South Bank in the Sun

What to do in London When It’s Sunny!

Date: 04/06/2018
Time: 12:00 am - 7:00 pm
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London really comes to life when the sun is shining, and this vibrant city can be enjoyed to its fullest. Our guide to London in the sun is full of inspiration of just some of the things – from music festivals through to nature and shopping – that London has to offer during the summer months.

For more information, our knowledgeable concierge team is on-hand to provide recommendations, directions, tickets and insider tips to ensure you make the most of your trip nd have the most enjoyable (and fun!) stay possible.

Music, Festivals and the Arts

There is always a reason to celebrate in London! Special events and festivals are held throughout the year in honour of the different cultures, religions and artistic styles that brings this incredibly diverse city together. Many of the biggest and brightest events are held in the city’s parks during the summer months and most of them are free to attend, so you can watch the magic unfold and join in the fun!

Notting Hill Carnival

This is the largest street party in Europe and takes place throughout Notting Hill over the bank holiday weekend at the end of August. People from all over Europe flock to London to join in the celebrations, which culminates in a huge Monday parade showcasing a sea of colour, elaborate costumes and live music.

Notting Hill Carnival, a few minutes away from the hotel

Notting Hill Carnival takes place during the month of August.

The carnival features a number of exciting events such as music and dance workshops, steel bands and food stalls serving everything from Jerk chicken to plantain, which is best enjoyed whilst soaking up the vibrant atmosphere.


Getting there: Notting Hill

  • Walking distance from hotel: 1 mile, 12 minutes by foot
  • Nearest Tube: Notting Hill Gate, Central Line
  • Area: Throughout Notting Hill, Ladbroke Grove and Westbourne Park
  • Opening and closing times:) August 26th 15:00 until August 27th 14:00
  • Cost of tickets:N/A
  • Genre: Arts
  • Website for more information: http://www.thelondonnottinghillcarnival.com/

Hyde Park Concerts

Some of the biggest names in music play to audiences in Hyde Park during the summertime in London. Make sure you book ahead to see your favourite artists live on stage; from Eric Clapton and The Cure to Bruno Mars and Roger Waters. For some lively family fun, The Open House event features family-friendly activities as well as food stalls, pop up bars, live DJ sets and children’s theatre performances.

Afterwards, head back to Royal Lancaster London (located right next to the park!) and refuel with dinner at either of our award-winning restaurants; Island Grill or Nipa Thai or simply relax with a night cap, ready to do it all again tomorrow!

British Summer Time Festival Hyde Park

British Summer Time Festival in Hyde Park

Getting there: Hyde Park

  • Walking distance from hotel: 0.4 miles, 8 minutes by foot
  • Nearest Tube: South Kensington, Circle Line
  • Location address: Hyde Park
  • Opening and closing times:) July 9th 13:00 until July 15th 21:00
  • Cost of tickets: Various prices, depending on the performance
  • Genre: Arts
  • Website for more information: https://www.bst-hydepark.com/

Opera at Holland Park

The impressive Opera Park Theatre can be found in a magnificent building in the heart of Holland Park. During the summer months a number of world famous operatic performances are held here as well as performances by the Royal Ballet School. People are also invited to take part in one of the special pre-show talks, attend the prestigious supporter events and catch a screening at the Luna Cinema – the perfect time to dress in your finest for the chance to rub shoulders with the stars and take in a little culture.

Getting there: Holland Park

  • Walking distance from hotel: 4 miles, 29 minutes by foot
  • Nearest Tube: Holland Park, Central Line
  • Location address: Holland Park
  • Opening and closing times:) May 29th until July 28th
  • Cost of tickets: £20 to £80
  • Genre: Arts
  • Website for more information: http://www.operahollandpark.com/2018-season/

Outdoor Films and Cinemas

The sultry summer evenings are ideal times for watching a film as the sun sets over London. Film screenings can be found at a wide range of incredible venues across the city and you can easily find yourself watching ET in the picturesque Hammersmith Park, joining film lovers on the roof of the Queen of Hoxton pub in Shoreditch or watching a film on the deck of a boat as it drifts slowly down the River Thames.

