Have you been daydreaming about a trip to London? Thanks to late summer sunsets, London comes alive in the warmer months as locals and visitors alike visit open-air theatres, sporting events and al fresco restaurants. Here are a few of our favorite summer activities in London.
All summer long, you can enjoy outdoor performances at one of the largest theaters in London. Situated in one of London’s Royal Parks, Regent Park Theater is one of the oldest outdoor theaters in London – and just a 20-minute black cab ride from our Trafalgar Square hotel. The first-class productions are showcased through unique settings for 18 weeks straight. Over 140,000 people attend each year, so be sure to grab your tickets in advance!
A memorable summer activity for friends, families or coworkers, climbing the dome at St. Paul’s Cathedral is not for the faint of heart. The Dome stands 111.3 meters high and weighs 65,000 tons. Within the dome, guests will discover three galleries offering breathtaking views of the London skyline. The Whispering Gallery is the first and requires guests to climb 257 steps up the winding staircase. Visitors are rewarded with unforgettable views and a unique acoustic experience. Simply whisper your secrets along the curved wall, and the sound will be heard by your mate on the far side of the circular walkway. (*St. Paul’s Cathedral notes that the “Whispering Gallery remains closed to the public until further notice.”)
Continue climbing the circular staircase another 119 steps and find the Stone Gallery with views of London’s cityscape from the outside of the dome. The rails are tall and made of stone allowing guests to look between the pillars and spot iconic London landmarks. The highest and smallest of the galleries at St. Paul’s is the Golden Gallery – an additional 152-step climb. This viewing space is smaller but provides even more incredible views of London and the intricate architecture of St. Paul’s Cathedral. Easily visit this London landmark from our West London hotel, just 0.1 miles away.
Whether you are looking to explore, shop, or eat, Covent Garden has it all, and our boutique Holborn hotel is just a few steps from the action. Located in London’s West End, Covent Garden boasts a unique collection of shops, restaurants, bars and entertainment. From bakeries and coffee shops to cocktails bars and dessert destinations, enjoy a meal or snack any time of the day. Shop your favorite worldwide brands like Calvin Klein and Pandora, or discover a London-born exclusive like Penhaligon’s. Kids will love stores like The Moomin Shop and Happy Socks.
Once you’re ready for a break, settle in for an evening of entertainment at the Royal Opera House, Disney on Stage or the Iris Theatre. Don’t forget to swing by The Nest or Bar Elba at the end of the day for rooftop drinks, amazing views and an unforgettable photo opportunity.
The Tower Bridge has proudly stood as a symbol of ingenuity and innovation in London Town since June 1894. Today, the bridge still functions as a roadway for vehicles with a liftable gate to allow boats on the River Thames to pass through. Besides driving over the iconic bridge or passing through by boat, there is a rich history and magnificent display of machinery for visitors to uncover.
Located less than a one-mile walk from CQ’s London City hotel, Tower Bridge furnishes an epic London adventure for visitors. The North Tower begins the experience with informational displays and a climb to the top. Between the two towers, the glass-floor walkway delivers breathtaking views 42 meters above the river giving walkers a bird’s eye view of the city. While descending the South Tower, learn more about the building of the bridge and the brave men who worked to make it a reality. Last but not least, the Engine Room equips visitors with a hands-on encounter with the steam engines that were once used to raise the bridge.
Peruse this list of the top 17 family-friendly attractions in London and fill your itinerary with days of fun and adventure.
Then, when you are ready to book your vacation, check out CQ’s four boutique hotels in London. Each one is pet-friendly, family-friendly, conveniently located and equipped with cutting-edge technology. Check out the latest specials and book your London escape today!
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