Wondering how to make the most of the sunshine (whilst it lasts)? Read our top five ways to enjoy the sunshine in the Capital. Our list includes something for the thrill seeker, child at heart and hopeless romantic!
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3 Thornton Street,
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park,
Nearest tube: Stratford Station
If you are the daring type then this is the place for you! Designed by sculptor Sir Anish Kapoor an engineer Cecil Blamond, the ArcelorMittal Orbit is a visual legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Made from enough steel to make 265 double-decker buses of which 60% is recycled steel, the Orbit offers 20-mile views over Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the London Skyline. It also offers two hair raising experiences to do; the slide or abseiling.
Named as London’s No.1 thing to do in 2016, the world’s longest slide at 178m long will take you 40 seconds to slide down and see you circling 12 times as you weave your way through loops and end up with 50m straight run down to earth. An alternative way down is to complete the UK’s highest freefall abseil for an adrenaline-fuelled way to see London at 262 above the city. Taking in breath taking 20-mile views across London including The Gherkin, Canary Wharf and Wembley Stadium. Both made even better in the glorious summer sun!
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Spoons & Toons
Nearest tube: Elephant and Castle
Built from repurposed shipping containers, the Artworks Elephant is a hub for the Elephant & Castle community. The ground floor is home to food and drink outlets perfect for an after-work drink or place to grab a coffee or lunch. The centre of The Artworks is an outdoor courtyard, which is where Spoons and Toons takes place every Saturday from 10am. Enjoy the best 90’s tunes whilst munching on a choice of 15 cereals and taking in the 2m outdoor screen, all for free entry! There is also plenty of coffee and juice for all. If this doesn’t kick start your Saturday, we don’t know what will!
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9 Devonshire Square
In the sweltering London heat an ice cold cocktail is the perfect way to cool off. Specializing in spice-infused cocktails and made by a team of mixologists, each classic cocktail uses fresh flavours and garnishes such as ginger and basil leaves. All the drinks are made to have a subtle Indian twist and Anise also has a range of beers and soft drinks from India along with rest of the world. Accompany your drink with some of their bar nibbles and small plates, ideal for sharing such as Massala olives and Punjabi spiced fish fingers.
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Royal Botanic Gardens,
Nearest Tube: Kew Gardens Station
Take a picnic and relax in the stunning green vistas that Kew Gardens has to offer. With 250 years of history and 300 acres of land, choose your spot to sit in the sun and enjoy a traditional picnic on the benches in Kew’s woodland areas. Although you have to pay to take a look around, it’s worth it to see the impressive rare plants and exhibitions that are on offer. Adults tickets are £16 online, for children tickets are £4 online, and children under 4 go free. You won’t be disappointed!
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Thames Limo Experience
Various locations: Piers/Bridges London
As the sunsets on the city, why not travel in style in the first Venetian crafted water limousine to grace the Thames. With a combination of Italian style and British flair, this 9-metre boat exudes sophistication with its very own minibar, WiFi and music system. The Thames Limo comes with its own captain and crew to meander you along the historic river offering spectacular sightseeing opportunities. Perfect for anyone looking for a way to spend a romantic summer’s evening.
Will you be celebrating the summer sun with any of our Top Five? Let us know in the comments below!