Originally Published: June 10, 2014

It’s a well-known fact that London is one of the most exciting and lively cities in the world. Therefore, it’s no surprise that as soon as the summer months arrive, so does an array of spectacular seasonal events. From open-air theatres and sunset screenings to vibrant festivals and live music, the capital has something for everyone this summer. So if you’re planning a trip to London in the coming months, make sure that you follow our handy guide on the best things to do—you won’t be disappointed!

British Summer Time, Hyde Park
British Summer Time in Hyde Park. Photo: David Jones

British Summer Time at Hyde Park

If you’re a music fan then get yourself down to Hyde Park this summer! From the July 3 to 13, Hyde Park transforms into one of London’s most popular live music events with the biggest names in music taking the Great Oak Stage. Tickets start at just £55, so there’s no doubt that you’ll be spoilt for choice with some of the headline acts, including The Libertines, Tom Jones, Black Sabbath, McBusted and many more. But the fun doesn’t stop there. There’s plenty to do at this all day event. You can bask in the sun on the Village Green, go for a ride at the fun fair or tuck in to some yummy food at the traditional Farmer’s Market. What’s not to love? We promise that British Summer Time is not to be missed!

Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House

There’s no better feeling that watching a film under the stars, that’s why we think that you should head to the stunning Somerset House this summer! Between the August 7 and 20, Film4 Summer Screen is showcasing a variety of classic films, including the iconic E.T., Hairspray and The Royal Tenenbaums. What’s better yet? For just £16, you can also indulge in a delicious picnic and enjoy the sounds of live DJs before the film starts. There really is something for everyone at Film4 Summer Screen—so grab your loved ones, snuggle up and enjoy the film.

Regents Park Open Air Theatre

If you’re looking for a mesmerising experience this summer, then plan a visit to the award-winning Regents Park Open Air Theatre. We promise that you can’t get a more magical atmosphere than this when the fairy lights twinkle, a summer breeze fills the air and some of the most talented actors in London take to the stage. You can choose from incredible performances of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mocking Bird and many more. Just make sure that you book well in advance and remember prepare yourself for a spectacular night.

Festival of Colours

Back by popular demand, the Festival of Colours has to be one of the coolest events happening in London this summer. From the July 28 to 29, the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will pay tribute to the traditional Hindu festival Holi and welcome the most colourful party on earth. With a spectacular line up of live DJs, incredible performers and the famous throwing of coloured powder every hour, this event promises to be an unforgettable day. Tickets start from £25, so don’t miss out because we guarantee that London just doesn’t get better than this!

Festival of Colours
Festival of Colours. Photo: Steven Gerner

Zoo Lates at London Zoo

Zoo Lates have finally returned to London! This summer, you can have the chance to visit London Zoo after hours to learn all about your favourite animal residents, coo at the tiny cubs at Tiger Territory and watch an array of animal feeds. Don’t worry if that leaves you feeling a little bit peckish because there’s also a lively international food festival and plenty of pop-up bars to choose from. Be sure not to miss out on the masses of live entertainment too: take your pick from the Silent Dance Off, Comedy Den or The Lates Show—making a trip to the zoo feel a little bit more grown up!

So if you’re looking to try something a different this summer in London, make sure that you head to one of these exciting events and as always, let us know your favourites!

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