19 Jun 2019
Summer in London is a city of aquatint. Its streets are aglow with the cheerful chatter of exuberant locals, while its restaurants, exhibition spaces, stores, and pubs buzz with life. Such is the warmth in its air, the light blue of its skies that you’ll forget all about its rainy reputation. Here are our favourite seven things to do in wonderful London this summer.
Mary Quant Exhibition
Jumeirah Carlton Tower is once again embracing its 1960s heritage and supporting the nearby Victoria and Albert Museum which is hosting the Mary Quant exhibition. The luxury Knightsbridge hotel’s Mary Quant Me package is an opportunity for guests to enjoy a 1960s revival lunch in The Rib Room restaurant, 1960s hair styling in the Sassoon Salon on Kings Road and open-entry tickets to the exhibition at the V&A.
The Serpentine is the Thames’ lesser-known little sister. A charming small river, it courses, predominantly subterranean, through London before bursting into the Serpentine Lake amidst the verdant fields of Hyde Park. Upon the lake sits a fleet of bright blue pedalos that are just perfect for a summer afternoon spent bobbing on the gentle waters watching the resident swans. The lakeside itself is a stunning, serene scene, straight out of an Impressionist masterpiece.
Tennis’ most prestigious tournament is a London summertime classic, already enjoyable when watched on a TV in one of London’s pubs or on one of the many outdoor screenings that take place throughout the city, but even more spectacular to witness in person. Either watch the games courtside, or. If you can’t get tickets, sit upon the famous Murray Mound (named after Britain’s first Wimbledon winner since 1977), enjoying the spectacle picnic-style.
Greenwich is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of London’s most historically vibrant, not to mention charming, boroughs. Located about five miles east of central London, the best way to reach the neighbourhood is by one of London’s atmospheric water-buses. Once there, enjoy Greenwich’s rich maritime culture, either at the National Maritime Museum, the Christoper Wren-designed Old Royal Naval College, or aboard the world’s last surviving tea clipper, the Cutty Sark. In addition, Greenwich is famous for its outdoor market and charming boutique restaurants.
West End Live
Right under the iconic column of Trafalgar Square takes place one of London’s most amazing public events each summer: West End Live. The event combines acts from British theatre’s most famous shows, with all the genre-defining pizzazz of modern musicals out in full force for an entire weekend. This year’s line-up includes household names like Mamma Mia and Phantom of the Opera, with more recent smash-hits such as Aladdin, Thriller, and Wicked.
Kew Botanical Gardens
Another World Heritage site, Kew Gardens is home to over 50,000 living plants spread out amongst beautiful garden paths, historical greenhouses and cutting-edge horticultural installations, such as the Davies Alpine House which replicates high-altitude conditions. In addition to its enchanting walkways and Alice in Wonderland-style garden houses, Kew Gardens also houses exhibitions throughout summertime, this year’s showstopper being Dale Chihuly’s “Reflections on Nature,” highlighting his most prodigious contemporary glass sculpture.
Globe Outdoor Theatre
William Shakespeare needs no introduction. The Elizabethan playwright is England’s most legendary wordsmith, behind the language’s most impressive works of theatre and some of its greatest poetry. The original playhouse which performed his works burnt down in the 17th century, but a faithful modern reconstruction was opened over 20 years ago, dedicated solely to the performance of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. The theatre is most enjoyable in the summer, when the stage’s lack of roof bathes its fantastic actors in golden light, illuminating their masterful portrayals. This summer’s highlight is Henry IV Part I.
Jumeirah’s London properties are in the heart of London, making it easy to travel to any of the city’s summertime events.