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10 reasons to visit London this summer.

by Elizabeth Hands on July 3, 2015

london sunshine

We’re enjoying some of the warmest weather on record at the moment, reminding us that a staycation is every bit as good as jetting away. While many people tend to head out of the city in the summer, instead choosing coastal spots as holiday destinations, we love summer in the capital.

Here are just a few of the reasons why London is one of the best places to visit during the warmer months…

The new King’s Cross Pond Club

London is home to some of the best outdoor pools and lidos of any city in the world, including Hampstead Heath Ponds and Tooting Bec Lido.

kings cross pond

The latest to open is the King’s Cross Pond Club, a 40-metre long, oval-shaped fresh water pool which is entirely chemical free. Designed to get us thinking about the relationship between city and nature, it is filtered using water plants and is surrounded by wild flowers and grasses.

The Albion’s beer garden

Nothing beats a lazy afternoon sitting in a beer garden with friends or family when the sun is shining.

albion pub

And the Albion in Islington has one of the prettiest beer gardens around, featuring lovely wooden pergolas and overhanging wisteria. The hustle and bustle of the city seems a world away.

Picnic in the park

You’re utterly spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing where to spread your picnic blanket in London, with leafy, green parks aplenty.

fortnum mason picnic

For the ultimate luxury, order one of Fortnum and Mason’s picnic baskets and share with a loved one.

A peek inside the palace

When Royal family members head off for their summer holidays, we get to have a peek inside the state rooms.

buckingham palace

The annual opening means you can have a look at the Grand Hall, the thrones, the Music Room and the palace garden. The Picture Gallery is a particular favourite because you can gaze upon work by world masters.

Air attraction

Look to the skies in August for some of the best entertainment the city has to offer this summer.

red bull air race

Incredibly loud and super fast, the Red Bull Air Race is returning to Royal Ascot. Pilots, including world champions Paul Bonhomme and Nigel Lamb, will be racing through obstacles at speeds of up to 230mph.

Festival fever

You don’t need to head to Ibiza to get your dance music fix. Clapham Common’s South West Four attracts superstar DJs from across the world.

festival

This year’s line-up includes Eric Prydz, Fatboy Slim, John Digweed and Skrillex.

Notting Hill Carnival

Summer simply wouldn’t be summer without the Notting Hill Carnival.

notting hill

Colourful and crazy, it has grown and grown since its 1960s debut. If you’re travelling with children, go on the Sunday, which is more family-friendly.

A pop-up party

We love a good pop-up. They add variety to the existing venues in London, and Flamingo Pier is one of the most vibrant.

flamingo pier

On the river at Hackney Wick, there are a series of parties featuring DJs and food from around the world. Each event celebrates a country or culture.

Outdoor art

While we love London’s museums and galleries, it does seem to be a shame to miss out on the lovely weather by spending the day indoors.

qe olympic park

Instead, you could Walk the Line between the O2 and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, where the sculpture trail will lead you past work by Damien Hirst, Gary Hume and Martin Creed. Each work is illuminated at night if you want to incorporate the route into a romantic evening stroll.

Movie night

There are few things better for a date night than watching a movie outdoors.

film night

Or, if you’re travelling with friends, you could opt for a comedy, taking a picnic blanket and something sparkling! You could watch West Side Story at Somerset House, or join the rooftop film club at Queen of Hoxton.

Summer brings out the best in London, making the capital, a more vibrant, fun and friendlier place to be!

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Photo credits: Garry Knight, King’s Cross Pond Club, The Albion, Fortnum & Mason, Edwin Lee, tataquax, Achim Hepp, Cristiano Betta, Flamingo Pier, EG Focus, Somerset House.

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