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There are so many fabulous things to do in London this summer. London is fantastic all year round, but when the temperature starts rising and the sun starts to shine, the surroundings and activities are even more enchanting. Here are a few brilliant things to do in London this summer – how many will you get ticked off before the seasons turn?

Watch a film at Somerset House’s Film 4 Summer Screens 

The Strand
th-21st August
Stay: YHA London St Paul’s

Somerset House, London

Spend a warm summer evening relaxing back on a picnic blanket, outside in the stunning Somerset House courtyard in the summer air, sipping a glass of fizz and munching on popcorn while you watch Black Panther, or This Is England. Sounds great, right? Well, as outdoor cinemas go, they don’t get much more iconic than Film4 Summer Screen. Somerset House provides a great backdrop – and that, paired with a top film selection, makes Summer Screen the full package. The perfect activity for families.  

Dance the day away at Notting Hill Carnival

Notting Hill
24th-26th August

Stay: YHA London Earls Court


It happens every year. London sets aside their August ‘bank holiday’ for one of the world’s largest street carnivals; Notting Hill Carnival. The celebrations are a glowing and delightful display that showcases London’s rich and magnificent multicultural past and present. For any party lovers, this Carnival weekend is a vital date in your calendar.

Take in the summer skyline at a roof top bar

Stay: YHA London

London skyline

London’s top rooftop bars have got attitude and altitude. With an incredible and recognisable skyline, there are plenty of superb places to enjoy a rooftop drink in London. The city boasts several excellent creations, at a variety of prices, locations and of course, views to enjoy, especially the summer skyline. Sounds great doesn’t it?

Pay a visit to the famous ZSL London Zoo

Open 364 days a year!
Stay: YHA London Central


The perfect thing to do in London this summer for families. Discover animals and adventures at ZSL London Zoo this summer. Zoo life is packed full of wonder and amazement especially in the warmer months, with more than 750 species of animals to meet and thousands more fascinating facts just waiting to be explored and discovered. A great summer day out for everyone.

Explore Hyde Park

Stay: YHA London

Hyde Park, London

Hyde Park is a far-reaching Royal Park in London, stretching from Hyde Park Corner to Kensington Gardens, making it a popular favourite for a summer walk in England’s capital. With over 4000 different types of trees, plants, flowers and meadows, the park includes many attractions including the Serpentine, the world’s first artificial lake, the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain and the Serpentine Gallery. Hyde Park also includes several cafes to grab a bite to eat, making Hyde Park is an ideal place to spend time; walking, horse riding, and for the brave, swimming in a special designated area of the shimmering lake. Make sure Hyde Park is on your Summertime bucket list.

London is also a great walking destination, especially in the summer. Read our ’10 of the best places to walk in London’ blog to give you a little inspiration.

Written by Ruby Higton

Here is Ruby and she is a digital marketer at YHA. She looks after all things social media, as well as content writing for and SEO. Her favourite YHA is YHA Perranporth.

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