The Ultimate Summer Calendar
The London summer season is in full swing. Here's the unmissable events and activities you can still enjoy — even if you've been too busy to book
Pergola on the Roof, Shepherds Bush
Read our guide to rooftop spots all across town
The lawns at Glyndebourne
Even those left cold by opera will be charmed by the country house delights of Glyndebourne or Garsington. Gourmet picnics, champagne and the finest frocks are a perfect backdrop for world-class musical performances. And, even if you haven't booked yet, it's not too late. There's still limited availability across all shows at Glyndebourne (we recommend Il Barbiere di Siviglia) and at Garsington (book the five star Idomeneo quickly). You don't even have to leave the city for a country house experience: Holland Park Opera brings the bucolic atmosphere to the centre of town and there are still plenty of tickets.
Al Fresco Theatre
Who needs a roof when the sun's shining? Head to Regent's Park Open Air Theatre for an alfresco musical; there's still tickets for the revival of Jesus Christ Superstar. Or, soak up the evening sun and take in some topnotch Shakespeare at the Globe. Banish fears of staid tradition: new artistic director Emma Rice has arrived with flurry of freshness. Her production of A Midsummer Night's Dreams might alarm Shakespeare purists, but it's unashamedly fun. Or book for a feminist take on Taming of the Shrew.
The outdoor screen at Lewis Cubitt Square will be showing the Wimbledon Final on Sunday 10 July
Those of us who didn't manage to secure Centre Court tickets to the Wimbledon final this year can still enjoy the tennis in style, with all the requisite Pimm's and Strawberrries. Whether you want to queue for day tickets, picnic on Murray Mound or sit back and relax at one of London's loveliest outdoor screens, we have you covered in our guide to watching Wimbledon.
Bernard Haitink will be conducting the David Bowie tribute at this year's Proms (Photo credit: Todd Rosenberg)Dip in a Lido
Kenwood Ladies Pond, Hampstead
As seasoned Londoners we've learned our al fresco swimming lesson the hard way — Hampstead Pond boasts the most tranquil setting (if you don't the water rats). Ladies' Pond is heaven. You don't need to venture far: the Serpentine is surprisingly quiet for somewhere so central but is a spot suited to sunbathing, unless you want to brave a slimy swim. Or try Brockwell Lido: with all of the buzz of a holiday destination it is great for a family outing or somewhere spend a Sunday with friends.
Lovebox Festival, Victoria Park 15 July 2016 - 16 July 2016 (Photo Credit: Richard Johnson)
London Day Festivals give you all warm cider and crowd-surfing of a full festival, without the faff of tent pegs, wellies and wet wipes. For a sophisticated Sunday outing, catch the literary festival Caught by the River Thames, which hosts radical spoken word artist Kate Tempest and poet heavyweight Don Paterson as well as indie bands and jazz musicians. For the more hardcore festival heads, Lovebox Festival offers an eclectic line-up including rock band LCD Soundsystem and electronic musicians Major Lazer.
Latitude Festival, 14 Jul 2016 - 17 Jul 2016
Looking for something to nurse those post-Glastonbury blues? Look no further. There are a string of great summer festivals with tickets still available this summer. Mix it up with the Latitude, the ultimate family festival whose diverse programme combines theatre, art, comedy, poetry, literature, politics and dance. Or head to our favourite boutique festival Port Merion's No. 6 Festival this September for a varied programme of music and entertainment on the picture perfect Welsh coast.
Waterside dining at The Summerhouse, Little Venice
How to spot an Englishman abroad: identify the tourists who are lounging over lunch in outdoor terraces for lunch in spite of lobster red cheeks. Yes, all-year-round sun deprivation makes us Brits lap up the rays at every opportunity. But for those rare sunny July days, London offers plenty of outdoor dining spots, the best among them are The Summerhouse in the capital's Little Venice. For a superb fish supper, try the Bonnie Gull Seafood Shack.
Read our guide to the best al fresco dining spots in London.
Beach East at the Park, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Can't wait until the Bank Holiday Weekend to catch some seaside fun in the sun? Lucky for Londoners, city beaches are cropping up across the capital. We love the beach at Brent Cross, where families can enjoy customary seaside games or, for those daring enough, the 60ft roller coaster and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, complete with pool, volleyball nets and even the nearby Carsten Höller slide
for the more daring adventurers.