15 Things to Do in London This Summer (Updated 2020)

Activities to Do in London This Summer

Ride in London Eye, Experience Open Air Cinema Screenings, Go to the Chelsea Flower Show, Swimming in Hyde Park, Watch a tennis Match at Wimbledon, Cruising at River Thames, See the Views at The Shard, Explore the ZSL London Zoo, Visit the Tower of London, and more.

Flaunting a myriad of summer activities, the gorgeous city of London promises to offer its visitors an action-packed vacation during the hot season. No matter if you love history, wildlife, photography, architecture, sports, fashion, or food, there is an ample amount of
things to do in London this summer.

From the London Eye and the Tower of London to the Thames River and the Hornniman Museum, there are bountiful places to visit in London in summer for an exquisite holiday packed with exhilarating activities. While you can go catch 360 degrees panoramic views of the city at The Shard, you can take a wonderful food tour through the Borough Market and relish global cuisine. While you can enjoy a refreshing and rejuvenating swim at Hyde Park, you can experience an educational walk through history at the Churchill War Rooms.

Here is a list of activities to do in London:

01

Ride in London Eye

Ride in London Eye

Taking a ride in the iconic London Eye is one of the best things to do in London this summer, if you want to witness a spectacular panoramic view of the entire city while enjoying some fresh and cool air hitting your face. You can catch a glimpse of all the best-kept treasures of the city from here, starting from the serene South Bank waters to the conglomeration of towering concrete structures.

Location:
The London Eye, Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7PB.

Time:
From 11 AM to 6 PM, throughout the week.

Entry fee:
- £24 for children aged between 3 to 15 years,
- £30 for adults, and free for infants aged between 0 to 2 years.

02

Cruising at River Thames

Cruising at River Thames

Cruising through the Thames River is one of the most favourite things to do in London this summer for every tourist. Extending upto a length of around 346 kilometers and offering stunning views of some of the important landmarks of the city, River Thames promises the most surreal cruising experience in the world.

While riding a cruise in this serene river, you can catch a glimpse of the Westminster Abbey, the London Eye, the Big Ben, the Churchill War Rooms, the National Maritime Museum, and the Greenwich Park. You will also enjoy the cool river breeze zooming past your hair and brushing against your face while you cruise through the river during the summer evenings.

Location:
London, United Kingdom.

03

See the Views at The Shard

See the Views at The Shard

Climb the 244-meter tall majestic building of The Shard and catch breathtaking views up to 65 kilometers of the city. Known as the most amazing vantage point of the city, this towering structure currently makes for the tallest building in the whole Western Europe.

The building offers unobstructed views of the city from level 68 and level 69 and offers 360 degrees views on level 72. The major attractions of The Shard include Oblix, The Shard: Aqua Shard, Ting, and Hutong.

Location:
32 London Bridge St, London SE1 9SG, United Kingdom.

Time:
From 10 AM to 10 PM, on all days.

Entry fee:
- £22.95 for children and
- £28.90 for adults.

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Embark on London hop on hop off with London Pass and explore the streets of London.
Explore London, the capital of England and the United Kingdom with hop on hop off London bus. Visit over 80 top attractions such as Westminster Abbey, Windsor Castle, and St. Paul's Cathedral. Now with Thrillophilia, you don't have to wait in long lines to visit St. Paul's Cathedral, Tower of London, Windsor Castle, The Shard, London Zoo, and Tower Bridge. 

You will get a pass to explore St. Paul's Cathedral, Tower of London, Windsor Castle, and The Shard with the 1 day, 2 days, 3 days and 4 days sightseeing tour. You will get a free guidebook filled with useful information, tips, and city maps.

The London Pass gives you access to 1-day unlimited rides on the city’s hop-on hop-off bus of London. The pass gets activate when it is used for the first time and will be valid for the next 1,2,3 or 4 days depending on your pass selected.

Ticket Types:
Pass for 1 Day
Pass for 2 Days
Pass for 3 Days
Pass for 4 Days

Note:
London Pass is valid for 12 months from the date of purchase.
Children aged 5-15 years can book the child ticket for hop on hop off with London Pass.
Children aged 0-4 can join for free.
The London Pass only grants one-time access to each attraction.
Bring a valid ID proof. 
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05

Explore the ZSL London Zoo

Explore the ZSL London Zoo

ZSL London Zoo is one of the most important places to visit in London in summer, if you call yourself an animal lover. This beautiful zoo is home to over 740 species of wildlife including monkeys, Asiatic lions, Lemurs, Gorilla, Tigers, and Penguins.

The entire zoo is divided into a number of categories, the most attractive of which are - Land of the Lions, Meet the Monkeys, In with the Lemurs, Gorilla Kingdom, and Tiger Territory. ZSL London Zoo is not just a place to see a variety of wild animals, but it is also a great educational spot where you can learn wonderful facts about the wildlife.

Location:
Outer Cir, London NW1 4RY, United Kingdom.

