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Summer in the City

Experience the best of the City of London - 40 of the Top Things to Do in the birthplace of the capital

Looking for the best things to do in London this summer? Our new City of London website brings you world class culture and heritage, experiences, food and drink, places to stay and most importantly, the City's best kept secrets.

To get started, see below for some of the top can't miss things to experience this season across the City of London.

Explore the City's top summer unmissable experiences

Space Objekt: OA-515
15.06.2023 30.09.2023

Space Objekt: OA-515

Enjoy stunning art installation Space Objekt: OA-515 and lunchtime food trucks at Citypoint (near Moorgate station). And - follow the Brookfield City Art trail to see even more.
Pardner Hand – A Caribbean answer to British banking exclusion
This exhibition explores a way of saving popularised by the Windrush Generation, which empowered Caribbean people to save money and build a life in the UK.
In The Moment: The Art of Music Photography
A unique free exhibition showcasing key rock & roll images and the photographers who shot them. Discover the stories behind these pictures in the photographers' own words.
Trailblazers at the Tower of London
Meet five female trailblazers who have each made a mark on the Tower’s past and changed our shared stories far beyond its walls.
The Pavilion (2023) by Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum
Explore the new site-specific commission, The Pavilion (2023) by Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum, at London Mithraeum Bloomberg SPACE
Street Food Market at The Leadenhall Building
Are you a foodie looking for something deliciously different? Visit the lunchtime Street Food Market underneath The Leadenhall Building every Tuesday and Wednesday!
Dine on Eataly’s Terrazza terrace
01.06.2023 31.08.2023

Dine on Eataly’s Terrazza terrace

Experience true Italian al fresco dining and drinking on Eataly London’s Terrazza.
Summer Breeze Brunch
24.06.2023 31.08.2023

Summer Breeze Brunch

Eastway Brasserie
A fresh, summer breeze is blowing through London, and with it brings the brand new Summer Breeze Brunch at Eastway Brasserie in Andaz London.
Common Ground
11.06.2023 31.08.2023

Common Ground

St Mary-le-Bow
A temporary installation celebrating the history of St Mary-le-Bow Church and approaches to re-use of sustainable materials.
Happy Hour in Hithe + Seek
20.06.2023 31.08.2023

Happy Hour in Hithe + Seek

Hithe + Seek
Enjoy 20% off your total bill on food and drinks everyday from 5pm to 7pm at Hithe + Seek.
An English Garden
01.06.2023 31.08.2023

An English Garden

The Royal Exchange
See stunning floral decorations inside The Royal Exchange.
The Spirit of Saint Tropez at Wagtail
Wagtail are bringing the essence of the French Riviera to the heart of the City of London this summer.
Aldgate Sounds
04.07.2023 29.08.2023

Aldgate Sounds

Aldgate Square
Take a musical lunch break. Open-air concerts with different genres each week from up-and-coming local artists.
The Old Bailey – Guided Tour
The Old Bailey is opening its doors to the public for guided tours this summer. Join City of London Guides to discover history, famous trials, unexpected artworks of the most famous court house in the world
Urban Playground
01.06.2023 31.08.2023

Urban Playground

Fen Court
Sit, play or wonder. Visit a pop-up Urban Playground - inspired by wooden children’s toys. Part of LFA 2023.
The Herbalist’s Plant Press
A pop-up urban garden with evergreen, scented and medicinal plants. Inspired by 16th century herbalist John Gerard and the area’s history of printing. Part of LFA 2023.
Green spaces to relax in the City of London
Whether you’re looking for a tranquil picnic spot or somewhere for quiet contemplation, here are some of the City’s greenest spaces to seek out.
City of London Children’s Trail
Padel Tennis Festival
Enjoy a fun-filled game of padel tennis with your friends and colleagues this summer, near Tower Hill - at the City's first Padel Tennis court.
The Terrace on The Plaza
07.06.2023 30.09.2023

