Sun getting a bit much? Here’s our top places to go to survive the heat in London…
FINALLY Britain is getting some sun, and while the first few days were exciting, we’re now feeling hot, sticky and grumpy, desperate for a way to cool off. That is why we have put together five places to go to survive the heat in London…
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Go for a splash in the Serpentine Lido
Hyde Park is popular for many reasons – from the beautiful views to the great location, and if you’re looking for a spot to cool off, it caters for this too! Head to the Serpentine Lido where you can splash about to your hearts content. Take in the rays in the private sunbathing area where you can also hire a sun lounger, head to the kiosk for tasty lunchtime snacks, and take the kids to the gated family area where you can find a paddling pool, sandpit and swings.
Where: Hyde Park, London, W2 3XA
10:00 am – 6:00 pm (last entry 5:30pm) every day in June, July and August.
Price: Adult – £4.80 (£4.10 after 4pm)
Concessions – £3.80 (£3.10 after 4pm)
Child – £1.80 (£1.10 after 4pm)
Family Ticket – 2 adults and up to 2 children -£12.00 (£9 after 4pm)
Sun lounger – £3.50 rental price for the whole day.
Indulge in an ice cream at Udderlicious
Udderlicious is an independent ice cream parlour in Covent Garden and Islington who serve a whole host of delicious, organic ice creams. And that’s not all, customers also compete to compose a new flavour each month. Can’t decide on a flavour? The friendly staff let you try before you buy – although you might end up opting for 15 scoops as the choice between is just too hard.
Where: 24 Earlham Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9LN
11am – 11pm
Go chill at London’s ice bar
When the sun is this hot, what could be better than leaving the sweaty tube and heading to London’s Icebar where everything from the walls and tables to the chair and cups are made from ice. Sit back, relax and enjoy a range of cold cocktails while the sun beats down on the streets beyond.
Where: 31-33 Heddon St, Mayfair, London W1B 4BN
Monday – 2:15–10:15pm
Tuesday – 1:30–11pm
Wednesday – 1:30–11p
Thursday – 1:30–11pm
Friday – 1:30pm–12:30am
Saturday – 10:30am–1:15am
Sunday – 12–10:15pm
Relax sea-side in an urban beach
One of London’s best urban beaches is returning for another year – Neverland. Ideal for lazy summer afternoons in Fulham, it is decked out with sand, cabanas, daybeds and beach huts perfect for whiling the day away. If you get hungry there will be snacks from Jimmy Garcia’s pop-up restaurant the BBQ club where you can also enjoy cocktails, beer and bottomless brunch. When you’re done with lounging around, you can enjoy yoga, cocktail masterclasses, beer pong and so much more.
Where: 364 Wandsworth Bridge Rd, Fulham, London SW6 2TY
Swim with a view on the rooftop of the Berkeley
Want to encapsulate beautiful London summer views with an ice cold smoothie and a refreshing swim? Look no further than The Berkeley. Up on the 7th floor you can find their striking rooftop pool, a beautifully idyllic spot miles away from the mania of the city down below. Relax on one of the sunbeds and enjoy a range of light bites or juices and be sure to explore their secret garden if you get a chance.
Where: Wilton Place, Knightbridge, London SW1X 7RL
Monday – Friday: 6am – 10pm
Saturday – Sunday: 7am – 9pm
Bank holidays: 7am – 9pm