kilometers and offering stunning views of some of the important landmarks of the city, River Thames promises the most surreal cruising experience in the world.

While riding a cruise in this serene river, you can catch a glimpse of the Westminster Abbey, the London Eye, the Big Ben, the Churchill War Rooms, the National Maritime Museum, and the Greenwich Park. You will also enjoy the cool river breeze zooming past your hair and brushing against your face while you cruise through the river during the summer evenings.

Location:
London, United Kingdom.

03

See the Views at The Shard

Climb the 244-meter tall majestic building of The Shard and catch breathtaking views up to 65 kilometers of the city. Known as the most amazing vantage point of the city, this towering structure currently makes for the tallest building in the whole Western Europe.

The building offers unobstructed views of the city from level 68 and level 69 and offers 360 degrees views on level 72. The major attractions of The Shard include Oblix, The Shard: Aqua Shard, Ting, and Hutong.

Location:
32 London Bridge St, London SE1 9SG, United Kingdom.

Time:
From 10 AM to 10 PM, on all days.

Entry fee:
- £22.95 for children and
- £28.90 for adults.

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Meeting point:

  • 24-Hour Classic Ticket: You can start your tour at any of the Big Bus stops. Popular starting points include Baker Street Station, Green Park Station, Marble Arch, Victoria Station, and Trafalgar Square.
  • Classic Ticket with London Eye Ticket and River Cruise: Speak to a Big Bus representative on arrival at the London Eye bus stops on Westminster Bridge Road to collect your bus and boat tickets and choose your London eye time slot.

Departure Time (Bus): 8:30 AM

(Departure times for the river cruise are approximately every 45 minutes)

Activity Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Activity Duration: Depends on your convenience

About London Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour:

Explore London, the capital of England and the United Kingdom with hop on hop off London bus tour. Pass through prominent attractions such as Westminster Abbey, St. Paul's Cathedral, Big Ben, etc., and get amazing views of them from the open deck. There will be an audio guide in 5 different languages to help you with the information about the destinations you are crossing. The package also comes with an option of exploring London with a sightseeing river cruise.

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05

Explore the ZSL London Zoo

ZSL London Zoo is one of the most important places to visit in London in summer, if you call yourself an animal lover. This beautiful zoo is home to over 740 species of wildlife including monkeys, Asiatic lions, Lemurs, Gorilla, Tigers, and Penguins.

The entire zoo is divided into a number of categories, the most attractive of which are - Land of the Lions, Meet the Monkeys, In with the Lemurs, Gorilla Kingdom, and Tiger Territory. ZSL London Zoo is not just a place to see a variety of wild animals, but it is also a great educational spot where you can learn wonderful facts about the wildlife.

Location:
Outer Cir, London NW1 4RY, United Kingdom.

Time:
From 10 AM to 4 PM, on all days.

Entry fee:
- Sarts from £19.01 for children and
- From £29.25 for adults.

06

Visit the Tower of London

Paying a visit to the Tower of London is one of the most recommended things to do in London this summer for history fanatics and architecture buffs. Established in 1066, this majestic regal fortress offers a treat to the eyes with its stunning architectural design, priceless jewels, and unadulterated views of river Thames.

Some of the important attractions of the Tower of London include The Crown Jewels, the WhiteTower, The Bloody Tower, the Beefeater Tours, and the Royal Beasts.

Location:
St Katharine's & Wapping, London EC3N 4AB, United Kingdom.

Time:
9.00 AM to 4.30 PM from Tuesday to Saturday and 10.00 AM to 4.30 PM on Sunday and Monday.

Entry fee:
- £28.90 for adults and
- £14.40 for children.

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Activity Duration: 75 minutes (approx.)

Operating Time: 10:00 AM - 5:30 AM

About Buckingham Palace Queen's Gallery Tickets:

The Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace is a spot where you can traverse and see the items from the Royal Collection in the form of a properly allocated gallery. The gallery is adorned with plenty of valuable treasures that are worth to be explored and seeing if you are in London. The Buckingham Palace Queen's Gallery ticket lets you explore and cherish the wonderful gallery which is composed of the beautiful and valuable treasures that belong to the Royal Collection. Witness over 450 pieces of interesting treasures on visiting the Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace.

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08

Explore the Harry Potter Sets

The Harry Potter Sets is one of the most recommended places to visit in London in summer, if you call yourself a loyal fan of Harry Potter. This gorgeous studio will offer you an amazing “behind-the-scenes” feel and look and give you the chance to witness many magical and surreal looking sets for real.

You can also take an informative guided tour that can help you to explore the sets in a better way. You can even learn the entire filming experience of Harry Potter in this studio.

Location:
Studio Tour Dr, Watford WD25 7LR, UK.

Time:
From 10 AM to 6.30 PM, on all days.

Entry fee:
- £41 for adults and
- £33 for children.

