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.
London's best outdoor activities
Lidos and outdoor swimming pools
Dig out your classiest cossie, London
London's best beer gardens
Top spots for sun-soaked supping
London's best rooftop bars
For those who like their alcohol at altitude
Outdoor cinema screenings
See you in the winter, multiplexes
Rooftop parties in London
Soak up some of London's best parties and sounds form way up high this summer
Outdoor parties in London
Who wants to be stuck in a basement or a warehouse when it’s sunny outside?
London's best green spaces
London's major parks
One of the best things about London is its abundance of open spaces, and all for free
Ten great local parks
Sometimes you can't beat an afternoon in the scruffy splendour of one of London's laid-back local parks
Hidden parks and gardens
Whatever you do, don't tell the tourists
City farms in London
Family-friendly spots home to creatures great and small