Gabriella’s Guide to a Summer in London

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I love that the weather has been getting better in the UK recently, it’s finally starting to feel like summer and it makes exploring so much more fun. I’ve got a few posts that I’ve been writing about the different things you can do in London but I wanted to dedicate one just to the warmer summer months. The city is so different when it’s hot, and I’ve come up with list of everything that I would try and do if I was here for the summer. I have around two weeks left until I leave for Camp America, so will be hunting down a few of the experiences and rooftop bars! Here are 10 different things you can do in London this summer.


I’ve tried to include a few different things but there aren’t any tourist hotspots in this list, if you’re looking for tourist hotspots in London then click here for over 50 of them! If it’s culture you’re after then I have a different post for you, all about the museums and galleries in London which you can find by clicking here.

You might have seen some of the following suggestions from my Ultimate London Itinerary but it’s since been updated. If you want the full map of everything there is to do in London then you can find my Google map on the following link.

Gabriella's Guide to a summer in London

Find a rooftop bar!

There are some beautiful views in London where you can get a rooftop view. I’ve visited quite a few including Jin Bo Law and Sushi Samba. Sushi Samba is one on my revisit list as the views are incredible. The main dining room is made up of walls of windows and they always make the space really beautiful to spend time in. One I’m yet to visit is Aqua Spirit, they don’t take reservations but after 3pm the space is available for drinks. They also have a dress code but if you want to know more I have linked the Aqua Spirit website here. Looking for something special, the Aviary is a rooftop restaurant and Terrace bar where they have actual igloos that you can sit in! Not sure if they’re here for the summer but either way, they look like fun! You can’t book unless your party is over 8 people but otherwise, it looks like a perfect drinks venue. Of course you also have The Shard, The Radio Rooftop bar at the ME London Hotel and the rooftop at Trafalgar St James, all perfect for a cocktail but might be easier to make a reservation. I visited Pergola on The Roof earlier this week and it’s so lovely for a summer evening. I had a frose too which I’m now in love with, it’s the perfect venue for larger groups. Have a look at their website for more information. 

Have a picnic / BBQ in the park

London is full of pretty parks and great picnic spots. I love Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens as I love walking near the duck pond. The Italian fountains in Hyde Park are also stunning so spending a day there is never dull. You also have Greenwich Park, Hampstead Heath, Holland Park, Regents Park, St James’ and Primrose hill. There are so many options but make sure to check which ones you’re allowed a BBQ at and maybe stick with a picnic! Being outside and making the most of the summer weather makes such a difference when Autumn hits if you know you’ve spent the summer outside!

Go to a outdoor cinema

There are so many happening in London this summer. You have the choice of a rooftop cinema or a drive in, a huge standing event or a cosy sit-down with deckchairs and food trucks. They always show either classic films or new releases but either way you’re bound to find something you want to watch. Watching it outside is a different experience too which you won’t get from watching on a little laptop screen. I could list everywhere that you can find an outdoor cinema but for a full list of your options there are two articles that I’d have a look at. First is the article by TimeOut and secondly an article featuring outdoor cinemas by The Londonist.

Visit a museum

If it’s summer culture you’re after then I have a different post for you, about all the museums and galleries in London which you can find by clicking here. I love to get a bit of a culture kick, and in London there are so many places to explore. I’ve highlighted which ones are free too, so please do have a look at that post as it has everything you need.


Go for brunch with outdoor seating

Dalloway Terrace, Farm Girl, Drunch, the list goes on. London is so full of pretty places to eat with mouth-watering menus. I love eating outside when it’s sunny as you just feel like you’re abroad. When you add in the beautiful buildings and incredible decor, eating out in London is a real treat. I’m still in the process of creating my guide to the top places to eat in London but when it’s ready and I’ve finished eating my way around London, I’ll add it in here. Dalloway Terrace is a favourite of mine though, they always make it look beautiful in there.

Gabriella's Guide to a summer in London

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Spend time with some animals

Sounds a bit bizarre for London, but spending time with some animals even if it’s only for part of the day, will just be something different to do! I’ve recently been looking at going on an Alpaca walk and Spring farm isn’t too far from London! There are other sites too that let you walk with an alpaca for an hour and I think it sounds like a really fun thing to do. Alternatively you also have the Sea Life Aquarium in London as well as a few city farms if you fancy seeing some farm animals. In the spring time you have a lot of baby animals at the farms so by the time summer rolls around, I think it’s really cute to see little animals everywhere!


Visit a tourist hotspot

I haven’t actually included them in this list, as tourist hotspots are a whole other issue. Instead if you’re looking to try something touristy for the day then click here for over 50 different Tourist Hotspots in London! Good for all types of weather, I’d just choose ones that are outside to make the most of the summer weather.


Take a day trip outside of London

London is great but sometimes you just want to get away. In the surrounding area you can visit so many places and still get back in time for work the next day. Take a day trip to Brighton (my hometown), and spend time on the pier or Brighton beach. You can head to the end of the central line and go to Epping Forest, or even go the other way and head towards Wimbledon. There are some beautiful days out in the surrounding areas so just explore and visit somewhere new. The trains are so good in and around London that it’s worth paying a little bit just to seem somewhere that you’ve never been before. You could also use your day away to visit a Spa and have a day of relaxation.

Get out on the water

It might sound a little strange to suggest finding water in a landlocked London but it’s really quite possible to find ways to get out on the water. There’s the Docklands sailing and watersports centre, where you can take part in anything from kayaking, to windsurfing to paddle boarding. They also hold open sessions if you have experience of getting out on the water. Serpentine Lido in Hyde park is also perfect for a cool down swim when it gets too hot, and they’re open for weekends in May and then everyday from June- September. I know it can sound a little odd to say try a water sport but why not? Just because you’re in London doesn’t mean you miss out!

Gabriella's Guide to a summer in London

Image by Ami Ford

See London from above!

When you read this, your mind might automatically jump to a helicopter tour, but what I wanted to share with you is the Emirates Cable Car or Emirates Airline. It’s quite cheap too with a single fare costing £4.50 and a Emirates Airline Discovery Experience ticket costing you £10.70. You travel over the Thames and can take in some of the iconic sights of London. I’m yet to go on it, but I want to give it a go soon! When it’s all sunny I can imagine the views would be beautiful. Another way to get up and see over London is to climb across the 02. This is something I’ve always wanted to do and think summer is always going to be an incredible time to do it! You can arrange it for sunset too for that extra special moment or even a twilight climb!


Hopefully that has given you a few ideas of ways to enjoy the summer weather in London. My top 10 might be a little different to someone else! I know city life in the scorching sun isn’t always amazing but making the most of your time off makes it so much easier. Having a weekend swim or alpaca walk booked for the weekend to look forward to is just a different way to spend your time!

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I post once a week covering topics such as solo travel, working and living abroad and also creating Gabriella’s Guides to places I have been. I cover topics under the following categories such as Planning and Packing, The Travel Diary, Travel Inspiration, Photo Diaries, Gabriella’s Guides and Working Abroad.

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