Capital's guide to summer - 2018

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Capital's guide to summer - 2018

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The summer is finally here along with endless fun and unique things to do and places to visit. We’ve created a list of this summer’s highlights and trends for you to embrace.

Enjoy some outdoor evening entertainment

Need some ideas on how to fill those long summer evenings?

Open air cinema

open air cinema

You may have seen these in some American films but in the last few years the UK has welcomed this trend with open arms. This popular trend came to the UK in 2006 and ever since they have been popping up in almost every great park, rooftop and stately home. If sitting on a bean bag, in a beautiful open space watching a timeless classic whilst munching on popcorn on a warm summer's night is your thing, then check out ones in your local area.

On the 9th-12th July, Hyde Park is having free themed movie nights in their open-air cinema. As well as live music and entertainment, street food, pop up bars, tennis screenings, aerial circus, comedy bingo, family theatre, The Royal Parks Showcase, Birra Moretti bar and more.

Open air theatre

open air theatre

If sipping wine in a theatre is more your scene then head to Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. This secret gem has performances of family favourites, Shakespearean plays and classics, and day and night showings.

There are plenty of open-air theatres throughout the UK open for the summer months for you try. Click here to see the top five London open-air theatre experiences

Opera at Holland Park


Why not enjoy an opera performance in the beautiful surroundings of Holland Park in the heart of Kensington? Holland Park hosts opera performances all year round but, in the summer, a temporary canopied auditorium is built next to Holland House for two months. This year’s summer operas include; La Traviata, Cosi fan Tutte, plus the Royal Ballet. 29th May – 28th July.

Zoo nights

zoo nights

ZSL London Zoo is opening their gates for the public to experience a night in the zoo. Take a guided tour to learn about the weird and wonderful animal kingdom, grab a drink from one of the watering holes, and chill out to the live music, animal lanterns and entertainment. Indulge in an array of unique street food dishes from around the globe. There is also live comedy, wild yoga, and a ZSL Superheroes Trail.

These events take place 6pm-10pm (only adults) every Friday until the 20 July.

A day out in the city

Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

flower show london

Hampton Court Palace is the perfect day out for green-fingered folks. Stroll around the gorgeous gardens and floral displays showcasing over 250,000 flowers and try the workshops and talks. Click here to view all the must-see feature of the day, including; A river of flowers, Evolution of plants, live music, cookery theatre, and talks. 2nd-8th July

A Royal day out

Buckingham palace

For a few weeks in the summer, Buckingham Palace invites us ‘commoners’ to look around the royal grounds. The Royal Day Out will start with a visit to the Queen’s Gallery which hosts a programme of changing art exhibitions from the Royal Collection. Then on to the Royal Mews which is one of the finest working stables in existence and responsible for all road travel arrangements for the Queen and members of the Royal Family. Lastly you will be taken on a tour through the magnificent State Rooms in Buckingham Palace which are used by the Queen for ceremonial occasions and official entertaining. 21st July – 30th September

Take a weekend away



More Britons than ever are exploring what makes Great Britain so great this holiday season. According to travel reports, staycations are the latest trend in travel due to the weak pound, a packed cultural calendar and an increase in short and last-minute breaks. With a warm summer expected why not spend a weekend away exploring some of the fantastic places in Britain?

Some of the top places to visit according to Travelodge reports are; Cornwall, Devon, London, the Lake District and North Wales. Saving money and time by not flying can mean you get a little bit more from your short break. Take a look at these luxurious places you could stay in Britain from harpersbazaar.com.

Eurostar to Amsterdam


Eurostar is an easy and relaxing way to travel to multiple destinations in Europe. No arriving two hours early to check in, limited luggage and little leg room.

This year Eurostar has launched a new direct service to Amsterdam from St Pancras International. Take a weekend away to explore the capital of Netherlands. The city of Amsterdam is home to Golden Age canals, artistic heritage and is rich in museums, vintage-filled shops and hyper-creative architecture, and boasts a diverse drinking and dining scenes.

Experience some festival fever

Festivals are the heart of the British summer social calendar. Unfortunately, Glastonbury isn’t on this summer but there’s plenty more to choose from.

Festivals aren’t all about muddy fields, music artists on big stages, drinking beer and camping. There are many arts, culture, literature and comedy festivals all over the UK this summer. Take this one for example…

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world. It features over 50,000 performances and more than 3,000 shows, including stand-up comedy, dance, theatre, art exhibitions, circus, spoken word, opera and more.

If you enjoy a variety of art and entertainment, then this is an ideal festival for you. There’s plenty to see and do at this festival so plan early. Tickets can be purchased on this website for the shows. 3rd-27th August

Food festivals are a great way to spend a summer’s day indulging in new tastes and flavours from great chefs in the UK. Why not try one out this summer?

Aldeburgh food and drink festival

Aldeburgh food and drink festival

Welcome to foodie heaven. Aldeburgh food and drink festival is one of the most raved about food festivals in the UK and highly regarded on the foodie’s social calendar.

Set in the beautiful surroundings of Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh attracts 100 food and drink producers from Suffolk and many celebrity chefs. The festival not only has a vast array of food stalls to try but also two cookery demonstration stages, hands-on cookery workshops and free children’s activities.

Aldeburgh takes place on the last weekend of September and tickets can be bought online or at the gate. 29th-30th September

British Summer Time festival


British Summer Time is a pop music festival held in Hyde Park in July over two weekends. Enjoy a full day of music headlined by Roger Waters, The Cure, Eric Clapton, Michael Bublé, Bruno Mars and Paul Simon. Plus in between the music weekends enjoy free outdoor cinema, Wimbledon screenings, street food and pop up bars. 6th-15th July

Attend a sporting event

Henley Royal Regatta

Henley Regatta boat races

Henley Royal Regatta is undoubtedly the best-known regatta in the world. It is a highlight of both the summer sporting calendar and the social season. The show boasts over 200 races of an international standard, which can include Olympic rowers as well as new crews. As well as the races you can enjoy a broad selection of bars and restaurants with stunning views of the River Thames. 4th-8th July


Wimbledon tennis

If you aren’t lucky enough to have tickets for Wimbledon and don’t fancy queuing from 5 in the morning, why not watch Wimbledon on a big screen? All over London they are showing Wimbledon on big screens including; Lewis Cubitt Square, The Piazza, Bluebird-Chelsea, Skylight – Tobacco Dock, and Cardinal Place – Victoria. Soak up the atmosphere, whilst sipping on a glass of Pimm’s and lounging on a deck chair in a crowd of excited tennis fans.

If you are visiting the Capital office this summer, read our blog on the top things to do within a 15-minute walk of Capital.

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