When most people think of London, the first thing that comes to mind, other than Big Ben if you are a tourist, is the gloomy, grey weather. While the fact remains true that London does tend to be rainy and gloomy, it is still a beautiful and lively city, especially during those brighter summer days. Yes, the rain does go away and the sun does eventually peek through the clouds, revealing the charming city below. So, with that being said, what are some of the best ways to enjoy London during the summer season? Below we will take a look at some of the best things to do as well as visit some of the coolest restaurants and bars throughout the town.
Fun Summer Activities
1. Visit Hyde Park
During the summer season in particular, the royal Hyde Park truly comes alive. From 5am all the way through midnight, you can come and enjoy many different kinds of activities and events including summer concerts, daily pony rides and more. Or, if you simply just feel like taking a quick stroll through the park, you can enjoy the beautiful green scenery and stop to sit by the pond. A morning summer walk through the park is an exceptionally enchanting way to start off your day.
2. Enjoy an Outdoor Film
From the summer months of June all the way through September, many of London’s parks and rooftops host outdoor movie theater pop ups. This activity is truly among one of the most popular things to do during the summer time, therefore, they may be packed to the max. If you know this is something you would like to participate in, be sure to be on top of your game when it comes to booking tickets. You don’t want to miss out on this seasonal activity.
3. Immerse Yourself in the Flower Markets All Throughout London
The streets of London are usually filled with flower markets during the summer months. One of the most popular flower markets of the season is the Columbia Road Flower Market. Every Sunday in the summer, Columbia Road transforms itself into a massive arrangement of colorful flowers with every type of plant or flower you can think of. Be sure to find yourself there this coming Sunday between the hours of 8 am to 3 pm if you do not want to miss this beautiful oasis.
4. Go for a Laugh throughout London’s Comedy Clubs
Londoners love their comedy clubs. One of the most famous among them is Angel Comedy Club. The stage here is open to anyone and everyone, from dry humor to dark humor. So, if you are looking for a good laugh or just some simple entertainment, visit Angel Comedy Club while out and about these summer nights.
The Best Restaurants to Visit
Now that it is finally sunny and bright outside, it would be nice to enjoy some outdoor dining and take in London’s breathtaking scenery. With that being said, here is a quick look at some of the best summer terraces in central London:
1. Wild by Tart
Wild by Tart has one of the best outdoor dining courtyards and is worth the visit during the warmer summer months.
2. La Poule Au Pot
If you are on the hunt for a great French restaurant, La Poule Au Pot should definitely be high on the list. This particular restaurant is known to be one of London’s most romantic restaurants. This could be due to its beautiful outdoor terrace and fine selection of wines.
3. Claridge’s Bar Terrace
Located in Mayfair, Claridge’s Bar Terrace is known for its classic cocktails and Mediterranean-inspired menu options.
4. Native at Browns
The perfect pit-stop after shopping at one of London’s finest boutiques. As we know, London is known for their secret gardens and pubs, therefore if you can find your way to Native’s secret garden, consider your day a success this summer.
5. Ivy Soho Brasserie
The Ivy has officially opened its doors again for the summer. It is no secret that the Ivy is a town favorite, especially for a light, summer breakfast. In addition to this, The Ivy is a great place to stop for some afternoon tea as well as a nice weekend brunch, especially during the summer season.
6. Chinatown London
If you are looking for a vibrant, outdoor setting, look no further than London’s very own Chinatown. Here, you can enjoy a variety of different foods while taking in the summer breeze and pops of color.
7. Covet Garden
To end the list of the best restaurants to visit this summer, we indeed have to mention the beauty that is Covet Garden. This outdoor space holds over 35 different restaurants to enjoy while sitting outside on the massive new outdoor dining area. While on the topic of Covet Garden and its many restaurants, be sure to visit Mariage Freres while out and about this summer. Here, you can enjoy a quick tea or even a few cocktails on the newly opened tea terrace.
Secrets Bars and Pubs
Lastly, to end the list of the top things to do in London this summer, let’s take a look at some of London’s secret bars and pubs that are worth the hunt.
1. Sussex Bar & Restaurant
This cozy, dim restaurant is the perfect place to end the summer night. If you are on the lookout for some high-end British cuisine, be sure to stop by Sussex Bar & Restaurant in Soho.
2. Meraki Bar
Perhaps you may have heard of Meraki the restaurant, but are you aware that there is also a secret bar that goes along with it? That’s right, this unique find will lead to a lavish, Greek-inspired setting where you can find yourself in a private booth sipping cocktails all night long, or at least until 1:30 am
3. Barts – Also known as “London’s Worst Kept Secret”
Located in Chelsea, this secret bar is ironically known as “London’s worst kept secret”. No matter, as this is still a modest find with refreshing drinks to enjoy during the summer nights in London.