Time:
From 10 AM to 4 PM, on all days.

Entry fee:
- Sarts from £19.01 for children and
- From £29.25 for adults.

06

Visit the Tower of London

Visit the Tower of London

Paying a visit to the Tower of London is one of the most recommended things to do in London this summer for history fanatics and architecture buffs. Established in 1066, this majestic regal fortress offers a treat to the eyes with its stunning architectural design, priceless jewels, and unadulterated views of river Thames.

Some of the important attractions of the Tower of London include The Crown Jewels, the WhiteTower, The Bloody Tower, the Beefeater Tours, and the Royal Beasts.

Location:
St Katharine's & Wapping, London EC3N 4AB, United Kingdom.

Time:
9.00 AM to 4.30 PM from Tuesday to Saturday and 10.00 AM to 4.30 PM on Sunday and Monday.

Entry fee:
- £28.90 for adults and
- £14.40 for children.

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The Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace is a spot where you can traverse and see the items from the Royal Collection in the form of a properly allocated gallery. The gallery is adorned with plenty of valuable treasures that are worth to be explored and seen if you are in London.

About the Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace Ticket:
The Buckingham Palace Queen's Gallery ticket lets you explore and cherish the wonderful gallery which is composed of the beautiful and valuable treasures that belong to the Royal Collection. With the Queen's Gallery ticket, you avail the chance of getting astonished at the wide variety of art materials that have been treasured in order to let you and your loved ones understand the ancient skills of crafts and arts. Witness over 450 pieces of interesting treasures on visiting the Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace.

Opening Hours:
Time: 10:00 am - 5:30 pm (last admission: 4:15 pm)
The Gallery is closed on 10 Apr, 4 May-11 Jun, 9 Nov-3 Dec, and 25-26 Dec 2020

How To Reach:
Address: The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, SW1A 1AA. 
You can easily reach the location by taking the tube to Victoria Underground Station (Victoria line, Circle line, and District line).

Note:
Buckingham Palace Queen's Gallery ticket is free for infants aged 0-4 years.
Children aged 5-16 years can book child tickets to Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace.
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08

Explore the Harry Potter Sets

Explore the Harry Potter Sets

The Harry Potter Sets is one of the most recommended places to visit in London in summer, if you call yourself a loyal fan of Harry Potter. This gorgeous studio will offer you an amazing “behind-the-scenes” feel and look and give you the chance to witness many magical and surreal looking sets for real.

You can also take an informative guided tour that can help you to explore the sets in a better way. You can even learn the entire filming experience of Harry Potter in this studio.

Location:
Studio Tour Dr, Watford WD25 7LR, UK.

Time:
From 10 AM to 6.30 PM, on all days.

Entry fee:
- £41 for adults and
- £33 for children.

09

Go to the Churchill War Rooms

Go to the Churchill War Rooms

One of the top places to visit in London in summer is the Churchill War Rooms where you can take a walk through history and learn more about the life and work of Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill.

Used as a hiding place during the second world war, today this building serves as a beautiful museum displaying historical heirlooms and rarities. The museum also offers audio guides in 8 different languages to help the visitors learn about the life history of Churchill.

Location:
King Charles Street, Westminster, London.

Time:
From 9:30 AM to 5 PM.

Entry fee:
- INR 923 for children and
- INR 1846 for adults.

10

Experience Open Air Cinema Screenings

Experience Open Air Cinema Screenings
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Watching outdoor cinema is one of the most loved things to do in London during the summer evenings. Open air film screenings are held at many places in the city during the summer months and movie fanatics enjoy sitting under the dusk sky and watching the newest releases or classic flicks over a packet of popcorns.

Some of the highly acclaimed outdoor cinemas in London are The Luna Cinema, Rooftop Film Club, Pop Up Screens, Backyard Cinema, and The Nomad.

Location:
Held at various locations in London, United Kingdom.

11

Go to the Chelsea Flower Show

Go to the Chelsea Flower Show

The Royal Hospital Chelsea is one of the best places to visit in London in summer to witness its dreamy flower show, which is no less appealing than the London Fashion Week itself. The Chelsea Flower Show propels over 150,000 tourists every year owing to its colorful and spellbinding floral exhibits.

At this exhibition, you can meet many of the reputed garden designers, florists, and plant specialists from across the world. You can also witness some incredibly creative and impressive floral artworks and even learn important gardening tips that can help you create your own beautiful garden and take care of your plants.

Location:
Royal Hospital Road, London, United Kingdom.

12

Swimming in Hyde Park

Swimming in Hyde Park

One of the most loved places to visit in London in summer is Hyde Park. If you are in London city for your summer holidays, head to Hyde Park and take a rejuvenating swim in its pristine waters to get a respite from the scorching sun. You can also indulge in a plethora of other recreational activities at this park including boating, tennis, and horse riding.

You can also sit at a lakeside restaurant inside the premises of the park and enjoy a cup of coffee while feeling the cool breeze touch your skin. Other attractions that you can witness here include the Joy of Life Fountain, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain, and the Serpentine Bridge.

