Summer is calling and you haven’t decided what to do yet? Here are a few things that you might be interested in doing this summer in London!
Trooping the Colour – The Queen’s Birthday Parade
on 11th June
The Queen already turned 90 on 21st April but the official date to celebrate this event is 11th June. You shouldn’t miss it!
Trooping the Colour has been held each year since 1820 to celebrate the monarch’s official birthday. Edward VII who was born in November had moved the ceremony to summer to make sure there would be nice weather!
Starting on Horse Guards Parade near St James’s Park, The Queen leads the troops all the way down The Mall to Buckingham Palace. There she joins the other members of the Royal Family on the balcony.
Tickets should have been applied for in January & February only – however, you can still join the celebration along the Mall or at St James’s Park from 10 am for free!
Underground Station: Charing Cross, Westminster
West End Live in Trafalgar Square
on 18th and 19th June
One weekend in June, the best of West End’s musical stars come together at the 12th annual West End LIVE in Trafalgar Square to showcase some of their stunning performances… for free!
The show will take place on 18th June from 11 am – 6pm and on 19th June from 12pm – 6 pm.
With this year’s line-up including The Lion King, The Phantom of the Opera, Wicked and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory you should definitely not miss this popular event. However, make sure you get there early – last year there were 500,000 people enjoying the show over the weekend.
Underground Station: Charing Cross
23th July to 20th October
Have you always wanted to see inside Buckingham Palace? Here is your chance!
From 23rd July until 2nd October visitors are given the opportunity to see Buckingham Palace from the inside and enjoy the 19 beautifully decorated State Rooms.
The State Rooms, all decorated with finest furniture, paintings and impressive treasures from the Royal Collection, are used to welcome guests on State and official occasions. As part of the summer opening, there is a special exhibition which changes every year.
Adults pay £21.50 (Concession tickets are £19.60).
Between 23th July and 2nd October you can also get the so-called Royal Day Out ticket (which is £37 per Adult) which includes not only entry to The State Rooms but also The Royal Mews and the Queen’s Gallery.
For more information and to purchase your tickets in advance just click here.
Underground Station: Victoria, Green Park, St James’s Park, Hyde Park Corner
Hampton Court Palace Flower Show
Enjoy the world’s largest annual flower show!
Just like every year, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) launches its famous Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, the biggest flower show in the world, at Hampton Court Palace.
There you will not only see beautiful flowers and gardens but also learn about gardening and how to plant and grow your own fruit, flowers and vegetables.
If you buy your ticket in advance it will cost you £20.50 for a 3pm entry. To get some further information click here.
Train Station: Hampton Court
Notting Hill Carnival
on 28th & 29th August
The Notting Hill Carnival, originally an offshoot of the Trinidad Carnival, has been held in London since 1964 with lots of floats, fun and colourful costumes making their way through the streets of London.
Join the party of this Carribean themed festival with hundreds of thousands of visitors: it’s free!
(Keep in mind that some of London’s underground stations will be closed on this day so you should better plan your way to West London in advance.)
All time available
Hyde Park Self-Guided Tour
Originally created in 1536 by Henry VIII for hunting, Hyde Park is now one of the largest parks in London.
With this Self-Guided Tour you can discover the Park’s dramatic History, grand architecture, famous memorials and a lot more.
The Luna Cinema
23rd June until 21st September
UK’s premier outdoor cinema: From the 23rd June until the 21st September you can see classic films on a big screen on beautiful various places such as the Crystal Palace Park or Morden Hall Park.
Visit their website here to take a look at their showtimes.
Top 10 Summer Festivals in London
Click here to find out about the top festivals in London this summer – there’s something for everyone!