Top Unforgettable Things to Enjoy in London This Summer

  • 10 June, 2022
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Top Unforgettable Things to Enjoy in London This Summer

Summer, believe it or not, exists in London.

I know. You’re probably picturing a gloomy and dark image in the Tim Burton style. But the truth is that summer is also enjoyable in the great city. Even better, the mild temperatures entice you to venture outside to see what’s going on.

At London Backpackers, one of the best UK hostels, want to make sure you don’t miss out on anything. Youth hostels in London are a great way to travel and have everything you need at your fingertips for a reasonable price.

So, are you ready to read our recommendations? Let’s start planning your dream vacation in England’s capital, in the purest London backpacking style!

Yes, there is summer in London

The most obvious factor to consider is what weather to expect if I travel to London in the summer. Temperatures range from 15ºC to 22ºC, making it comfortable to go outside in only light clothing. Yet, be prepared for rainy days: bring a waterproof jacket to deal with unexpected showers.

June, July, and August show that summer can be enjoyed in London too, with picnics in the park, open-air cinemas and theatre, festivals, and rooftop bar lunches. Sounds good for you? Then grab your smartphone and take note of the best events in London this summer. Some of them are:

• A pleasant cruise down the river Thames
• Visit a traditional English pub (ideal for beer lovers)
• Are you ready for breathtaking views from above? Check out our list of the 24 Best Panoramic Views of London.
• Remember that London is the most magical city in the world. Summer is the best time to take Harry Potter tours, which take you to iconic locations such as Borough Market, the London Eye, and Trafalgar Square.

And those are only a few suggestions!

Continue reading to find out about our June, July, and August travel guides.


Celebrate the Pride in London 2022

• Where: Trafalgar Square
• When: Until 2 July
• Price: Free

Enjoy over 300 floats and groups performing, singing, and dancing through London’s streets. Celebrate LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans +) pride with a variety of activities taking place throughout the city.

Superbloom, a floral spectacle to commemorate Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

• Where: Tower of London
• When: 1 June – 18 September
• Price: From £36.50

To commemorate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, the Tower of London has been transformed into a flower show. Besides, the ticket includes admission to this legendary historical site.

Hampton Court Palace Festival, a royal party!

• Where: Hampton Court Palace
• When: 8 – 17 June
• Price: Different range of prices

UB40, Mcfly, Elbow, and many more will perform at one of the most iconic music festivals in a palace!

Meltdown Festival with the icon Grace Jones

• Where: Southbank Centre
• When: 10 – 19 June
• Price: Different range of prices

This year marks the 27th anniversary of the UK’s longest-running artist-curated music festival. Grace Jones’ line up features artists from all over the world, including Peaches, Skunk Anansie, and Baaba Maal.

Are you a Shakespeare fan? This summer, catch him in the Squares

• Where: Squares & Gardens in London
• When: 15 June – 8 July
• Price: From £15.76

Prospero’s magic has reached the gardens of London! Shakespeare in the Squares presents The Tempest this year, a play that can be seen outside in iconic gardens such as Leinster Square, Queen’s Park, and St James’ Square.

Summer Lights in celebration of the long summer days

• Where: Canary Wharf
• When: 21 June – 20 August
• Price: Free

Summer light is sheltered in the Canary Wharf estate. A natural light spectacle celebrating the vibrant days of summer.

Feel the beat at BST Hyde Park

• Where: Hyde Park
• When: 24 June – 10 July
• Price: Difference range of prices

Elton John, The Rolling Stones, Eagles, Pearl Jam… the BST Hyde Park is ready to host one of London’s best music festivals.

Get on board of the Cutty Sark

• Where: Greenwich
• When: Until 26 June
• Price: £13.50 to £15.00 per ticket

Do you want to be the captain of your own ship? Then it’s time to board the Cutty Sark, which was built in 1869 to transport tea back from China.

Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships, your adrenaline rush

• Where: AELTC, Church Road, Wimbledon
• When: 27 June – 10 July
• Price: From £900

The Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships offer world-class tennis. The tournament draws over 500,000 spectators, including members of the royal family.

Midsummer Night’s Dream, a Shakespearean summer

• Where: St Paul’s Church Covent Garden
• When: 29 June – 13 August
• Price: £16
Magic, love, and, of course, tragedy in Shakespeare’s purest form. The award-winning company Iris Theatre has created a magical evening by bringing to life one of the famous writer’s most popular works.

Space Popular: The Portal Galleries, a one-of-a-kind travel

• Where: Sir John Soane’s Museum
• When: 29 June – 25 September
• Price: £15.00

Immerse yourself in a cutting-edge digital journey by travelling to other realms using virtual reality.


Kew the Music, festival + picnic

• Where: Kew Gardens
• When: 5 July – 10 July
• Price: Different price ranges

This week’s live performances will feature James Blunt, Will Young, Van Morrison, and Bananarama, among others. Music, picnic, and summer in London. Do you have a better plan?

National Geographic Food Festival

• Where: Kew Gardens
• When: 16 July – 17 July
• Price: £24.48

José Pizarro, Santosh Shah, Fuchsia Dunlop, Theo Michaels, Richard Corrigan… all them will be in London this summer to show different kitchens from around the world.

Buckingham Palace, welcome to the summer tour

• Where: Buckingham Palace, central London
• When: 22 July – 2 October
• Price: From £30

When the Queen is not in house, one of the most memorable aspects of the summer in London is when Buckingham Palace opens its doors to the public. Don’t pass up the special exhibition Platinum Jubilee: The Queen’s Accession.

RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival 2022

• Where: Hampton Court Palace
• When: 4 July – 9 July
• Price: From £28.85

If you enjoy being surrounded by gardens and flowers, you should not miss a visit to this magnificent palace.

Giant Monopoly… for all sizes!

• Where: 213-215 Tottenham Court Road
• When: Anytime
• Price: £59

If you like Monopoly, you deserve to have a good time with it. Visit the Monopoly Lifesize facility to roll a massive dice on a high-tech board.

Closer, love and drama at the Lyric Theatre

• Where: Lyric Theatre
• When: Anytime
• Price: £59

Do you remember the 2004 film Closer, starring Julia Roberts and Jude Law? The stage adaptation will hit theatres this summer in London. You won’t want to miss this story about love, passion, and drama!


Klimt Exhibition

• Where: The Boiler House
• When: From 3 August
• Price: £22.90

Gustav Klimt also visits London for the summer. In a one-of-a-kind virtual reality experience, he explores his life, career, and the secrets of his work.

Notting Hill Carnival, when the streets come alive

• Where: Notting Hill
• When: August (dates to be confirmed)
• Price: Free

Notting Hill Carnival celebrates Caribbean culture by bringing music and colour to the streets of London. Food, drink, and DJs are the perfect complements to convince you to attend.

Götheborg of Sweden arrives to Canary Wharf!

• Where: Canary Wharf
• When: 8 August -12 August
• Price: £15

The Götheborg will dock at South Dock Quay in Canary Wharf, 15 years after its last visit to London. Prepare to be captivated by the atmosphere as you listen to modern sailing stories!

Stranger Things: The Experience, to feel like Eleven!

• Where: Troubadour Brent Cross Studio – Tilling Rd, Brent Cross
• When: From 18 August
• Price: Start at £39

Hawkins laboratories invites you to take part in this experience, in which you will feel like a true protagonist from the popular Netflix series. Will you be able to survive a trip to the Upside Down?

Summer in London, are you ready?

We’re here to help you make the most of your stay at our central hostel London. As a result, in addition to providing you with this entire calendar of summer events in London, we want to offer you with all the comforts you require during your stay: free Wi-Fi, cleaning, a fully equipped kitchen and laundry room, a games room and television… and continental breakfast so you can go all out in the city!

Spend your summer in London and stay at our affordable hostel for an unforgettable experience. Book online now!

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