60 Things To Do this Summer in South West London

Here’s to hoping that this summer will be a long, hot one. If so, make sure you get outside, relish the heat and have a ball.

Here are 60 things to do in South West London this summer.

  1. Enjoy live music at The Grey Horse in Kingston. Our top pick is Dom Pipkin and the Ikos Trio on Saturday 8 July.

2. Take a stroll through Wimbledon Common, where you can gaze at the ponds and visit Wimbledon’s famed windmill.

3. Visit the largest of London’s Royal Parks: Richmond Park. Go deer spotting, check out the blooming flowers in the Isabella Plantation or take in the views of central London from King Henry’s Mound.

Photo: Astrid Tontson

4. Enjoy fantastic live music, tribute bands and eccentric comedy acts at vibrant Putney venue The Half Moon.

5. Head to ‘Britain’s wildest adventure’, aka Chessington World of Adventures, for a ride on their whacky roller coasters and their latest opening, ‘The Gruffalo River Ride Adventure’. It’s fun for all the family!

6. Bushy Park, just off of Kingston and Teddington, is the perfect place for a late afternoon summer stroll. See if you can spot the deer or chill by the Diana Fountain.

Photo: GJimaging

7. If you’ve not yet visited the historic Hampton Court Palace then be sure to do so this summer. Steeped in history, educational and entertaining (they have a garden maze, too!), this is the perfect family day out.

8. Relax on a boat trip along the River Thames, with destinations in Kingston, Hampton Court Palace and Richmond.

Photo: Vivi Hanson

9. If you can’t bag yourself tickets to watch Wimbledon in person, be sure to catch it at one of these local venues.

10. Catch legendary Irish rock band U2 perform from their astounding catalogue of hits at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday 8 July or Sunday 9 July.

11. Pack up a picnic and get park-ready. If the sun is shining, make sure you take the opportunity to watch the passing boats, birds and competitive locals playing sports in Wandsworth Park.

12. Head to the Richmond Adult Community College on Saturday 29 July for the borough’s first-ever Asian Wellness and Vegan Festival. It’s a guaranteed day of entertainment, with Bollywood dancing, live music, vegan cooking demos and food, colourful Asian market stalls and products, yoga sessions, art and more. It’s a charity fundraiser too!

Photo: yogific.com

13. Learn how to make authentic Dim Sum from scratch at Saint Andrew’s Church Hall in Surbiton. The masterclass is a one-off opportunity taking place on Monday 10 July, so don’t miss out! Ticket includes prosecco and dinner.

14. Now that the sun is *hopefully* here to stay, why not enjoy a chilled round of golf? Our favourite courses are Hampton Court Palace Golf Club and Richmond Park Golf Course.

15. Get cultured at Kingston’s Rose Theatre. This summer sees Pride and Prejudice, Great Expectations and more.

16. Meet Richmond and Bushy Park’s newest resident, a giant snail! An eight-foot high snail will be roaming the parks as part of The Royal Parks’ Mission: Invertebrate

17. There’s nothing quite so summery as an outdoor cinema, and this year, there’s plenty – from Kew Gardens to Wandsworth Park, Jungle Book to La La Land, this idea is a real treat for everybody. How about Labyrinth in Bishop’s Park?

Photo: Luna Cinema

18. Experience the International Youth Arts Festival taking place across Kingston from the 7 to 16 July. The festival celebrates national and international talent, providing a platform for young emerging artists and creatives and includes an array of events from theatre and dance to comedy.

19. Enjoy gorgeous gardens, fabulous flowers and…pretty plants…all at the iconic annual RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, 4 – 9 July. Make sure you visit local children’s charity Momentum at their stand, FM235.

20. Enjoy a riverside stroll on a warm summer evening. It may take a little while, but why not set yourself the goal of walking from Kingston to Richmond?

Vivi Hanson captured another beautiful shot along the River Thames.

