summer in London guide

Welcome to the summer of 2024 in London! Get ready to experience a season packed with unforgettable moments, from iconic events to hidden gems tucked away in the city’s nooks and crannies. Whether you're a local looking to rediscover your city or a visitor eager to dive into the action, London is bursting with things to do and see. Soak up the sun in lush parks, dance at lively festivals, and explore world-class cultural attractions. This is your ultimate guide to making the most of a sizzling summer in one of the world's greatest cities.

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London’s summer showstoppers

London is buzzing with major events this summer, and you won't want to miss out. From world-renowned sporting events to vibrant cultural celebrations, the city is alive with activities that draw visitors from all over the globe. Here’s a rundown of the key events that will make your summer unforgettable.


Glastonbury Festival (well, technically nearby Somerset, but a London favourite)
Music, mud, and magic – slip on those wellies and dance your heart out.

Trooping the Colour
Celebrate the Queen’s official birthday with a stunning military parade. Get your Union Jacks ready for a royal spectacle.

British Summer Time Hyde Park June and July
This major music festival features international acts performing in one of London’s most iconic parks. Bring out the cowboy boots for Shania Twain, get ready to rock out at Kings of Leon or slow dance to SZA. With such a diverse lineup of artists, food stalls, and entertainment, this is a must-visit for music lovers of all kinds. The best part? No waiting in line for busy buses or try to score an overpriced taxi. Our citizenM London Victoria hotel is just a 20 minute walk from Hyde Park.


Wimbledon Championships
World-class tennis, strawberries, cream and Pimm’s – it's the perfect British summer treat. Watch top players compete on the pristine grass courts and soak up the electric atmosphere that only Wimbledon can offer.

Pride in London
Rainbow parades, fabulous outfits, and a whole lot of love and diversity. Dance through the streets and celebrate Pride in style.

BBC Proms
Dive into a summer of classical music with concerts galore at the Royal Albert Hall. It’s a cultural feast for your ears.


Notting Hill Carnival August 24th to 26th
London’s biggest street party with vibrant costumes, infectious beats, and mouth-watering Caribbean food. Don’t miss the parade!

Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House
Watch classic films under the stars in a beautiful courtyard. It’s the ultimate movie night with a touch of London glamour.

Southbank Centre's Summer Festivals
From pop-up performances to art installations, enjoy a variety of cultural delights along the Thames. Perfect for those sunny summer days.

music and festivals

Music and festival enthusiasts have plenty to look forward to in London this summer. The city’s diverse musical landscape means there’s something for everyone, from massive stadium concerts to intimate jazz sessions in the park. Whether you want to jump up and down to Taylor Swift, or sit and enjoy beautiful classical music, London has you covered. Here are the top music events you should add to your calendar.

Upcoming events

Taylor Swift at Wembley Stadium
June and August
Catch Taylor Swift as she takes over Wembley Stadium with her spellbinding hits from albums like "Lover," "Folklore," and "Midnights." Sing along to favourites like “London Boy” in the very city that inspired the tune. Wembley Stadium is a bit of a trek from London's city centre, but no worries, citizens, it's just a tube ride away from our Tower of London and London Bankside hotels.

Summer Symphony in Hyde Park – July
Fancy a romantic night out? Enjoy classical music performances under the star-lit sky in one of London’s most beautiful parks. It's a magical experience for all musical souls.

Pride in London July
Join London´s exciting parade from June 29th until July 7th to celebrate love, diversity, and LGBTQ+ rights. Think music, dancing and more glitter than you can shake a rainbow flag at. The streets will be buzzing with unity and acceptance for all you fabulous citizens out there. Don't miss out—it's going to be a real showstopper!

Jazz and food festivals in Hyde Park August
Relax to live jazz while indulging in treats from various food stalls. Perfect for those summer vibes—just don’t forget your groove!

food and drink

London’s culinary scene is bursting with flavours this summer. From buzzing markets to gourmet dining, there’s a culinary adventure waiting for you around every corner. Here are some food and drink highlights:

  • Borough Market (all summer): Explore one of London’s most famous food markets. Sample delicious street food, fresh produce, and gourmet delights from around the world.

  • London Wing Fest (July 26): Get your fix of chicken in Startford at London's 2024 Wing Fest. Not only will you get to try delicious food, there's axe throwing, food contests and voting!

  • London Craft Beer Festival (August 9-11): This festival is a celebration of the best craft beers from around the UK and beyond. Sample hundreds of unique brews, enjoy live music, and gourmet food pairings.

outdoor activities

Ready to make the most of London’s green spaces and outdoor activities? Whether you’re looking to relax in a park or explore the city from a new angle, London’s outdoor options are endless. Let´s share some of our top recommendations with you, citizens:

picnics in Hyde Park
Pack a picnic and enjoy a relaxing day in one of London’s most famous parks. With its sprawling lawns and scenic spots, Hyde Park is perfect for a summer day out.

boating on the Thames
Hop on a boat and cruise along the Thames, taking in London’s iconic landmarks from the water. It's a fun way to see the city from a new perspective.

open-air theatre in Regent´s Park
Catch a classic Shakespeare play or a contemporary musical under the stars in the leafy surroundings of Regent's Park. This open-air theatre is a must for a magical night out.

book your summer stay

After a (hopefully) sunny day of exploring, retreat to the stylish comfort our citizenM hotels. Perfectly located near major event venues, our hotels in London offer chic and cosy spaces to relax and recharge

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