It’s official! London is getting a little warmer (could be those bus fumes but let’s not focus on the details) and we all love a good outdoor activity, so here’s a list of things to do when sitting in watching TV just doesn’t cut it…
1. Vintage presents Classic Car Boot
This family-friendly event is back at King’s Cross at the end of the month and is set to be a jampacked day of vintage cars, music and food. The theme this time round is Car Wash so expect lots of beautiful (and rare) vintage cars, bikes and displays. Grab a bargain with their wide selection of fashion, homeware, vinyls and collectables on offer. Entry is £5 on the day of the event, or you can get an Early Bird ticket here.
2. Grab lunch in an igloo by the Thames
The Coppa Club in Tower Bridge offers an unfussy menu with stunning panoramic views of our beloved London skyline. But it’s their interesting (and totally instagrammable) igloos on the terrace that have caught our eye. These giant igloos are bookable throughout the day for up to 8 people and accept walk-ins too! They even come fully heated with blankets and soft furnishings (you know, if the London weather does disappoint).
3 Three Quays Walk, Lower Thames Street, London, EC3R 6AH
Offering a variety of routes around the capital, this innovative tour allows you to bring alcohol along for the ride too (we’re not complaining) and has an obligatory pub stop halfway. It’s completely powered by you as you pedal around some of London’s best sights so hop aboard, enjoy the sunshine and pedal to the metal.
Booking details can be found here.
4. Get into a bit of *free* outdoor fitness
Okay, maybe exercise isn’t the first thing we want to do when it gets sunny (piña colada anyone?). But just imagine that warm summer sunshine on your back whilst getting through your last push up. Well, the very helpful people at Muddy Plimsolls have got us covered because they’ve only gone and ranked the best outdoor workout circuits. These free fitness trails include monkey bars, benches and poles and they’ve even put up small tutorials on how to use said equipment.
The map and more details can be found here.
5. You can’t beat a good rooftop bar
So cliché but for good reason, rooftop bars are some of the best ways to see the skyline whilst sipping on an ice cold beverage of choice. Kensington Roof Gardens and Madison are just a couple that are open all year round so as soon as that sun comes out, pop on up and bask in the *probably temporary* sunlight. Alternatively, get down to London’s only rooftop beach in the centre of Brixton at Milkshake’s Rooftop Beach Party. Expect DJ’s, beach inflatables and cocktails which are guaranteed to get you in the summer mood, right? Book via Fever here.
6. Hire rowing boats and pedalos at one of the Queen’s parks
There’s nothing that beats a good trip to the park, especially on a nice spring day. Parks such as Alexandra Palace, Finsbury Park, Hyde Park, Victoria Park (to name a few) all offer the chance to hire rowing boats and/or pedalos so stick your oar in and have a bit of on-the-water fun.
7. Open Air Theatre
The warmer months are the perfect opportunity to catch a good matinée and why not do so outdoors? Regent’s Park have an open air theatre and starting from the 19th May, are putting on a good selection of plays to wile away your springtime evenings.
More details here.
8. Explore London on a walking tour
There are loads of opportunities to explore our magnificent city and why not go along to a free Royal London tour which can be booked via Fever. Expect to hear lots of anecdotes about London’s royal history whilst getting to see some of the best sights. If street art is more your cup of tea, why not go along to the East End and Street Art Tour? Expect to be educated on the various cultures within the east end whilst taking in some of the best street art London has to offer.
9. Feast late into the night at an open air market
Everyone loves some good street food so why not stuff your face at a night market? With the rising temperature in the evenings, it’s the perfect excuse to grab a bite to eat in one of Street Feast’s formerly disused locations. Check out the Hawker House or Dinerama branches for an al fresco dining experience.
10. We all scream for ice cream!
You can’t go wrong with a good ice cream cone *reminisces about those 99p flake days* and on a good weather day, it does just the treat. Soft Serve Society have reinvented the humble Mr.Whippy and are serving up fun-loving desserts from their Boxpark Shoreditch container. As well as freakshakes and cones, expect sundaes wrapped in candyfloss and matcha flavoured ice cream. Sweet dreams are made of this …