London is a delightful city to visit at any part of the year but no more so than in summer, when the city is deluged with tourists. And this is with good reason too, with the weather being more pleasant, which makes it the perfect time to visit the many attractions to be found in the city. And there are scores of outdoor places to visit and activities to take part in as well!
Selecting the right hotel to stay in the city in terms of location is the key to enjoying a wonderful holiday. London is home to some of the best luxury hotels in the country like the Shaftesbury Premier London Paddington among other iconic hotels.
Another great option to stay at in London is the Shaftesbury Hyde Park International hotel, which is popular with visitors to the city because of its central location and excellent facilities.
When in London some of the top things to do outdoors include:
You could begin your tour of the city by starting off at the Southbank Area, which is close to a number of popular tourist attractions. The Southbank Centre is a great place to visit as there always are some cultural activities held here at all parts of the year. The city has many locations which have been used to film blockbuster movies over the years. One such famous spot is trendy Notting Hill, which upped its social cachet with the eponymously title movie. Tourists flock to the area to look for the travel book shop where William Thacker aka Hugh Grant worked and the famous blue door house where he stayed (the door is no longer blue but has been repainted black!).
If you are in Notting Hill in the last week of August then a must visit during the trip is the Notting Hill carnival. With live music, floats, food and dancing it is the biggest street festival in Europe. The procession begins from Notting Hill and moves up to Ladbroke Grove. It celebrates the life and culture of the Caribbean community in the area in all its glory! And the season is perfect to enjoy a lovely picnic at any of the many royal parks and open green spaces to be found all over London.
In fact London is one of the greenest cities in the UK and has an incredible variety of flora and fauna to see and explore. With places like Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, Kew Gardens and St. James’s Park to name just a few there are a lot of green open spaces to spend a relaxed afternoon. A visit to Richmond Park is a wonderful experience as well. It is different from the other parks and not generally a common haunt for tourists. It offers more of a wilderness experience than the others and there are plenty of deer and other wildlife to see.
There are plenty of picnic spots to be found all over the city with a hidden gem being the East Garden at St. Dunstan’s Church. There also are a number of picnic spots popular with tourists among the banks of the Thames River.
Summer is that time of the year when both grownups and kids love to really have a great time in the water! And London is the perfect city for it in summer with a number of lidos and outdoor swimming pools located all over the city. There also is the popular Lady Diana Memorial Fountain to be found in Hyde Park. There is a circular water slide that kids just love to frolic in! While the city does not actually have any real beaches you could make do by visiting Camden Town at the Roundhouse, which houses a replica beach built in the summer.
And then there are the city’s famous museums which are great places to spend an interesting and informative afternoon exploring. Among the many world famous museums in London a visit to the Natural History Museum is an enjoyable experience both for adults as well as the kids! They have a stunning permanent collection, with an amazing collection of exhibits from the natural world. The museum also has a wonderful interactive display that makes it all the more thrilling an experience. There are numerous events organised in the summer months, which include its famous Sleepover nights, which is a big draw with the kids! Another great way to spend a lovely evening is to watch a movie at outdoor cinema. There are a number of outdoor cinemas to be found at various spots in the city to enjoy the experience.
Another great outdoor place to explore in summer is Little Venice. While London is definitely not known for any beach hangouts, it certainly does have Little Venice! And a sport that is growing in popularity with Londoners in summer is the sport paddle boarding. There are a number of tour companies that offer stand-up paddle boarding in the city. And one of the best spots to enjoy the sport is along the canals to be found in Little Venice, which is a memorable experience.
To do something different go on a tour of abandoned rail routes. One such area is The Parkland Walk Railway that is one of the city’s lesser known pleasures. It moves from Finsbury Park to Highgate and is a disused railway line. While on the trip you will find the remnants of old tube stations, plenty of birds and a rather scary sculpture of a green man. If you enjoy the experience there is an additional route to explore which starts Highgate to Alexandra Palace, along the ways you will get some stunning views of the north of London.