Outdoor London

Open-air film, theatre, food, drink, swimming and more – it's the best of outdoor London, just in time for summer

© Alan Stanton

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

Things to do

Lidos and outdoor swimming pools

Dig out your classiest cossie, London

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Bars and pubs

London's best beer gardens

Top spots for sun-soaked supping

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Restaurants

London's best riverside restaurants

When you're holding a glass of something cold and boozy, the murky old Thames can be quite the dreamboat

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Bars and pubs

London's best rooftop bars

For those who like their alcohol at altitude

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Theatre

Open-air theatre in London

Dig out the kagoul; London's open-air theatre is worth risking the rain for

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Film

Outdoor cinema screenings

See you in the winter, multiplexes

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Clubs

Rooftop parties in London

Soak up some of London's best parties and sounds form way up high this summer

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Clubs

Outdoor parties in London

Who wants to be stuck in a basement or a warehouse when it’s sunny outside?

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London's best green spaces

Things to do

London's major parks

One of the best things about London is its abundance of open spaces, and all for free

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Things to do

Ten great local parks

Sometimes you can't beat an afternoon in the scruffy splendour of one of London's laid-back local parks

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Things to do

Hidden parks and gardens

Whatever you do, don't tell the tourists

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Things to do

City farms in London

Family-friendly spots home to creatures great and small

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Spring and summer events by month

Things to do

July

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Things to do

August

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Things to do

September

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