Getting there

Nature and Wildlife

London boasts an impressive number of green zones including some of the oldest public parks in England, as well as beautifully landscaped gardens in the grounds of magnificent stately homes. These parks and gardens are often home to special features such as small zoos, lakes and an abundance of hidden gems just waiting to be explored! On a sunny day, it’s all about alfresco dining and our Signature Afternoon Tea is available to takeaway – which makes a rather good picnic in the park on a sunny day!

Richmond Park

Richmond Park can be found in the countryside, just a thirty minute drive from the city and is the perfect place for families to explore together on a sunny day. This is the largest Royal Park in London and features numerous stunning natural features such as dense forests and rolling hills, which are home to large numbers of rabbits and fallow deer. This is a great place to pause and enjoy a picnic on a sunny day, whilst afternoon tea and a selection of treats can be sampled at the onsite English tea shop.

Nature and deer, Richmond Park

You can spot deers in Richmond Park

Getting there: Richmond Park

  • Walking distance from hotel: 6.1 miles, two hours 4 minutes by foot
  • Nearest Tube: Richmond, District Line
  • Location address: Richmond Park
  • Opening and closing times:) Daily 07:00 until 19:45
  • Cost of tickets: N/A
  • Genre: Leisure
  • Website for more information: https://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/richmond-park

Kew Gardens

Also known as the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Gardens is among the largest and most diverse botanic gardens in the world. Collections of plants from all over the globe can be found in carefully planned and structured gardens; from the home grown bluebell woods to the enormous greenhouses full of towering tropical palm trees. The gardens also feature a series of impressive and enchanting nature walks, where visitors can escape city life and enjoy the wonders of nature.

Getting there: Kew Gardens

  • Walking distance from hotel: 6.4 miles, 2 hours, 12 minutes by foot
  • Nearest Tube: Kew Gardens, District Line
  • Location address: Kew Road, Richmond
  • Opening and closing times:) Daily, 10:00 to 17:45
  • Cost of tickets: £17.75 for adults, £4 for children
  • Genre: Leisure
  • Website for more information: https://www.kew.org/

Hyde Park

Those who enjoy lazing on the water will not want to miss the chance to hire a pedal or row boat on the Serpentine Boating Lake, located in the heart of Hyde Park. This large green zone is also a great place to try horse riding or simply sit back and soak up the sun.

Take a rowing boat out on the Serpentine, a short walk from the hotel

Take a rowing boat out on the Serpentine, a short walk from the hotel.

Visitors can head to the famous Speakers’ Corner to hear the hot topics of the day, while other areas of interest include the Diana Memorial Fountain and Hyde Park Playground, which the kids will love. Why not try our award-winning Island Grill for lunch or dinner after a day spent in Hyde Park. Serving inspired modern European dishes with a seasonal twist, the restaurant also offers floor to ceiling views across Hyde Park – it’s like you never left!


Getting there: Hyde Park

London Zoo

This world-famous zoo holds a prominent place in one corner of Regent’s Park and is home to more than 12,000 different animals, many of which are extremely rare. One of the great things about London Zoo is that it offers visitors the chance to meet some of the animals as well as the keepers who take care of them.

Special habitats such as Clore Rainforest Lookout, Gorilla Kingdom, Penguin Pool and Butterfly Paradise have also been created to offer as natural an experience as possible and visitors are provided with plenty of opportunities to interact with the animals.


Getting there: London Zoo

  • Walking distance from hotel: 2.3 miles, 48 minutes by foot
  • Nearest Tube: Camden Town, Northern Line
  • Location address: Regent’s Park
  • Opening and closing times:) Daily, 10:00 to 18:00
  • Cost of tickets: Boating charges: £29.75 for adults, £22 for children
  • Genre: Leisure
  • Website for more information: https://www.zsl.org/zsl-london-zoo

Browsing, Shopping and Street food

Indulge in a spot of shopping and grab a quick bite to eat while exploring the city at one of London’s famous markets; offering everything from antiques and artwork to handicrafts, books and records, vintage clothing and street food. London is a real cultural melting pot and virtually every cuisine from around the world can be sampled here – it’s foodie heaven! For a taste of Thailand in London, Nipa Thai serves the most delicious authentic and traditional cuisine and holds the ‘Thai Select’ award (from the Thai Government no less) – a must visit whilst you’re in London!

