Summer in London: Things You Shouldn’t Miss

The English capital is a year-round destination but for many, the best time to visit is arguably the summer season. Days filled with sunshine, outdoor activities galore and long-standing summer traditions are just a few of the reasons why. When planning your summer in London trip, take on a few of these must not miss activities and events.

Summer in London: Things You Shouldn’t Miss

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

Performance at Regent Theatre Park

London loves its theatre. After all, the most famous playwright known to man has his plays performed on a everyday occurrence. That’s why Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre is one of the must-do summer in London activities. Now on its 85th year, locals and visitors staying in London alike can experience a premiere production of shows and musicals akin to that of the West End.

The Luna Cinema

Luna Cinema Series

In almost any major city, outdoor movie screenings are a staple activity, particularly in the summer months and London is no different. The difference is that the English capital does theirs at a much larger scale; securing some of the most iconic London locations like Westminster Abbey, the Kew Gardens, and Victoria Embankment Gardens; making it a must do for anyone spending summer in London. This season’s Luna Cinema lineup include recent Oscar-winning film La La Land, the romantic British comedy set in London, Notting Hill, and the longstanding classic Casablanca.

Somerset House Summer Series

Somerset House Music Series

Right smack in the middle of Central London, amidst the backdrop of the Somerset House, a beautiful Neoclassical-designed building that overlooks the Thames River, is a gathering place for some of the best outdoor music concerts. The Somerset House Summer Series, occurring every summer in London, is 10 consecutive days of musical performances from a variety of artists. Tickets sell out quickly so check out this season’s calendar and get your tickets if you haven’t already done so.

The Championships at Wimbledon

Summer in London
The Crowd at Opening of the Gates at Wimbledon

Nothing says summer in London to me more than the start of The Championships at Wimbledon. The most prestigious tennis tournament in the world, known for its history and traditions, welcomes the best players in the world, both men and women, to vie for the only major title played on grass. It’s also the only major tournament in tennis that sells same day tickets to show courts. If you’re a tennis fan like myself, experiencing all that there is associated with The Championships – strawberries and cream, Pimm’s, even queuing – are definitely worth it.

About Iris A


Born in the Philippines, but grew up in Texas, Iris has been traveling and writing about her experiences for well over a decade. Her work has been published on well-known travel sites like Hipmunk (#hipmunkcitylove) and D Magazine Online Travel Club. She has been all over Europe, the US, and has recently started exploring Latin America. She loves trying local cuisine and visiting UNESCO deemed World Heritage sites. Her favourite city is New York, with London, following a close 2nd. You can follow her on Twitter @sundeeiris or through her travel blog, Traveling With Iris.

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