Location:
London, United Kingdom.

Time:
From 5 AM to 12 AM, on all days.

13

Watch a Tennis Match at Wimbledon

Watch a Tennis Match at Wimbledon

If you are a sport fanatic and are present in London during the summer months, head to the Wimbledon Stadium to watch a tennis match in the open air. The stadium offers exclusive facilities and can accommodate 8,000 people at a single time.

While you watch your favorite team play, you can also order yourself some delicious snacks and beverages to munch on. There are also several elegant bars inside the premises of the restaurant for you to grab a glass of chilled beer or two and celebrate the win of your favourite tennis team.

Location:
London SW17 0BW, United Kingdom.

14

Stroll the Borough Market

Stroll the Borough Market

If you are an avid food lover, you will surely love to walk around the classic Borough Market and enjoy a delicious food tour in the summer evenings. This market is known widely for its retail and wholesale food outlets, which sell drool-worthy international delicacies.

One can find every international cuisine here including Indonesian, Ethiopian, Argentinian, and Pakistani. Sheltered under a puzzling maze of stunning Victorian arches, this 1000 years old market offers meals coupled with a tinge of history.

Location:
Southwark, London.

15

Explore the Hornniman Museum

Explore the Hornniman Museum
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Going on an exploration tour to the popular Hornniman Museum is one of the free things to do in London this summer. Lying in Forest Hill, this beautiful museum exhibits an huge collection of natural history, musical instruments, and anthropology.

The museum also hosts umpteen varieties of activities, workshops, concerts, shows, festivals, and special exhibitions for its visitors. The major attractions of the Hornniman Museum are its huge overstuffed walrus, the elegant cafe, the lush gardens, and the gorgeous aquarium.

Location:
100 London Rd, Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ, United Kingdom.

Time:
- 7.15 AM to 8.50 PM from Tuesday to Saturday and
- 8 AM to 8.50 PM on Sunday and Monday.

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10 December 2019
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What an elegant architectural design, really admirable. We had a great time visiting Hampton Court Palace. We got into a conversation with the localities there and they gave us so many interesting insights into the place, something I will never forget. It was because of the recommendation from Vishal who is the salesperson at Thrillophilia that I booked the tickets while planning my London tour, so thanks to him for suggesting me this place. Everyone can have a great, relaxing time here. I will recommend every tourist to consider this place on their London tour.
10 February 2020
Excellent
There a lot of good things about the shared coach service in London and some that I find a little tacky. Pros: Very comfortable ride. There is no issue throughout the journey. It is one of the most affordable rides. The seats are very spacious and the bus manager is very polite. Finding the bus is fairly easy. You get to make a lot of friends on the bus. The process of booking the tickets from Thrillophilia is also easy. Cons: Not recommended if you are in a large group. There is limited luggage allowed.
20 February 2020
Excellent
My trip to Westminster was satisfactory. I enjoyed every minute exploring the place. Although I had a bit of knowledge about the place, the guide really helped me with great insights about the place. He was well informed and very welcoming.I would recommend Thrillophilia's service to everyone who is visiting London.
13 February 2020
Excellent
Adventure for both me and my family. The London O2 Arena Climbing Experience was amazing. The safety was on point and everything was extremely well managed. It was a little tiring for me but then I found my kids just hopping through the entire journey which really made me feel happy. The entire adventure lasted for more than an hour and at the end of it, on the peek, we got to enjoy that encapsulating view.
20 December 2020
Excellent
If you are looking for some sheer adventure I recommend you take a London Dungeon tour. The place is really extraordinary and offers some of the most exciting activities you will do on your tour to London. The entire tour will last for about 2 hours and every minute of it will fill you with thrills.
14 November 2019
Excellent
It was a great experience touring around the iconic Stonehenge. I always wanted to visit there and although I knew a bit about the place the guide gave me some great insight about the place and the grand mysteries that surround it. I suggest everyone who is visiting London to make a visit to the Stonehenge & Windsor Castle.
I booked this tour as a family vacation and gathering, and it was all about enjoyment when we planned. And it is such a beautiful and must-visit place. I must suggest one to explore London.
It was all like living the Roman culture, visiting tourist places, stalking through the streets. It was beautiful and well managed. Thank you to the team.
06 November 2019
Excellent
The ride is very premium and the driver is well-trained. I found the Shared London Airport Transfers online while browsing Thrillophilia site for planning my London trip while looking for a cheaper mode of transport from the airport to the central London city. I recommend everyone on a budget to take this ride. You will be sharing the ride with a stranger which you should also consider.
13 February 2020
Excellent
Bicester Village is the best place to indulge in some much-needed shopping extravaganza. The trip is well-timed and upon reaching the place you get a lot of time to walk around in various shops and purchase a lot of stuff. You also get to ride on a train in London which i must say is very exciting. You can also indulge in having some delicious cuisine at the restaurants there.

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