12 ways to relive the summer in London this weekend
Friday, 13 October 2017 () With temperatures set to hit 23 degrees in the capital this weekend, Londoners have been given one last chance to tick off those Summer activities they never got around to over the holidays.
So dust off that floaty dress and dig out your sunnies: here's a reminder of all the glorious things this fair city has to offer on the rare occasion the weather warms up.
*1. Rooftop Bars *The London skyline can be seen from rooftop bars all over the city (Source: Getty)
Cling onto cool summer vibes by grabbing a cocktail 40 floors up: Sushisamba offers panoramic views from its terraces in Bishopsgate and Covent Garden. If you're feeling less fancy, head to the Queen of Hoxton in Shoreditch for something more laid back.
*2. Picnic in the park*Enjoying a picnic in the park in London (Source: Getty)
We're spoilt for choice when it comes to parks, and as soon as the weather warms up, we flock to them. So expect there to be competition at M&S when it comes to buying sausage rolls - but don't let that put you off. It's the last chance you'll get before next May.
*3. Make a splash*Lidos will be open for hot weather this weekend (Source: Getty)
If you didn't Insta enough photos casually lounging by the pool over the summer, here's a chance to can get some more by visiting to an outdoor pool for a last time before the weather cools down. Try the sunbathing deck at Oasis Sports Centre in Camden or the lido and bathing bonds at Hampstead Heath.
*4. Phw-oar *Pedalos and rowing boats will be available to hire (Source: Getty)
Or perhaps you are more one for messing about on boats? Hire a pedalo or rowing boat to take for a lap around a lake. Boats are available to hire at boating lakes at parks all over the capital, although Alexandra Palace and Crystal Palace are both good ones.
*5. Open air theatre*A sunshine performance at Shakespeare's Globe (Source: Getty)
Experience theatre as it was originally performed - in the open air. Shakespeare’s Globe has performances of King Lear and Much Ado About Nothing running until the end of this weekend.
*6. Tour de London*Hire a Boris bike to explore London (Source: Getty)
The MAMILs (middle-aged men in lycra, of course) may insist otherwise, but once Autumnal storms set in, bike-riding becomes decidedly unpleasant. Remind yourself of how delightful it is for a last time this year by grabbing a Boris bike: starting from £2 a day you can explore the parts of London the Tube won't take you.
*7. Hit the road...*Woman runs along Thames Path (Source: Getty)
...or pavement. The Thames Path National Trail is great for walking and will take you through all the sights of the city. Best to plan which part you will tackle in advance, though: the entire length is 79.5 miles.
*8. Eat alfresco*Alfresco dining on a sunny day (Source: Getty)
Smokers may brave it outdoors all year round, but al fresco dining is only really genuinely pleasant for one week a year. Take the opportunity of the nice weather to grab some brunch at Borough Market or Maltby Street Market.
*9. Take it slow at a market *Camden market (Source: Getty)
Dashing from stall to stall to get shelter from the rain isn’t fun for anyone. This weekend you can enjoy browsing handcrafted jewellery in Camden town or picking out vintage tops in Brick Lane without worrying about them getting wet on the journey home.
*10. Zip through the city*Tacking the high ropes course (Source: Getty)
Unleash your inner child without worrying about wind and rain knocking you off the high ropes. There are GoApe high rope courses at both Alexandra Palace and Battersea park.
*11. Feel the sand between your toes*Brixton Rooftop has been transformed into an urban beach (Source: Getty)
Who said a landlocked city can't have a beach? This summer, London gave us plently of urban beaches, and Brixton Beach is still here until the end of October. Warning: expect to find sand everywhere for the next week...
*12. Flower power*The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew is open until 28 October (Source: Getty)
Kew Gardens is open until the end of the month and if you’re feeling brave, the treetop walkway gives views of the gardens from 18 metres up.