Things to do during a summer in West London
Looking for inspiration? Grab your shades and sunscreen and check out our best summer activities in West London
Whenever sunshine graces West London, it’s hard not to be swept up by the urge to get out and do something - even if you can’t quite afford it. From exploring Mother Nature to taking in some cultural sights, this side of the city is bursting with activities - both free and paid - that can make your summer truly unforgettable.
Looking for inspiration? Grab your shades and sunscreen and check out our best summer activities in West London.
Have a picnic at Hyde Park
Looking for cheap but cheerful summer activities? You can start by rolling out your picnic blanket and heading to Hyde Park. With the lush greenery and peaceful surroundings of Serpentine Lake, there’s no better backdrop to the perfect summer picnic. Get some delightful finger food from your local supermarket (strawberries dipped in melting chocolate is a luxury choice), assemble your friendship group, and enjoy a perfect afternoon of relaxation and leisure.
Portobello Road Market Stroll
Nothing says summer quite like the vibrant colours of Portobello Road Market. You’ll uncover unique vintage gems, handmade treasures, and a variety of stunning street food. Offering a kaleidoscope of colours and a bustling atmosphere, this is the perfect spot to pick up some gorgeous flowers, or simply wander around taking in the sights.
Take a cycle along the Thames
Living in West London, you’ll have the luxury of heading to the Thames for a peaceful riverside walk. However, there’s something extra special about heading for a two-wheeled adventure instead. Rent a local bike and you can find yourself zipping past iconic landmarks like the London Eye and Tower Bridge. On those super hot days, you’ll get to enjoy a refreshing breeze as you soak up the city’s summer vibes.
Discover stunning plantlife at Kew Gardens
Summer in the big city can be quite busy and fast-paced. But with a visit to Kew Gardens, you can find some tranquility amid the madness. Take in vibrant landscapes, marvel at the Palm House, and take a moment to find inner peace at the Japanese gardens. With a variety of activities and shows to get involved in, Kew Gardens has something for everyone.
Catch a film under the stars
Watching a film under the stars in an experience you’ll never forget. And in West London, you’ll get to take your pick from a variety of open-air cinemas during the summer. You can catch classic favourites, recent blockbusters, or cult films that you’ve never even heard of. With options like Merchant Square Big Screen and Openaire Cinema located nearby, this is film-watching at its most romantic.
Head to Notting Hill Carnival
At the tail end of August, Notting Hill Carnival is the perfect way to cap off the perfect summer. Occurring every August bank holiday weekend, mark your calendar for this explosion of colour, music and Caribbean culture. Get involved in this moving, dancing street celebration, and you’ll be swept away by the eye-popping colours, incredible street food and joyous celebrations.
Grab a bite to eat at Little Venice
Need a tranquil spot to gather your thoughts or head off on a walk? Located near Paddington, Little Venice is a quaint canalside full of picturesque canals and waterways. Handily, it also features a selection of cozy pubs, cafes and restaurants - perfect for taking in the surrounding scenery. If you really want to push the boat out, why not go for a charming boat tour along the canal?
Jazz up your evenings
Looking for something a bit different? Head to a live jazz performance, and you can truly tap into the musical rhythms of summer. West London's jazz scene is alive and kicking, with plenty of venues to choose from, including local favourites like Nell’s and 606 Club. Dress to impress, grab a cocktail, and let the music carry you away into the warm summer nights.
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