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Things to do in London during Spring/Summer 2018

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Things to do in London during Spring and Summer 2018

Discover the best things to do in London in 2018

After long months of cold weather and much more snow than we expected, it’s finally time to get in the Spring/Summer mood and start planning all the fun activities in the city. London is definitely a very generous place when it comes to Summer activities. Expect food markets, pop up bars, rooftop bars, new art exhibitions, music festivals, open air cinemas and a lot more attractions. Also, be sure to spend lazy days laying in the grass on one of the many beautiful parks in London. If you want a more immersive experience, maybe an English Course in London could be a great way to explore the city and learn a new skill at the same time. The list of fun things to do in London during this time of the year is endless. In this article we share with you the best art exhibitions, music festivals and new theatre releases to attend and make the most out of your time in London.

Tourists in London and basker singing by the Thames near City Hall

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– Free things to do in London

Go to the theatre

Although most theatres are indoors, it’s still a nice thing to do in London during the warmer months, since during this time of the year there are many new releases. Head over to the National Theatre to watch Macbeth, the famous tragedy from Shakespeare. Otherwise, watch Quiz, a fictional West End play about an scandal on the TV show game ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’. If you are a fan of Tina Turner, then you cannot miss the West End musical about the singer’s life since the beginning of her career. These are just a few highlights from the new shows releasing this Summer (2018). You can also watch classics like Lion King, Wicked, The Phantom of the Opera and so on.

Check amazing art exhibitions in London

Tourist in London at an art exhibition looking at old photographs

If you like art exhibitions then London is a great place to be during the sunniest months of the year. Visit Tate Modern to discover one year (1932) of work in the life of Picasso. Then head over to The Design Museum to see the ‘Hope to Nope’ exhibition about graphics and politics. If you are a fan of the French Impressionist Monet, then you have to visit the National Gallery to check this new exhibition showcasing 75 of his paintings related to architecture.

If you wonder what the nightlife in London looks like from the nineteenth century to now a days, you can visit the Museum of London to check over 200 pictures. Also for the photography enthusiasts, Tate Modern has a new exhibition called Shape of Light, that shows the interaction between abstract art and photography. For a more innovative exhibition, head over to the V&A Museum and check Future Starts Here. You can find out there about the inventions and designs that will shape our future.

Enjoy many Music Festivals

Female artist singing and playing live in London Southbank

Spring/Summer is a fantastic time for all the music enthusiasts living or visiting London. There are many music festivals happening during the warm months on a variety of music styles, from rock’n’roll to folk, jazz, reggae and a lot more. Keep an eye on the line ups and be quick to buy your tickets as these festivals are quite popular among londoners. A few of the big names include:

  • Arcadia Festival – Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – May 5 and 6
  • All Points East – Victoria Park – May 24,25 and 26/ June 1,2 and 3
  • We Are FSTVL – Upminster – May 25, 26 and 27
  • Hampton Court Palace Festival – June 5 to 23
  • Meltdown Festival –  Southbank Centre – June 15 to 24
  • Somerset House Summer Series –  July 5 to 15
  • British Summer Time – Hyde Park – July 5 to 16

 

As you can see, there are lots of great things to do in London during the Spring/Summer months. Besides going to the theatre, checking art exhibitions and attending music festivals, be sure to take the time to visit some of the amazing rooftops that are only open during the warm months. You can also plan day trips to nearby cities such as Brighton, Bournemouth and Cambridge. Take our tips and start planning your Spring/Summer activities to be sure you’ll enjoy most of what London has to offer.  

We hope you enjoy the fun things to do in London!
Do you have more ideas? Share with us in comments!


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Winter and Christmas in London

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Christmas in London – 2016 Attractions

Find London Christmas attractions and things to do in autumn and winter

Article by Link School, an English language centre in London for adults

Winter and Christmas in London - things to do, snowflake and Christmas trees in the background

London in winter

1. Winter Wonderland

This year Winter Wonderland is celebrating its 10th anniversary. For six weeks, London’s Hyde Park will be transformed into Winter Wonderland. The attractions will include winter markets, circus shows and ice skating. There will be also stalls with winter treats, mulled wine and variety of food.
One of the best London attractions in winter!

18th November 2016 – 1st January 2017
The gates open at 5 p.m. on the opening night of 18th November. After that the opening times are 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. (except Christmas Day).

Free entry to the park, but the main attractions are paid.

See also: Link School Christmas Gathering

2. Christmas in Leicester Square

Celebrate the festive season in one of London’s most famous squares.
This year in Leicester Square you can enjoy a grotto – traditional Christmas market and a vintage velvet-draped Spiegeltent – a venue pitched in the middle of the square. You you can watch there Christmas shows such as the famous La Soirée circus and many other cabaret acts.
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Top Museums in west London

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A list of top 9 museums in west London

Looking for attractions or museums in west London?

Here is our list of top Ealing and west London museums.
Article by Link School of English in west London

1. Gannersbury Park Museum

The Gannersbury Park Museum is located Regency style building which used to be a residence of the famous Rothschild banking family from 1835. Today the museum houses a superb display of social history which reflects colourful social life of the Rothschilds. The exhibition also includes local archaeological finds, interesting items related to local business history as well as Rothschild coaches, costumes, and the original Victorian kitchens. The museum is surrounded by a large park with gardens, woods and lakes; sports facilities (tennis courts, football, mini golf and cricket pitches).
Some attractions are available only during the summer season.
Location: Popes Lane, Acton, London, W3
Admission: Free

2. London Museum of Water and Steam

London Museum of Water and Steam tells the story of London’s water supply and exhibits working steam pumping. The best time to visit are weekends as the Steam Hall rotative engines are only in steam most weekends, with the Cornish engines only running on selected weekends and Bank Holiday Mondays. During weekends visitors may also ride London’s only narrow gauge railway.
Location: Green Dragon Lane, Brentford, London, TW8 0EN
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Events in London in Spring and Summer 2016

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London Attractions in Spring and Summer 2016

Visiting London or living here and looking for attractions and events in London in the upcoming months? Here is a selection prepared by Link School of English.

