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Best Things To Do in a London Heatwave

Best Things To Do in a London Heatwave

The Best Things To Do In A London Heatwave

Last Updated: 24th July 2019

Yes, we’re all sweating like a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs.

We get it.

But here’s what you can do about it. To be precise, here are thirty – yes THIRTY – things you can do in London when the heat refuses to leave you alone…


1. Cool down on an ice cream crawl around Central London.

Yolkin ice cream crawl - things to do in a london heatwave

2. Order a frozen cocktail at one of the best rooftop bars in London.

Fest Camden - rooftop bars in London

3. Let off some steam at the beautifully retro Brockwell Lido.

Brockwell Lido

4. Top up your t-shirt tan at the fountain-filled Granary Square, then get lunch at KERB under the covered market…

Grab a bite from the rooftop garden at quirky Spitalfields pub, The Culpeper.

Piculpeper - rooftop bars in London

Find your zen by a peacock-inhabited waterfall at Kyoto Garden in Holland Park.

things to do in a London heatwave - secret gardens

George Rex/Flickr

Catch a load of free theatre, music and street parties at the Greenwich Festival.

greenwich festival

8. Cook a summer barbecue. ON A BOAT.

BBQ boats heatwave

9. Listen to canalside live music at Hackney’s Giant Steps

10. Strip off at Hampstead Heath and brave the swimming ponds.

11. Rent a boat for the day, and picnic on the water

Go boats London summer

12. Hit London’s food markets, build the picnic basket to end all picnic baskets

summer London food markets

13. Watch a classic flick as the sun goes down at an outdoor cinema.

14. Take a slice of La Dolce Vita at an Amalfi Coast-inspired rooftop pool.

15. Enjoy a picnic on the Southbank, with G&Ts and swingball, at Jimmy’s BBQ…

16. Watch theatre under the stars in the middle of Regent’s Park.

17. Feast on BBQ and ice cream at festoon-lit tropical beach paradise, The Beach Bar

Beach Bar - things to do in a London heatwave

Watch the sun set while you sip negronis on the top of a multi-storey carpark at Franks Cafe

Franks - things to do in a London heatwave

19. Kayak your way to a craft brewery along London’s canals

Kayak - things to do in a London heatwave

20. Sing mass karaoke at a free festival overlooking the river

21. Go on a craft beer cruise down the Thames

London Craft Beer Cruise

22. Sip your way round the city’s best iced coffee.

Nathan Dumlao/Unsplash


24. Catch some rays as you float along the river… in a hot tub

Hot Tug London heatwave

25. Dine al fresco overlooking the Dulwich Picture Gallery‘s new pavilion

Dulwich picture gallery pavilion

26. Go on a street food crawl round London Bridge’s new al fresco market

Vinegar Yard London

27. Pretend you’re in Miami by playing shuffleboard outside.

London Shuffle Club summer

28. Sip cocktails on a canal cruise through East London

Alfred le Roy London summer

29. Go skiing.

Chel-ski London summer

30. Watch the sun go down from Lewisham’s rooftop cocktail bar.

Model Market Lewisham

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