Camden Market

People who love shopping for alternative clothing and other curiosities should make sure that they take a trip to Camden Market. This is one of London’s most vibrant shopping zones selling everything from unique handicrafts to antiques, collector’s items and just about everything else in between. Afterwards, visitors can head to the buzzing food market for cult cafes, terrace bars, top notch street food and freshly-baked delicacies – make sure you visit on an empty stomach!

Camden Town, Camden Market

The Camden Market is located in vibrant Camden Town


Getting there: Camden Market

  • Walking distance from hotel: 3.0 miles, 1 hour by foot
  • Nearest Tube: Camden Town, Northern Line
  • Area: Camden Lock
  • Opening and closing times:) Saturdays and Sundays, 09:00-18:00
  • Cost of tickets:N/A
  • Genre: Shopping
  • Website for more information: https://www.camdenmarket.com/

Covent Garden

Covent Garden is situated in a charming nineteenth century Piazza; a buzzing shopping, food and cultural destination for locals and visitors alike. Browse luxury fashion and beauty stores and unique handicraft markets or grab a drink and bite to eat at one of the many restaurants, cafes or pubs. Visitors should not miss the chance to watch the many street performers who entertain the crowds come rain or shine; a much loved tradition at Covent Garden since the 1660s.

Getting there: Covent Garden

  • Walking distance from hotel: 2.6 miles, 53 minutes by foot
  • Nearest Tube: Covent Garden, Piccadilly Line
  • Area: Central London
  • Opening and closing times:) Daily, 10:00 to 19:00
  • Cost of tickets:N/A
  • Genre: Shopping
  • Website for more information: https://www.coventgarden.london/

South Bank

Stretching along the River Thames, the South Bank is the perfect place to take a stroll on a sunny day. The area features a huge entertainment centre packed with things to see, do, buy and eat and a large number of interesting events are also held here throughout the year.

London Eye in South Bank

London Eye in South Bank

In addition to the South Bank Centre, this area of London is home to the London Eye; a gigantic Ferris wheel that offers visitors stunning panoramic views of the city. Other attractions include the Tate Modern, the SEA LIFE London Aquarium and the National Theatre, while a number of excellent food stalls and pavement cafes are also scattered along the river.


Getting there: South Bank London

  • Walking distance from hotel: 3.0 miles, 1 hour 3 minutes by foot
  • Nearest Tube: Waterloo, Northern Line
  • Area: Along the River Thames
  • Opening and closing times:) N/A
  • Cost of tickets:£15.17 for adults, £7.59 for children
  • Genre: Leisure
  • Website for more information: https://www.southbanklondon.com/index

Columbia Road Flower Market

This is one of the biggest and most vibrant flower markets in London and the perfect way to spend a sunny summer morning. On Sundays, Columbia Road is transformed into a tropical paradise with more than sixty shops and street stalls selling plants and flowers of all varieties and colours. The area also boasts a number of charming pavement cafes where visitors can pause to indulge in a cake and a cup of coffee, whilst watching the world go by.

Columbia Flower Market, London

Columbia Flower Market, London

Getting there: Columbia Road Flower Market

  • Walking distance from hotel: 4.9 miles, 1 hour 41 minutes by foot
  • Nearest Tube: Old Street Station, Northern Line
  • Area: Columbia Road
  • Opening and closing times:) Sundays, 08:00 to 15:00
  • Cost of tickets:N/A
  • Genre: Shopping
  • Website for more information: http://www.columbiaroad.info/flowermarket

Old Spitalfields Market

This bustling indoor market is situated inside a 19th century Victorian Market Hall and can be found between Bishopsgate and Brick Lane. This is one of the city’s oldest markets, serving London since the 1600s and nowadays, the market features a mixture of food stalls and vintage and luxury fashion, beauty and homeware brands. Special events such as art exhibitions, fashion shows and kids workshops are held here in the summer months and tend to be very popular.

