50 Family Friendly Things to Do in London’s West End This Summer

London is filled with plenty of activities to keep the kids entertained over the summer holidays. This year, London’s West End is hosting a summer like no other, with the 50 most exciting and thrilling experiences that can only be discovered in the West End. 

Following two years of travel restrictions and national lockdowns, over 100 streets and destinations across London’s famous West End have come together to kick-start a four month campaign of must-see, must-do, must-share experiences that can only be found in the West End this summer. 

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The West End celebrations started with the biggest event in the UK calendar this year, The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, but the fun is still going strong and will continue throughout July and August.

Print out our July August Summer calendars and use them to plan your summer activities

Exciting experiences in London throughout the summer to explore, snap and shop include…

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  • Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition [21 June-21 August], 
  • Be immersed rich fashion history on the In A Mayfair Fashion AR Trail
  • Visit Art in Mayfair [20 June – 31 July]
  • Shopping the best of British designer fashion on Mount Street
  • Enjoying Covent Garden Piazza’s Ice Cream Festival [19 August – 4 September]
  • Summer in Square [21 – 31 July],
  • Underbelly Festival and the Seven Dials Summer Sessions [30 July]
  • Shopping at the oldest toy store in the world Hamleys
  • Experiencing a West End theatre show.
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Michelle McGrath, spokesperson for London’s West End: “London’s West End is the most globally recognised city destination in the world. Following the last two years of restrictions, visitor numbers and bookings are bouncing back.  Nowhere else offers the diversity, energy and creativity of the West End; from the most spectacular summer festivals and thrilling theatre shows to an incredibly varied music, arts and culture scene and, of course, unrivalled shopping and dining. All of this can be found surrounded by open green, safe spaces, historic streets, rich heritage and al fresco dining around every corner”

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The top 50 things to do Only in the West End this Summer:

1.  Enjoy over 1,000 seats of alfresco dining in Covent Garden

2. Enjoy All things British at John Lewis to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee [2-6 June]

3. Visit Apricity, the new socially conscious restaurant in Mayfair

4. Experience fashion in collaboration with art during Art In Mayfair on Bond Street [20 June – 31 July]

5. Visit The Art of London Season as the West End is transformed into a canvas of colourful art [August – October]

6. Take an electrifying ride back in time and visit Back to the Future – The Musical at the Adelphi Theatre on The Strand or be thrilled at 2:22 A Ghost Story at the Criterion Theatre  

7. Shop the best of British Designer on Mount Street

8. Indulge to a spot of luxury living with a visit to The Biltmore Royal Stays in Mayfair

9. Head to Bond Street to explore the Queen and the history of style: a right Royal history audio tour from June

10. Indulge in a delicious array of sweets and savouries at Browns Hotel Tea Party  

11. Visit Buckingham Palace at Berkeley Square Gardens [2-5 June] 

12. Head to Carnaby where you will discover over 100 independent and international brands to shop with.

13. Dine out at Carnaby’s iconic Kingly Court, the three-storey alfresco dining destination.

14. Immerse yourself in the UK music history with the Carnaby Echoes audio tour and explore Carnaby’s music stores including RS No.9 and Third Man Records

15. Enjoy the Carnaby Summer Festival, a summer full of music, fashion, food and art 

16. Enjoy an authentic East and South East Asian delicacy at Chinatown’s dessert alley

17. Visit Covent Garden’s Beauty Quarter, home to one of a kind beauty boutiques from Tom Ford, Chanel, Dior, Penhaligons and many more

18. Dive inside The Crystal Maze Live Experience on Shaftesbury Avenue

19. Visit the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon at Fortnum & Mason

20. Take the kids to see ‘Disney On Stage’ at Covent Garden  [8 July-4 September]

21. Check out the Harry Potter Photographic Exhibition in Covent Garden 

22. Be immersed in rich fashion history on the In A Mayfair Fashion AR Trail 

23. Take a trip to Jermyn Street Jubilee Fete [4 June] 

24. Sample a Jubilee’ cocktail at The Beaumont Hotel in Mayfair 

25.  Introduce your family to the magic of live theatre with incredible ticket deals during Kids Week [1-31 August] 

26.  Enjoy Mayfair’s The Connaught Hotel very British street party with a brass band, strawberries and cream, afternoon tea sandwiches and artisan ice cream [5 June]

27. Visit The Mayfair Jubilee Street Party, a celebratory street party and communal, fashionable feast [2-3 June]

28. Visit Mayfair’s Summer in the Square in Grosvenor Square for a celebration of music, entertainment and wellness [21 – 31 July]

29. Be tempted at the May Fair Hotel with an exclusive Charbonnel et Walker Afternoon Tea

30. Marvel at the latest installation of flags by Paul Huxley RA on Piccadilly [16 June-July]

31. Snap a colourful selfie by the Pride flags on Regent Street [June-July]

32. Visit Raphael at the National Gallery [until 31 July]

33. Discover the newest global flagships from Fabletics, Uniqlo and Theory on Regent Street

34. Visit the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition for a taste of culture [21 June-21 August]

35. Visit the iconic Royal Opera House in Covent Garden theatre for a cultural fix

36. Sample a new flavour at the Ice Cream Festival in Covent Garden [19 August – 4 September]

37. Get a slick new look at the Saville Row Contours

38. Treat yourself to the famous Savoy Afternoon Tea that has been a key feature of the Savoy Hotel since it opened in 188

39. Visit Scenes in the Square in Leicester Square, an interactive statue trail

40. Head to London’s iconic Selfridges – the world’s best department store – for a spot of shopping 

41. Visit Seven Dials Market for London’s best food hall and DJs every weekend.

42. Have some fun at Seven Dials Summer Sessions [30 July]

43. Be dazzled by surprise pop-up performances from West End Shows on iconic London rooftops during Sing it From the Rooftops [June]

44. Go on a hunt for a new summer wardrobe at the Soho Fashion Market

45. Watch daily screenings of BAFTA masterclasses, Q&As and more from leading film, games and TV professionals, whilst enjoying a meal or cocktail at St James’s Market restaurants  [6-12 June]

46. Delight the kids at the Toy Soldier Marching Parade at the oldest toy store in the world, Hamleys

47. Check out the Union Jack flags taking over the skies above Regent Street & St James’s and Oxford Street and enjoy an al-fresco meal at Heddon Street’s terraces

48. Indulge at the Verve Clicquot and Whispering Angel Terrace Takeover at The Hotel Café Royal

49.  Get your musical fix at West End LIVE in Trafalgar Square [25-26 June] 

50.  Enjoy Wimbledon al fresco at Wimbledon in the Gardens [Brown Hart Gardens, Mayfair], in the Piazza in Covent Garden or the big screen in St James’ Market [27 June – 10 July]

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You won’t find a shortage of things to do – From the shopping meccas of Carnaby, Regent Street, South Molton, Oxford Street, Covent Garden to the luxury boutiques of Mount Street, Mayfair and Bond Street; to the buzzing dining scenes across North Audley Street, Seven Dials, Chinatown and Soho; the bright lights of Piccadilly Circus; culture of St James’s and theatre land of Shaftesbury Avenue & Leicester Square

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