Modern metropolis and historic city meld together seamlessly in London, a city respected by people around the world for its diversity, innovation, culture, and history. We’ve taken the liberty of planning your summer in London – we’re sure you won’t mind. Between ice-cold brews to tackle the summer heat, discover the English capital’s royal treasures, naval traditions, and iconic family attractions.
For a royal garden gander
Why you’ll love it: A walled oasis in the heart of London, the Garden at Buckingham Palace is a place to breathe in the fresh air and immerse yourself in centuries of royal tradition. Walk amongst hundreds of wild plant species, get lost in the wildflower meadow or the rose garden, and feel your worries slip away in a garden that’s very much fit for a Queen.
For a marvel of maritime heritage
Why you’ll love it: Sir James Thornhill’s Painted Hall is the jewel of the Old Royal Naval College – a golden-hued chamber that’s ready to leave you open-mouthed. Birthplace of wedding-planner’s dream King Henry VIII, you’ll have an interactive guide to fill you in on the College’s incredible history as you explore.
For the starry-eyed
Why you’ll love it: How often do you get to hang out with your favourite celebrities? Never, of course. But your friends will never guess your A-list selfies alongside Iron Man and Dua Lipa are actually with Madame Tussauds’ incredible wax wonders, they’re that realistic. Just make sure you come up with a good story!
For skyline views over the city
Why you’ll love it: There will be few better views this summer in London than from the city’s iconic cantilevered observation wheel. Head to the South Bank, step inside an air-conditioned pod, and slowly rotate up to become part of one of the world’s most famous skylines, for just a few fleeting moments.
For the sounds of a nation
Why you’ll love it: Over 600 rare and real artifacts belonging to icons of British rock and pop music make up the interactive British Music Experience. From the Beatles and the Stones, to Queen, the Spice Girls, and Adele, you’ll come out inspired by the UK’s electric post-war soundtrack on this day trip from London to Liverpool.
For anyone who loves a giggle
Why you’ll love it: It’s a hilarious river tour packed with amazing tales.
Through Horrible Histories: Terrible Thames, you’ll discover all kinds of stories that you wouldn’t hear on regular sightseeing tours, with all the gory details included! Whizz past the Tower of London, the Savoy, Cleopatra’s Needles and Westminster while you listen to terrible tales about King Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, the Duke of Wellington and more.
For a royal day out
Why you’ll love it: It’s the world’s most famous royal residence.
Tap into your inner royal with a visit to the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace. Enjoy some regal British splendour and enjoy an audio tour of the Gallery’s current exhibition, which includes special insights and commentary from Royal Collection Trust experts.