How to Make the Most of Your London Summer

August 22, 2013

You may remember that a little while ago I wrote about things that you can do in Newcastle over the Summer. Now I have some things that you can do if you are in London as well as a lovely giveaway for two tickets to the London Eye. It has been many years since I was in London and I want to go back. I would love to visit the Tower of London and HMS Belfast, which look fascinating. This is a photo I took while in London.
HorseGuardsThis is a guest post and it is full of great ideas of places to visit.

I suspect some of you are wondering just what summer I am referring to. For those who do still find themselves with a little spring in their step owing to the glorious rays of sunshine still present in London, here’s how you can make the most of those longer days and shorter nights, with even a couple of ideas where you won’t need to remember your credit card.

While there is more than enough to keep restlessness in check all year round in the city of London, the summer months (or weeks perhaps) offer even more variety to keep all ages and interests occupied.

Sure, meeting your mates for a drink is a year round activity in London, and definitely not dependent on the weather, but how often will you be able to do this while basking in the sun on a roof terrace overlooking the cityscape? Spending the rest of the year in hibernation are those pop-up bars and cafes scattered around the city that seem to appear out of nowhere, yet feel like they have always been there. With so many to choose from it really depends on what you want from your evening out. For something a little more elegant and old-worldly, try Kensington’s The Roof Gardens ( for exquisite greenery, chic cocktails and even flamingos. Admission is free but make sure you call ahead to check whether or not an event is taking place. If you prefer the sound of an urban oasis filled with colour, wooden benches and Astroturf then you might like the Dalston Roof Park. There is no entry fee; all you need to do is become a “friend” of the park by picking up a card from the ground-floor gallery upon arrival. This season the roof park is also home to “Films4Free – Movies in Bed”. This event takes place every Tuesday and allows you to enjoy free film screenings for the rest of the summer by becoming a member for a once-off charge of £3.The film title is only revealed on the night but clues are given prior to this on Facebook and Twitter.

Just when you thought there was no beach in London, Camden’s Roundhouse came along with 150 tonnes of sand, some beach huts and deck chairs, tropical island-style bars, transforming the area’s usual industrial air into an idyllic paradise. At Camden Beach entrance is free, kids are welcome, and the earlier you arrive the better your position. This beach is unlike any other beach in that you have until the 24th of August to get there before it disappears for another year.

There are a number of runs that take place in the city, but have you heard about the Great Gorilla run ( coming up on the 21st of September? This is a fun run with a very special difference – the participants are all wearing gorilla suits. The money raised goes to The Gorilla Organisation, a wonderful charity dedicated to saving the world’s last remaining gorillas in the wild from extinction. With only 800 places available for “wannabe” gorillas, make sure you sign up now to avoid missing out on a truly unforgettable experience. There is a registration fee of £80 because, ultimately, money needs to be raised in order to have any impact on the lives of these beautiful creatures. Included in this amount is your very own gorilla suit which you get to keep (for those ever popular animal-themed fancy dress parties) and a whole lot of good feelings knowing you have made a worthy contribution.

Do the words “summer of tub” mean anything to you? Well, they will once you reach the end of this paragraph. Hot Tub Cinema ( is back for the summer and still running until the middle of September. Situated on a rooftop in the heart of Shoreditch, you can expect to enjoy screenings of classics both old and new while enjoying the warmth from the hot tub under the stars. This cinema experience is like no other and ensures an exceptional night. Be aware that tickets for each event do sell very quickly and cost £30 per individual.

There is no need for those summer spirits to disappear just yet as there is so much still to do here in London that will also allow you to keep your savings untouched. Let this be your guide on how to make the most of what’s left of summer, and rest assured you won’t have any regrets.

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121 responses to “How to Make the Most of Your London Summer”

  1. Keith says:

    We plan to take a duck tour

  2. C.Francis says:

    I would love to visit Buckingham Palace

  3. Bryony Blyth says:

    I would most like to visit The London Eye. : )

  4. Christopher Jones says:

    For me I would love to visit Buckingham palace, with all the recent activity down there I would love to actually see the place for myself

  5. Brad Start says:

    Love the idea of a Great Gorilla Run! Might well be worth a visit (with my camera).

  6. Laura Silver says:

    Id like to go to Madame Tussauds if I win. Always wanted to take the kids there, plus the London Eye would be fab too.

  7. Angela Dunne says:

    SEA LIFE London Aquarium

  8. Ive never been to inside the Buckingham palace and would love to go there sometme xx

  9. Hannah Beadle says:

    I would love to visit the Natural History Museum 🙂 and the London Eye of course!

