As one of the only cities that rarely gets 'too-hot' in the summer, London comes into its own when the sun shines. From rooftop yoga on Oxford Street to al fresco chess in Mayfair, London is full of interesting ways to keep yourself occupied this summer. Here are our favourites...
BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall
This year, the BBC Proms looks set to not only please classical music aficionados, but music lovers in general, as the two-month long concert series will include the more urban and contemporary of sounds as well as the prerequisite classical greats. This year’s season which kicks off on 17th July will include a Radio 1Extra prom featuring hip hop and grime artists on 12th August and on 29th July, the late-night prom will feature DJ Pete Tong celebrating 20 years of the Ibiza dance scene in a concert with Jules Buckley and the Heritage Orchestra.
17 July – 12 September, www.royalalberthall.com
© Royal Albert Hall
Audrey Hepburn Portraits of an Icon, National Portrait Gallery
Most of us are more than familiar with the face and figure of Audrey Hepburn, she is after all one of the world’s most famous style icons, but this summer the National Portrait Gallery is giving us a unique opportunity to see some classic and rarely seen prints of the star, as part of their Audrey Hepburn exhibition - Portraits of an Icon.
2 July -18 October, www.npg.org.uk
Audrey Hepburn © National Portrait Gallery
Summer in the Square, Grosvenor Square
Hail a cab to Mayfair’s Grosvenor Square this July and prepare yourself for a super chilled day of deck chair lounging, reading, yoga and general sun soaking, or, up the ante and get active with giant Jenga, table tennis and even partake in a ‘how to play the steel pans’ workshop. This open-air cultural festival is also hosting the Grosvenor Film Festival showing al fresco screenings of films including Breakfast Club, Stand by Me and Romeo and Juliet and complete with gourmet picnics for those late night movie munchies.
6 - 26 July, www.grosvenor.com
© Summer in the Square
Tri Yoga, Selfridges rooftop
The yoga bunny’s alternative to summer’s waist enhancing foodie pop-ups has to be a waist trimming rooftop yoga pop-up. Primrose Hill based Tri Yoga have teamed up with Selfridge’s Vintage Salt rooftop destination, to offer yoga classes with a view (and a complimentary pressed juice) so you can take your sun salutations al fresco every Tuesday from 10-11am.
30 June - 1 September, www.triyoga.co.uk
© Tri Yoga
Greenwich Music Time
Music festivals and outdoor concerts are two a plenty during the summer but for a sophisticated yet buzzing evening of live music you can’t beat Greenwich Music Time. Only in its second year, this four-day series of concerts has a stellar line-up including headliners Tom Jones, Gipsy Kings, George Benson and Kinks front man Ray Davies and is held in the stunning grounds of the Old Royal Naval College overlooking the Thames.
22 - 26 July, www.greenwichmusictime.co.uk
© Greenwich Music Time
Eid in London
If you are looking for somewhere to celebrate the end of Ramadan and the festival of Eid-al-Fitr, or simply want to experience an alternative cultural celebration, head to Trafalgar Square to join other revelers as they break their month long fast and celebrate this very important Muslim festival. There will be a feast of global food stalls including Malaysian, Turkish, Lebanese and Arabic cuisine, as well as live music and family activities.
Eid, source: www.visitlondon.com