What to do in London over the summer months?

Summer has finally arrived! Here are some great suggestions put together by Nancy, our intern to help you make the most of our great city during the sunny summer months!

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1) The London Zoo Nights ! From 9th until 30th June for £15 @ Regent’s Park

Just when you thought it was time to hang up your elephant onsie for good, ZSL London Zoo brings back its ‘after hours’ sessions.

A reincarnation of Zoo Lates (which ended in 2015) Zoo Nights will entail a packed street-food market, a Zooniversity Challenge interactive quiz, a ‘murder mystery’ style crime trail around the enclosures and a salacious talk on animal sex at ‘The Birds and the Bees – Uncut’. Big spenders can upgrade their ticket for a sleepover beside the lion enclosures at the Gir Lion Lodge.

Follow this link for more details: London Zoo Details

London Zoo

2) The Queen’s Birthday Parade. On 17th June in Whitehall (Horse Guards Parade)

Although Trooping the Colour is also known as the Queen’s Birthday Parade, this prime piece of pageantry doesn’t take place on the Queen’s actual birthday (that’s on April 21) but on her official birthday, a Saturday in June being more likely to provide sunshine for the proceedings. You can watch along the Mall or from the edge of St James’s Park for free but you’ll need to arrive well before events begin at 10am to be far enough forward to get a good view. It will come as no surprise that the limited grandstand seating is highly sought after and needs to be applied for at the beginning of the year.

Read more here: Trooping the Colour

Queen's Birthday Parade

3) Enjoy the Oasis Sports Centre for just £5.80 in Covent Garden 

Once you’ve discovered the open-air heated pool, sun terrace and adjacent indoor pool you’ll be hooked, just like everyone else who’s in on the secret. It’s a great place to cool down! Read more at: Oasis Sports Centre


4) Enjoy Hampstead Heath Swimming Ponds. Only £2 (take the tube to Kentish Town or the busses C2/214 to Hampstead Heath)

There are three pools open to ladies, men and mixed groups respectively. The Men’s and Ladies’ Ponds are open all year round but to use the Mixed Pond in the winter season you must join the Hampstead Heath Winter Swimming Club. Even in the summer the water is chilly! Are you brave enough?

Read more here: Hampstead Heath Ponds

Hampstead Heath Swimming Pond

5) Underbelly Festival ! Until 30th September. It’s free or £10 for extra tickets on the South Bank

Enjoy a fun-packed festival of live entertainment and al-fresco eating and drinking at Underbelly Festival in South Bank. This year, Udderbelly Festival joins forces with the neighbouring festival London Wonderground to present a huge season of the hottest live acts under one new name. Stretching throughout the summer, the festival stages affordable circus, theatre, cabaret, comedy, music and children’s shows on the south bank of the Thames. Plus, drop by the free-to-enter festival site to tuck into street food from the riverside vendors and grab a drink at one of London’s biggest outdoor bars.

Click the link for details: Underbelly Festival

Underbelly Festival

6) Notting Hill Carnival! From 27th until 28th August in Notting Hill. It’s free!

Join London’s biggest street party as the Notting Hill Carnival fills the streets of West London with Caribbean colours, music and flavours.

Elaborate floats and colourful costumed performers wind their way through the streets to the sound of steel bands and calypso music. Watch the carnival parade, join in the fun and visit the tempting food stalls at one of London’s biggest and best annual events.
Read more here:  Notting Hill Carnival

Notting Hill Carnival

To find out more about our school and studying with us this summer please visit our website www.ttischool.com

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