Explore London

Welcome back - London is open again!

One of the world's most beautiful capital cities is back in business. This spring and summer London will buzz with life as its most-loved tourist attractions open once more.

Let's enjoy the post-lockdown life

It's exciting to see London regain its vibrancy and the to-do list is long. Theatres, royal palaces and museums have re-opened. Concerts, sports events, carnivals and food fairs are back. London is definitely enjoying post-lockdown life.

Retail, hospitality and leisure sectors have also bounced back as visitors travel freely. The biggest challenge is how to fit everything in as the capital literally overflows with events!

Don't delay in booking tickets, followed swiftly by accommodation

UnderTheDoormat has many centrally-located homes and a beautiful aparthotel at Sloane Square perfect for all these venues.

Homes in central London

Delightful Kensington Home close to Hyde Park

Elegant Victoria Home close to Sloane Square

Sightsee in fresh air and sunshine

A trip to the botanicalKew Gardensin SW London is a summer must. Kew is London's largest UNESCO World Heritage Site and each year millions of visitors explore the 326 acres of gardens, 3 art galleries, treetop walkway and Kew Palace.

Even if you're not green fingered, everyone enjoys theChelsea Flower Showwhich returns from May 24-28 with stunning garden designs, floral displays and endless shopping.

Charming Chelsea Home by the River Thames

Flawless Eight-bedroom Cheyne Family home in the heart of Chelsea

Traditional Home in Kew Gardens

It's Carnival time!

Also returning following a two-year hiatus is the Notting Hill carnival, back in its traditional slot on late August Bank Holiday weekend.

Continuing the outdoor theme, take a riverboat trip down the Thames or a London Open Top hop-on, hop-off bus tour which stops near all of London's major attractions.

Traditional Fulham Home close to the River Thames

Charming Pimlico home close to the River Thames

Food glorious food

Foodies will love Taste of London's Food Festival from June 15-19 in Regents Park.

Here London's hottest restaurants and future celebrity chefs prepare daily specials giving visitors the chance to sample the city's tastiest new concepts.

On the same theme, enjoy Hampton Court Palace Food Festival from August 27-29, an Artisan Fayre from May 13-15 or a summer evening picnic of seasonal food while listening to bands at the Palace's concerts throughout June.

The show must go on

Theatres are open and there are some great productions. Check out Frozen The Musical, Bonnie and Clyde, Grease or To Kill a Mockingbird.

The Van Gogh Immersive Experience, where you step into one of his paintings through an immersive 360º digital art exhibition, is now showing at 106 Commercial Street, E1 until May.

Harry Potter enthusiasts can walk around Muggle London with a guide taking in the sites that inspired J.K. Rowling.

Music lovers can find summer concerts in most of London's open spaces from Hyde Park to Clapham Common, Crystal Palace and Finsbury Park. Always popular is The All Points East ten day music festival in Victoria Park in August. Here you can enjoy live music and theatre along with food stands and children's activities.

Elegant Family Home near Wandsworth Common

Contemporary Clapham home near Wandsworth Common

Where history comes alive

Explore British history at the Tower of London. Also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, here you can see the Crown Jewels and an incredible collection of diamonds and gems. The Tower has also witnessed some infamous events - from royal executions to historical figures being imprisoned there.

But why not live like a king for a day? Buckingham Palace - the Queen's London home and focus of national and royal celebrations opens its State Rooms to visitors from July -- October.

Or check out Heritage Open Days, an annual event in England co-ordinated by the National Trust to celebrate the country's history and culture. A programme of activities runs between September 9-18.

Deluxe Victoria Home close to Buckingham Palace

Front runners for Sports lovers

The annual Boat Race between Oxford and Cambridge takes place on April 3. You can usually find a good viewing position on the 4.2-mile route along the Thames in SW London.

Sports fans will be in their element with the FA Cup Final in Wembley in May; cricket at the Oval in SW London on various summer dates; horse racing's spectacular carnival The Epsom Derby is in June and one of the tennis world's greatest tournaments is at WimbledonJune-July.

Above are a few handpicked choices. For more ideas check out Visit London, Tourist England, or TimeOut.

Two Bedroom Flat with Balcony in Central Wimbledon

Charming Wimbledon Park Home close to Putney Heath

Whatever you do or wherever you go, have fun!