London, a city that’s brimming with life both day and night, and full of activities for all. Summer in London is always exciting and this year will be no different, so see our guide below for things to do while you’re in London. We’ve marked the activities suitable for a rainy day with an asterisk **
The London Eye is one of the city’s most prized attractions, and from it you can see breath-taking views of London. If you’ve already got this on your list of things to do in London, then why not try the Royal Champagne experience?
Travel on the London Eye, get a free complimentary 360 degree mini guide, entry to the 4D cinema experience and enjoy the 30 minute rotation at leisure with a chilled glass of Pommery Brut Royal Champagne – a very chilled and relaxed event, day or night. Fancy booking in advance?
In mid- July, the 17th to be precise, you’ll find that Jack the Ripper has returned to the London Dungeon in order to give you a more intimate view of his story. Who was he and can the Dungeon unravel his grisly mystique?
This hair raising spectacle is for over 18s only – and if you feel slightly queasy, then strong drinks are available at the Dungeon’s Gin Palace Bar. You’ll also see a paper boy from the East End telling all about the latest gruesome murders, and meet detectives and street girls straight from Victorian London. There’s dressing up, a mirror maze to escape the Ripper’s clutches, followed by a visit to The Ten Bells Pub, which Jack was renowned to visit.
Enjoy special effects, storytelling and pure theatre at London Dungeon Lates on 17 July. Tickets available here.
Fan of all things Japanese?
If you are, and you can’t afford to go all the way to Japan, then come to North Greenwich in July and enjoy the Hyper Japan event. All elements of Japanese culture are embraced, with a look at new trends, fashion, food and music.
Eat sushi, enjoy some anime and take a look at Japan’s latest technological innovations. There are some workshops, catwalks for cosplayers, and for those who enjoy Japanese fashion, there’s a treat in store with fashion shows, workshops and demonstrations.
Martial arts, rakugo and calligraphy will please the traditionalists, and yes, you’ll get to try on some kimonos.
Times and dates are as follows:
Friday July 10, noon-8pm;
Saturday July 11 9am-3pm or 3.30pm-9pm;
Sunday July 12 9am-6pm.
If you love all things marine, then pay a visit to the London Aquarium and enjoy the new Lego City Deep Sea Collection at the Aquarium. Put your Lego skills to the test whilst enjoying some of the breath-taking sea life the London Aquarium has to offer.
There’s an adult only event on 10th July where you can see the most beautiful marine life. You’ll enjoy a drink on arrival and then you can go on to enjoy Shark Walk, where you’ll see sharks swimming beneath your feet.
Then you can build your own Lego shark, yes that’s it, a Lego shark out of Lego bricks. Travel on through the Ocean Tunnel and go past a rather large Cuban crocodile before discovering some rather interesting new Lego creatures sitting alongside their marine neighbours!!
You must be over 18 to visit and you’ll be asked to show ID on arrival. Tickets are available here.
This is one of the world’s most famous street carnivals and helps to celebrate London’s colourful cultural present – and past. This carnival with a Caribbean flavour has been held annually since the mid-sixties and offers 2 days of live music with steel bands, floats and as much Caribbean food as you can eat.
This colourful carnival runs from August 30th through to Monday August 31st in around Nothing Hill.
This breath-taking exhibition and homage to the late Alexander McQueen’s most amazing fashion designs is on at the Victoria & Albert Museum. Vogue writer Suzy Menkes was so struck by “The upstanding feathers, the dying roses, the vivid plaid, the skulls and bones… Can there have ever been such a sensory and stimulating fashion exhibition?”, that her published review in March stated “Go and see the Savage Beauty exhibition. It is a must.”
The exhibition runs until August 2nd. Tickets are still available here.
While the Royal family are away on their summer vacation, Buckingham Palace opens its doors to the public. Come and see the Grand Hall, the Music Room, the beautiful Nash ceilings and the most beautiful paintings from Vermeer to Rembrandt and Rubens. There’s a really gorgeous palace garden and stunning 19th century lake.
The Palace opens July 25th 2015 and closes September 27th 2015. Tickets available here.
An exhibition to celebrate the life of Audrey Hepburn, style icon and captivating actress. The exhibition will look at her life, her career, and how the young Hepburn started out as a chorus girl in the West End, and went on to become the leading lady of some of the most iconic films of the 20th century.
Included are some famous shots taken by Cecil Beaton and Ricard Avedon and never before seen family snaps and some great behind the scenes shots.
The exhibition runs from July 2nd to October 18th – tickets available here.