  10. richard rogers says:

    love to win

  11. Laura Pritchard says:

    Hampton Court Palace

  12. Cheron Titus says:

    I would love to see what the fuss is about when visiting such an iconic city.

  13. Tamsin Dean says:

    This would be fantastic, never been on it, bet the view is great to say the least, would love to win.

  14. Erica Price says:

    I think the eye for us followed by the Tower of London.

  15. Stephanie Boulton says:

    The London Transport Museum

  16. claire woods says:

    London Aquarium

  17. Tracey Peach says:

    All Of London as I’ve never been before

  18. Shelley Hawkins says:

    the eye and the London Dungeons

  19. Tracey Belcher says:

    I have been longing to visit the London Eye

  20. Mari Sutherland says:

    St Pauls Cathedral

  21. Theresa Williams says:

    I would love to see the Tower of London and The Dungeons.

  22. Bex allum says:

    For me I would like to visit Madame Tussaud’s.

  23. Mama Syder says:

    The London eye, I’ve never been on it 🙂

  24. Sharon Griffin says:

    Harry Potter world

  25. shirl grove says:

    The London Aquarium is very enjoyable.

  26. Rebecca Maddocks says:

    The Tower of London

  27. tracy nixon says:

    Madame Tussauds is on my list of things I am to do/see before I die lol!

  28. Alice Hindley says:

    The London Eye

  29. Paul Wilson says:

    Buckingham Palace

  30. Joanne Mapp says:

    I love the British Museum and visit regularly, but if I had to try something new it would be the View From The Shard

  31. Joanna Sawka says:

    The London Eye

  32. Gabriella Lopez says:

    We would love to go to London Eye and the Sea Life Aquarium.

  33. Mark Witherington says:

    Well obviously the London Eye but would also like to visit London Transport Museum

  34. Rosalind Sargent says:

    I would love to go to the top of the Shard and see the Magnificent view

  35. Zoe G says:

    I really want to visit the British Museum

  36. Zoe says:

    The place I’d most like to go to in London is actually the London Eye because I’ve never been on it and my other half has!

  37. graham brigden says:

    Always love the V & A with the daughter

  38. Patricia Owen says:

    We would like to explore along the South Bank from Tower Bridge to Westminster Bridge taking photos of the famous landmarks including HMS Belfast, The Shard, The Golden Hind, The Globe, Tate Modern and … The London Eye. My daughter has a book, ” London for Children” by Matteo Pericoli and we are all fascinated by it as it tells quirky bits of history associated with the Thames area.

  39. Paul Rogers says:

    I would like to do the open top bus tour

  40. Karen Railton says:

    the London eye itself my husband and would son would like to go 🙂

  41. LESLEY RENSHAW says:

    Visited London many times but never been on the London Eye so winning would be the perfect opportunity

  42. Louise Hart says:

    The London Eye, I have never been on it

  43. leanne williams says:

    definitely the eye!

  44. Fiona K says:

    Hyde Park, especially to see The Serpentine

  45. Katsina Dare says:

    I would love to see the Tower Of London

  46. I’d like to go and see Buckingham Palace

  47. Hayley Wakenshaw says:

    The science museum is top of our list for a visit in October. London Eye is number three. 🙂

  48. Jessica Powell says:

    The palace

  49. Christine says:

    I’d like to do the rooftop walk that goes over the O2 arena, and of course go on the London Eye.

  50. I’ve always wanted to go on the London Eye, definitely on my ‘to do’ list. I also fancy The Shard although it’s probably a bit high for me lol

  51. kim mayhead says:

    The London Eye and The Millenium Wheel

  52. Helen-Marie says:

    London eye and London zoo 🙂

  53. Stephanie Tsang says:

    I’d like to visit the Tower of London

  54. Maggie says:

    So much to see and do in London – would love to have a tour of Buckingham Palace.

  55. Katherine L says:

    I’d love to visit the London Eye!

  56. Kathryn Casbolt says:

    I would love to do a river boat trip. Best way to see a city, I think 🙂

  57. Rich Tyler says:

    The London Eye would be amazing! 🙂

  58. melanie stirling says:

    The London Eye.I haven’t been to London for about 15 years so it would be great to go that!

  59. Michael Clyma says:

    My family would really like to visit Pollocks Toy Museum, small but a real gem, to see the toys of bygone eras, and then the london eye!

  60. We would love to go on the duck tour

  61. The London Eye – I lived in London for ages but have never been x

  62. Martin OReilly says:

    The London Eye

  63. Greig spencer says:

    buckingham palace lol

  64. Emily Clark says:

    Go to Borough market and pick up some lovely cake!

