10 things to do this summer in London

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London really comes alive in the summer. The whole city is absolutely teeming with life and activity, which brings in people from all over the world to enjoy the vibrant buzz of the town.

The streets of London are one of the best places to be during the warming months and you are spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding how to fill your free time. So, if you’re wondering what the best of the best things to do in London this summer are, Base London have put together a top ten.

Whether you’re hanging out with friends at the weekend, planning a first date or you’re just visiting with your family, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

1. Movies on the River , Tower Millennium Pier, Aldgate, Until 18 August

The perfect choice for a romantic date night, you can watch a movie whilst floating down the River Thames at sunset. With amazing views and a brilliant atmosphere, this summer night time activity is not to be missed. Depending on when you decide to go, you can choose from a massive range of films including Jaws, Dirty Dancing, The Greatest Showman, The Shape of Water, Get Out and more! Just make sure you’re equipped with a pair of rubber-soled shoes so you’ll be looking dapper and feeling sure-stepped on the boat.

2. Underbelly Festival, London’s Southbank, Until 30 September

This year’s Underbelly Festival is celebrating its 10th Birthday and is the biggest one yet! There are so many exciting acts to enjoy throughout the summer so be sure to check them out. From concerts, to dance parties, to comedy to burlesque, there is plenty of laughs and entertainment to be enjoyed. There are also offers and discounts when you buy tickets, so you can be entertained while you soak up the summer sun. Plus, it’s got one of the biggest outdoor bars in London, which you can enter for free!

3. Cycling in the Park, Hyde Park, Regents Park, Richmond Park, All Summer

If you’re heading out alone or with a friend for the day, a simple summer activity you can do whenever you like, pretty much anywhere around London is to hire a couple of bikes and go for a ride. This also makes for a good date idea, where you can take in the sights and enjoy the nice weather. Some great spots for this include Hyde Park, Regents Park and Richmond Park, but there is a whole city out there for you to explore!

4. The Globe Theatre, Bankside, All Summer

If you fancy a slice of culture, the Globe Theatre has an outstanding reputation for being one of the most beautiful theatres in the world. With plays on all summer long, you can enjoy the roofless Shakespeare theatre on a warm summer’s night. There are also a number of guided tours during the daytime if that’s more your thing.

5. Alternative London Tours, Various Locations, All Summer

To explore the London that you won’t find on many bus tours, guidebooks or maps, why not take yourself and some friends on an Alternative London tours? You can enjoy walking tours, street art tours, pub & craft beer tours and much more! The perfect activity for when the sun is shining. But, make sure you’re fully equipped for walking with some high-quality, comfortable summer style shoes , so you don’t end up with aching feet!

6. Moonshine Saloon, Kings Road (By the Bridge), All Summer

For when you’re dying for a cocktail after all that summer sun, you can head over to the Moonshine Saloon. This Wild West bar is a truly unique gem that’s bursting with life and good ‘ol western fun. With bring your own booze and provided attire, it is an experience that is one-of-a-kind. Be sure to check visiting hours beforehand and book before your visit to avoid a run-in with the Sheriff!

7. Last Days of Shoreditch, Enchanted Garden , Old Street, 26 August

Another popular summer activity in London is the famous street food market Last Days of Shoreditch. Known for their impressive themes, this year you can enjoy their Enchanted Forest every Thursday to Saturday. This immersive summer celebration combines amazing food, drinks and entertainment to bring you summer nights to remember. If you’re planning a big event, they are also offering private hire for parties. So, grab your mates, put on your trendy shoes and it’s just vibing!

8. Pelicans in the Park, St James’ Park, All Summer

For a bit of wildlife, you can visit a bunch of lively pelicans right in the heart of London. These huge, but friendly birds live in St James Park which is a beautiful place for walking. The pelicans are very used to people, so much so that you may even find yourself sitting next to one! They love basking in the summer sun as much as we do, so try and catch them on a sunny day.

9. Lovebox Festival, Gunnersbury Park, 13 & 14 July

For those who love nothing more than spending their summer with amazing music, their mates and a huge rave, don’t miss the Lovebox Festival! With a line-up that includes the likes of Childish Gambino, Skepta and Sza, there is plenty to look forward to! For the perfect attire, be sure to check out our festival fashion guide .

10. GoBoat, Paddington, All Summer

Be your own captain with GoBoat and hire a boat that holds up to 8 friends! Designed for social sailing on the river, you can enjoy the summer sun on the water. Chart your own course and head of on an adventure with one of GoBoat’s amazing boats. You can also enjoy some historical sights on your journey down the canal including Little Venice, Regent’s Park and Camden Lock.

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