On a warm day, London is, beyond a shadow of a doubt, the greatest place on Earth. Outdoors, everyone looks happier, partly because they’re bathed in dreamy summer sunlight and partly because they literally are happier. Happier because after-work drinks don’t mean wedging themselves into a sweaty pub or shivering amid the smoky overspill on the pavement out the front. Happier because the lidos are open, the beer gardens are buzzing and the parks are full of other happy people, all eating ice creams and kicking footballs and snogging other, even happier people until it gets dark, which sometimes feels like never.
In short, outdoor London is happy London. So whether you want to catch an open-air film or a show at an outdoor theatre, take swim in one of London’s outdoor pools or just get good and squiffy on a rooftop bar, it’s all in our guide to London’s great outdoors.