With only 22 days of British summer left ahead of us (if you want to get technical), we need to make the most out of this sunshine. We might not be able to flaunt the 30-degree heat the guys over in Spain get, but we can still squeeze in a couple of picnics between now and the end of September. Before we know it, the wooly layers will be out and we’ll be leaving the office in the dark! So let’s get up, get out and into London’s open air while we can. You’ll miss it when it’s gone…
1. Get to the beach
If you haven’t had your fix of London’s urban beaches, there’s still a little time to feel the (man-moved) sand between your toes. The likes of Beach East in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford close on 4th September, but Copacabana on the South Bank remains open until 30th September. So grab something fruity and get beachin’!
2. Summer markets
Due to popular demand RED Shoreditch’s market has extended its stay to September 17th. If you haven’t tried it yet, you certainly need to. The market is free to enter on Thursday evenings and £5 on Friday & Saturdays – on these evenings it will remain open until 11.30pm. Perfect for a summer evening! The whole site certainly looks incredible, as it’s been curated by numerous East London artists. Junkyard Golf Club have also set up a quick 9 hole golf course, so you can get your putt on!
3. Last of the open air cinemas
It’s been the summer of open air cinemas in London this year. If you haven’t had a chance to snuggle under a blanket in front of your favourite block buster movie, then your final chance is approaching. Rooftop Film Club, Nomad cinema and the rest are all shutting up shop come the end of September.
4. Grab that picnic blanket
Explore more of London’s green territory and squeeze in as many picnics in the park as you can. Our recommendation? Grab some snacks and a blanket and perch on top of Primrose Hill and enjoy the last of the summer sunsets (with arguably the best view of the whole city).
5. Get in the Carnival mood
If you missed Notting Hill Carnival this August Bank Holiday, try East London’s offering at Hackney One on Sunday 11th September. Expect spectacular costumes, live music, pumping sound systems, tasty food stalls and plenty of positive feel-good vibes! The procession kicks off at 2pm on Ridley Road and the fun continues into the evening.
6. Get outdoors and Active
Use the time to soak up the last of the Vitamin D and get active outdoors! If you haven’t tried SUP Yoga before, check out the classes run by Pure Yoga Zone at Paddington Basin (you might have seen us giving it a go at out first ever #SecretFitness event sponsored by Alpro). What better way to end summer than by finding your zen while afloat?