There are so many things to do in London in Summer 2016.
As always, London is possibly the top cultural event location on the planet, but July and August are always particularly busy for concerts, events, sports and the arts in the capital.
Below, you can see some of the London summer highlights for 2016 with dates and details on how to get tickets online.
Of course, there are thousands of things to do every hour of every day in London and you can find something to amaze you around every corner, but below are some of the big and exclusive highlights this summer.
Come to London this summer and enjoy events that can only be experienced in the capital of cool!
HARRY POTTER THE PLAY
This is the eighth installment in the Harry Potter saga. However, this is not another book, but a stage play called Harry Potter and The Cursed Child. The opening night will be on the 30th July at The Palace Theatre in London.
It follows Harry’s life as an adult who is now married, a dad to three school kids, and working in a stressful job at The Ministry of Magic.
THE ROLLING STONES EXHIBITION
Exhibitionism is all the history of The Stones. It’s a huge exhibition over 2 floors at The Saatchi Gallery in London open until 4th September, when it will relocate to New York.
There are 9 rooms all with different themes: 3D Performance, Recording, Film & Video, Costumes, Rare & Unseen, Art & Design and more.
The Wimbledon Championships is the world’s premier tennis tournament.
In 2016, Wimbledon Tennis is from 27th June to 13th July and you can see the world’s absolute best tennis stars fighting to win the most coveted tennis title.
Every year, this quiet district of London becomes the centre of the tennis world with thousands of fans desperately trying to get tickets.
You can try to get tickets online and you can queue up on the day you visit in the famous Wimbledon queue. A good tip is to go along in the evening when the queue is much shorter and you can get tickets to see tennis action on the less glamorous courts. It may not be the impressive centre court, but you will experience the super atmosphere of Wimbledon.
How can you get Wimbledon tickets? All the info you need to know about Wimbledon tickets is here
THE WORLD’S TALLEST, LONGEST, FASTEST TUNNEL SLIDE
The ArcelorMittel Orbit Slide has been named as the number one thing to do in London this year.
This is the slide that is wrapped around the enormous sculpture in the Olympic Park in East London.
The whole ride takes 40 seconds from top to bottom at a very high speed, so you can imagine how tall the slide actually is.
You MUST book tickets in advance, it costs £15 to slide down once, and you can ride again immediately after for another 5 pounds.
THE NEW TATE MODERN WING
The Tate Modern is London’s massive modern art gallery by The River Thames. Since it opened the visitor numbers from people from all over the world have far exceeded expectations. The original estimates were for 4 million annual visitors, but the number has been closer to 10 million each year.
So, a new extension to the building was planned and this enormous 10-storey wing is now open and is an architectural and new cultural highlight of the capital city.
Fortunately, entry to the Tate Modern is free (like all the major museums in London with free entry), apart from some special temporary exhibitions.
HYDE PARK SUMMERTIME CONCERTS
Hyde Park is an enormous green space public park within walking distance of the school. At the weekends during the summer, there are concerts with some of the biggest rock and pop stars in the world.
Hyde Park concerts for 2016 include:
Stevie Wonder (Sunday 10th July with support by Pharrell Williams)
Take That (Sat 9th July)
Florence and the Machine (2nd July)
Massive Attack (1st July)
Mumford and Sons (Friday 8th July) and more
VISIT BUCKINGHAM PALACE
From the 23rd July until the beginning of October, Buckingham Palace is open to paying visitors.
You can see the State Rooms, the Queen’s gallery, the gardens, The Royal Mews, and other areas of Buckingham Palace.
It is unlikely that you will see HRH The Queen having a cup of tea or walking her little dogs though 🙂
JIMI HENDRIX MUSEUM LONDON
Jimi Hendrix first became famous in the Swinging Sixties of London.
In 1968, Hedrix lived in a flat at 23 Brook Street, which he said inspired him because the classical composer Handel had also once lived there, and Jimi was a huge fan of Handel’s music.
The Hendrix/Handel house has now been turned into a permanent museum to honour Hendrix’s memory.
STAR WARS CELEBRATION EUROPE 2016
A 3-day event from the 15th to the 17th July at the ExCel Centre in London will celebrate everything to do with Star Wars.
There will be cast members signing autographs, including Carrie Fischer (Princess Leia), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Anthony Daniels (C3-PO), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and many more.
In addition, you can indulge in interactive exhibitions, shows, film screenings, costumes and basically thousands of mega fans all celebrating the Star Wars universe.