If you are visiting London on holiday or are a local, don’t be stuck for things to do this summer in the UK capital. There are many activities and things to see and do for all ages. Step away from the normal tourist sightseeing attractions and discover a different side to the city. From food festivals to outdoor concerts and rooftop cinemas, the city is a hive of activity during the summer months. This year enjoy one of the best sports events in the world, check out our inside guide for the top things to do to make it a memorable summer:
IAAF world athletics championships
This summer a special event is happening from the 4th to 13th August in London. The IAAF world championships in athletics takes place this summer at the Stadium in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. For a summer of unforgettable athletics buy tickets to watch over 3,000 athlete’s battle it out for world domination. From the hurdles to triathlon and high jump competitions, the world’s best will be back for more thrilling action and excitement from the London crowds. Relive the special atmosphere from London 2012 and be a part of the world championships. Finding accommodation can be difficult in the summer when big events are on, so it’s wise to book in advance. Stay in a hotel near the IAAF championships and enjoy impressive views of The City and the River Thames we recommend staying in a hotel near Canary Wharf.
The Sunset Series at Somerset House
Enjoy listening to a world-class line-up from some of the world’s biggest artists with the stunning backdrop of a neo-classical British landmark. Opening this year’s series of gigs is American songstress Norah Jones who will perform her classic sounds of folk, soul and country music. Goldfrapp, Birdy and Songhoy Hues are among other artists scheduled to take the stage in the programme of outdoor concerts from 5th July. Grab some refreshments and drinks at the courtyard bars before joining the vibrant crowd to sing along to the popular tracks.
Hop on a bike
Pick up a rented bicycle at any of the city bike racks and cycle around the London to view it in a different way. Soar past famous landmarks such as the likes of Buckingham Palace and Hyde Park. Alternatively, the weekend is an ideal time to go around the Financial District as it is relatively traffic free – take in the Bank of England and St Paul’s Cathedral before cycling down the Thames towards the remarkable London Eye and Houses of Parliament. The majority of the Royal Parks have impressive and safe cycle routes so you can grab a map and take the family on an adventure.