Here comes the sun! Let’s be honest, we’ve been waiting for the sunshine to come out – for the rooftop bars to reopen, the parks to get packed with sunbathers, and to eat, drink and play outdoors late into the evening. Now that the clocks have gone forward and the days are getting longer and brighter, it’s a great time to get back outside. Whether you’re looking for a night out or a casual way to spend your longer evenings in London, we have something you can do on a small budget.
Watch a film outside
Rooftop Film Club Peckham, Bussey Building, SE15 4ST
The Rooftop Film Club has venues in Peckham, Shoreditch, Stratford and Kensington and comes with comfy chairs, wireless headphones and blankets in case the air gets a little nippy. The 2017 season kicks off in May with films screening five nights a week. Film-wise, it’s a fantastic mix of recent hits, ’80s favourites and tried-and-tested classics – there’s one for everyone’s taste! Plus: the Instagram-friendly 360° view over London at the Peckham outpost of the Rooftop Film Club is not to be missed. Book your tickets and check out the Spring programme.
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The Education Centre, Hyde Park, London
If you’re looking for a relaxing and healthy post-work activity, then the Royal Parks wellbeing events are for you. From yoga and mindfulness masterclasses to creating your own seasonal healthy eating plan, there’s something for everyone and for every level! Enjoy your longer evenings by escaping the hustle and bustle of the city and sign up to rejuvenate your mind, body and soul. You can keep up-to-date with the classes taking place, here.
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Become a chess grandmaster
Springfield Park, London E5 9EF
Taking inspiration from New York’s parks, you can find games of outdoor chess in London now, too. Head to Hackney after work and enjoy an evening exploring Springfield Park, one of the best green spaces in the capital, with extensive views across Walthamstow Marshes. Why Springfield Park? Because here you can take a break to enjoy outdoor chess and practice your Grünfeld Defence!
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Dalston Roof Park
18 Ashwin St, London E8 3DL
Just for you – and for Spring – the Dalston Roof Park is making a huge return on 29 April and it can’t come soon enough. There’s nothing like a rooftop in one of the capital’s coolest neighbourhoods, and us East Londoners just love it here. There’s green grass as flooring, white picket fencing, plants, herbs, veg in grow-bags and furniture that looks as though it was salvaged from the street. Make sure to enjoy their signature cocktail – any beer or wine in a plastic cup 😉 Let the relaxing Dalston rooftop evenings begin!
What’s your favourite way to spend your longer evenings in London once Spring arrives? Let us know in the comments below.