Summer might be coming to an end in London and the nights getting cooler — the average temperature in September is 16°C, with highs starting off around 20°C (make sure to pack a light jacket or raincoat, as well as a warm sweater for the evening hours) — but there’s still plenty to see and do in London in September. Here are a few dates for your diary.
Whether you’ve blown all your funds during your summer holidays or are saving for the holiday season, autumn is the ideal time to save money in London. To help you make the most of your trip without breaking your budget, here are 25 free things to do this fall in London.
A first trip to London is kind of like walking into your favorite store and not knowing where to look first, there’s so much to see and do. This means planning can turn into a daunting task. Should you visit both Westminster Abbey and St. Paul’s? Buy tickets for a West End show ahead of time or try to get discounted tickets once there? Is the tube really the best way to get around? (The answers are yes, wait for discounts unless there’s a show you’re set on seeing, and yes again.)
It’s the busiest and sunniest month in the British capital and there are plenty of good reasons to visit London in August. This is the time to rent a deckchair in the park, relax in a beer garden or cool off at one of London’s lidos, but there are also a host of open-air festivals, seasonal markets and alfresco events to fill up your itinerary. Here are a few of the most important dates for your diary.
Downton Abbey’s highly anticipated Season 6 won’t be hitting the small screen until later in the year (US fans will have to wait until 2016), but those looking to get their fix of all things Downton will want to add August 16th to their diaries. For one night only, guests are invited to attend a special champagne reception and tour at the real-life Downton Abbey – the magnificent Highclere Castle, owned by the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon.
Viator insiders love traveling the globe, but we’re also showing our own cities some love this summer. Take the Viator Local Challenge to fill your summer with all the iconic activities that make London. You could win a $500 Viator gift voucher for your next big adventure! No jetlag necessary.
When it comes to food, London has come a long way from its former bland reputation, and today the British capital offers roaming foodies a startling variety of ethnic cuisines, gourmet gastronomy and wholesome homegrown recipes. This is a city where you can splash out on 3-Michelin-star cuisine and meet friends for High Tea one day, then eat fish and chips on a park bench or grab a kebab at 2am the next; be served by a celebrity chef or dine at one of the world’s best curry houses. Eating out in London is no longer boring or bland – it’s an eclectic, multi-cultural, multi-sensual journey that has something to impress the most discerning gastronomes. To help you get started, this foodie guide to London has all the tips on where to go and what to eat.
Few London landmarks are as iconic and universally recognizable as Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, the grand Gothic building and huge clock tower that loom over the Thames riverside, fronted by the Westminster Bridge. It’s the instantly recognizable postcard image of London and for many first time visitors, one of the must-see attractions at the top of the sightseeing itinerary.
With the City of London Festival in full swing and the Wimbledon Tennis Championships finals drawing huge crowds, there’s plenty to see and do in London in July, and it’s the ideal time for a day at the beach or a road trip to the Cotswolds. This is the time of year for alfresco drinking, picnics in the park, watching a movie under the stars and swimming at London’s lidos, but be sure to add these dates to your diary too:
Madame Tussauds will be welcoming some new faces this summer, as the legendary waxworks museum gets set to host two special exhibitions, featuring two famous icons from different sides of the Atlantic.