Summer is that time of the year when the sun is hot and you simply get the itch to cool off or stay inside the house and glue yourself to the couch while watching whatever is on TV. If you have spent your summers this way, a tour in London may just be the one thing that you need to break the monotony after all there are various summer activities and affordable hotels in London.
1. Watch a movie outdoors. If you love movie marathons, you can still get to watch a movie even when you decide to venture out. Outdoor film events are quite popular in London and if you are interested in experiencing this pastime, you should grab a blanket and be prepared to go to al fresco cinema screenings. If you want to watch a free flick, going to the Scoop is one of the best things to do and free movies are usually shown here on September when summer finally comes to an end. If you want to watch a movie in the beautiful grounds of one of England’s most beautiful palaces, then the Open Air Cinema at Kensington Palace is a perfect choice.
2. Join a Festival. Summers in London are a lively season and with a wide array of festivals that are set to take place on summers, there’s no wonder why the atmosphere is jovial and celebratory. Festivals that take place in the capital are perfect for all ages and with the cultural diversity of the place, festivals come in various forms. Live performances, film screenings, theatre and music are featured in these summer festivals. Some of the festivals taking place in June include Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, Brixton Windmill Parade and Festival and British Summertime. There are a lot of festivals taking place in the city and if you are up for some summer fun why not join the crown and have a bit of fun.
3. Try Bird-Watching. There might be much to do in London during summer but if you are looking for an activity which has something to do with nature, then gong to London Wetland Center may just be the thing to do. This is actually the best place to spot birds and there are wildfowl, wetland birds, and there are also migratory birds in the area. There’s a guided tour which is free of charge from 11 am to 2 pm every day and if you come at around 3 pm, you can join in feeding the birds. Needless to say, you can go late for the guided bat walks or at dawn to hear the chorus of the birds.
4. Taking a Dip. Summer may be the perfect season to go swimming and if you want to ward off the heat, there’s no better place to do this than to take a dip in one of London’s lidos. One of the most popular lidos in London is the Brockwell Lido which was built on 1937. This lido in southern London is a grade II art deco gem and it has a great poolside café which serves breakfast and transforms into a restaurant and bar during evenings. This lido opens from April to October. However, if you are into wild swimming, you should go to London’s Hampstead Ponds.
5. Sporting Activities on Richmond Park. Are you looking forward for some serious sport events? If so, Richmond Park is the perfect destination. You can do everything here from riding horses to fishing but the thing that is attracting a lot of people is power kiting where you wear inline skates or sit in a buggy that is pulled along by a bike. Whether you are a beginner in this kind of thing or an expert, this is a great place to be. Lessons on this sport are also taught in the park.