5 Summertime unmissable summer spots in Central London

Sightseeing & Attractions   |   Apr 08, 2016

There are certain spots in London which you just have to see in summer. These are the places where not only tourists but locals go to relax and enjoy themselves.  

5 Summertime unmissable summer spots in Central London

 

Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens are two of the historic royal parks.  Covering hundreds of acres of green space, they are a wonderful place to sit back and relax, enjoy a picnic, and meet friends. Hyde Park links up with Kensington Gardens, enabling visitors to explore a park that is bigger than Monaco!  Hyde Park has been the site of many famous activities such as the Great Exhibition of 1851, and was one of the sporting venues for the 2012 Olympics. It is traditionally the site of demonstrations on subjects of all kinds.  One of the traditions of London is watch people stand on boxes at Speakers Corner and make speeches.  

Kensington Gardens backs onto Kensington Palace where many members of the Royal Family live, including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.  One of the most popular sights in Kensington Gardens is the wonderful Peter Pan statue, erected in honour of Sir James Barrie and the boy who never grew up.

 

Kensington Roof Gardens offer an unusual view of London – from high up on top of a former department store.  This is the setting for a lovely garden complete with flamingos, fully grown trees and water features 100 feet above London.  Most of the time, this is a private club but during the summer there are often one day events open to the public.  These can include top class DJ’s as well as London’s only Rooftop Festival, REVERB, which features cutting edge live music and comedy. It has been rated the number one spot by some of the best youth hostels in London for several years due to its tremendous features.  

 

August sees the Notting Hill Carnival taking place. A blaze of colour, throbbing music and fantastic food, the Caribbean style Carnival has become Europe’s biggest street festival.  This is the place to go to roam the streets, enjoy the music, watch the dramatic parade of floats and performers as well as taking part in the casual after parties that throng the area. Close by is the Portobello Road with its famous market where almost anything can be found if you look long enough.

 

Exploring Primrose Hill can make you forget you are in London. It is situated just beyond Regents Park, and climbing up the 256 ft incline to the top provides wonderful views across the city.  This is one of the protected viewpoints throughout the city, developers are not allowed to create buildings which will damage the sightline from Primrose hill.  Several centuries ago, this was the site where duels and fighting took place, usually at dawn.

 

Camden Town is the place to come each summer to explore the famous market, stroll along Regent’s Canal admiring the beautifully decorated barges, listen to live music and sample food from all over the world.  This has always been a very multi-cultural area of London, with great vibes and a tremendous atmosphere.It has always been famous spot for youngsters as well since many famous London youth hostels are closeby.

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