All the best things to do in London this May, June and July

Pop-up festivals, alfresco theatre, and secret gardens waiting to be explored, there’s loads to look forward to in London over the next few months. So, get planning those summer days – we’ve got you covered with these amazing things to do in May, June and July


  • Spend summer days on the Southbank

    Where: Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX
    When: Friday 6th April – Sunday 30th September

    Did you hear? It’s Underbelly Festival’s 10th birthday! To celebrate, this pop-up festival will be setting up colourful tents on the Southbank, home to an awesome line-up of cabaret, circus, comedy and children’s theatre. Plus, you can set up camp in one of the capital’s largest outdoor bars and fill your belly with international street food. Nice!

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  • Do a day-long festival instead

    Where: Greenwich Peninsula, 1 Green Place, SE10 0PE
    When: Sunday 20th May

    Got #commitmentissues with a weekend-long festival? No worries – simply head to the epic music and arts event, Urban Village Fete! Lasting for just one day, it’s all the fun with no strings attached, and will be home to a range of unique pop-ups, entertainment, street food vendors and much more.

  • Be scared silly

    Where: London Dungeon

    You don’t need to wait for Halloween to get a positively good spooking. Thanks to our 2 for 1 offer to the London Dungeon, you and a friend can be whisked away to the capital’s most perilous past. With 19 live shows, 2 rides and a whole cast of terrifying characters, there’s no knowing who could be lurking around the corner…

  • Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

    Where: Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
    When: Thursday 17th May – Friday 15th June

    London’s theatre scene goes far beyond the city’s West End, and if you want to be wowed by alfresco performances, a visit to Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre won’t go amiss. This summer, you can take the whole family to see a spellbinding and puppet-packed reinvention of Peter Pan. Since you’re going to be outside, we recommend you dress for all kinds of weather.

  • Admire London at night

    Where: Museum of London, Smithfield
    When: Wednesday 16th – Saturday 19th May

    It’s no secret that London lights up after dark and now, you can celebrate all things nocturnal in the London Nights photography exhibition. From the city’s twinkling lights and buzzing nightlife, to Londoners at work, rest and play after dark, there’ll be over 200 photos for you to see in this immersive, atmospheric space.


  • Explore gorgeous gardens

    Where: Various private gardens across London
    When: Saturday 9th – Sunday 10th June

    The capital is brimming with green spaces and for one weekend only, you can take a peek behind the gates of London’s private gardens during the Open Squares Weekend. Whether you want to enjoy panoramic views on the rooftop gardens, or enter the gardens of the rich and famous, it’s ideal for families with guided walks and plenty of food and drinks stalls too.

  • Take Dad for pub grub this Father’s Day

    Where: The Windmill Mayfair, 6-8 Mill Street, London, W1S 2AZ
    When: Sunday 18th June (Father’s Day – but the pub’s open all year round!)

    This June, have a Father’s Day fit for a king and take your loved ones to The Windmill Mayfair. This laidback boozer is famed for its seasonal pies and delicious cask ales – it’s only gone and won three national awards for them! And, if warmer weather arrives, the pub also has a rooftop terrace so you can soak up the sunshine.

  • Snap up the sights

    Where: Westminster Pier, London, SW1A 2JH

    Perfect for the arrival of summer, with our 2 for 1 offer on City Cruises, you can soak up some of London’s most iconic landmarks as you bob along the River Thames. The route is ideal for a spot of Insta photography and you could snap up Westminster, London Eye, Tower of London and Greenwich – to name just a few.

  • Go on a Walking London Pub Tour

    Where: Starting at St Paul’s Underground (Exit 2), outside Caffe Nero on Panyer Alley
    When: Every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday (2pm – 5pm)

    The capital is home to some of the UK’s finest watering holes, so why not visit them on a Walking London Pub Tour? As you meander through London’s ancient streets, you can lap up its fine views and quirky history. Pop into the Old Bank of England and you can nurse a pint while listening to the gruesome tales of Sweeney Todd.

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  • Sing along to your favourite show tunes

    Where: Trafalgar Square
    When: Saturday 16 June – Sunday 17 June

    Theatre lovers – prepare yourselves. This June, you can sing along to some of your favourite West End musicals at the 14th annual West End LIVE. At this free event in Trafalgar Square, the casts of London’s hottest shows perform live, with previous shows including The Lion King, Wicked, and Motown the Musical. This year’s acts are yet to be confirmed, but we advise you arrive early to bag the best spot in the crowd.


  • Celebrate Gay Pride

    Where: Trafalgar Square
    When: Saturday 7th July

    Rainbow flags, music, and more fun than you thought was humanly possible – it’s Gay Pride! There’s events going on all throughout June and early July, but if we had to pinpoint just one to add to your calendar, it would have to be the Pride Parade. Expect to see flamboyant floats, big name acts and even a few celebs too!

  • Spend summer evenings on the rooftop

    Where: 1 Westgate Street, Hackney, London E8 3RL

    Easily one of East London’s coolest spaces is Netil360, a rooftop bar and beer garden where the drinks keep pouring and pizza is aplenty (#goals). It’s achingly hip and is the ideal venue to chill out with your mates during a summer’s evening. Oh and, did we mention, entry is always FREE. Ideal!

  • Be part of London’s spectacular skyline

    Where: The London Eye, Westminster Bridge Road

    A trip to the capital isn’t complete without a trip on the Coca-Cola London Eye and thanks to our 2 for 1 offer, you can get a bird’s eye view of London’s spectacular skyline for less. Did you know? On a clear day you can even see 40km out of the city to Windsor Castle!

  • Party in the park

    Where: Gunnersbury Park, South Ealing
    When: Friday 13th – Saturday 14th July

    Next up on the capital’s summer festival circuit is Lovebox Festival. With a stellar line-up including the likes of: Annie Mac, N.E.R.D, Childish Gambino and Skepta, you can expect two days of cutting edge music. Whether you like feel-good pop or slow indie jams, Lovebox has something for everyone.

  • See Wimbledon elsewhere

    Where: Various locations across London
    When: Monday 2nd – Sunday 15th July

    Didn’t get tickets to Wimbledon? No worries! You can still enjoy fresh strawberries and Pimms from the comfort of a deckchair at outdoor screenings all across the capital. Details of these are yet to be released, but to give you a flavour, previous locations have included the Roof Deck on Selfridges Oxford Street, Duke of York Square in Chelsea, and One New Change by St Paul’s Cathedral.

What have you got lined up over the next few months? Let us know with a tweet to @nationalexpress or tag us in your photos on Instagram.

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