London during summertime comes alive. With the sun shining people are just happier and in a great mood - we've deserved this after spending over half the year with grey skies! When its 25 degrees and upwards you just want to be outside soaking it all up before its gone. With this in mind I've put together a list of my top things to do when its summer in London that makes the most of it. So grab a fruity cocktail and enjoy reading cause its a good'un!
1. Rooftop, Rooftop, Rooftop!
Its summer time! Which means that all the rooftop bars and restaurants are open for business. Some of my favourites are Pergola Paddington Central which is new to London this summer (pictured below). Madison rooftop bar is pretty great as well, but a bit on the pricey side. Coopa Club Tower Bridge isn't technically a rooftop bar but has an outside terrace with cabana's decorated with wisteria and epic views of the Shard and Tower Bridge.
2. London Zoo After-hours
I've always avoided London Zoo cause nothing sounds worse to me than a crowded area filled with screaming children. Amazingly, this summer London Zoo have started a new Friday night event for adults-only entry to the zoo where you can see the animals before bedtime and grab some yummy street food and prosecco afterwards. Check out my review of the event here.
3. Mayfield Lavender Fields
Not technically in London, but its only an hour away so it still counts. There's a farm just outside of London that has the most stunning lavender fields, and is open to the public from June to September. For ages I was researching flights to the south of France to see some beautiful lavender fields without realising there was just in my backyard. Who knew?!
4. Find The Best Gelato
It's ice cream. Enough said. I'm pretty partial to Amorino!
5. Little Venice
Filled with narrow boats and alongside charming pubs and tree-lined streets, Little Venice is a tucked away gem in London. Take a stroll beginning your journey in Little Venice and walk along the water all the way into Camden. For a little something extra, you could take a boat down the canal which runs from March to November. There are some great pubs and cafes down the canal that are perfect for quick rest and drink.
6. Rooftop Film Club
The Rooftop Film Club has venues in Peckham, Shoreditch, Stratford and Kensington and comes with comfy chairs, wireless headphones and blankets in case the air gets a little nippy. They've got a great selection of movies this year from La La Land to Sausage Party! A great idea for date night - they've even got a love-seater deal.
7. Sneeze Free Garden
From the 19th of June a beautiful garden has been designed using only low-allergen plants. By ensuring that every plant used adheres to strict low-allergen criteria, this vibrant green space offers a haven for everyone this summer.
An abundance of more than 2,000 plants have been used to create this innovative, bespoke garden design. The bright display of plants will radiate colour using a diverse range of vivid Begonias, Fuchsias, Petunias, Geraniums, Hibiscus, Clematis and Bay trees to name a few of the many species.
8. Udderbelly Festival
Located in Southbank Centre, Udderbelly is a great place to hangout in the sun with your pals after work or on the weekend, with loads of streefood stalls and a Pimm's station. Every night they've got a different show on that you can book tickets for - so far this year I've seen Rory Bremmer live and an acrobatic performance called Catch Me, something I would REALLY recommend, it was fantastic, unique and captivating.
9. Chill Out At The Park
Nothings better than just grabbing some Pimms, snacks and your friends and hanging out all day at one of London's many many parks. Holland Park, Primrose Hill and Regent's park are some of my favourites.
10. A Day Trip
Finally, a day trip from London, cause lets be serious, the chances that every weekend will be sunny and beautiful is unlikely. So on those rainy gross days, is the perfect time to have a quick getaway. Bath, only an hour and half away is a great choice, a Unesco heritage site, you can read about my Local Guide to Bath here. Brighton is another classic which you can read about here. And lastly, Oxford is awesome and filled with lots of culture that you can soak up!