9 things to do in summer 2016

9 things to do in summer 2016

The summer months are finally upon us and 2016 promises to be the best yet! You really don’t want to miss out this summer, take a look at what you can get involved in…

Open Garden Squares Weekend

On the weekend of 18th-19th June, over 200 gardens across 27 boroughs’ will take part in the annual garden weekend where gardens of different shapes and sizes open up their gates to the public. Just under 70% of all gardens are closed throughout the rest of the year so this is a real opportunity to take part in tours, cycling, family activity, arts and crafts and more. Entry for all gardens is free, however, some require advance bookings so be quick!

Open Air Theater

Go and pay Regent’s Park Open Air Theater a visit in its 1,250 outdoor auditorium and enjoy a range of film productions, plays and musicals. Take a look at what’s on show and book your tickets here. The show goes on, no matter what the weather so prepare wisely!

Sunset Safari at London Zoo

From June 3rd ‘til July 15th, you’re invited to experience zoo life after hours. Observe animals of all types settle down for dinner and get ready for a night-long slumber. The Safari Trail will guide you through the entire zoo and, don’t worry, there’ll be food for you too!

Notting Hill Carnival

Well, it wouldn’t be a summer well spent without a visit to the Notting Hill Carnival, would it? As with every year, the carnival begins on the August Bank Holiday. If you’ve never been, why not make it a first this year.

A New Look Tate Modern

On Friday June 17th 2016, the Tate Modern will be revealing its new extension, which will be known as The Switch House. The expansion provides around 60% more exhibition space, which means the current artifacts will be re-hung across the current Tate Modern and new The Switch House.

Outdoor Sports

Help yourself to a range of outdoor sports such as swimming at Serpentine Lido or Hampstead Heath Ponds. For a comprehensive list of where you can go for a splash, click here. If water sports is not your things, you may go horse riding at Richmond or Hyde Park or Tennis at Greenwich Park, which was recently refurbished. Don’t worry about how good you are; all levels are catered for.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Good news for all Harry Potter fans, the tale of the boy wizard did not end with the ‘Deathly Hallows’. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child hits the Palace Theater in the West End from June 7th, 2016 until May 27, 2017. The theatrical production is a continuation from the Deathly Hallows, following the story of a now middle aged Potter and his son Albus, who is to begin his adventure at Hogwarts. The play is split into two parts and promises to be the biggest production to hit the West End.

The London Anniversary Games

The London Anniversary Games will serve to be a prequel to the Games set to take place in Rio. For two days, you’ll have the opportunity to be see the likes of Usain Bolt in action as they warm up before flying off to Brazil.

Fire! Fire! Exhibition at the Museum of London

To commemorate the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London, the Museum of London will have on exhibition rare artifacts salvaged from the fire. These include keys, padlocks and more. The aim of the exhibition is to give Londoners a glimpse of what London would have been like before, during and after the fire, which took place on September 2nd, 1666.