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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

Hampstead Heath, pretty walks

To the untrained eye, London might seem like a city geared more towards indoor pursuits. Sure - it’s home to a cosy pub culture like no other and art galleries that host some of the world’s best exhibitions, but look a little closer and there’s oodles of outdoor activities to be had.

Whether it’s a warm summer’s day or a fresh winter evening, the intrepid city dweller can choose from a whole host of jolly al fresco jaunts. From charming riverside beer gardensoutdoor cinema and open air theatre, to gorgeous parks and outdoor swimming pools, Londoners know how to make the most of the great outdoors - without even leaving the city.

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