The sun has finally made an appearance and we could not be happier! Hopefully it is here to stay so we are providing you with a list of what to do in London, ‘alfresco’ style.
Visit Little Venice
This canal area situated just north of Paddington is a hub for things to do when it’s sunny. You can take a stroll along the banks of the canal, admiring the quaint scenery, whilst stopping for a drink in one of the many bars or restaurants. The pièce de résistance is that you can take a canal boat ride along to Camden going past the stunning Maida Vaile and Regent’s Park – the perfect sunny day adventure!
Rent Boris Bikes
We all love a Boris Bike and we love them even more when the sun is shining! Take a bike for the morning and cycle along the Thames, soaking up the sun and enjoying the views of the South Bank and Westminster.
Pedalo in a Royal Park
From April to October Londoners can hire out a pedalo on either the Serpentine at Hyde Park or the boating lake at Regent’s Park. For fun or just to top up the tan, this is certainly a fabulous way to spend a sunny day spent floating at your own leisure!
Enjoy Ice Cream In The Capital
A day in the sun would not be complete without an ice cream and there’s nowhere better than Olivogelo in Pimlico to get your fix. From delicious ice cream buns and cones to refreshing ice cream milkshakes, your cravings will certainly be satisfied!
Enjoy a Roof Top Garden
To soak up the last bit of sun, head to a roof top garden to enjoy a Pimms or two and admire the sunset over the London skyline. Our favourite is the Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden, set on top of the South Bank Centre and designed by the Eden Project – the ideal location to end a perfect sunny day in London.
Let’s Go Fly a Kite
Fly a Kite on Hampstead Heath
Otherwise known as ‘Kite Hill’, head to Parliament Hill Fields on Hamstead Heath and you will definitely learn a few tips from the seasonal ‘kiters’.
Fly a Kite on Clapham Common
As one of the most popular green spaces in London, Clapham Common offers a brilliant open and flat area to try your hand at kite flying.
Fly a Kite on Primrose Hill
Climb this 256 ft. hill and appreciate the fantastic views over Central London whilst your kite flies high into the sky – we have to say, this is definitely our favourite!
Check out tips and rules for kite flying in the UK here and without further ado… Let’s go fly a kite!
Visit a City Farm
London is awash with busy roads, packed trains and soaring skyscrapers, and of course, that’s partly why we love it. However, there are some parts of the city that remain secret rural oases, where cars are replaced with cows and the noise of the city finds itself drowned out by the murmur of contented chickens and sheep. We take a look at some of the best inner-city farms, perfect for a day out this summer.
Visit Hackney City Farm
One of the best is Hackney City Farm, found between Columbia Road and Broadway market. Part working farm, with thriving, happy animals and part fashionable market place, Hackney City Farm has proven to be a popular weekend stop off. A big draw is Frizzante, its Italian style café, serving fresh Mediterranean cooking and farmhouse favourites. There is also a pottery studio, garden and a bike repair centre. Open for almost 30 years, Hackney City Farm has grown into a vital community hub, and a must visit for those looking for a rural escape without leaving Zone Two.
Visit Mudchute Park and Farm
Heading further out, Mudchute Park and Farm is one of London’s biggest, covering 32 acres. This is as close to a rural farmyard as Londoners can get, with the farm covering acres of fields, petting zoo and pond, with no cosy café to seek respite in. Instead, take a picnic and enjoy a stroll into the fields, spotting the local riders and pretending you’re in somewhere like Shropshire – only with Canary Wharf in your eyeline. For the slightly more adventurous, the thriving equestrian centre is ideal for those that want to have a go on four legs instead of two
Visit Kentish Town City Farm
For those of you that think East London is just that little bit too far, head north to Kentish Town City Farm, and explore the little gem hidden here. With horses, goats and sheep roaming free, trying to out-decibel the London Overground trains, this farm is open seven-days a week. The focus here is on children, with a range of workshops, activity rooms and young volunteer projects.
Visit Hounslow Urban Farm
Hounslow Urban Farm is one of London’s best community farming projects. The farm is spread across 29 acres; necessary given the wide range of animals that call this place home. All the farm favourites are here – cows, goats, sheep and chickens – as well as some more unusual suspects: alpacas, chipmunks and rheas. The farm is an ideal place to wile away a sunny day – but the weekly pig races are definite sight not to miss.
Visit Vauxhall City Farm
South of the river we have Vauxhall City Farm. Under the watchful eye of the M16 building, this farm is compact but it still manages to maintain the feel of the countryside. Of course, the animals are at the heart of the enduring community project, with horses, goats, rabbits and pigs proving popular favourites with visitors. Trevor the Turkey however is by far the King of the Farm, showing off at every opportunity.