While London is a fabulous place to holiday in at any part of the year, the summer months are especially popular with tourists. The weather is generally pleasant and perfectly suited for sightseeing and visiting the many attractions in London. Even if the mercury does soar – there always are the pools, lidos and other spots in the city to cool off!
If you do intend to visit the British capital this summer and want to truly enjoy a memorable holiday, it is recommended to stay at a hotel in central London. This would save a lot of time and effort travelling long distances to visit the major attractions, most of which are to be found in the centre of the city. A good option would be at any of the hotels near Moorgate station.
One of the many fine boutique hotels in the area that offers premium facilities at an affordable price is the Montcalm at the Brewery London City. Apart from its chic ambience, its convenient location makes it popular with visitors and tourists to London.
Some of the top spots to visit on a holiday in summer in London are:
Revel in the sunshine at Camden Rooftop Beach
The Camden Rooftop Beach is to be found as the name suggests on the roof of the Roundhouse. And it is definitely cleaner than the banks in many areas of the Thames in London, apart from offering a lot more activities to do for visitors. From enjoying a game of foosball to other indoor sports or just lounging around on the warm sand, basking in the sunshine and sipping on a drink, it is a cool place to hang out on a sunny day.
Spend time at JW3 City Beach
For beach lovers finding a suitable spot that is less crowded is always a priority. While you cannot expect to find secluded coves in suburban London, the next best thing is to visit the urban beach created on the JW3 centre, which is located near West Hampstead on the Finchley Road area. It offers ample space and is as good, if not better than the beach at the Roundhouse to spend a leisurely afternoon. They have a busy schedule of various activities that include a sandcastle competition (great for the family), an evening of entertainment, a vegetarian festival etc. The drinks and food has a distinctly Middle Eastern flavour, with their Arak cocktails a must try for those up to the challenge!
Go for a walk along Regent’s Canal
While London is not really famous for offering a serene and tranquil atmosphere, a surprising fact is that there are several such areas spread all over the city. If you want to get away from the noise and stress of the city in summer, pop-over to Regent’s Canal. And in particular the spot that is to be found to the east of Broadway Market. It is where the canal meanders towards the north-east along the periphery of Victoria Park and is where you will find a clam and tranquil spot. It is amazingly peaceful despite its location in the heart of the city, and is reminiscent of spending time in the European countryside with people to be found few and far between.
Soak up the sun at the city’s outdoor swimming pools
If you were not aware, London does indeed have its fair share of outdoor swimming pools, something which most visitors are not aware of. And the good news is some of them stay open all year round and are heated. Some of the best places to visit include Brockwell Lido at Dulwich, Park Road Pools in Crouch End or London Fields Lido among other spots in London. If you want a place more elegant and luxurious head to Central London’s Oasis pool, right in the heart of the city.
Go for a dip at any of the lakes
While London does not actually have any lakes, there are bodies of freshwater scattered in different locations in the city, where you could go for a swim, if you want a secluded spot away from the crowds. The largest freshwater pool in London that appears to be far, far away from the city (despite being within it) is the Tooting Bec Lido. If you fancy a more organic experience and do not mind the crowds head out to Hampstead Heath ponds for a fun afternoon. One of the newer additions to the city’s freshwater locations is the pond at King’s Cross. The only hitch is that you will have to arrive early as it accommodates just 170!
Visit Parkside farm
Located on the outskirts of London in Hadley Wood is Parkside Farm, where you can enjoy a relaxed afternoon spending time in the countryside, while staying close to the city. The farm at Parkside with its groves and fields is something akin to roaming in the vineyards of France or Italy, but with a distinctively British flavour to it. There is nothing better to do then visit the farm on a sunny afternoon, where you could stroll around its vast expanse. You could have a more hands-on experience as well (if you want) by picking strawberries and other fruit in the groves. Get some cream from the onsite dairy and you could enjoy a wonderful picnic in beautiful tranquil surroundings.
Go on a guided tour
For all those who have a passion for culture there is nothing quite like a guided tour of the city you holiday in. And London is just the place to go on a guided tour as it is steeped in history and culture, something which you can only truly appreciate if you take a guided tour of the city. There are a wide variety of tours to choose from the city’s illustrious past to contemporary London, among a slew of other tour options to choose from. Whether it is art or architecture, history or its museums, joining a guided tour is the best way to truly learn about the essence of London.