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Dom Bewley

The Best Ways To Enjoy Summer In London

Let’s be honest, a few months ago you were moaning about how cold it was, wishing for the sun to rear its glorious head and shine down on you. But now your back’s a bit sweaty, and the tube makes you even more livid. Summer has finally consumed London, for better or worse. Now you’ve no excuse to stay inside binging decades-old TV shows. Get out there and show the sun who’s boss. To make the most of it, we made a little list. This is that list. Read on, and discover some of the best ways to enjoy summer in London!

Cruisin’ Around

You may have experienced the capital using your human feet, or from inside a metal bus chariot. We all have. Instead, board a sea-faring vessel and sea London from a whole new perspective with a Thames River Cruise! Ride atop Poseidon’s mane for up to 3 hours, and take sweet ‘gram photos of iconic London mainstays like the London Eye, Big Ben, and Tower Bridge. Feel truly special, and see your follower count rise like the highest wave (if that floats your boat).

Kew Applause

If you’re missing the flora of rural England, and the most garden your tiny flat contains is a collection of withering plants that you promised to take care of, then you deserve a trip to the Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew. More than 60,000 very much alive and healthy plants are on display for your neglectful eyes. That’s the largest collection on the planet. There’s also a near-20 metre high Treetop Walkway you can climb to get a better view of all the lovely green things. You can also take a picnic there if you so fancy. And you never know, it might give you inspiration to go home and nourish your sad plants.

Dance Like Everyone Can See You

Are you a seeker of live music and a wearer of questionable headwear? Well then, you must already be well acquainted with the time-honoured British tradition of the music festival. Thankfully, you need not travel far to show everyone your terrible moves, as there are plenty of festivals right here in London. There’s British Summer Time in Hyde Park, where you can get your fix of old and new pop sensations like Stevie Wonder, Robbie Williams and Florence and the Machine. Or if you want a little more flava in your ear, there’s Finsbury Park’s Wireless Festival, and Lovebox at Gunnersbury Park. Looking for something a little less field-y and a little more fancy? Try Meltdown at Southbank, curated by the great Nile Rodgers of CHIC.

Up On the Roof(top Bar)

If you really want to prove your mettle against the big orange orb in the sky, do like Icarus did and ascend to the skies, preferably atop a hotel or cool industrial building, and visit a rooftop bar. Unsurprisingly, London is absolutely full of them. There’s Brixton Beach in, well, Brixton that’s, well, modelled after a beach, replete with sand, sun, and ice-cold drinks. There’s The Shard if you fancy sipping a drink while looking down on all the pitiful people walking around on the ground. Or if you fancy some activities to burn off those shameful calories, head up to the Queen of Hoxton, who’ve currently themed their rooftop around female Mexican wrestlers. If that doesn’t scream East London, well, I don’t quite know what does.

Pride For Your Life

Celebrate a rainbow of diversity and join the celebrations at the Pride of London Parade. It’s free, so even the most rent-indentured citizen has no excuse. Yes, you. I’m talking about you, Greg. Get out of bed, and go stride alongside the crowds as they march through London championing equal rights for all. Then end the day in Trafalgar Square, where the party is sure to go on all night. Definitely one of the best ways to enjoy summer in London.

Beach Baes

Or you could do the proper thing and go to the beach. Yes, there are lots of beaches not far from London. No, really. Brighton beach is only around an hour’s train ride, and you’ll find lots of interesting things to do once you get bored of the shore. Ruislip Lido is in Zone 6, so that’s even closer. And if you fancy a longer trek, hop on a train and travel down to Bournemouth beach. Those are just some of the best ways to enjoy summer in London. Are there any other ways you’re hoping to make the most of the sketchy weather and insane humidity? Do your duty, and correct us in the comments right down there.

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