Outdoor London

Get out in the fresh air and soak up the best alfresco dining, outdoor activities and lush green spaces London has to offer

London may not exactly be synonymous with balmy temperatures or even seasonally consistent weather but, as any resident will tell you, there’s nothing better than our capital in the summer. People start wearing shorts, stop being short with each other, and a whole other side of the city comes to life. Parks are populated with more than the occasional dour-looking dog walker, beer gardens and drinking terraces burst into bloom and going to the pub is transformed from a way to keep warm into an outdoor activity.

Now that the thought of doing a lap in a London lido no longer sends chills down our spine and green spaces are playing host to picnic blankets and cinema screens alike, we’ve put together everything you need to make the most of London’s summer in the great outdoors.

Still can't decide where to spend the day? Check out our video of ten of the best parks and gardens in London.

Green spaces and parks in London

London’s major parks
Things to do

London’s major parks

Don't miss out on London’s parklife when the weather’s good

The loveliest local parks in London
Things to do

The loveliest local parks in London

Avoid the packed park crowds this summer and keep it local

Hidden parks and gardens
Things to do

Hidden parks and gardens

Shhh, don’t tell anyone where these are

City farms in London
Things to do

City farms in London

See some fantastic farmyard beasts close-up

Alfresco eating and drinking in London

London’s best rooftop bars
Bars and pubs

London’s best rooftop bars

Rooftop restaurants in London
Restaurants

Rooftop restaurants in London

London’s best beer gardens
Bars and pubs

London’s best beer gardens

Riverside restaurants in London
Restaurants

Riverside restaurants in London

Explore London’s great outdoors

Open-air theatre in London
Theatre

Open-air theatre in London

Get your culture fix under the stars

London’s lidos and outdoor pools
Things to do

London’s lidos and outdoor pools

Cool down and dive in

8 BBQ-friendly London parks
Things to do

8 BBQ-friendly London parks

Where it’s totally chill to grill

15 perfect picnic spots in London
Attractions

15 perfect picnic spots in London

Throw down your gingham blanket

Outdoor exercise classes in London
Sport and fitness

Outdoor exercise classes in London

Ready to get sweaty in the sunshine? 

Urban beaches in London
Things to do

Urban beaches in London

Heatwave not guaranteed

Outdoor cinema screenings
Film

Outdoor cinema screenings

Where to catch an open-air movie

Outdoor sports screens in London
Things to do

Outdoor sports screens in London

Where to watch the summer sporting events

A little further afield

9 brilliant bike rides from London
Things to do

9 brilliant bike rides from London

Well-ridden tracks and scenic river paths

The best outdoor pursuits near London
Things to do

The best outdoor pursuits near London

Adrenaline kicks without a trip to the Alps

9 flower-filled day trips from London
Things to do

9 flower-filled day trips from London

For picturesque English gardens and flower farms

10 brilliant beaches near London
Things to do

10 brilliant beaches near London

Check out these salty stunners

Comments

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Luke S

"...there’s nothing better than our capital in the summer." Seriously!? Have you ever been in the real nature?

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