From the glamour of Royal Ascot, to the suspense at Wimbledon, there’s never a dull moment in the capital during the summer months. Check out our best picks for London this summer.
RHS Chelsea Flower Show
From 22-26 May, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is transformed into a floral paradise to celebrate the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show. At the show, you’ll be dazzled by wild and wonderful floral artworks from top exhibitors and designers. There will also be plenty of food and drinks to keep you fed and watered! What’s more, local retailers and residents join forces to decorate their shops and houses to compete in the Chelsea in Bloom festival.
Saddle up for the ride of the summer at the annual Royal Ascot horse races. Royal Ascot is Britain’s most valuable race meeting, attracting many of the world’s finest racehorses and Britain’s most cutting-edge fashion trends throughout the summer. Whether you fancy your luck on the horses, desire a day of fashion-spotting or want to watch the Royal Procession’s arrival, Royal Ascot is sure to be a spectacle!
Cadogan Open Square Gardens
From 9-10 June, the gates to some of London’s most exclusive private gardens will be unlocked for one weekend only. During this unique weekend, over 200 of London’s green spaces, which are usually closed to the public, will open their gates for public discovery. On top of this, there will be a whole host of activities for all of the family including live music, food and drinks. The Rib Room Bar & Restaurant at Jumeirah Carlton Tower will be holding a luxury food stall including delicious dishes such as wild mushroom arancini with summer truffle mayonnaise and slow cooked five spice pulled pork buns with Asian coleslaw. Pop down to live like a local and experience these private gardens in their full glory.
Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships
The Championships at Wimbledon is the oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament in the world, turning the whole of London tennis mad every year for two weeks in July (2 – 15 July). With strawberries, cream and champagne flowing throughout the tournament and the brightest talent in the tennis circuit featuring, it’s an event worth donning your best whites for.
The BBC Proms
The world’s greatest classical music festival is back again this summer at the Royal Albert Hall. Each year, the BBC Proms host two months of classical music concerts over the summer, aiming to bring the finest classical music to as many people as possible. Head down to the Royal Albert Hall in style with a lift in Jumeirah Carlton Tower’s complimentary MINI Clubman!
The Luna Cinema
Sneak into a starlit London park after-dark and watch your favourite movie under the stars with The Luna Cinema. With a range of locations and films being shown over the summer, visitors can enjoy a summer rendezvous in a romantic setting. For those movie buffs after that extra adrenaline rush, Brockwell Lido is screening jaws in the water…..watch out for the shark fin!
Best of British Summer Afternoon Tea
To celebrate the London summer events calendar, Jumeirah Carlton Tower will be serving a British Summertime afternoon tea in the opulent Chinoiserie area. This four course taste extravaganza will be complemented by a wide selection of traditional and contemporary teas and guests will be serenaded by the resident harpist during their experience. Seasonal sweets include ‘The Perfect Serve’ white chocolate tart for Wimbledon, a wild strawberry and Tahitian ‘Royal & Floral’ flower pot for Chelsea Flower Show, a sweet pineapple and mango ‘Sweet Symphonies’ compote based on The Proms and ‘The Bookies Favourite’ for Royal Ascot in the form of a banana and chocolate brownie top hat.
From the wedding of HRH Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, to the birth of Prince Louis, there’s no doubt that Royal-mania has swept the nation this year. With this in mind, it’s a great time to visit one of arguably the most important Royal Residences this year; Kensington Palace. Tucked away in Kensington Gardens, this stylish Royal residence is home to the newly wed royal couple, as well as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their three children. You’ll get to tour the Queen’s State Apartments and visit the ‘Diana: Her Fashion Story’ exhibition where you’ll see Victor Edelstein’s iconic ink blue velvet gown, famously worn at the White House when the Princess danced with John Travolta.
Frida Kahlo Summer Terrace
With the sun beginning to rear its head and the al fresco dining options doubling by the minute, outdoor terraces are the go-to for Londoners in the summer. The Terrace in Knightsbridge at has been transformed in honour of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, to coincide with the V&A museum’s Frida Kahlo exhibition (open from 16 June). Guests will be able to enjoy several Mexican cocktails and dishes, and will receive a complimentary ticket to the exhibition if they spend more than £30 and quote ‘Frida Kahlo’ to their server (one per guest and subject to availability).
If you’re feeling bold, take a dip in Hyde Park’s Serpentine Lido. This open water pond is situated in Hyde Park, central London’s biggest park and is open to members of the public to bathe in this summer. After a busy day of shopping or sightseeing in the heat, a dip in the refreshing water may be exactly what the doctor ordered! While you’re there, why not stop for an ice-cream in one of the many café pit stops along the way.
If you are visiting London this year, book a stay at one of our three luxury London hotels– Jumeirah Carlton Tower in Knightsbridge, Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel in Belgravia or Grosvenor House Suites by Jumeirah Living in Mayfair.
Find more things to do in London this summer at Visit London.