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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

Outdoor sports screens in London
Things to do

Outdoor sports screens in London

Plan a picnic and join the crowds at this summer's biggest sporting events

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London's best rooftop restaurants
Restaurants

London's best rooftop restaurants

After alfresco eats with a view? Book a table at these up-top spots

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London's best rooftop bars
Bars and pubs

London's best rooftop bars

For those who like their alcohol at altitude

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London's best beer gardens
Bars and pubs

London's best beer gardens

Top spots for sun-soaked supping

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The best outdoor pursuits near London
Things to do

The best outdoor pursuits near London

Get gnarly without getting homesick with these amped-up activities just a short hop from town

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Lidos and outdoor swimming pools
Things to do

Lidos and outdoor swimming pools

Dig out your classiest cossie, London

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London's best riverside restaurants
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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Open-air theatre in London
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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Outdoor cinema screenings
Film

Outdoor cinema screenings

See you in the winter, multiplexes

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Rooftop parties in London
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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London's best green spaces

London's major parks
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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Ten great local parks
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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Hidden parks and gardens
Things to do

Hidden parks and gardens

Whatever you do, don't tell the tourists

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City farms in London
Things to do

City farms in London

Family-friendly spots home to creatures great and small

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