London is well known for being one of the best cities for summer fun. Whether it’s an outdoor activity in that rare British sunshine or if you’re sheltering from the summer showers, there’s always something to keep you occupied during your stay in the city. With London being one of the most diverse cities in Europe, there are a range of influences and activities from all over the world as well as festivals of all sorts and catering to all ages. That is the magic word here, “all”. That’s because London is for all, is all encompassing and is always memorable. Just give it a dash of London parklands, a splash of lidos, free events and two millennia of history, and you’ve got yourself a summer in the city which you’d be be mad to miss.
Because, why not? Ice karting can keep you cool during the summer sunshine and give you a unique take on the go karting phenomenon. Based in Queens Skate Dine and Bowl in Bayswater, this all encompassing venue will bring you heaps of fun, not to mention the adrenaline fuelled ice karting. Whether reenacting your favourite mario kart races or just taking it chilled, ice karting is one of a kind.
Notting Hill Carnival
This celebration of London’s multiculturalism in the Notting HIll area of West London has grown to become one of the most popular festivals of the London summer. As a celebration of the West Indian and Caribbean community of London, Notting HIll Carnival takes place this year on the last weekend, the bank holiday weekend (26th and 27th) of August and includes ticketed gigs, DJ’s, dancing and lots and lots of colour. The parade celebrates black british culture and is an all encompassing and inclusive weekend festival. If you’re staying at hotels in Paddington London during late August, be sure not to miss this vibrant celebration of heritage.
British Summer Time
Another summer must for those staying at the Park Grand Paddington Court. If you’re a music lover, there’s no excuses as this festival is right on your doorstep! British Summer Time takes place in Hyde Park and takes place over the first two weeks of July. The festiva this year has a stellar lineup for both young and old, with the likes of Bruno Mars, Eric Clapton, The Cure and Santana all making an appearance. With a family friendly atmosphere and a range of smaller shows and music events taking place around the vibrant festival park, you’ll be in for a treat this July.
Over July the area of Camden will be taken over by comedians, artists, dancers and actors as the Camden Fringe comes to town. One of the best fringe festivals in London, the Camden Fringe gives new writing a chance to shine and for audiences to discover their new favourite show. Whilst frolicking in the sun is all well and good, there’s bound to be plenty of rainy days to keep you inside, and what better way than to spend it with theatre.