London is a fantastic city to visit at any time of the year, but summer is a particularly great time to come. The weather is warm, the days are long, and there are so many events and activities to enjoy. Whether you're interested in art, music, food, or culture, London has something to offer everyone.
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Hotels to visit
London has no shortage of fantastic hotels to choose from. Depending on your budget and preferences, you can stay at a luxurious hotel like The Ritz for approximately £1,400 per night or The Savoy for approximately £1062 per night, or opt for a more affordable option like the Premier Inn or Travelodge. Other popular hotels in London include The Dorchester which is approximately £1,000 per night, The Langham is approximately £870 per night, and The Berkeley which is approximately £1260 per night. For more information on opening times please click here.
What to do in London when it's hot
When the weather is hot in London, there are plenty of places to go to cool down. Some of the best places to visit include Hyde Park, Hampstead Heath, and Victoria Park. If you're looking for something a bit more unique, you can take a dip in the Hampstead Heath Bathing Ponds or visit the Serpentine Lido in Hyde Park. St James Park and Kensington Gardens are both flanked by Royal residences, Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace. St James Park is 57 acres of beautifully manicured lawns, pretty flower borders and a lake. Kensington Gardens are well known for their immaculately maintained water features, formal areas and sunken garden and a visit can be finished off with a beautiful afternoon cream tea in Kensington Pavillion.
The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew are located 30 minutes from central London and house collections of different plants. On the site there is a vast array of different gardens including a Japanese garden and the great Pagoda, rose gardens, a temperate house, several conservatories, a treetop walkway, a Palm House and much more. Prices are from £19.00, if booked in advance. More information on pricing can be found here.
For the ultimate way to cool off on a hot day in London, why not try some outdoor swimming. From swimming in a an outdoor pool to a freshwater lake, there are options for everyone .One of the best places to go is Hampstead Heath where you will find 3 natural swimming spots and a 60m outdoor swimming pool. All these need to be pre-booked, especially during the hot summer months. Prices start at £4.50 More information can be found here and here. (Image courtesy of Parliament Hill Lido Org)
Relaxing and soaking up the sun in St James' Park offers a serene escape amidst the bustling city, as you can unwind on the lush green lawns, watch the ducks glide across the picturesque lake, and marvel at the vibrant flowerbeds. Meanwhile, in Kensington Gardens, you can bask in the sun's warmth while admiring the grandeur of Kensington Palace, exploring the tranquil Italian Gardens, or enjoying a leisurely stroll along the shaded tree-lined paths. Finally, at Kew Gardens, you can revel in the beauty of the world-renowned botanical gardens, meander through the stunning landscapes, and find solace under the shade of ancient trees while embracing the fragrant floral displays, making it a perfect oasis for a hot summer's day in London.
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Spending some time in Holland Park is a delightful experience, as you can find respite in its tranquil Japanese Kyoto Garden, explore the serene woodland trails, and unwind amidst the beautiful peacocks and blooming flowers. Meanwhile, in Richmond Park, you can enjoy the vast open spaces, bask in the sunlight while picnicking by the idyllic ponds, and perhaps even spot some majestic deer roaming freely, creating a truly enchanting escape from the city on a hot summer's day in London.
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London Rooftop Bars that pack a punch!
Bar Elba is a fantastic way to spend a hot summer's day in London, as it offers a vibrant rooftop oasis with a lively atmosphere and stunning views of the city from its location in Waterloo. With its tropical-themed décor, refreshing drinks, and comfortable seating, it creates a relaxed and social environment where you can cool down, socialize with friends, and enjoy the energetic ambiance. Whether you're sipping on a refreshing cocktail, dancing to live music, or simply lounging in the sun, Bar Elba provides an unforgettable experience that captures the essence of a perfect summer day in London.
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Inspired by 1970s LA, and fabulous pool parties in the Hollywood Hills, Laurel’s On The Roof is a fun, high-spirited and glittering rooftop restaurant, bar and pool that brings a touch of retro glamour to East London. Laurel's On The Roof is a top choice for drinks in London, offering an inviting rooftop setting with a sophisticated and stylish ambiance. Located in Shoreditch, the bar boasts a carefully curated selection of beverages, including craft cocktails, fine wines, and refreshing spirits, providing a delightful drinking experience. With its picturesque views, comfortable seating, and attentive service, Laurel's On The Roof is the perfect spot to unwind, socialize, and enjoy a drink or two in a chic and relaxed atmosphere.
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Tip: Staying at the Mondrian Shoreditch where Laurel On The Roof is located? The rooftop pool is only available for hotel guests and perfect for a short dip on a hot summers day in the city.
The Nest is an ideal destination for drinks and food on a summer evening, offering a charming rooftop venue with a laid-back and welcoming atmosphere. With its eclectic menu featuring delicious bites and creative cocktails, it caters to diverse tastes and guarantees a satisfying dining experience. Whether you're savouring the delectable food options, indulging in refreshing drinks, or enjoying the live music and entertainment, The Nest creates a memorable setting to relax, unwind, and savour the vibrant energy of a summer evening in London.
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Overall, London in the summer is a fantastic experience. With so much to see and do, it's the perfect destination for a summer vacation.