Whereas some holidaymakers’ summer priority will be heading abroad for guaranteed warm weather, especially if you’re not near a beach at home, others will prefer to stay within the country and take advantage of the sunny months to visit destinations that may otherwise be dreary. As any Londoner will tell you, few cities in the world match London’s beauty in the summer time, when locals and tourists alike take to the streets, waters, and parks to enjoy the brief but beautiful sunny summer weather. So if you’re thinking of a London vacation this summer while others are jetting across the sea on flights to Paphos or Costa de Luz, here are four fun things to do when you’re there.

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1. Explore the banks of the Thames

Since the founding of London the River Thames has played an important role in the city’s development, acting first as a natural border, and then as focal point for locals to gather at. Today a stroll down the banks of this historic river will bring you past sites such as Big Ben and Parliament, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, the London Eye, the Tower of London, and Tower Bridge.

2. Head to a West End show

A cheaper but equally high quality sibling of Broadway, the West End is home to original British shows and versions from across the pond. There are all time classics that are always available, such as The Mousetrap, and new favourites like Once, or Roddy Doyle’s The Commitments. If you’re looking for an extra special local event, book tickets to a show put on by the Royal Shakespeare Company.

3. Visit the Royal Parks

Summer is the prime time for heading out into the scenic parks of London, home to a wonderful mix of activities and opportunities, from the Serpentine waterway of Hyde Park, the flowerbeds of Kensington Garden, to the skyline views of the city from Primrose Hill. London’s parks are a great opportunity to escape the frenetic streets of the city, and have a relaxing picnic or drink.

4. Explore the museums

If you do happen to get a less than optimal day of weather, than it presents the perfect opportunity to explore some of London’s many world-class museums, such as the Natural History Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the British Museum. Each site is free to the public, and features exhibits from every corner of the globe.

There are few places in the world that provide visitors with the type of international experience that London can, and it just so happens that a summer visit will also serve-up some beautiful English weather.