10 Interesting Events in London this Spring and Summer

1. Art Exhibition – Botticelli Reimagined

When: From 15th April to 3rd July 2016
Where: V&A, Brompton
Price: £15
Details: An unmissable exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, showing some highlights from Sandro Botticelli, one of the greatest artists of all time. His images are firmly embedded in public consciousness and his influence permeates art, design, fashion and film. You can also enjoy the free V&A exhibitions.

Things to do in London Spring and Summer 2016. Big Ben and Houses of Parliament in the background.

Things to Do in London in Spring and Summer 2016

2. Strange and Familiar: Britain as Revealed by International Photographers

When: 16th March – 19th June 2016
Where: Barbican Centre
Price: £12
Details: Social documentary, portraits, architectural photography and more – the show features various work of leading photographers, including Henri Cartier-Bresson, Rineke Dijkstra, Robert Frank and Garry Winogrand. A collection of over 250 compelling photographs and previously unseen bodies of work, Strange and Familiar presents a vibrant portrait of modern Britain.
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Things to Do in London for Free

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5 Things to Do in London for Free in Summer 2015

Are you visiting London this summer on a budget?

Here are some ideas on free London attractions:

1. Free Walks in London

THE LINE
A walk between the O2 arena and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park with an exhibitions of sculptures of Martin Creed, Damien Hirst and Eduardo Paolozzi. This is a three miles trail which includes, apart from sculptures, London’s Royal Docks, perfect on a sunny afternoon.

Open every day till 31/12/ 2015
More details and the location: http://the-line.org

2. Something for the foodies – food festival in London

URBAN FOOD FESTIVAL

A weekly (every Saturday) party focused around food.
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Easter and Spring in London – Cool Things to Do

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Easter and Spring in London – Things to Do

Top 8 Spring Events in London

Article by Link School of English Language

1 Easter at the Roof Gardens – Kensington

Londoners who stay in the town for Easter can enjoy 1.5 acres of green in central London, just above Kensington High Street. Up there, children can hunt chocolate treats together with the Easter Bunny. In the meantime, parents can unwind and sip special cocktails served at the Roof Gardens bar.
Start: 11.45 a.m.

2 London Chocolate Tour – Mayfair

Chocolate lovers can expect an informative and delicious treats on this two-hour long tour of Mayfair visiting some of the world’s finest chocolatiers. The walk is suitable for ages of thirteen and over and booking for this tour is essential.
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Link School of English in Ealing Broadway

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School of English in Ealing Broadway

Link School of English in Ealing Broadway from January 2015

Many of you already know that we have moved. After six years in Northumberland House in South Ealing we have moved closer to Ealing Broadway. From January 2015 Link School of English is based in Ealing House, 33 Hanger Lane, Ealing, London, W5 3HJ. Here in the new place we have better transport links, which will hopefully be to the advantage of all of us commuting in London. Now we benefit from the following stations and transport links:

Ealing Broadway (8 minute walk)

Central and District lines, National Rail trains and busses: 65, 83, 112, 207, 226, 297, 427, 607, E1, E2, E7, E8, E9, E11

North Ealing (2 minute walk)

Piccadilly line

Ealing Common (10 minute walk)

Piccadilly and District lines
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Things to Do in London in December 2014

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Things to do in London at Christmas and in December 2014

Are you spending this year’s Christmas in London? There are plenty of events, activities and things to do in London to choose from during the Christmas holiday period and December. Here are some ideas shared by our English school:

Christmas Markets in London

Traditional German Christmas Market
From 21 November 2014 to 04 January 2015 in Hyde Park
A traditional German Christmas market returns to the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland. Back with entertainment, festive food and drinks, mulled wine, the market is the perfect place for Christmas shopping.

Christmas at Greenwich Market
From 26 November 2014 to 24 December 2014
An alternative to the high street for your shopping to find Christmas gifts. The Greenwich Market is selling all kinds of festive stuff. You will find there mixing up arts, crafts, vintage fashion, antiques and other quirky things.
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Cool Things to Do over the Easter Weekend in London

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Looking for Ideas What to Do at the Easter Weekend in London?

Chasing the Easter Bunny or Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday Party – there is always something to do for everyone in London. Our academy of English prepared a couple of ideas for you:

Kensington Palace Easter Egg Hunt

A great opportunity to discover a trail through the beautiful Kensington Palace Gardens, meet the Georgian royal court and crack a secret code for a chocolate prize. The Easter Egg Hunt is aimed at children aged 7 to 11. Apart from this Kensington Palace will be getting into the springtime spirit with live performance and storytelling over the long Easter weekend in London.
Kensington Palace, from April 18th to April 21st

Easter at Kew Gardens

Amongst all the fantastic kids’ activities prepared for the Easter weekend in London, the Easter Egg hunt will likely be the biggest draw for children during Kew’s Easter festival. On Easter Sunday from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. kids can forage for fair trade and organic chocolate eggs hidden across the Gardens.
Kew Gardens, Sunday, April 20th

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Cool things to do – December and Christmas in London

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Looking for ideas what to do at Christmas in London?

Here are some things Londoners enjoy during December:

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Display in London

This is a must see if you are for new Year’s Eve in London.
London Eye, Jubilee Gardens, South Bank, South Bank, London, SE1 7PB
Tube: Embankment Underground Station, Westminster Station, Waterloo Station
Dates: Tuesday 31st December 2013
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