The UK’s capital city is an amazing place to be in the summer. The rooftop bars are open, the festivals kick off and the streets are teeming with people enjoying the good weather. So what better city to stay in and explore on a weekend break?
As one of the most accessible, thrilling and diverse cities, here are just some of the exciting things you can get up to on your next visit, day or night…
ROOFTOP DRINKS AT PECKHAM LEVELS
In the heart of South London’s Peckham neighbourhood is Peckham Levels, a converted multi-story carpark which has become a creative and cultural space for the community. As well as collaborative workspaces, there’s a couple of bars, kids play area, street food vendors, a yoga room and hair salon. It’s a really cool place to socialise, grab a drink or bite to eat.
AFTERNOON STROLLS THROUGH LITTLE VENICE
Did you know London has its own answer to Venice? This picturesque part of West London covers Paddington, Warwick Avenue and Maida Vale. You can take a walk along the tree-lined canal up to Camden on a nice day, passing by Regents Park along the way. It’s definitely a hidden gem in London and offers a respite from the hectic city streets.
OUTDOOR FILMS AT LUNA CINEMA
London has an abundance of outdoor cinema screenings from June to September, and Luna Cinema is one of the best. They use state of the art screens, digital projectors and bespoke sound equipment to provide the highest cinema quality. Always in some of the city’s most stunning outdoor spaces and private grounds, you could be watching a classic film at a country manor, ruined abbey or old theatre. Think date night and you’ve got yourself a winner…
ARTS AND CULTURE AT TATE MODERN
Easily one of the capital’s most iconic museums, the Tate Modern sits along London’s South Bank. Showcasing international modern and contemporary art, weekends here are usually busy and it’s a great time see an exhibition or installation. With exhibitions on everything from fashion to society, nature to architecture, you’ll find something of interest here. Entry is free and there are some free displays, but the main exhibitions are only free for members. It’s well worth a visit to see what amazing things they have going on, plus you can shop for gifts in the book shop or enjoy lunch in the terrace kitchen.
CITY VIEWS AT SKY GARDEN
See the city from a height at Sky Garden, London’s tallest public garden located near London Bridge. It’s free entry but you must pre-book your visit online. Inside is a beautiful and expansive space, filled with lush plants and greenery. There are two stylish restaurants and two bars, so whether you want daytime drinks or dinner at sunset you have the option. The views here are worth any fear of heights you may have!
ANTIQUE SHOPPING IN PORTOBELLO
West London’s famous Portobello Road has been running the market for decades, and it’s a truly magical place to spend a few hours rummaging for pre-loved goods. Visitors flock from all over the world six days a week (closed on Sundays) to discover one of London’s best loved landmarks. The road stretches over two miles, and you can find everything from furniture to street food. The village-like area of Notting Hill itself is also a beautiful place to explore and admire its pastel-coloured terraced houses.
STREET FOOD AT BROADWAY MARKET
This weekly Saturday food market is a must-do. Arguably one of London’s trendiest and busiest, Broadway Market runs from Hackney Central to the Regents Canal. Full of old age charm, the east end street brings together food traders and local shop owners who sell everything from Lebanese and Mediterranean food, to records and art prints.
WHERE TO STAY?
London has a huge choice of accommodation, ranging from luxury hotels in the West End to affordable hotels in the city. No matter your budget, you can search for and book the perfect London hotel with deposit’s from €10 pp.