Today marks the hottest day of the year so far (and not the last, we hope) at 27 degrees. Okay, so for people currently on their gap year, 27 degrees is probably quite nippy, but for all us stuck in the UK, it’s time for sunglasses, Pimms, ice cream and a guide on how to spend this gorgeous day in our great capital.
Things to do on a Sunny Day in London
Visit a park
There’s no better way to spend a hot day in London than lying down and sunbathing in a park. Any Londoner, or London visitor, is spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing which stunning park to settle in for the day. Famous for music gigs and other events, Hyde Park is one of the most well-known parks around. On its occasional days off it becomes a great place to relax or throw a Frisbee. Being one of the largest parks in London, covering 350 acres, you’re guaranteed plenty of room to lay out that picnic mat.
If you’re after a British safari on foot, then a deer-spotting trip to Richmond Park is a great way to spend the day. Head to southwest London to the National Nature Reserve equipped with a pair of binoculars and a telephoto lens, and you’ll be sorted. This beautiful royal park stretches out for miles, so take those hiking boots and make a day of it.
Hire a bike
Everybody loves a Boris bike! You may have seen these fancy blue hire bikes stationed around London, you can’t really miss them. All you have to do is pay, ride and return it at any docking station within 30 minutes, and if you’re riding isn’t done then you can hire it out again! A bike is a great option to get around London and see the sites, especially if you’re new to the city. Of course, you’ll have to focus on navigating yourself around London traffic, but as most Londoners spend a lot of their time underground, it’s guaranteed to be a much better way to get from A to B.
Be an outdoor culture vulture
There is so much the eager information hoarder can do in London. You can take a trip to the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, or for a morbid day out, you can head to the famous Highgate Cemetery.
At this famous cemetery lies revolutionary, Karl Marx, author of Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams, late-twentieth-century novelist, George Elliot, and pop artist, Patrick Caulfield. You can also visit the Egyptian Avenue, a historic Cedar tree in the Circle of Lebanon, as well as attending numerous events. This isn’t any normal boneyard.
Go to the zoo
If culture and bikes aren’t your thing, then how about a trip to London Zoo? Situated in Regents Park, this huge zoo is a great way to get closer to the wild without traveling too far. At this award winning zoo you can see turtles from the Galapagos Islands, Gorillas from Rwanda and Llamas from Peru. The zoo is also open late this month until the 25th July, so you can really take your time strolling around and enjoying each animal encounter.
Get out of town
Okay, so this kind of goes against the whole theme of this article, but on a quick train ride you can be out of the bustling city and onto the beach. In just over an hour, you can be soaking up the sun in quirky Brighton or in the same time frame you could enjoy a day out in Kent. And, if you’re really an eager beaver, then wake up early for a two hour train journey to the Dorset coast and soak up the sun on the soft sandy beaches of Bournemouth.