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5 things to do in London this summer

The Bell Team
Written by the Bell Team

One thing that the British do well is make the most of the summertime. With the weather being unpredictable all year round, the British try and get outside and soak up the sun as much as possible during the summer months.

There are always lots of things to do in the summer in London – check out our top 5 and let us know your favourite things to do in the summer.


5 things to do in London in the summer

Movies at Somerset House

Every summer London’s stunning Somerset House transforms into an open-air cinema, showing a range of cult, contemporary and classic movies. Taking place from 4 – 17 August 2016, this year’s films include Ex Machina, Sunset Boulevard, Trainspotting and 10 Things I Hate About You.

Notting Hill Carnival

A highlight of the summer, Notting Hill Carnival is the largest street festival in Europe. Taking place from 28-29 August, the carnival is wonderful mix of vibrant colours, delicious food, amazing music and lots and lots of people having fun!

Shakespeare’s Globe

Take a trip back in time to Shakespearean London and go and see a play in the famous open-air theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe. A reconstruction of Shakespeare’s original Globe Theatre (his theatre burnt down in 1613), this iconic venue is a must-see destination in London. Plays showing this summer include The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth.

Buckingham Palace tour

We know this activity is technically indoor, however every summer Buckingham Palace opens its doors to the public. From 23 July –  02 October, you can take a tour around the Queen’s official London residence and visit the magnificent State Rooms which provide the setting for ceremonial occasions and official entertaining.

Visit the Royal Parks

London is best known for its historic sights and skyscrapers; however did you know that it’s also home to lots of royal parks? Summer is the best time to check out these gorgeous open spaces. Grab your sun screen, a book and a picnic and head over to Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens (home to Kensington Palace, the official London residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge) and London’s largest park in Richmond. 



Soak up the sun: An idiom meaning to appreciate the sunshine and get a sun tan.

E.g. I want to go outside and soak up the sun = I want to go outside, make the most of the sunshine and get a sun tan.

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