09

Go to the Churchill War Rooms

One of the top places to visit in London in summer is the Churchill War Rooms where you can take a walk through history and learn more about the life and work of Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill.

Used as a hiding place during the second world war, today this building serves as a beautiful museum displaying historical heirlooms and rarities. The museum also offers audio guides in 8 different languages to help the visitors learn about the life history of Churchill.

Location:
King Charles Street, Westminster, London.

Time:
From 9:30 AM to 5 PM.

Entry fee:
- INR 923 for children and
- INR 1846 for adults.

10

Experience Open Air Cinema Screenings

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Watching outdoor cinema is one of the most loved things to do in London during the summer evenings. Open air film screenings are held at many places in the city during the summer months and movie fanatics enjoy sitting under the dusk sky and watching the newest releases or classic flicks over a packet of popcorns.

Some of the highly acclaimed outdoor cinemas in London are The Luna Cinema, Rooftop Film Club, Pop Up Screens, Backyard Cinema, and The Nomad.

Location:
Held at various locations in London, United Kingdom.

11

Go to the Chelsea Flower Show

The Royal Hospital Chelsea is one of the best places to visit in London in summer to witness its dreamy flower show, which is no less appealing than the London Fashion Week itself. The Chelsea Flower Show propels over 150,000 tourists every year owing to its colorful and spellbinding floral exhibits.

At this exhibition, you can meet many of the reputed garden designers, florists, and plant specialists from across the world. You can also witness some incredibly creative and impressive floral artworks and even learn important gardening tips that can help you create your own beautiful garden and take care of your plants.

Location:
Royal Hospital Road, London, United Kingdom.

12

Swimming in Hyde Park

One of the most loved places to visit in London in summer is Hyde Park. If you are in London city for your summer holidays, head to Hyde Park and take a rejuvenating swim in its pristine waters to get a respite from the scorching sun. You can also indulge in a plethora of other recreational activities at this park including boating, tennis, and horse riding.

You can also sit at a lakeside restaurant inside the premises of the park and enjoy a cup of coffee while feeling the cool breeze touch your skin. Other attractions that you can witness here include the Joy of Life Fountain, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain, and the Serpentine Bridge.

Location:
London, United Kingdom.

Time:
From 5 AM to 12 AM, on all days.

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Watch a Tennis Match at Wimbledon

If you are a sport fanatic and are present in London during the summer months, head to the Wimbledon Stadium to watch a tennis match in the open air. The stadium offers exclusive facilities and can accommodate 8,000 people at a single time.

While you watch your favorite team play, you can also order yourself some delicious snacks and beverages to munch on. There are also several elegant bars inside the premises of the restaurant for you to grab a glass of chilled beer or two and celebrate the win of your favourite tennis team.

Location:
London SW17 0BW, United Kingdom.

14

Stroll the Borough Market

If you are an avid food lover, you will surely love to walk around the classic Borough Market and enjoy a delicious food tour in the summer evenings. This market is known widely for its retail and wholesale food outlets, which sell drool-worthy international delicacies.

One can find every international cuisine here including Indonesian, Ethiopian, Argentinian, and Pakistani. Sheltered under a puzzling maze of stunning Victorian arches, this 1000 years old market offers meals coupled with a tinge of history.

Location:
Southwark, London.

15

Explore the Hornniman Museum

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Going on an exploration tour to the popular Hornniman Museum is one of the free things to do in London this summer. Lying in Forest Hill, this beautiful museum exhibits an huge collection of natural history, musical instruments, and anthropology.

The museum also hosts umpteen varieties of activities, workshops, concerts, shows, festivals, and special exhibitions for its visitors. The major attractions of the Hornniman Museum are its huge overstuffed walrus, the elegant cafe, the lush gardens, and the gorgeous aquarium.

Location:
100 London Rd, Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ, United Kingdom.

Time:
- 7.15 AM to 8.50 PM from Tuesday to Saturday and
- 8 AM to 8.50 PM on Sunday and Monday.

