London is one of the world’s greatest cities. It contains a wealth of world-class tourist attractions from Big Ben to Buckingham Palace, Madame Tussauds to the London Eye and thousands of other famous museums, galleries and landmarks. So many that it can seem overwhelming.
Summer might usually be the time to think about escaping from the hubbub of city life. A time to head out to the countryside or the coast. However, in doing so there is a chance of missing so much of what our great capital city has to offer.
Here are just five great reasons to visit London in Summer 2016.
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
The Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre is a firm fixture of summer in London. Set in the beautiful royal park just ten minutes from Baker Street tube station, the auditorium offers over 1200 seats and an incredible atmosphere surrounds every event.
Enjoy a picnic on the lawn, sip cocktails under fairy lights and witness a storytelling spectacle unfold before your eyes. Past productions have included Peter Pan, To Kill A Mockingbird and Lord of the Flies.
Perhaps the world’s best known regatta, Henley Royal Regatta is a rowing event that was first held in 1839. It has been held every year since and is a major highlight of London’s summer for socialites and sports fans alike.
More than 200 races take place over five days on the River Thames by the town of Henley-on-Thames. The racing can be viewed from a number of vantage points on the banks of the river: the general public can watch from the Berkshire side, whereas the Buckinghamshire side is reserved for club members and hospitality.
Got the family in tow? Which kid doesn’t love lego? Head just out of the city and let them experience a lego fan’s dream: Legoland Windsor.
The youngest members of the family are catered for in Duplo Valley with rides and attractions aimed at toddlers. Things get more exciting as you head to the main attractions: Pirate Shores features a log flume ride – perfect on a hot summer day, Kingdom of the Pharaohs is an interactive ride through an Egyptian tomb. You can board The Dragon roller coaster in the Knight’s Kingdom and a “submarine ride” through Atlantis in Adventure Land.
What list of London’s summer attractions would be complete without mentioned The Championships, Wimbledon?
Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world. It is one of the four “Grand Slam” tennis tournaments and has been held at the All England Club in SW19 since 1877. The tournament takes place in late June and early July and the sights and sounds of Wimbledon are deeply entrenched in the English summertime.
Strawberries and cream, sipping Pimms, Henman Hill (or Murray Mound) – you can experience it all with Ticketbis.
Music fans are well catered for in London. Since 2006 a regular feature of the late summer is the Calling Festival – formerly Hard Rock Calling – now hosted in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
The festival has featured some of the world’s biggest rock bands and artists such as Pearl Jam, The Killers, The Who, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Bon Jovi and Paul McCartney.
This year’s lineup is yet to be announced but expect a loud and raucous rock show to round off your summer in London.