The Terrace on The Plaza

The Orchid Lounge
London’s new summer al fresco seafood and cocktail terrace will bring a taste of sunshine and seashore into the heart of the City - located on Bishopsgate Plaza, Pan Pacific, in collaboration with St-Germain.
Bloom by Four Seasons – Summer Pop-up Rooftop Lounge
Experience an exclusive summer pop-up with unparalleled city views.
A Strange Loop
17.06.2023 09.09.2023

A Strange Loop

Barbican Theatre
The ground-breaking and critically acclaimed winner of every ‘Best Musical’ award on Broadway, and the Pulitzer Prize, bursts onto the stage this summer for a one time only, limited season.
Carrie Mae Weems: Reflections for Now
Explore the work and career of Carrie Mae Weems at the Barbican in this first major UK exhibition dedicated to one of the most influential American artists working today.
The Tower Bridge Cat Trail
01.06.2023 31.12.2023

The Tower Bridge Cat Trail

Tower Bridge
Inspired by 'The Tower Bridge Cat' and the characters from the award-winning books, families are invited to complete our interactive Trail as they make their way through Tower Bridge.
Outdoor Cinema at the Barbican Centre
Enjoy warm summer evenings filled with fantastic film, food and drink as the Barbican's famous outdoor cinema returns to the Sculpture Court.
Roman London Family Quest
Bring your family back in time to Roman Londinium in this interactive fun family day.
City of London Secret Spaces Trail
Navigate the City's streets to explore its abundance of hidden gardens, artworks and public spaces with this new self-guided trail.
Wren at Work
17.06.2023 15.10.2023

Wren at Work

Guildhall Art Gallery
Visit this re-creation of Wren’s St Paul’s working ‘office’ and experience the intensity of the rebuilding of London and the new St Paul’s cathedral after the 1666 fire.
The Garden at 120
Visit the City of London’s largest public rooftop space - free to visit and no booking required. The Garden at 120 is located atop the Fen Court building at 120 Fenchurch Street.
Rosslyn Coffee – Tower 42
Rosslyn is a collection of three award winning high volume specialty coffee shops located within the City of London.
The Fortnum’s Bar & Restaurant at The Royal Exchange
Serving up a seasonal and contemporary menu The Fortnum's Bar & Restaurant sits in the al fresco-style surroundings of the Royal Exchange’s spectacular central courtyard.
Jeff Wayne’s The War of The Worlds: The Immersive Experience
Experience a Martian Invasion in London with this never-before-seen interactive adventure.
Sculpture in the City
Sculpture in the City is an annual sculpture park that uses the urban realm as a rotating gallery space.
St Bartholomew the Great Church
Built in 1123, Saint Bartholomew the Great Church is the oldest surviving building in the City of London.
City Wall at Vine Street
Visit The City Wall at Vine Street for a fascinating journey through 2,000 years of London history.
Barbican Theatre
Ground-breaking theatre and dance performances from world-leading companies.
Billingsgate Roman House and Baths
Roman London Revealed: Uncover everyday Roman life. See a rich Roman history surviving 2,000 years of building, fires and bombings.
Barbican Conservatory
Visit the spectacular Barbican Conservatory and explore this hidden tropical oasis in the heart of the City of London.
City of London Guides – Daily Guided Walks
City of London guides offer daily, weekly and monthly walks around the City of London.
Sky Garden
The Sky Garden is one of the most exciting additions to London’s skyline and dining scene.
F1 Arcade
A thrilling new F1® racing experience designed to make you feel like a champion.
Tower Bridge
Explore the iconic Towers, panoramic Walkways, and historic Engine Rooms at London’s defining landmark, Tower Bridge.
One New Change
The City's newest and largest retail centre, near St Paul’s Cathedral.
The Royal Exchange
The finest retail experience in the heart of the City of London.
Rooftops to drink and dine with a view

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