21. All this heat got you stressed? It’s time to meditate it out – free meditation classes at Guildhall in Kingston, led by Tenzin Josh MA, every Tuesday (2 per day)! A small donation is recommended.

22. Enjoy a family-friendly day out bursting with live music, games, a dance tent, fireworks and more at Hollyfest in Surbiton, Saturday 8 July.

23. The Alexandra pub in Wimbledon are teaming up with Love Wimbledon to bring you a host of exciting events in St. Mark’s place. With Wimbledon well underway, this is your chance to get a slice of the action with some post-game activities, chilled live music and sizzling street food. Other local pubs including Fire Stables, The Rose and Crown and the Dog and Fox are serving up more swinging summer action alligned with all the wild Wimbledon action.

24. Foodie? Taste of Richmond is the event for you. July 15 sees an evening of local produce, great tastes and talented growers, all on the idyllic Eel Pie Island.

25. Why not take an evening to appreciate some of Mother Nature’s best work?  Head to Old Deer Park in Richmond or Wandsworth Park and give stargazing a try. Keep an eye out for those lucky shooting stars!

Rachel Davies captured this shot in Old Deer Park. The daffodils are here which can only mean one thing – so is Spring!

26. History buff? Kingston Museum are hosting an exhibition celebrating the presence of the Korean community in the borough, showcasing artistic works past and present.

27. Wimbledon Park Primary School host Wimbledon’s iconic farmers’ market every Saturday. Get a load of fresh, organic meat, a variety of locally-produced cheeses and fresh-cut flowers.

28. Looking for the best view in London? Richmond Hill easily trumps the rest. Have a couple drinks with friends, take in the view and relax this summer.

Photo: Astrid Tontson

29. If you’re a keen reader of writer, the Putney Pantry Salon are hosting an evening of readings, fine wine and fantastic conversation with prestigious authors on Thursday 6 July.

30. Kew The Music! A glorious, week-long music festival that celebrates everything good about summer, with performances from Mary J Blige, All Saints, Passenger and more.

31. Everyone loves a giggle. Crack Comedy Club showcases the best comedic talent in London, every single week.

32. Fully immerse yourself in the spirit of Wimbledon with a visit to Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum.

33. Summer at Ham House is jam-packed with cool events. From recreating a grand 17th century salad to tours, walks and outdoor theatre, we’re sure you’ll find something that tickles your fancy.

Photo: Astrid Tontson

34. Come and hear Richmond Choral Society and guest soloists perform Mendelssohn’s Elijah at the beautiful St Anne’s Church on Kew Green on Saturday 15 July. All proceeds go to charity.

35. Kew Gardens is home to the largest and most diverse collection of living plants in the world, and what better time to see it than when the sun is high in the sky and beaming brightly.

Photo: RGB Kew

36. St Margaret’s Church in Putney is hosting a Summer Fair on 22 July in aid of Age UK. There’s food, drink, games, tombola, a bouncy castle and much more to keep you busy and ensure you’re having fun in the sun.

37. Twickenham Farmers’ Market is a weekly affair complete with stellar community spirit, fish, fruit and friendly faces – the perfect event to make the most of those summery Saturdays.

38. Fancy spying bats this summer? Of course you do! WWT London Wetland Centre are hosting numerous sunset bat walks over the late summer weeks, with the first taking place on Thursday 24 August.

39. More music, this time courtesy of Sandown Park racecourse in Esher. Tom Jones will be churning his way through his iconic hits on 19 July whilst Olly Murs will be showing off his charm on 10 August.

40. Enjoy theatre in the sunshine courtesy of Putney Arts Theatre. Their adaptation of William Shakespeare’s As You Like It will take place in July on Putney’s Old Burial Ground – pack a picnic and enjoy a bit of Shakespeare outside!

41. Stop off in the charming Wimbledon Village for a spot of shopping and early evening cocktail sipping.

42. Kingston Carnival, taking place on the first Sunday of September, brings together different local communities in a celebration of culture, infused with live music, food and a strong sense of community.

