One of the summer highlights in London for opera fans is an evening at Holland Park Theatre.  Open air performances take place against the backdrop of Holland House, in the heart of Holland Park.

Listen to music soar above the tree-tops in a canopied open-sided marquee without worrying about the weather. The 2020 programme (2 June – 8 August) features some of the great classics. Choose from Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Verdi’s Rigoletto and Puccini’s double bill of Margot la Rouge/Le Villi. There are also some magical performances by the Royal Ballet School (2-4 July).

Why not make an evening of it by pre-ordering a picnic hamper or choosing your own favourite picnic ingredients at one of the excellent delis in Holland Park or Notting Hill?

Getting there: Holland Park, Notting Hill and High Street Kensington stations.

Further information and tickets from Opera Holland Park.

More fresh air and a glimpse of Elizabethan England is on hand at Shakespeare’s Globe theatre in Southwark. This is undoubtedly one of the most atmospheric places to watch a Shakespeare production and a brilliant introduction to Britain’s greatest playwright for children. If you’re not sure about the weather, there are covered seats (from £15). However, the 700 uncovered standing tickets (from £5.00) in the ‘Yard’ do offer some of the best views of the stage.

Getting there: Blackfriars, Mansion House, London Bridge, Southwark and St Paul’s stations.

Tickets and more information from Shakespeare’s Globe.