Essential London Summer Visits

When it’s summer, London comes alive with tourists and, even though there is so much to see and do in the city, a large bulk of places to go are indoors. However, there are several places that you can visit if you want to delve into London’s rich culture and also enjoy the summer sun.

The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew

The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew opened in 1840 and it has grown from a modest 75 acres to 300 acres today where it houses 7 million preserved specimens and 30,000 living plants. The different glass houses situated in the gardens contain different plants from around the world; Palm House, a striking Victorian structure, is home to palm trees and a 9 metre walkway to allow visitors a bird-eye view of these majestic trees, and The Princess of Wales Conservatory, that was opened by Princess Diana herself, is home to plants such as water lilies, carnivorous plants and orchids within its impressive 10 different climates. The Chinese Pagoda is one of the most famous sites in Kew Gardens; built in the 18th century, it is one of the best remaining pagoda’s in Europe.

Open Air Theatre, Regents Park

If you head to Regents Park, a short walk away from the Park Grand London Lancaster Gate, you will find the Open Air Theatre which showcases many playwrights work while surrounded by nature. Even if you regularly enjoy taking in a show at the theatre, you won’t have experienced it quite like this with nature adding it’s own unique element to the plays. Feel free to take your own blanket, snacks and drinks, a bottle of wine is an essential for this cultural event, and enjoy a picnic and a play or visit the bar and restaurant that are decorated in fairy-lights to add a touch of magic to the experience.

Hampton Court

Hampton Court is the perfect summer trip. Situated just outside of London, it was the home of Cardinal Wolsey before he gave it to King Henry VIII where it became one of his main place of residence. It will most definitely need a whole day to look around and, even though much of the palace is indoors, it is well worth it and you will be rewarded with breathtaking gardens and a maze. There is also the opportunity to have Afternoon tea on one of the palace’s terraces, what could be more perfect.

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