43. Cheer on the cyclists taking part in this year’s annual Prudential Ride. This year’s three-day festival of cycling, taking place 28 – 30 July, will speed through Putney, Richmond, Kingston, Wimbledon Village, Chiswick and East Molesey.

44. How about a spot of go karting? We’re sure you’ll agree that the warm air billowing against your face as you rocket along would be somewhat euphoric, right? Surbiton Raceway have you got you covered.

45. Beach volleyball. Yep, that’s right, beach volleyball, right here in the depths of London. Alright, it may take place at Wimbledon Park as opposed to an actual beach, but who cares for details?

46. Every Friday in August, you can head to the WWT London Wetland Centre when night falls for a wonderfully wild evening on one of their Night Safaris. Search for nocturnal creatures, build dens and learn how to track the stars in the night sky. Complete with marshmallows around a roaring fire!

47.  Forget bar-hopping, beer garden-hopping is what it’s all about this summer. With an array of beer gardens across the South West of London, with many perched delightfully on the bank of the Thames (particularly in Richmond, Putney and Kingston), it would simply be rude not to.

48. Something to keep the kids busy whilst you sip a cool drink by the Thames? Alright! Kingston’s Rose Theatre are running a Summer School from 22 July to 2 September, catering for all different skillsets, whether your child is a budding performer in need of a confidence boost or they’re already on their way to becoming the new Leonardo DiCaprio.

49. Kids not keen on acting? No bother. YMCA centres across Kingston, Wimbledon and Richmond have a programme brimming with wonderful summer events bound to get the kids buzzing.

50. See a show at Richmond Theatre. This summer, they’re showing everything from The Railway Children to ABBA Mania. Also, the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond have got some fascinating productions coming up, so don’t miss out.

51. Visit the stunning and historic Buddhapadipa Temple next to Wimbledon Common. It’s a must-see for people who frequent the area.

52. Hampton Open Air Pool isn’t just great for a quality summertime dip, oh no. This summer, they’re hosting a number of brilliant of concerts, including Jason Donovan and The Wilko Johnson Band.

53. Enjoy a special afternoon tea event hosted by the Mayor of Richmond on Monday 24 July. Enjoy your fix of delectable afternoon tea with an added treat – a glass of prosecco! Event takes place on the terrace at York House, with all proceedings going to the Mayor of Richmond’s chosen charities.

54. Kingston RPM (Records, People and Music) will host their spectacular Gig Day on 8 July with a marching band parade over Kingston Bridge followed by live music on stage in the Ancient Market Place. There’s also an accompanying exhibition at Kingston’s Rose Theatre until 9 September.

Musicians Tankus the Henge, pictured, will be appearing live.

55.  Head down to Barn Elms Sports Trust on Saturday 15 July for a day of family fun to kick-start your summer, with the Relay For Life Richmond raising funds for Cancer Research. There’s live music, raffles, face-painting and more!

56. Get yourself and the kids down to one of the interactive water play areas or paddling pools near Wimbledon and have a splashing good time.

57. You don’t have to be in Wimbledon to soak up the Wimbledon spirit – The Petersham Restaurant in Richmond is serving up an ace tennis-inspired afternoon tea, available from 3 July to 16 July.

58. Irrefutable Health in Kingston have a number of intriguing upcoming events this month, including a taster acupuncture session, massage know-how session and pain consultations.

59. Kingston’s Tudor Drive Library is stacked full of events for adults and children alike, from a knit and a natter to the Very Hungry Caterpillar. They’ve got it all!

60. Have you paid a visit to Richmond’s Duck Pond Market? The artisan treasure it is a hit with locals pining after ethical and sustainable shopping. Don’t forget, they’re also hosting Richmond Cheese Festival on Sat 8 – Sun 9 July!

Phew! Done. That’s 60 things to do in South West London this summer. Of course, we’ll be adding more events to this list as the summer season progresses, so keep your eyes pealed!

If you’ve got an event you’d like us to add, simple email us at hello@thisisourtown.co.uk.