As COVID restrictions begin to scale down, the borders of the country are beginning to open to tourists. Whilst the green list of international travellers is still very much under close scrutiny, this summer is looking optimistic in terms of restrictions lifting. Whilst nothing is certain when it comes to lockdown easing, there are already events and activities being advertised for locals and guests at budget hotels in London.
There’s a lot to do in London this summer, especially as the city begins to open up again. This not only includes ticketed events but free things too. Whether you’re on a budget or planning to splash out during your visit, there’s always something to keep you active, entertained or relaxed during your visit to the city. Further to this, the common misconception of London being eternally dreary and rainy is undermined completely by the fact that its many parks, lidos and sunny spells throughout the summer attract hundreds of thousands of visitors and locals to the streets. Whether it be for a festival, a party or some sports in the park, there’s a lot for London hotel deal guests to enjoy. Below are some of the best activities and events that you’ll be able to enjoy this summer in London.
Street Art Of London
If it’s budget London culture you’re looking for, then look no further than the streets surrounding you. The fact of the matter is that you needn’t fork out money for exhibition tickets if you can’t afford to, much of the art is already surrounding you. From hidden Banksys on Regents Canal to Thameside sculpture trails that lead you into the Olympic Park, London is full to the brim with the work of well-known artists, for which you needn’t pay a penny.
The eight royal parks of London each have their own stories to them and are bursting with individual character. If you want to stay central, then walk through London’s “green lung” of Green and Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. If you want to explore a little further afield from the centrally located parks, then there are plenty of options for you. Try heading west to Richmond Park and Bushy Park, southeast to Greenwich Park, north to Regents Park and central west to St James’s Park.
Hyde Park Attractions
As one of the largest of London’s royal parks, Hyde Park is a must-visit for London summers. Not only does it have a diverse range of green spaces, but it also hosts a swimming lido, cafes, rowing ponds and the Serpentine Art Gallery, which is free to visit. Furthermore, it’s within easy walking distance from Montcalm Hotels in West London.
Head east to find the “peoples park” of London. Opened by Queen Victoria, this park incorporates Chinese pagodas, a skate park and plenty of beautiful walking trails. Furthermore, you can grab a bite to eat or drink in the nearby Hackney wick area, full of hip cafes and bars as well as canalside seating.
Buskers Of London
If all ticket booking fails, there’s always the many buskers of London. Often found on the South Bank and Covent Garden area, buskers provide magical entertainment for a fraction of the price of a West End show. Whether it be magic tricks, mime artists or musicians, there’s always something entertaining to stop and watch, especially in the summer sunshine.
Museums Of London
For the inevitable rainy days in London, there are always many free museums and galleries you can visit across the city. These galleries cover everything from the ancient world to contemporary art.
The British Museum is easily reachable from Russell Square Tube Station and provides an insight into the ancient and Medieval history of human civilisation. From Saxon treasures to ancient Egyptian mummies, there’s a lot to see during your visit, perhaps even too much for just one trip!
Museum Row is the informal name given to a trio of Kensington based museums, and possibly the most famous in the city. The diverse array of subjects make these museums well worth a visit a few times over, especially for natural history, science and design buffs. What’s more, all of them have permanent galleries that are free to visit.
Galleries of London
London is well known for its extensive art schools, and this is reflected in its exhibitions. London galleries are among the best in the world, and even if you’re strapped for cash, there are permanent collections you can drink in.
Some favourites include the National Portrait Gallery, where you can find historic and contemporary portraits, the Tate Modern for international modern and contemporary art, the Tate Britain for British Art spanning back to the 16th century, and the National Gallery for British works and that of the European Masters. These galleries all have permanent exhibitions that are all free to visit, and are easily reachable from the best spa hotels in London.
Book a Theatre Show
The theatre scene of the UK capital is among the best in the world. With countless famous actors having treaded the boards of London theatres, you’ll never be in short supply of a good show to watch. From West End musicals and sell out shows at the Pinter Theatre to the fringe venues across hip creative enclave, the box office is well and truly open for London visitors.
Live Comedy Venues
It’s not just theatre that’s been thirsting for the last year, comedy venues such as the Bill Murray. Soho Theatre and Angel Comedy Club are now reopening for pre-Edinburgh warm up shows and high profile stand up sets. There’s always a laugh to be had during a London summer.
Live Music In London
Live music is another great way to get in touch with London culture. Amongst the many high profile venues for music is the O2 Arena, Royal Albert Hall and the Barbican Centre. For more left of field shows, you can explore the punky Shacklewell Arms, Cafe OTO and EartH in Hackney.