Getting there: Old Spitalfields Market

  • Walking distance from hotel: 4.6 miles, 1 hour 35 minutes by foot
  • Nearest Tube: Liverpool Street, District Line
  • Location Address: 16 Horner Square
  • Opening and closing times:) Monday to Friday 10:00 to 20:00, Saturdays, 10:00 to 18:00, Sundays 10:00 to 17:00
  • Cost of tickets:N/A
  • Genre: Shopping
  • Website for more information: https://www.oldspitalfieldsmarket.com/

Broadway Market

This centuries old market in the heart of Hackney has recently received a facelift and offers an airy atmosphere to shop for a wide variety of original arts and crafts as well as an array of local farm produce. This is a great place to sample tasty treats from all around the world such as French style éclairs, artisan sausage rolls, tofu burgers, American style ribs and Vietnamese street food as well as more traditional Cockney fare; pie, mash and liquor – with jellied eels!

Getting there: Broadway Market

  • Walking distance from hotel: 5.3 miles, 1 hour 53 minutes by foot
  • Nearest Tube: Bethnal Green, Central Line
  • Location Address: Hackney, between London Fields and Regent’s Canal
  • Opening and closing times:) Saturdays, 09:00 to 17:00
  • Cost of tickets: N/A
  • Genre: Shopping
  • Website for more information: http://www.broadwaymarket.co.uk/

Borough Food Market

A foodie institution in itself, food lovers are sure to be impressed by the abundance of specialist food stalls that make up Borough Market; showcasing some of the best in fresh British produce. As London’s oldest food market, steeped in history, it’s a great place to buy exceptional produce such as breads, cheeses, meats, vegetables, cakes and ciders and there are always plenty of free samples on offer to taste. A number of special artisan events are held throughout the year too, such as food festivals, cookery classes and gastro-tours – make sure you book in advance to avoid missing out!


Getting there: Borough Food Market

  • Walking distance from hotel: 4.0 miles, 1 hour 23 minutes by foot
  • Nearest Tube: London Bridge, Jubilee and Northern Line
  • Location Address: 8 Southwark Street
  • Opening and closing times:) Wednesday to Sunday, 10:00 to 17:00
  • Cost of tickets: N/A
  • Genre: Shopping
  • Website for more information: https://www.boroughmarket.org.uk/

Maltby Food Market

Every weekend, more than thirty of London’s leading gourmet food chefs set up their stalls in this enchanting urban setting. Make sure you arrive hungry to sink your teeth into popular treats such as the award winning African Volcano burger (a huge slab of steak slathered in fiery sauce!) and an array of cheeses that are sure to impress the most discerning cheese lover. Those who have a sweet tooth should not miss the gourmet chocolate brownies and dhan waffles, while the Bavarian sausages are the perfect accompaniment to your craft beer!


Getting there: Maltby Food Market

  • Walking distance from hotel: 5.0 miles, 1 hour 44 minutes by foot
  • Nearest Tube: Bond Street Station, Jubilee Line
  • Location Address: 37 Maltby Street
  • Opening and closing times:) Saturday 09:00 to 17:00, Sunday 11:00 to 17:00
  • Cost of tickets: N/A
  • Genre: Shopping
  • Website for more information: http://www.maltby.st

Outdoor activities

Taking part in outdoor activities is a great way to see London whilst getting fit and having fun (and avoiding the tube!). There is an abundance of outdoor activities to enjoy in London on sunny days; from alternative ways to explore and see the sights, to sports that help to bring visitors together and create lasting memories.

