Following the arrival of the long-awaited British summer, feet throughout the UK are itching to get out of their offices and make some new memories somewhere exciting; and what better place to visit than the country’s capital? With the summer sunshine having permeated the dreary spring sky, there is no better time to visit London than now. So what are you waiting for? Pack your London map and your camera and get ready for a summer holiday that you’ll remember for a lifetime.
As the capital of a country with such a rich history, it is no surprise that visiting a London museum
should be at the top of your list. To take in Britain’s history in all its authenticity, visit the Museum of London, the National Maritime Museum and the Imperial War Museum, all of which have select free exhibitions. If you want to learn about the history of the rest of the world, the British Museum is perfect. As one of the world’s oldest museums, this Holborn site has such a rich collection that only a fraction of its artefacts can be displayed to the public at any one time. The more artistic types will love London’s Design Museum, which displays modern and contemporary works of art, product design and fashion. Bringing the family isn’t a problem; most exhibitions also hold workshops for children, so you needn’t worry about them getting bored.
A great way to spend your summer in the city is by going to a festival and luckily, most of London’s best festivals are free of charge. From wine to music and everything in between, there’s a festival that will entice everyone. The More London Free Festival combines art, music, theatre, film and sport between June and September every year, and presents London with a delightful array of free activities to do either on your own or in groups.
An important part of each person's holiday preparation is undoubtedly planning where you’re going to eat. This summer, make the most of the sunshine and dine al fresco; whether it’s a picnic in the park or a table outside a restaurant, food just seems to taste better outside. If you’re looking for fine Italian dining, Al Volo off Brick Lane offers authentic, mouth-watering dishes for a mere £10 to £20 per head. For a slightly cheaper al fresco experience, try the Serpentine Bar and Kitchen located within Hyde Park; you can dine here for your breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and supper. Children and adults alike will love the numerous ice cream cafes throughout London. One to look out for is Scoop in Covent Garden: authentic Italian gelato, pastries and coffees which will satiate the taste buds of every member of your family.
Nightlife in London is one of the best in Britain. With pubs around every corner, you’re never short of options when looking for a place to relax and have a cheeky few with your friends. At the end of July, Southbank Centre hosts Vintage Revue; a weekend of retro music, DJs, live artists, makeovers and much more. Old favourites Depeche Mode will be making an appearance, as well as up-and-coming artist Mirrors to celebrate the bond between vintage and modern electronic music. Another DJ to look out for is DJ Yoda, who will be performing in Camden at the end of September. Following beginnings in Hip Hop, DJ Yoda has prepared a set full of audiovisual entertainment which will tantalise your senses.
If you’re looking for somewhere to spend your summer, you don’t need to spend a fortune on travelling abroad. London offers every activity you could possibly imagine to make for that perfect summer holiday; all you have to do now is cross your fingers and hope the sunshine lasts!
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