The Best Things About Having A Staycation In London

by Olivia Bouchard

Well, it’s official – summer is well and truly upon us. The busy streets of London have started thinning out as everyone is getting their holiday fix. And I don’t know about you, but my travel envy is kicking in. Everyone seems to be talking about where they’re jetting off too. My friends are all stocking up on sandals, suncream and swimwear. Meanwhile, I have zilch in my holiday calendar this year. 

Not to worry. While my friends jet setting to warmer climates, I’ll be making the most of everything London has to offer. And trust me, that’s a lot!

Finding beautiful natural spots in London is easier than you think!

Living in London means, for the majority of the year, you don’t get the nicest weather. So, for the brief couple of months that it’s actually sunny, you have to make use of the lovely parks in all their glory. The largest and most popular park, Hyde Park, is situated right in the middle of the city, which is great for cycling and enjoying the sunshine. The lake in the centre of hyde park adds some lovely diversity to the landscape and also provides visitors with more fun activities, like a trip on a pedalo. 

If that doesn’t take your fancy, there’s my personal favourite: Primrose Hill. This is a great spot to get away from the business of the City, whilst still enjoying a spectacular view of the skyline. For me, a perfect summers day in London is grabbing a good book, packing some food and suncream and heading to Primrose Hill for as long as the sun is shining. Something that I feel so lucky to be able to do. 

When the heat is getting a bit too intense, there’s nothing better than a cooling dip in one of London’s outdoor lidos. The city is full of stunning spots to have a relaxing swim on those hot days. One of the biggest and best is in South London’s Beckenham Place Park. This idyllic lake is guaranteed to be a fun day out for all for all the family. There’s kayaking and other water-sport activities as well as a quaint cafe for after you’ve worked up an appetite in the refreshing water. You’ll soon forget your in the middle of London.

Nothing says summer like an outdoor film screening

The great thing about a city like London is that there’s something for everyone. If you’re not into the idea of parks and their potential they hold for grass stains, there’s always the vast range of outdoor cinemas to attend. Which is one of the most popular ways to spend a summer evening in London. Whatever your choice of genre, I’m sure you’ll be able to find the perfect film for you and your loved ones.

Somerset House puts on an outdoor film festival every year which runs until the end of August. It’s one of the city’s most beautiful spaces to enjoy an evening of cinema under the stars. They always screen the biggest blockbusters of the year as well as some family favourites and classic rom-coms. So you won’t be hardpressed to find something you’ll enjoy!

If you fancy somewhere a bit more niche, Peckham’s Bussey Building hosts a rooftop cinema club each summer and it never disappoints. There are plenty of perks to this venue, but the best is the panoramic views of the city skyline, which you can enjoy as you watch the movie. Hunker down on comfy deckchairs, grab a blanket and enjoy freshly made popcorn on a cool summer’s evening.

Speaking of rooftops, London has LOADS where you can do just about anything!

One of the most diverse outdoor spaces that London has to offer is Roof East. This multi-purpose rooftop has everything from bars and restaurants to random outdoor activities like curling! If you’re looking for a fun-filled evening after a hot day in the city then look no further. It’s a great way to change things up and there’s so much going on that you’re bound to find something you really enjoy.

Whatever your favourite summer activity, London can definitely provide!

So, if like me, you’re not flying off to enjoy palm trees and sandy beaches this summer, fear not! I’m very excited to see what my staycation has in store!

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