With temperatures rising, the sun shining and longer, lighter evenings, there is more time to get out and appreciate all that the capital has to offer.
Central London estate agent Kay & Co loves summer in the city, and we’re well placed to enjoy the great outdoors with Hyde Park and The Regent’s Park on our doorstep – two of the best and biggest Royal parks.
If you’re thinking of buying a Hyde Park apartment or a house for sale in Regent’s Park, here’s a flavour of the summertime social scene.
Living in a Hyde Park property means you can enjoy over 350 acres of parkland, the Serpentine Lake and Gallery, Speakers’ Corner and the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain. Hyde Park also offers numerous recreational activities, such as open water swimming, boating, cycling, tennis and horse riding.
To kick start the summer season, the ‘Barclaycard’s British Summer Time’ programme is taking place from 1st July to 10th July. This is a real opportunity to relax and enjoy live music, comedy acts and films. This year’s musical performers include Massive Attack, Carol King, Mumford and Sons, Take That, Stevie Wonder and Florence & the Machine.
In keeping with its Royal connections, spectacular gun salutes are fired on special occasions in Hyde Park by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery. The traditional military salute is 21 rounds but in the parks they can fire an extra 20 rounds for added effect. Coincide your visit to Hyde Park with the Coronation Day salute on 2nd June or for The Duke of Edinburgh’s birthday on 10th June.
The Serpentine Gallery has a fantastic summer programme, with the highlight being an exhibition of work by Alex Katz (running from 2nd June to 11th September.
The Regent’s Park
If you own a Regent’s Park property, you can enjoy 395 acres of greenery that encompasses Queen Mary’s Gardens and the gloriously restored William Andrew Nesfield’s Avenue Gardens. The Regent’s Park also has excellent sports facilities spanning nearly 100 acres, including the largest outdoor sports area in Central London.
A major part of the summer programme at The Regent’s Park is their Open Air Theatre, which comes to life between May and September. A number of big productions to look out for this season include Running Wild, Henry V, Jesus Christ Superstar and Pride & Prejudice.
Returning this summer is the Gorilla Circus flying Trapeze School, with two hour drop-in classes or courses running until 30th September. Also back is Taste of London (15th to the 19th June), where food stalls, cooking demonstrations and top chefs gather to fill the air with tantalizing aromas.
The Park also has a packed programme of nature-based activities throughout the summer, and dates to note include:
- 2nd June – Below the Surface (pond exploring)
- 28th July – Marvellous Meadows (up close with insects)
- 4th August – Surviving with Nature (nature trail)
- 11th August – Birds of Regent’s Park (walk)
- 18th August - Conservation in Regent’s Park (tasks and talks)
- 25th August – Trees (walk and talks)
- 1st September – Magnificent Minibeasts (up close with insects)
For more animal magic, head for the park’s biggest attraction - ZSL London Zoo. You can catch Sunset Safaris on Fridays between the 3rd June and the 15th July.
If you’re looking for summertime activities that might fill an hour or two between viewings, just ask. We’re only too happy to share our extensive local knowledge with you. If you are looking to buy, sell or rent a Hyde Park property or residence in Regent’s Park, please contact one of our local estate agents branches today.