Summer in London is already upon us and it’s an absolute scorcher. As usual, there are countless events, attractions and sights to entertain you over the summer months whether you’re into music, food, theatre or the arts. Just a few of the things you can get involved in include the Women’s Euros 2022, visit the Southbank’s outdoor festival and beach, or head to the BBC Proms. So far this summer, London has been experiencing beautiful sunny weather, but come rain or shine, you can find something exciting to do in July and August for an unforgettable summer in the city.
Notting Hill Carnival
Back with a bang after a hiatus during the pandemic, Notting
Hill Carnival in west London is one of the city’s most famous festivals, taking
place in the last week of August. The festival is a huge celebration of
Afro-Caribbean culture and there will be dancers, parades, live music and more,
with hundreds of attendees from London and beyond. Along the route, you can
also find food trucks serving tasty Caribbean food such as jerk chicken and
seafood. Get dressed up and join one of London’s best parties!
Getting there: Streets in and around Notting Hill are
often closed during the carnival but take the tube to Notting Hill Gate
or Westbourne Park on the District Line to be in the heart of the
If you’re searching for the best music event in London, the
BBC Proms are a top choice for an evening of entertainment. The Proms runs
every weekend between July and September, featuring orchestras performing a
wide variety of classical music. Orchestras come from across the world to play
here, performing everything from Mozart to pop hits. Ticket prices are very
reasonable and the Royal Albert Hall in Kensington is one of the most beautiful
indoor venues in the city.
Getting there: The Royal Albert Hall is a short walk from Knightsbridge or around 15 mins from hotels near Kensington high street station. Alternatively, you can catch the 23, 52 or 452 buses to right outside the venue.
Kew the Music
The stunning botanical gardens at Kew are hosting a line-up
of music stars this summer. From James Blunt to Van Morrison, there are a whole
host of artists performing classic songs, which you can listen to surrounded by
the flora and fauna of Kew – you can even bring a picnic. If live music isn’t
your thing or you have young children, you can still visit Kew Gardens during
the day to see hundreds of varieties of plant life, explore the treetop walkway
and visit the world-famous greenhouse
Getting there: Take the District Line to the penultimate stop at Kew Gardens station, from where the entrance is only a five-minute walk.
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Kensington & Chelsea Art Festival
Running until 31st August, the Kensington &
Chelsea Art Fair is one of West London’s most popular events, showcasing
artwork from the best local creators, with cool exhibits and immersive
installations. You can follow the Art Trail from start to finish, to not only
see all of the artwork, but to get familiar with the neighbourhood. There will
also be pop-ups, workshops and circus performances so all of the family will be
Getting there: Any stop in the neighbourhood will take you
to the festival, but take the tube to High Street Kensington to kick off
Other things to do
These events are all located in the buzzing location of West London, where you can find some of the city’s top attractions. In Notting Hill, don’t miss Portobello Road Market which is open on Saturday, for stunning-coloured houses and endless stalls selling antiques. Before heading to the Proms, why not explore more of Kensington by checking out some of the great museums, such as the V&A, Natural History Museum or Design Museum, before some quick shopping in Harrods? Piccadilly Circus and the theatre shows of the west end are also just a few tube stops away. Kensington makes the ideal base for exploring all of these summer events, where the Park City Grand Plaza Kensington is conveniently located, meaning you’ll have a luxurious and comfortable place to return to after a day of activities.