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What To Do And See In London This Summer

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There is a long-standing antipathy between the capital and the rest of the country. In the recent Brexit referendum, London voted overwhelmingly to stay in the European Union and yet, broadly speaking, the rest of the country voted to leave. The antagonism that people in the capital feel for everybody else is felt in return. The pace of life is different, and many Londoners have a quick temper when it comes to tourists who do not rush everywhere all the time. Londoners may also feel that they are more educated (a claim that has some merit) and more cultured than people who live elsewhere. However, the fact remains that London is an incredible place full of exciting, interesting things that you have to see. This is particularly true since summer is upon us. Heading abroad has become more expensive since Brexit so many people are planning to stay in England this year. If you are one of them, here are a few things to see and do in ‘the smoke’ this summer: 
First, you need to decide on where you are going to stay. If you will just be in the capital for a few days, you may want to indulge yourself and get a room at a place like Dorsett City London. It not only boasts a 24-hour gym, it is within walking distance of Brick Lane, so when you are tired from working out, you can go and get some of the best street food in the city. If you are staying a little longer and you are working with a budget, there are lots of great hostels in London. You should check out a place in Bloomsbury. It is in the heart of the city (just ten minutes from Soho) but it is quiet and has a beautiful, relaxing park where you can catch some rays if you want: Russell Square. With two universities nearby, it is also quite a young area, which means cheap bars. 
If you like art, then there is no better place to be than London. The Barbican Centre will be hosting the UK’s first major exhibition of the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat, a New York artist who died 1988 at the age of 28. If British art is more your thing, Tate Britain is hosting a retrospective of David Hockney while the Tate Modern is showing a collection of modernist photographs belonging to Elton John. None of these shows should be missed. 
However, you may just miss all of them if you want to go to a music festival instead. The capital has you covered there too. If you like hip hop, especially politically conscious rap, you should check out the Lovebox music festival which is hosting Run The Jewels. If you prefer pop, British Summer Time will return to Hyde Park this summer and boasts Florence and the Machine as well as Mumford and Sons. 
If you go to London without seeing a West End play, you will have made a big mistake. An adaptation of Dickens’ novel A Tale Of Two Cities will be showing this summer, as well as Tennessee Williams’ seminal A Cat On A Hot Tin Roof featuring the inimitable Sienna Miller. 
Whether you stay for a quick weekend or dedicate a week to the capital, you will not be disappointed.

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