  65. Heather Shaw says:

    Last time i went on The London Eye it rained so i’d love to go on it again (hopefully w/o the rain!)

  66. Daisy Craydon says:

    The ice bar!!!

  67. Susie Clayton says:

    I’d love to look around HMS Belfast

  68. Hayley says:

    I’d like to see something at the open air theatre in regent’s park

  69. katrina day-reilly says:

    national archives

  70. tracey thompson says:

    love to go to the science museum, followed by a picnic in hyde park

  71. I would love to visit The Tower of London and of course Harrods food court.

  72. Faye Huntington says:

    Bond Street of course! xx

  73. Piotr says:

    I’d like to explore some closed tube station

  74. ClairejB says:

    I’d love to go to the Luna cinema as I love the idea of watching an outdoor rooftop movie and it would be brilliant at sunset. Apparently you can take a picnic & cushions with you – sounds lovely! 🙂

  75. darius d. says:

    Madame Tussaud’s

  76. natalja p. says:

    the Tower Of London

  77. Melody Williams says:

    So many places I would like to see! Mostly the London Dungeons, London Eye & Tower of London 🙂

  78. Alisa Moore says:

    Wellcome Collection

  79. Diane says:

    I really want to do the Buckingham Palace tour

  80. Anne Woodthorpe says:

    I would love to go on the london eye and go to shakespeares globe 🙂

  81. Nicola says:

    I would love to visit the British Museum

  82. VERONICA BUTT says:

    London Eye and Top of the Shard

  83. sheridarby says:

    The London Eye – I’ve never done it

  84. sarah rees says:

    the shard

  85. Emma wolski says:

    Buckingham Palace

  86. cassie bedford says:

    the london eye or the shard

  87. I would love to visit the tower of london and see the bloody tower where people got their heads chopped off, followed by a trip on the london eye

  88. Anthea Holloway says:

    I would love to visit the British Museum and to see those ancient Egyptian artefacts.

  89. Paul Stephens says:

    I would most love to visit Buckingham Palace.

  90. Diana Semionova says:

    London Dungeons 🙂

  91. Toni Boyer says:

    I would love to take my girls to see Buckingham Palace and the changing of the guard. I haven’t seen either myself yet. Taking them on the London Eye would be fantastic too, oh and a Thames river cruise! There is a lot I would like to show them!

  92. Amy Ripley says:

    Definitely The Shard!

  93. Lucy robinson says:

    The London eye and the aquarium. X

  94. Tanja says:

    I have seen a lot of London but would love to see the view from The Shard.

  95. Louise A says:

    Would love to visit The Shard…but I can’t afford their ticket prices!

  96. Kelly Ellen Hirst says:

    London Zoo 🙂

  97. Naomi Buchan says:

    I’m really wanting to get to the Pompeii and Herculaneum exhibition at the British Museum x

  98. Gary Topley says:

    The London Eye

  99. Claire Butler says:

    madamme tussauds

  100. Eve Burke says:

    I live right near London and have never been on the London Eye – I would like to go there x

  101. Hannah says:

    I would love to visit the shard

  102. Eleanor Powell says:

    The London Eye

  103. Nancy Bradford says:

    I’d love to visit the London Zoo.

  104. Jane Middleton says:

    I have visited most of the attractions in London but one I would like to visit is the Shard, the view from the top must be amazing.

  105. LEAH SULLIVAN says:

    Buckingham Palace

  106. Natalie Crossan says:

    Deffo the London Eye 🙂

  107. Denise Walker says:

    The London Dungeon 🙂

  108. Valerie B says:

    Greenwich – I’d love to go on the river and sail down to see the Maritime Museum.

  109. Lorraine Polley says:

    i would like to go to Buckingham Palace and london zoo

  110. Lorraine Polley says:

    i would like to see buckingham palace and london zoo

  111. Angela Sandhu says:

    Has to be the LondonEye-i have never been

  112. Isabelle Smith says:

    deffo The London Dungeon !!!

  113. Solange says:

    The London Eye

  114. I went all the way to London to go on the Eye and it was closed for maintenance – so, I want to go on the London Eye

  115. Emma Sant says:

    I’d love to go on The Shard – looks amazing! 🙂

  116. kasia says:

    I’d love to visit Buckingham Palace 🙂

  117. Daniel Stacey says:

    London Bridge

  118. Adrian Clarke says:

    The London Eye of Course ; )

  119. Kat says:

    The shard to see what is special about it.

  120. Diana Croos says:

    great chance as i’ve never been to london eye 🙂

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