Eight reasons to visit London in the summer

The capital’s unmissable experiences


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There is nothing quite like summer in London: Pimm’s by the Thames; secret rooftop soirées; picnics in the park. England's capital is set to be the place to be for the summer of 2023. Here are eight reasons why you should visit.

Thrilling theatre

London's thriving theatre scene offers something for everyone in the summertime. Enjoy enchanting outdoor theatre at Regent’s Park, or brace yourself for the timeless tragedies at Shakespeare’s Globe. If you fancy something a little different, try cutting-edge stand-up comedy at Soho Theatre or the Top Secret Comedy Club in Covent Garden, showcasing a secret line up of global comedy stars.


Riverside boat parties

Jet along the Thames on a lavish yacht: ambient music, warm sunshine on your face, a refreshing drink in hand. Often these are exclusive invite-only affairs, but luckily our concierge team at Carlton Tower Jumeirah is always happy to seek out wonderful experiences for you.

A boat party in London


Captivating concerts

London's summer is filled with music, from the star-studded British Summer Time in Hyde Park to the classical splendour of The Proms. Experience the vibrant colours and sounds of the Notting Hill Carnival or indulge in world-class performances at the esteemed Royal Opera House.


Food festivals

You must have realised by now that not only is the stereotype of boring British food outdated, but we’ll go further and make the claim that London is now the culinary capital of the world. Indulge in the city's vibrant culinary scene at festivals like Taste of London or London Food Month. Sample gourmet dishes from top chefs, attend live cooking demonstrations, and try brushing up on your knife skills.


Art galore

Explore Impressionism at the National Gallery, portrait artist Alice Neel at the Barbican, or head down to Pimlico where there’s set to be a complete rehang of the entire collection at Tate Britain. Of course, the jewel in London’s summer crown is the Serpentine Pavilion at Hyde Park, which this year is designed by innovative architect Lina Ghotmeh.

A woman visiting an art gallery in London


Beautiful parks in bloom

London is one of the greenest cities in the world and summer is the best time to enjoy the capital’s many pockets of natural delights. Where else can you see the wild deer of Richmond Park, the lemurs of Battersea Park and the cockatoos of Clapham Common in just one day? Not to mention the Wombles of Wimbledon Common.


Seaside escapes

London is perfectly placed for seaside jaunts. Escape the city and visit charming Whitstable, famous for its oyster festival held in July. Just a few stops down the Kent coast is trendy Margate, home to the Turner Gallery and perfect flat white upon perfect flat white. If it rains, that’s just part of the charm, and the sea will feel warmer by comparison.


Sport with class

London excels in combining the excitement of a sporting contest with refined elegance. Don your boating hat for the Henley Regatta, choose a stylish fascinator for Royal Ascot, and prepare your whites for Wimbledon and The Ashes.

The wearer of a fancy hat at the Royal Ascot horse race


There’s nowhere we’d rather be than London in the summer, and there’s nowhere we’d rather be than Carlton Tower Jumeirah in London.