Regent’s Park, London zoo, NDT shows and more
Thinking about fun things to do this summer? Whether you’re seeing friends, on family days out or looking forwards to catch-ups with work mates, we’ve put together the ultimate guide in London. Discover the best places to eat, drink, book tickets, see shows and generally have the best summer ever.
With wellbeing classes at House of Wisdom, new shows at New Diorama Theatre and outdoor tables at Regent’s Place Plaza via walking and biking tours of Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill, to planning trips to London Zoo – everything you need is right here.
Book amazing shows at the New Diorama Theatre
The NDT’s summer programme is filled with energising ensemble shows. From the London transfer of Parabolic Theatre’s immersive Crisis? What Crisis? to the NDT & Rhum + Clay co-production Everything Has Changed for NDT’s first schools’ tour, they’re presenting a range of ambitious and acclaimed productions that you can book now.
As part of NDT’s return, they’ll also be unveiling a brand-new cafe/bar and public areas re-imagined by a team of theatre designers to boost accessibility and provide space and free resources to encourage creative working. Find out more and book tickets.
Eat and drink in the sunshine at Regent’s Place
With plenty of open-air space including the Plaza and alfresco dining, Regent’s Place is a brilliant spot for catching up with friends or family dinners. The Refinery is now open for indoor and outdoor bookings, serving cocktails, bottomless brunch, noodles, steak and mezze (plus they’re showing a summer of sport on their screens).
The Union is another fantastic find for drinks with friends and lunch menus of hot roast smoked salmon with crushed avocado or dinner featuring sharing boards (their English cheese board features Baron Bigod, Ogleshield and Shropshire Blue with Union pickles, apple chutney and Borough sourdough) are all worth a try.
For more laidback coffee on the go, takeout picnics and quick stops, Regent’s Place is also home to independent coffee shop Black Sheep Coffee, Pret, Sainsbury’s and Starbucks. We recommend takeout and the 30-minute beautiful walk to Primrose Hill to watch the world go by.
Boost your wellbeing at the House of Wisdom
For a welcome alternative to nights out and long lunches, the calming and sustainable space at House of Wisdom is all about balancing your body and mind. Their current timetable is running classes of Crystal Bowls, Conscious Connected Breathwork, Sattva Yoga and Sonic Sound Journeys. Plus, book any lunchtime session and bring a friend for free. Prices vary depending on your personal needs and all of their teachers are welcoming and knowledgeable.. Read more at House of Wisdom.
Explore London by bike
Thanks to Regent’s Place’s central location, it’s the smart place to start or finish a bike tour of London (plus we’re home to a Brompton Bike hire locker so you can pick one up from us). From two wheeling round the outer circle of Regent’s Park to heading east to Limehouse Basin, here’s a handy guide to planning your sightseeing routes.
Take a trip to Regent’s Park
One of London’s gems, Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill are an unmissable day out when the sun is shining. Just a few minutes’ walk from Regent’s Place, its 395 acres are home to a boating lake (hire boat and pedalos here), children’s playground, Queen Mary’s Gardens (which features 12,000 roses), tennis and netball courts, beautiful memorials and fountains, varied wildlife and a nature trail plus its famous open-air theatre which is showing Romeo & Juliet, Anansi The Spider, Carousel and Dragons and Mythical Beasts (book here).
Events to watch out for in Regent’s Park this summer
Learn how to fly a trapeze with Gorilla Circus; hear upcoming live musicians every weekend at the Bandstand and Broad Walk as part of Regent’s Park Music Festival (26 June-19 September); visit Taste of London and sample new concepts and menus (book tickets here) or uncover the world of London’s bugs. Put them in your summer diary now.
Book London Zoo
London Zoo in Regent’s Park is a must in the summer. Simply book your tickets online and turn up on the day. They’ve carefully colour coordinated walks around the zoo so you can find your way around easily. Unmissable sights include the reptile house (a must for Harry Potter fans), the rainforest (see a sleeping sloth inches above your head or go underground to see nocturnal bats and rats enjoying their dark territory), feeding time for the penguins and In With Monkeys (keep your bags closed as they like to have a good look inside). There’s also a carousel and a particularly good gift shop with picnic benches scattered round for tired feet.