When the sun shines in London, residents head outdoors en masse, coming together in something akin to a communal sun salutation. As temperatures soar, the city’s outdoor entertainment offerings ramp up with open-air theatre performances, rooftop movie screenings, courtyard music concerts and more, and, true to London style, everyone is invited to the party. Lunches effortlessly evolve into leisurely alfresco affairs in neighbourhood pockets and treasured parks. In Central London’s Soho Square, you can rub shoulders with the creative crowd who converge to picnic in the square’s 17th-century park and garden, before relocating to one of the many nearby beer gardens. 

Here are three signature summer events to attend in summer.

Rooftop Film Club

With three venues across the city, including the Bussey Building in Peckham and The East in Stratford, the Rooftop Film Club offers sundown screenings of popular films through September.

Shakespeare’s Globe

This summer, catch As You Like It or Hamlet at Shakespeare’s Globe, a replica of the Elizabethan, open-air playhouse built in 1599, where much of the Bard’s work was performed.

Summer Series at Somerset House

On the banks of the River Thames, Somerset House palace offers an elegant setting to rock out to veteran and emerging musical acts such as MGMT and The Roots during its Summer Series.


[This article appears in the May 2017 issue of WestJet Magazine and has since been updated]