London has something for everyone to enjoy, no matter if you’re there for just a day or it’s a weekend away. Travelling with friends or family? We’ve scouted out some brilliant ideas for your days out…

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Summer on the Square

The National Gallery / Trafalgar Square | 1st August to 1st September 2024
Summer on the Square is a free outdoor art festival in Trafalgar Square for children, young people and families full of free, daily creative sessions and activities to inspire all. Activities will take place daily and are open to everyone. It’s part of their NG200 programme celebrating 200 years of the National Gallery.
The National Gallery in London

Terrible Thames Tour

Tower Bridge Quay | 23rd March to 1st September 2024
Tour the River Thames like never before on board the Terrible Thames Tour. Departing from Tower Bridge Quay between March and September, boat trips last 45 minutes and are full of horrible history facts and stories about King Henry VIII, Jack the Ripper, Julius Caesar and many more! 

Barbie®: The Exhibition

The Design Museum | 5th July to 23rd February 2025
Don’t miss this major exhibition exploring the design evolution of Barbie. This exhibition has been in the works for 3 years and will coincide with the 65th anniversary of the brand. Get more details and tickets on the Design Museum website.

Her-story of art: Women Artists in Britain

Tate Britain | 16th May to 13th October 2024
Spanning 400 years, this exhibition at Tate Britain follows women on their journeys to becoming professional artists, from the Tudor times to the World War I. Explore over 150 works at this brilliant exhibition. Get tickets in advance. 

Changing The Guard

Buckingham Palace | Throughout Summer 2024
A royal tradition dating back to 1698, experience the Changing the Guard ceremony where the guards on duty change over with the new guards, along with marching and music. It takes place at Buckingham Palace every Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Sunday from 11am.
Changing the guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace

Luna Cinema

Various London locations | Throughout Summer 2024
Luna Cinema is the UK’s top open air cinema and it’s coming back to London for 2024. Choose from over 120 screenings that include new movie releases along with well-known classics. For announcements, schedules and ticket, visit

Regent's Canal

Little Venice to the Docklands
This free waterway walk is an idyllic and quiet route through London, passing through Camden, a zoo, and parks. Regent's canal is 8.6 miles long and the starting point is Paddington Arm of the Grand Union Canal to the finishing point of the Limehouse Basin in the River Thames.

Buckingham Palace Summer Opening 

Buckingham Palace | 11th July to 29th September 2024
For just 10 weeks each summer, Buckingham Palace opens its doors to tourists for view some of the famous State Rooms inside the working royal palace. Prebook your tickets on the Buckingham Palace website

The Hundred

Kia Oval & Lord’s Cricket Ground | 23rd July to 18th August 2024
The Hundred is back from 23rd July for 2024! Cricket matches are taking place throughout August at various venues including the Kia Oval and Lord’s with the men’s and women’s final taking place at Lord’s on 18th August. It’s a brilliant family-friendly day out! Find out more and book tickets on The Hundred website.

Greenwich + Docklands International Festival

East & South East London | 23rd August to 8th September 2024
This free outdoor theatre and performing arts festival is a brilliant addition to any trip to London. It’s an annual event organised by the Royal Borough of Greenwich to showcase talent, culture and art with many free installations and live performances to enjoy. More details on the GDIF website.

Open House London

Various London locations | 14th to 22th September 2024
Explore homes and buildings that are not usually open to the public during the Open House Festival. Discover brilliant architecture and history at unique spaces for free. Don’t miss it!

Enjoy a Sightseeing Tour

Various London locations | Throughout Summer 2024
See London like you’ve never seen it before with a guided tour. Learn interesting facts along the way, whether you’re opting for a 
hop-on hop-off bus, a walking tourCity Cruise boat ride or even a Thames Rockets Speed Boat. Enjoy scenic tours of the city, stopping by London’s well-known attractions and landmarks. Don't forget, you can get discounted or 2 for 1 tickets for over 150 London attractions, exhibitions, theatres and more when you travel by train.
london eye river thames and city cruise boat

London Museums

Various London locations | Throughout Summer 2024
London’s selection of museums offer unmissable historical experiences with so much to see and learn and are always a popular choice on any trip to London. The Museum of London is a great free option, or walk in the footsteps of Churchill at the Churchill War Rooms and step back in time to the Second World War.

Sightsee from a Skyscaper

Various London locations | Throughout Summer 2024
The city centre of London is home to skyscrapers that offer viewing galleries to see the sights from above. The Shard, almost two times higher than any other viewing platform, offers 360° views for up to 40 miles. The Sky Garden is a free option and is London’s highest public garden. Experience London from above and enjoy spectacular birds eye views. Remember to book in advance.
view from above at the shard london

Food Markets

Various London locations | Throughout Summer 2024
A trip to London is incomplete without visiting a food market. There are so many dotted around the city you’ll find it hard to choose just one! From Borough Market and Old Spitalfields Market to Brick Lane Market and Camden Market, the choice of cuisines and street foods are endless. 

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