There are always exciting events and fun activities to get up to in the UK's capital city, but summer has got to be one of the most exciting times in the year for London.

Aside from little things like barbecues, outdoor theatre and rooftop cinema, there are also huge events that shut down the city centre and let everybody get involved.

Here are seven massive summer events in west London that you should definitely not miss.

Lord Mayor's Appeal Hot Air Balloon Regatta

The RICOH Lord Mayor's Appeal Hot Air Balloon Regatta will see the London skyline flooded with gorgeous hot air balloons.

Due to the weather dependant nature of the event, the Balloon Regatta operates on a standby basis for each Sunday throughout June, with an official weather call being made each week.

Up to fifty hot air balloons participate in the Regatta each year which raises funds and awareness for the Lord Mayor's Appeal and the City of London.

Date: The dates for the 2016 Regatta are June 5, 12, 19 or 26

World Naked Bike Ride

World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR) is coming to London to raise awareness of environmental causes.

Hundreds of people will strip naked and cycle nine miles around London.

The ride will take place across six different starting points, including Hyde Park, Regents Park, Kings Cross, Clapham Junction, West Norwood, and Tower Hill.

Everyone will then merge together on Westminster Bridge, then do the rest of the route in a huge group together and finish at Wellington Arch in Hyde Park.

Date: Saturday June 11

The Colour Run

The annual Color Run will be coming to Wembley Park in June.

The event sees thousands of runners start the 5km race dressed in white, through coloured powder paints along with their friends, family or colleagues and finish the day head-to-toe in kaleidoscopic colour, having incredible amounts of fun along the way.

Date: Sunday June 12

London's Pride Parade

Pride is an annual festival that celebrates LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender+) individuals, and is the biggest one-day event held in London annually... Why not go along and show your pride and support, as well as having a fun day out dressed in your finery?

Last year's parade was a gorgeous sunny day, filled with laughter and colour.

Date: Saturday June 25

Wimbledon

The UK's biggest tennis championships are back again this year, and hopefully will be filled with sunshine, strawberries and cream.

Steeped in history, the famous tennis competition attracts millions of viewers and almost 40,000 spectators can be in attendance across 41 courts in the stunning grounds at any one time.

Date: The tournament starts on Monday June 27 and runs until Sunday July 10

Prudential RideLondon

Prudential RideLondon is a world-class festival of cycling with seven events over a two-day period.

Staged for the first time in August 2013, more than 25,000 cyclists descended on the capital last year for the weekend event.

The event combines the fun of a free family ride in central London with the excitement of watching the world's best professional cyclists, and raises millions of pounds for good causes.

Date: Saturday July 30 and Sunday July 31

Notting Hill Carnival

Notting Hill Carnival takes place annually on the August bank holiday to celebrate Caribbean culture.

London's Afro-Caribbean communities have been celebrating their culture and traditions with the two-day festival since 1964. Around 500 people came then, and now around one million people attend the carnival annually, with the event getting bigger and better every year.

Date: Saturday August 27 to Monday August 29

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