Never take it for granted.
London and England, in general, is known for not having the best weather. Probably for the best part of the year, you’ll find grey overcast skies, but when the sun does come out, You have to make the most of it. Here are some of the best things to do to enjoy the good weather in London.
A peaceful garden tucked into Holland Park is a sunny-day necessity. Full of beautiful landscaping and quiet green alcoves, this is the ideal spot for a picnic, a sunny day of reading, or a reflective stroll. More about the Kyoto Garden.
Visit one of London’s beautiful markets.
When the sun is out, don’t miss out on the chance to do some fantastic shopping outdoors. Markets are an excellent outlet for unique clothing, gifts, books, furniture, and other bits and bobs that you never knew you couldn’t live without. And FOOD. There are such a wide variety of markets available that it is easy to find a different style of London market to experience any day of the week.
Spend the day in Hyde Park.
Hyde Park is one of London’s eight Royal Parks and covers an area of 350 acres. It is the largest of four Royal Parks that form a chain from the entrance of Kensington Palace through Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park, via Hyde Park Corner and Green Park past the main entrance to Buckingham Palace. The park is divided by the Serpentine and the Long Water lakes. Hyde Park offers both world-class events and concerts together with plenty of quiet places to relax and unwind.
Dip your toes in the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain, brave an open-water swim in the Serpentine or admire the views across the lake. Have a go at boating, tennis, horse riding, or join the many joggers, walkers and cyclists enjoying the open air.
Take a spin on the Thames Clipper.
Get out on the water with a one-of-a-kind view of London from the Thames Clipper. You can get a ticket that lets you hop on and off between 15 piers along the Thames, so you can catch the sun on the water and land, and visit some of London’s most iconic places too.
Find your very own quiet corner at St-Dunstan-in-the-East.
Pick up your book and curl up on a bench in the stunning and peaceful St Dunstan’s ruins. The tranquil escape dates back to 1100 and is the ideal place to catch some sunshine away from the city’s hustle and bustle. More about St-Dunstan-in-the-East.
Discover a unique view of London from the Emirates Air Line.
There’s no better way to see the clear skies than to rise into them. The beautiful and spectacular Emirates Air Line will take you into the heart of Greenwich, a perfect place to spend a hot sunny day, and the view is a lot better than that from the tube. More about the Emirates Air Line.
Take a trip on the London Water Bus.
Take a leisurely cruise between Camden Lock and Maida Vale on a converted historic traditional narrow canal boat and enjoy views of the capital from a different angle. More about the London Water Bus.
Picnic with a view on Primrose Hill.
For the best free panorama in central London, head to Primrose hill at the top of Regent’s Park. Bring a picnic, and pop into the lovely family-run Primrose Hill Books for a good read while you lounge. More about Primrose Hill.
Go for a Stroll around Little Venice
Little Venice is one of London’s not so secret gems – brimming with colourful houseboats and cute cafes. Little Venice is a district in West London, England, around the junction of the Paddington Arm of the Grand Union Canal, the Regent’s Canal, and the entrance to Paddington Basin. The intersection forms a triangular shape basin. The area is 2.5 miles (4.0 km) west-northwest of Charing Cross and immediately northwest of Paddington. Paddington is the closest tube station.
The best way to discover Little Venice is on foot. It’s beautiful to explore the many secrets down its laneways and canals. Take some pictures and make everyone else jealous. More on Little Venice