How to make the most of London life during summer

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How to make the most of London life during summer

If you're staying in London over the summer break, or you're planning to arrive a little early, you should take the opportunity to have some fun. Here are a few things you can do.

Go to concerts

London's live music scene is always, well, lively. For many musicians, it's the first (or last) stop on their UK tour itinerary, which makes sense given that it's England's capital and its biggest city. Keep a lookout online for upcoming gigs.

One to definitely consider is British Summer Time – a massive music event that takes place in Hyde Park over two separate weekends in June. This year's performers include the Strokes, Taylor Swift, Ellie Goulding, Blur, and lots more. You can buy tickets for specific days if you know which artists you want to see, or you can buy multiple-day tickets.

Explore the city

Sitting around can sometimes make us a bit restless – whether that's at home or out in a coffee shop. Getting up and exploring the city is a great way to tackle that. Of course, you can do this all year round, but the pleasant weather makes it much more appealing in summer.

And don't just go for the big sights like Big Ben, the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, and so on. Of course, they are essential, but there's much more to London – it is a modern metropolis, after all. Go to Brick Lane, Shoreditch, and areas like those – cool places.

Go on day trips

If you'd like to get away from the city for a day (or two), book a train ticket and go on a day trip.

We posted a blog about day trips quite recently, focusing on places quite close to London. But during summer there's nothing stopping you from going further afield.

If you can't decide where to go, write down a few options on a piece of paper, tear each option off, fold each one up as small as it'll go, put them all in a hat or cup, and then pick one. This way it'll be a totally random choice, and it makes it even more exciting.


The summer break is a big opportunity to get some personal reading done. It's time to put down your textbooks, forget about your academic reading list, and sink your teeth into something else.

It could be a novel you've always been meaning to read – like The Catcher in the Rye, or a Dickens classic, or Dracula. Or it could be a biography of some sort. Whatever you want – just read something for enjoyment.

Have fun and get plenty of rest

Summer in the city is exciting but tiring. After a long day of exploring or shopping or sightseeing, there's nothing like a cool apartment and a comfy bed. Pure Student Living specialises in both of those.

We've got several locations across London, so you can choose the one that's closest to your uni. Book a viewing today!