We spend 50 weeks a year moaning about the weather, and when we get a taste of the summer, it's just too hot. Here's how and where to cool off when the heatwave hits London.
So stay cool on the tube
You're joking, right? The subway is London's own oven - rumor has it that the devil himself once had a cozy little hideaway on the Central Line, but found it a bit too tasty and instead relocated it to the cooler, more bearable flames of hell.
However, there are ways you can revise your commute to get a little cooler - get to know the air-conditioned subway map. Compiled by Geoff Marshall, the Londoner, he shows on the difficult days of the heat wave in the summer of 2018 which subways are beautiful and cool. No wonder the midline is missing. Of course, we make no promises that your commuter colleagues have the usual decency to wear deodorant, but only step by step, right?
Rooftop bars and beer gardens in London
If you are like us, your thoughts will be perceived outdoors as soon as the sun is shining. You have two main options; On the roof bars and beer gardens - or you can combine the two on this summer liquor crawl.
The rooftop has bars all over London, from hipster hangouts in east London to breathtaking views of St. Paul's Cathedral and Peckham's hugely popular Frank & # 39; s. Browse our guide to the best rooftop bars in London.
If you are more interested in alcohol than outlook, gather your crew and head to the nearest beer garden. Lean back to wasps with a pint and a pack of chips from the riverside terraces, over expansive open spaces, to more compact downtown gardens.
Where do you get the best ice cream in London?
Is it still summer when you have no ice during your lunch break ... and then another on your way home from work? Sure, you could drop by the local newsagents to buy a Magnum ... or you could go to one of those ice cream parlors and sell the best cones and pans in the capital.
For a bit more extravagance, you can put yourself in an ice cream cup (optionally share it with others, obvs) or sip through these gelato menus for a lighter, more refreshing ball and a few more offbeat aromas.
We have not forgotten London's vegans either - there's a surprisingly decent vegan ice cream scene in the capital, ranging from simple strawberries to more adventurous flavors like lime, basil and chilli.
Lidos and outdoor swimming pool in London
All year round, swimmers have to be afraid of the summer, when fair weather lovers go to London for the many beach baths and wild swimming ponds to cool off. Of course there are the most famous ones - the ponds in Hampstead Heath and Brockwell Lido - but there are also less lesser known gems. Finchley Lido, anyone?
Do you really want to be on the pulse of time? Try out London's newest bathing lake. It was only opened on 20 July 2019
Summer beaches in London
You do not have to get on the train to get to the beach - though Kent, Essex and Sussex all offer excellent opportunities. London has its own beaches that pop up every summer to give city dwellers the feeling of sand between their toes ... and in their hair and nose ... Anyway, if you want to find sand in your cracks until October Here are the details of this year's summer beaches in London.
London fountain where you can play
Go away, kids - we'll come in. In summer, London is full of water features in which you are allowed to play. You can splash, paddle and jump to your heart's content - remember, you must go back to the office in this soaking wet shirt and tie.
Barbecues in London's parks
Every year, the stricter the rules of the powers, the shorter the list of parks in which you are allowed to grill. At the time of writing, these are the London parks where barbecue is permitted. However, check this before you leave, as the rules are changed frequently and in some parks, it is only allowed to grill in certain areas at certain times. Besides, whip out your bangers and get started.
Take to the ice
Ice skating is not just for Christmas - in London there are several year-round ice rinks that lie in dark, cool buildings, away from all the sunshine. The most central, located in Queensway, offers bowling, arcade games, as well as a restaurant and bar. It is located underground - ideal if you want to avoid the sun altogether.
Their other icy option is Ice Bar. The sophisticated cocktail bar just off Regent Street is all year round at -5 ° C and features ice cream furniture. Upon entering you will be provided with a cape and gloves, which seems too high from 30 ° C, but after a few minutes in the frozen cave you will be quite grateful for it.