Spring is in full bloom and that means that summer is not too far away. Although the weather for people staying at London City Suites may be worse than desired at this current moment , the soon to come London summer will pound down the heat as visitors take part in a wide range of glorious summer activities. The fact that the city has so much on offer will almost make it harder for visitors to choose what to do but with so many incredible opportunities lined up this summer, you’ll never be short of ideas.
Hyde Park is one of London’s Royal Parks and sits next to the beautiful Kensington Gardens. Not only does the park hold many pieces of stunning memorials and a statue of Queen Victoria herself but also borders on Green Park, Kensington Gardens and the Wellington Arch, a memorial for the Duke of Wellington created by prolific architect Decimus Burton. This is also worth a visit for the sheer scale of its Marble arches and bronze sculpture of Nike, the Goddess of Victory. The park is also home to many amazing types of plant life such as the weeping Beech tree. The park is also known for having a Speakers Corner which allows public speakers from many backgrounds to engage in debate. This can prove to be a thought provoking time, well spent in the company of such famous speakers as Marcus Garvey and George Orwell, dating back to the Victorian era and the progression of British civil liberties.
The Serpentine Lake
The Serpentine Lake was created on behalf of Queen Caroline of Brunswick in 1730. It is a recreational lake that stands in Hyde Park next to the delicious Riverside Café. This cafe serves great food for all times of the day whilst the lake itself allows visitors to rent out paddle boats. What’s more, the lake is home to many forms of wildlife including Geese and Swans who have made their home in Hyde Park.
The Lake is also home to an outdoor recreational swimming area. Here, visitors can take a dip if the weather allows, in a cordoned off swimming area which also consists of natural water, unheated and untreated with chlorine, making it perfect for a cool dip on a hot day. If the untreated and unheated nature of the Seprentine does not take your fancy then there are plenty of other options for outdoor lidos in London. Many of these have existed since the Victorian era and are kitted out with beautiful art deco surroundings in what are often Olympic sized (50 metres and over) swimming pools. These Lidos include London Fields Lido, Brockley Lido and Parliament Hill among many others.
Music Festivals in London take place all over the cities many parks and include British Summer Time at the end of June, this year hosting such showstoppers as Justin Bieber and Phil Collins in the aforementioned Hyde Park. Elsewhere you can find Field Day in London Fields, showing the best in alternative acts and Visions Festival, a multi venue new music festival celebrating the stars of tomorrow. Lovebox Festival in Victoria Park is also popular due to its eclectic mix of musicians, this year including Mac Dawson, Frank Ocean and Rag and Bone Man.
Notting Hill Carnival
London’s Notting Hill Carnival celebrates the eclectic mix of cultures in London. Having existed since the 1960’s, the festival celebrates the Caribbean influence on London with bands, dancing and mobile soundsystems whilst opening in the morning with family friendly parades filled with magnificent colours. On the last weekend of August yhou can find a heady mix of street food, dancing, DJ’s and performances, proving to be one fo the biggest parties in London’s year.