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03 February 2020
Excellent
Not an experience that you get to have every day. From all the places I visited in London on my tour, this had a distinct feel to it. I didn't expect a lot of tourists there but to my surprise, I found there was a great line for ticket booking. The entire museum had a very offbeat feel to it. It really made me feel like I was in a war room preparing for some kind of a battle.
18 November 2019
Excellent
Even though the building looks a little ancient the overall feel of the place is very futuristic. It is not something that we get to see everyday. The kids are also going to love it. A good place to learn and have some fun! Must visit.
09 January 2020
Excellent
Always wonder where the word GMT came from. Haha! My trip to the Royal Observatory in Greenwich was extraordinary. I got to discover a lot and it was an insightful tour. The tickets I got were from Thrillophilia. I did a lot of cool stuff like standing right on the meridian line and also took a lot of photos with my friends. Overall, a blissful experience providing a rich learning opportunity to people like me. I would definitely want every holidaymaker to visit this place.
12 September 2019
Excellent
The best way I can describe my entire experience starting with getting my tickets from Thrillophilia to touring around St. Paul's Cathedral would be to the day that it was simply amazing. The place was so quiet and soothing, it was the kind of thing I wanted towards the end of my first-day tour in London. A side note, Just make sure you have a valid ID proof along with the tickets, it is important.
12 February 2020
Excellent
I had a great time at St. Paul's Cathedral. The experience was sublime and I loved every bit of it. The place was amazing and we got a chance to just relax and enjoy some peace in the Cathedral. It is a definite recommendation from my end to every tourist visiting London. Trust me, advance booking your tickets take a load off of you.
13 February 2020
Excellent
My visit to the Imperial War Museum was insightful and really inspiring. I got to see a ton of war artilleries from the time of World War. Upon entering it will take you some time but the place will really grow on you. I must say that the guide was also thorough about the entire place.
16 December 2019
Superb
Kensington Palace is very grand and beautiful. The palace also carries a rich history that we learned a lot about from the people there. If you are interested in architecture and history then visit as I got bored after sometime.
22 October 2019
Excellent
It is a royal palace with a distinct architectural design that is really beautiful for the visitors. I really admired the entire ambiance of the place and the tour was just perfect. I strongly recommend everyone to visit the place on their tour to London.
09 December 2019
Superb
I got a chance to relax and me and my parents just sat in the garden and admired it's beauty. We spent around 30 minutes there walking around. Overall, it was nice experience but nothing special.
17 November 2019
Excellent
The Kew Gardens was the perfect addition to my overall London trip. Upon reaching I visited the place towards the evening and I must tell you what a relaxing feeling it was. It was great sitting amidst the raw nature and enjoying some time in peace. We also took a lot of pictures and overall, we enjoyed the place very much.

People Also Ask About London

  1. Which are the places to see in London in summer?

    1. The Shard - Get on top of a 244 meters tall building of the Shard, and catch a glimpse of the city of London and its magnificent skyline. The Shard is the tallest building in the Western Europe and is open everyday from 10 AM to 10 PM. 

    2. ZSL London Zoo - ZSL London Zoo is a must visit place for all the animal lovers visiting London. The beautiful zoo houses over 700 species of exotic and rare animals such as Asiatic lions, Gorillas, Penguins etc. You can explore the zoo in four different categories - Tiger Territory, Gorilla Kingdom, the Land of Lions and In with the Lemurs to get the best of the place. 

    3. London Tower - For all the history and architecture fanatics, the Tower of London is the ideal location. You can treat your eyes to fascinating architectural designs, the Crown Jewels, the Royal Beasts, and a magnificent view of the river Thames and many more. 

    4. Explore the Harry Potter Sets - Potterheads around the world visit London specially to explore the Harry Potter set. It is indeed a magical place just like the movie, full of fascinating props from the movie. If you are a true potterhead then it is a must thing to do in London this summer.

  2. Which are the best adventure things to do in London in summer?

    1. Watersports at Lee Valley White Water Centre - You can indulge in rafting and ride the thrilling rapids in London during the summer season. The Lee Valley White Water Centre is a globally renowned tourist attraction for water sports. You can also try your hand at kayaking, tubing and hydro-speeding on your visit here. 

    2. The Dare Skywalk - The Dare Skywalk is a 90-minute adventure featuring a glass pathway at the height of 150 feet. You can get a magnificent view of the entire city of London from here. 

    3. Bungee Jumping - If you are wondering about the list of things to do in London this summer then you must add visiting UK Bungee club to it. You can partake in the thrilling bungee jumping from the height of 160 feet at this club. The club is located near the O2 in Greenwich and you will be able to glance at famous tourist attractions such as the river Thames, Canary Wharf, etc. 

    4. Go Karting - Go Karting is another fun activity to do in London this summer, where you can challenge your friends with your racing skills at the London tracks. Teamsport and Capital Karts are two of the most famous venues for go karting in London.

  3. What are the summer months in London?

    In general, the summer season in London lasts from the month of June until the month of August. During this time, the days tend to be longer with the high temperatures ranging between 70 to 73 degree F and the low temperature remaining around 59 degree F.
  4. Is summer a good season to visit London?

    Yes, summer is one of the most amazing seasons for visiting the city of London. During this period of the year, the weather remains pleasant and mild, which makes for a great time to enjoy city sightseeing tours. Furthermore, the summer evenings are generally cool, offering the tourists a great atmosphere to enjoy fun-filled night activities.
  5. What is London famous for?

    London is famous for more than one thing. Some of the most amazing things that can be credited for the popularity of this city include its endless fashion shopping options, vantage points, nightlife culture, lush gardens, and architectural marvels.
  6. How many days are enough in London?

    At least 3 to 4 days are required for visiting the city of London. In this time period, you can cover almost all the major attractions of the place and still have time for enjoying recreational activities such as shopping and food touring.

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