You might have heard recently that London is hosting a little thing called the Olympic Games this summer. Yes, it’s true, from July 27th - August 12th; the world’s greatest athletes will descend upon London and compete for the Gold. From blogs to newspapers, it seems like the London Olympics is the only event happening in London this summer. However, if you have booked your trip to London and are not exactly the large-scale-sporting-event enthusiast, never fear. There are plenty of other festivals, concerts, and activities that will be happening in London this summer.
So, if you’re craving those uniquely London experiences that will take you from corner to corner of the city, I’ve got a few ideas for you. Here is a roundup of some interesting events taking place around London, and I promise that they have nothing to do with the Olympics!
Spend A Night Under The Stars at Regent Park’s Open Air Theatre
True to it’s name, the Open Air Theatre is an outdoor theatre nestled in the heart of London’s beautiful Regent Park. Talented actors and actresses take to the stage to perform a range of theatre, from Shakespeare to classic musicals. Tickets range in price - but you won’t have to break the bank. This summer, the Open Air Theatre is featuring productions of Ragtime The Musical, and a Midsummer Night’s Dream.
How cool would it be to watch Shakespeare in Regent Park? And of course, there are tons of dining options, available right at the theatre. You can pick between noshing on the BBQ’d goods provided pre-performance, picking up from a buffet, or pre-ordering a picnic! You can also grab a Pimm’s to top it all off. So go ahead and pack a blanket, cozy up, and take in some classical theatre under the open sky.
Explore Camden Town - Camden Crawl
You might have heard Amy Winehouse croon along about her beloved Camden Town in London. Camden is a neighborhood in London that offers a rough-and-ready-for-anything vibe. You can find an eclectic mix of culture, fashion and art in Camden. Throughout its history, the neighborhood is also known to have hosted the first gigs of quite a few famous rock-bands, including: Led Zepplin and Pink Floyd. So it seems natural that Camden hosts the annual Camden Crawl.
The Camden Crawl features a strong line-up of up and coming (and already notable) bands, comedians and interactive events. Spanning over a weekend, the Camden Crawl will get you well acquainted with the neighborhood. Hop from bar to bar and check out all of the awesome talent that’s on the bill. This year’s line up includes acts such as Lioness and Echo Lake. The Camden Crawl is also offering up a Hip-Hop Karaoke night! Enough said.
Stop And Smell The Roses At The Chelsea Flower Show
Brits are gardeners - and proud of it! See what’s new in the world of flora and fauna and indulge your inner green thumb at The Chelsea Flower Show. The world’s best arrangements, designs and landscapes await you! I would be remiss if I didn’t also mention that Chelsea is a beautiful neighborhood in its own right. Known as one of the most posh areas to peruse, the number of high-end shops and restaurants is abundant.
Experience London Like A Local - With A Local!
You’ve heard of all the “touristy” places to go: Big Ben, the London Eye, and Buckingham Palace. But let’s be honest, an exciting part of exploring a new city is getting to know the nooks and crannies that are off the beaten path. Knowing where the locals go to get the best food in town or where to discover that great little bar on a Friday night can make your trip that much better. That’s where GuideHop comes in.
GuideHop connects travelers with locals who offer various types of adventures, tours and activities in their hometown. Feel like taking a guided tour of the best pubs in London? How about a nighttime photographic tour of London? It’s easy to find these activities and more on GuideHop. Each tour ranges in price, so you can pick an activity that fits your budget.
Exploring the markets on Portobello Road. Photo by wilski
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If you’re traveling to London this summer and the Olympics aren’t really your thing, make sure to check out these alternative events and truly experience that local vibe. It’s the perfect chance to see how these different events reflect London’s unique cultural history.
This summer, make sure you blaze your own trail around London!
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About The Author
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