This week’s heatwave and the lifting of some government restrictions has us all feeling hopeful for a summer finally out of lockdown. As of last Monday, you can have drinks in people’s gardens (rule of 6 or two households), sink a few holes at crazy golf and have a picnic in the park with a friend. What better way to take our first steps towards freedom than by getting out into the sunshine? Here are our favourite spots to enjoy a range of outdoor activities across the city.
Greenwich Peninsula Driving Range
Try your hand at golf at the Greenwich driving range known for its fantastic views of the City skyline. You can book a driving bay from half an hour to three hours and each bay comes with its own spacious seating area. You can also enjoy the on-site restaurant while you’re there which offers takeaway drinks and snacks. Grab a burger and a pint and enjoy the sunset.
Places are booking up fast but there are still weekday spots available for next week.
Price: £6 for 30 minutes
Book via the website: https://yourgolfbooking.com/venues/greenwich-peninsula/booking/bays
Dive into your new-found liberty with a chilly dip in one of London’s famous lidos. Situated in Brockwell Park, the lido is well-loved by Brixton residents and keen outdoor swimmers alike. Spaces are filling fast but early and late opening times mean there is always a chance you can find a spot after the crowds have left. For early swimmers or night owls – it’s the perfect chance to have a moment of watery peace and quiet.
Book via the website – https://www.fusion-lifestyle.com/centres/brockwell-lido/news/we-are-open/
Paddleboarding in Richmond
Based right next to Richmond Bridge, on one of the most beautiful stretches of the Thames, this is the perfect spot to try Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP). Active360 offer a variety of options; from a 2-hour group session (up to 5 paddlers), private tuition and for the brave, SUP Pilates/Yoga. Yikes.
Price: Group sessions start at £59
Book your board here: https://eola.co/w/477/activities
Kayak the River Thames
Viewing the city from the river is an experience no Londoner should miss. The London Kayak company offers a range of trips and experiences including the Night Bus, which takes you from Battersea to Greenwich after sunset. Watch the twinkling lights of Albert Bridge, St Paul’s and the Houses of Parliament as you paddle along the Thames. A view of London like no other.
Book now: https://londonkayakcompany.com/
Tennis in Lincoln Inn Fields
Situated in the heart of the city, the tennis courts in the historic area of Lincoln Inn Fields is a fantastic place to spend an hour or two playing doubles. The hard (macadam) courts are in mint condition and you don’t have to be a member to play. Only a few minutes walk away from Holborn station, it’s an easy journey if you’re coming from North or South of the river.
Price: Adult: £12.20
Booking is open and spots are available from the 12th April: https://www.playfinder.com/london/venue/lincoln-s-inn-fields/tennis-outdoor-32711
Ready for action? We’d love to hear what outdoor plans you have this long weekend, in the comments below. If you like our blog, you’ll love our Instagram.