Being outdoors in the British Summer sunshine is one of life’s little pleasures. It’s the perfect temperature; not quite the unbearable desert heat of Dubai but actually a little hotter than one imagined London could become – let’s be honest, no one had sun cream on hand. This year, we’re predicting another gorgeous year of sunshine (come at me), and we’ve got our sun cream ready. To help you get inspired and make the most of the weather, we’ve compiled a list of seven sun-drenched fun activities in London for you to enjoy.
Strawberry picking – Parkside Farm (Enfield)
Summer food and drink is so heavily reliant upon berries; from an Eton Mess to a frozen daiquiri. At Parkside Farm blackberries, raspberries and strawberries are in abundance during summer. There is a minimum £4 spend for every person (but you’ll easily surpass this). There’s also plenty of fresh veg to pick including beetroots, courgettes and tomatoes.
Parkside Farm, Hadley Rd, Enfield EN2 8LA
Street Art Tour (Shoreditch)
The Shoreditch Street Art Tour combines a delightful stroll in the sun with some serious street based eye-candy and an informative guide who can tell you exactly what you’re looking at and why. The creativity in Shoreditch has no bounds. Nothing is high enough to reach or small enough to use and the journey of street art in Shoreditch from its humble unlawful beginnings to its present day glory is fascinating.
Roof East (Stratford)
Roof East is re-opened on the 4th May and it’s home to pretty much everything fun; Birdies Crazy Golf course, an aquaponic urban farm – the only one in London – a rooftop roller disco and an outdoor cinema (yup, we had to Google ‘aquaponic’ too). They’re open until September so you’ve got a good number of sunny days to make the most of all this place has to offer.
45a Broadway, London E15 1XD
Kew Gardens (Kew Gardens)
Kew Gardens is akin to a great lover. It’s beautiful, full of surprises and continuously making breakthroughs in plant and fungal knowledge. Part of its surprise is that this space is not just for flowers. They hold numerous art collections and exhibitions, talks, tours and walks and even festivals and events. Our pick is Kew Music in July with Mary J Blige already confirmed.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3AE
Coppa Club (Tower Bridge)
Any place that serves brunch until 4pm is a friend of ours. Coppa Club and their ‘Coppa Cabanas’ are the talk of the town this summer. Relax in the cabana overlooking the river with the sun shining. The all day menu includes fancy stuff like ‘truffled gnocchi’ and classics like the ‘tagliatelle bolognaise’.
3 Three Quays Walk, Lower Thames St, London EC3R 6AH
Backyard Cinema (Elephant & Castle)
Backyard cinema is named so as it literally started in a backyard. It’s now a fully-fledged unique travelling cinematic and theatrical experience – combining both forms inventively. Currently sold out is Romeo & Juliet playing in a candle-lit St Mary’s Church, under a stained glass window with a live choir no less. Coming soon are screenings of action classics like Pulp Fiction and Drive.
42 Newington Causeway, London SE1 6DR
Written by Nikki