London Summer Edition Guide
London may not quite be the Costa del Sol, but it most definitely offers a wonderful array of open air events guaranteed to brighten up your summer days (with or without the rays). For those of you who’ve grown bored of the same old sight-seeing spots, I’ve picked out just a few top activities to help make the most of your summer in the city. After all, where London lacks in sun, it always makes up for in fun.
Picnic and Paddle: What says summer better than a picnic with your pals or a cheeky dip in a royal river? Hyde Park is home to The Serpentine Lido, offering the unmissable opportunity to take a summer dip in the iconic Serpentine river. It even throws in a sunbathing area and extremely cute Kiosk, all adding to the adorable ambiance.
But if the lazy lido life isn’t the one for you, then simply switch the doggy paddle for the arm toning paddles of Hyde Park’s Boating on the Serpentine. Treat yourself to 30 minutes or a full hour of boating bliss, either rowing or pedaling through the glistening river. I would, however, warn you that it does get a little breezy on the boats, but the wind running through your hair will only add to the glamorous vibes and maybe even add some volume to your roots- even if you do eventually hop off looking like you’ve been electrocuted.
Theatres in the Sun and Cinema Fun: Outdoor theatres and cinemas are the perfect and perhaps more alternative way of kicking back and relaxing during the summer months. The Luna Cinema offers outstanding outdoor cinema viewings, popping up its stunning screens all across the city from June to September. Its venues range from all corners of the capital, so whether you’re nearer to Alexandra Park or Wandsworth Park, there’ll be no excuse to miss out on their feel-good films. The Greatest Showman, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again and Pretty Woman being just a few of the cinematic gems they’ve got in store for you this summer. But just in case this didn’t already sound enticing enough, they also kindly provide The Luna Bar as an option to sip on a soft (or slightly stronger) drink as you sink into your cinema seat under the sun.
Regents Park’s Open Air Theatre offers an equally magical experience, with an intimate arena quietly nestled within a cosy, twinkling woodland setting. Its performances run from June to September, showcasing plays such as Hansel and Gretel, Evita and the ultimate summer Shakespearean classic- A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This experience will feel like nothing other than an enchanting night’s dream, with various dining options, BBQs, a picnic lawn and the West End’s longest bar, embellished with perhaps even more fairy lights than my university bedroom. This is truly an event not to be missed, after all, plays and Pimm’s are always a good idea!
Booze with Views: Speaking of sipping under the stars, I’m sure many people would agree that rooftop, open-air bars are an inherent part of summer. Thankfully, London is a city which has plenty of views with plenty of booze! There are of course far too many of these fabulous bars to mention in one article, but one in particular which I’m sure will brighten up your London life is the gorgeous rooftop garden bar which sits on top of Oxford Street’s John Lewis. This place oozes holiday vibes, combining beach boho and fun festival styles all on one roof- they even have their live acts playing out of a vintage looking camper van, it’s all very trendy!
The bar is buzzing with an array of entertainment varying from DJ’s to Poets, Comedians, Drag Acts, Magicians, Dancers, Contortionists and even a classic spot of Open Mic. Their summery cocktail concoctions are equally as divine, especially mixed with their Filipino inspired food. You can even book one of their wonderfully decorated Cherry Blossom, Boho or Garden dens for a slightly posher but very pretty private dining experience amongst friends.
I really hope these little suggestions will help you live it up like a Londoner this Summer, (with or without the sunshine)!