Best Things To Do in a London Heatwave

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.


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

outdoor bars london

3. Let off some steam at a beautifully retro London lido.

Brockwell lido outdoor swimming london

Book sessions here: Brockwell Lido | Parliament Hill Lido | London Fields Lido (download the Better app to book) | Charlton Lido (book via Better) | Hillingdon Lido (book via Better) | Park RoadTooting Bec Lido (reopens 12th August)

4. Top up your t-shirt tan by the canal at King’s Cross, with a scoop of raspberry ripple from Ruby Violet

Then grill your own dinner on the terrace at Parrillan, or listen to live jazz outside at Notes (Saturday evenings)…

5. Sip a cider in the rooftop garden at quirky Spitalfields pub, The Culpeper.

Culpeper hot weather london

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

Kyoto garden sunny day london

7. Get into a high-octane pedalo race.

pedalos london

8. Watch a film, old-school style, at a drive-in cinema

drive in cinema london

They’ll even deliver food and drinks to your car on roller skates.

9. Cook a summer barbecue. ON A BOAT.

Skuna bbq boat hire london

10. Take a trip to the Costa del Tottenham

costa del tottenham outdoor hangouts london

Sample the unique local delicacies of er, street food, craft beers and frozen margaritas.

11. Dine out in a completely car-free Soho or Covent Garden for the first time ever…

12. Strip off at Hampstead Heath and hit the swimming ponds.

Hampstead ponds

Booking fills up quickly – head here.

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

outdoor Food markets london

14. Break out a sweat on Plonk’s new nine-hole crazy golf course.

Plonk outdoor crazy golf

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

Go Boat things to do outside london

16. Eat seafood as the sun goes down at a (socially distanced) riverside supperclub

al fresco supperclub london

17. Take a dip in Stoke Newington’s open-air reservoir

open water swimming london

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

London shuffle club things to do outside

19. Cool off in London’s only purpose-built swimming lake.

beckenham outdoor swimming london

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

Kayak outdoor things to do london

21. Listen to live music round a campfire by the river

Campfire club things to do outdoors london

It won’t be as busy as this, obv.

22. Dine al fresco on one of London’s loveliest summer terraces

things to do outdoors london

23. Book in a visit to Kew Gardens.

kew gardens things to do outside london

24. Listen to top comedians – for free – on Alexandra Palace’s huge outdoor beer terrace.

Alexandra Palace beer garden

25. Take a break from the heat, and go ice skating instead.

ice skating summer london

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

Regents park open air theatre

27. Cook your own BBQ in a secret garden in Clapham.

Jimmy's bbq summer london

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

hot tub boats london outdoor things to do

29. Make bottomless cocktails at festoon-lit tropical beach paradise, The Beach Bar

beach bar london

Watch the sun set while you sip negronis on the top of a multi-storey carpark at Frank’s Cafe.

Franks cafe open again london

Looking for more ways to cool off? Take a look at our 100 London Date Ideas

Best Things To Do in a London Heatwave


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