Summer is the perfect time to explore the wealth of world-class attractions that London has to offer. Make the most of the summer weather in style by visiting the capital, where an amazing variety of festivals, events and entertainment are in full swing. Consider these ideas, which only scratch the surface of what’s on offer, and this summer promises to be one to truly savour.

Greenwich+Docklands International Festival
21 Jun – 7 Jul
Discover open-air theatre, dance performances, art installations and live music during one of London’s largest and most vibrant of festivals in the heart of Royal Greenwich. See the world differently with an extensive programme of art, street theatre, circus, dance acts and music events, produced by UK and international artists. This year’s festival is made up of 130 performances, which celebrate dreams of love, struggle, ambition and flight, as well as a number of major anniversaries. Entry is free.

British Summer Time at Hyde Park
6 Jul – 15 Jul
Celebrate London’s culture of music by joining big-name artists for 10 incredible summer days of entertainment in Hyde Park, one of the greatest city parks on the planet. World-famous, legendary musicians such as Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, Eric Clapton, Santana, The Cure, Michael Bublé, Bruno Mars and Paul Simon to name but a few, take to the stage in cinematic fashion at the iconic Royal Park. While Open House takes over during the week between the concerts, hosting bands, street food and activities, including tennis screenings live from Wimbledon. Get ready to be charmed by stunning voices and rock to guitar riffs under the summer sun.

Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House
9 Aug – 22 Aug
Film4 Summer Screen returns for two weeks in August, with a carefully-curated and distinctive selection of classic films, contemporary hits, cult favourites and red-carpet premieres, presented under the night sky. All the films in this year’s festival line-up reflect on the theme of ‘dreams, fantasies, nocturnes and reveries’. Bring a picnic and settle down in front of the silver-screen in full surround sound, set against the spectacular Somerset House in the Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court. Before the movies start, enjoy DJ sets inspired by the films, special guest introductions on selected nights, and plenty of food and drink options.

Buckingham Palace Summer Opening
21 Jul – 30 Sep
The annual opening of the Queen’s official London residence sees one of the world’s last working palaces open its doors. Discover the opulent State Rooms of Buckingham Palace, including the Throne Room, and discover the Royal Collection’s treasures and special displays. Outside of the summer opening, witness the palace’s iconic façade and the illustrious Changing of the Guard.

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