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Nowhere beats London in the sunshine and nothing says summer more than London’s eight Royal Parks. This season we have Phil Collins, Disney remakes, sculpture, swimming and jazz – and that’s only scratching the surface!

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Take a dip in the Lido

What better way to spend a lazy summer afternoon than a refreshing dip in the Serpentine Lido in Hyde Park, followed by a spot of lunch at the nearby Lido Café Bar?

Located near the Diana, Princess of Wales, Memorial Fountain and overlooking the Serpentine Lake, the Lido Café is the perfect lakeside spot for a scenic bite to eat with friends and family.

Go to the capital’s hottest festival

Musical heavyweights Phil Collins, Justin Bieber, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, The Killers, Kings of Leon, and Green Day will all take to the stage for Barclaycard presents British Summertime Hyde Park from 30 June-9 July. Buy tickets here.

Sandwiched between the two weekends of concerts is Open House, a free festival packed with an exciting range of activities to make the most of those long summer days.

Tour the tastes of the world with the best street food available and the latest from the craft beer movement. Experience live music, Wimbledon on the big screen, sporting pursuits to try for yourself, and much more.

The free open-air movie nights are also back so come down and enjoy a movie under the stars including modern remakes of the Disney films Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast.

Listen to some jazz in Greenwich Park

Throughout July and August, the bandstand at Greenwich Park plays host to some great jazz bands from the Belvedere Concert Band to the Galaxy Big Band and the Lewisham Concert Band.

Organised by the Friends of Greenwich Park, the concerts are free of charge and take place every Sunday from 3pm.

Check our what's on calendar for details.

Discover the history of the Royal Parks

The Royal Parks have evolved over the past 500 years from monarchical deer hunting grounds to the world famous public parks we know and love today, accessible to all and enjoyed by millions from across the globe.

For the first time ever, an exhibition will explore this rich history, with rarely seen artefacts including oil paintings, photographs, and historical documents spanning three centuries. The exhibition will also look at the history of Phoenix Park in Dublin, which was formed in 1662 as Ireland’s only royal deer park, and is today managed by the Office of Public Works, Ireland.

Parks: Our Shared Heritage is delivered in partnership with the Hearsum Collection and the Office of Public Works, Ireland.

In addition to the exhibition, The Royal Parks in partnership with the education team at Mall Galleries, will host a number of community art activities between 28 July and 11 August. Find out more info on

When: 27 July – 11 August 2017

Where: Mall Galleries


Get cultural in the Serpentine Pavilion

Diébédo Francis Kéré, the award-winning architect from Gando, Burkina Faso, is the seventeenth architect to accept the Serpentine Galleries’ invitation to design a temporary Pavilion in its grounds in Kensington Gardens.

Inspired by the tree that serves as a central meeting point for life in his home town of Gando, the architect has designed a Pavilion that seeks to connect its visitors to nature – and each other. An expansive roof, supported by a central steel framework, mimics a tree’s canopy, allowing air to circulate freely while offering shelter against London rain and summer heat.

On selected Fridays, the Pavilion transforms into a site for encounters in art, cinema, theatre, performance and music for the Serpentine Galleries’ annual ‘Park Nights’ programme.

When: 23 June – 8 October 2017

Where: Serpentine Galleries


Admire free sculpture in The Regent’s Park

From 5 July Frieze’s first ever summer exhibition in The Regent’s Park will open in the beautiful English Gardens. ‘Frieze Sculpture’ is hand selected by Clare Lilley, Director of Programmes for Yorkshire Sculpture Park, and brings together 25 works by leading 20th-century and contemporary artists from around the world.

When: 5 July – 8 October 2017

Where: The Regent’s Park English Gardens


Honour Emmeline Pankhurst on her birthday

From political activists to fashion icons, the Amazing Women of Brompton Cemetery tour offers the best in her-stories from inspirational women who are laid to rest in this Grade I listed garden cemetery.

This new tour coincides with the birthday of Emmeline Pankhurst who helped women secure the right to vote almost a hundred years ago.

When: 15 July 2017, 2.30pm and 21 July 2017, 6pm

Where: Outside the chapel at Brompton Cemetery

No need to book, just turn up. The walk is free but the Friends of Brompton Cemetery welcome a donation of £5.

Experience RideLondon in the capital

Prudential RideLondon is the world’s greatest festival of cycling, developed by the Mayor of London and his agencies in partnership with Surrey County Council.

Staged for the first time in August 2013, it is the largest festival of cycling in the world with more than 100,000 participants expected to cycle more than three million miles during the weekend of 28-30 July 2017. St James's Park and Richmond Park star in the weekend's events with The Mall in St James's Park providing the finish line.

The event combines the fun of a free family ride in central London with the excitement of watching the world’s best professional cyclists. Amateur cyclists participate by riding a 100-mile or 46-mile challenge on the same closed roads as the professional road race, raising millions for good causes.

Learn about minibeasts in the Royal Parks

Discover the magnificent minibeasts that call London’s Royal Parks home! Join Mission: Invertebrate for a free day of storytelling, bug trails, creative crafting and invertebrate missions galore. Look out for our Giant Snail Caravan packed with fun activities for all the family!

When: Various dates from July through to October: See our calendar for further details.

Where: Across the Royal Parks and Brompton Cemetey


Take the kids to a free Discovery Day in Hyde Park

Summer is officially here and nature has truly burst into life! Choose from a variety of activities in our Education Centre in Hyde Park including sweep netting in our meadows for creepy crawlies, pond dipping and nature inspired arts and crafts.

When: 2, 9, 10, 16, 23 and 24 August 2017

Where: Education Centre, Hyde Park

No need to book. Just drop in anytime between 11am-3pm.


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