Bicycle Rides

Cycling is one of the best ways to explore London on a sunny day and the city boasts a number of excellent cycling lanes that allow visitors the chance to beat traffic jams and crowds and explore at their own pace. Perhaps the easiest way to enjoy a bicycle ride is to hire a bike from one of the special Santander Stands that have been set up at various locations around London.

You can bike in Hyde Park, located two minutes away from the hotel

A bicycle ride in Hyde Park, London

The cost of bicycle hire is calculated according to distance, with the first 30 minutes included in the initial payment. Visitors simply need to head to their nearest stand, make a quick digital payment and start having fun using peddle power!


Getting there

  • Walking distance from hotel: 0.3 miles, 6 minutes by foot
  • Nearest Tube: N/A
  • Location Address: 37 Santander Cycle Hire, Devonshire Terrace
  • Opening and closing times:) 24/7
  • Cost of tickets: £2
  • Genre: Sports
  • Website for more information: https://www.tfl.gov.uk/modes/cycling/santander-cycles

Swimming at Hyde Park

Seek relief from the heat by taking a dip in the Serpentine Lido. This large aquatic area features cool, clear water that is suitable for all ages, with an adjoining paddling pool that is ideal for the younger ones to splash around in. People who simply want to sit back and soak up the sun can hire one of the deckchairs that are set up on the edge of the Serpentine, only moving to get a drink from the Lido Café Bar and or to visit the children’s play area.

Getting there

Tree Climbing

People who have a head for heights are sure to have fun swinging from tree to tree at Go Ape. The centre boasts a picturesque location on the south bank of the River Thames and offers visitors of all ages the chance to complete an exciting aerial assault course that runs for an impressive 730 metres and consists of zip lines, platforms and other types of crossings to navigate. State of the art safety equipment is provided for all visitors, and afterwards there’s also woodland walking, cycling trails and a nearby café to refuel.

Getting there

  • Walking distance from hotel: 2.5 miles, 51 minutes by foot
  • Nearest Tube: Battersea Power Station, Northern Line
  • Location Address: Battersea Park
  • Opening and closing times:) Experiences last from two to three hours and require advance booking
  • Cost of tickets: £36 for adults, £28 for children
  • Genre: Leisure
  • Website for more information: https://www.goape.co.uk/days-out/london/battersea

River boat trip or River Bus on the Thames

Taking a boat trip down the River Thames is an experience that should not be missed on a sunny day. Visitors will have the chance to sit back and watch as the iconic sites of the city such as Tower Bridge, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Southwark Cathedral and the Tate Modern slide slowly past. The Thames Clipper stops at a total of 21 piers along the River Thames and runs between Putney and Woolwich. Visitors have the chance to hop on and off whenever they wish, providing a unique way to explore London.

Taking a boat trip down the River Thames is an experience that should not be missed

Tower Bridge from the Thames River


Getting there

  • Walking distance from hotel: 3.0 miles, 1 hour 3 minutes by foot
  • Nearest Tube: Waterloo, Northern Line
  • Location Address: River Thames
  • Opening and closing times:) Daily, 05:00 to 20:00
  • Cost of tickets: Tickets for all zones are £9.90 for adults, £7.50 for children
  • Genre: Leisure
  • Website for more information: https://www.tfl.gov.uk/modes/river/about-river-bus

Take in the View from the Shard

The Shard is the tallest building in the city and also ranks 5th tallest in the whole world. It was designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano and British architect Richard Rogers, and this unique collaboration has lent the building an unusual style that is sure to be admired by architecture lovers for many years to come. Public viewing galleries are located on floors 68 to 72 and offer visitors the chance to take in unparalleled views over London – the perfect way to watch the sun set over the city.

The Shard, London

The Shard, London

Getting there

  • Walking distance from hotel: 4.6 miles, 1 hour 33 minutes by foot
  • Nearest Tube: London Bridge, Northern Line
  • Location Address: Joiner Street
  • Opening and closing times:) Daily, 10.00 to 22:00
  • Cost of tickets: £30.95 for adults, £24.95 for children
  • Genre: Leisure
  • Website for more information: https://www.theviewfromtheshard.com/

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