We can’t always rely on the British weather, but even when the sun doesn’t shine we’ve rounded up the best spots to put you in a summertime mood
Situated in a beautiful area of Oxfordshire, and just an hour outside London, is Henley-on-Thames. A bustling town with a countryside feel, it makes for an idyllic escape from London on a warm July day: a place to relax and enjoy a cold drink on the banks of the River Thames.
Henley is also home to the Henley Royal Regatta. Founded in 1839, the Regatta is a five-day rowing race, with a one-mile route along the Thames.
Cowes, Isle of Wight
Less than two hours from London and ringed by lovely beaches, the Isle of Wight is an excellent holiday destination and hosts some brilliant sea-related events every July.
The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
The annual Summer Exhibition at London’s Royal Academy is one of the big art events of the year. With over 1500 carefully selected artworks, this year’s promises to be the biggest Summer Exhibition yet. The Exhibition runs until the 12th of August; buy tickets here.
The Suffolk Coast
With 50 miles of unspoilt coastline, the Suffolk Coast is summer-holiday heaven. Highlights include Walberswick, a quaint Georgian seaside village with lovely pubs, and Southwold, with its broad expanse of sandy beaches and traditional villagey charm. Aldeburgh, with its world-class concert halls, provides a dose of culture.