Get ready London – temperatures this weekend are set to soar! With highs of up to 26 degrees on Sunday, London is going to be hotter than Madrid and LA! So dust off those summer clothes, smother on the fake tan, and get excited! Here’s my top 5 ways to make the most of the weather this weekend.
1. Get up early
Number one rule – don’t sleep in! I know it’s difficult because weekends are made for a good lie in. But trust me, there is nothing, and I mean nothing, worse than waking up mid-afternoon with a raging hangover...then pulling the blinds open, and realizing that you’ve missed half a day of sunshine. The sun does not shine nearly enough in London, so you must, just must, make the most of every minute!
2. Picnic in a park
Nothing brings friends together better than sunshine. So grab a blanket, load up the basket, stock up the cold drinks, and head to one of London’s finest spots to spend the entire day lazing in the sun. Top tip: invest in an “esky”, or cool boxes as our English friends call them. Load it up with ice and throw your drinks in – this ensures that you’ll enjoy refreshingly cold drinks all day long.
Anna’s Top Picks for this weekend:
The perfect spot to relax, throw a Frisbee, or even try your luck on a pedal boat!
The most beautiful spot to sit all day and take in the breath-taking view of central London
One of my favourite spots to settle for a day in the sun! You’ll find hundreds of locals making the most of the sunshine, kicking footballs, playing cricket, or even doing Zumba! I love this area because when the sun starts to go down, you have all the wonderful bars and pubs of Clapham Common to pick from. This place is heaven.
One further north, a stunning park that you could easily spend a whole day exploring. Not to be missed.
3. Exercise in Richmond Park
Throw on your walking shoes and get moving! Listen to me – do not go to the gym this weekend. Do you hear me? Do not! Maximise your Vitamin D intake by exercising outdoors. Richmond Park is the most perfect place to begin your weekend - strolling, cycling, or even running from one side of the park to the other. The best part – go early, and then you have the whole day ahead of you to enjoy!
4. Enjoy some drinks outside
One of the things I love most about London is seeing people spilled out of the pubs and onto the streets during the warmer months. If you haven’t yet experienced this in London, now is the time. Top tip: to make the most of the sunshine, you might need to bar hop down the street as the sun lowers. This is totally acceptable – make the most of every last ray!
Anna’s Top Picks for this weekend:
Pitcher and Piano: Richmond
Set upon the Thames, this beautiful pub gets the full heat of the sun for the entire day. The outdoor space is decent sized, but you’ll need to get in early to secure a table.
Vista at the Trafalgar: Trafalgar Square
This rooftop bar, above The Trafalgar Hotel, is right opposite Trafalgar Square. Not only does it serve
excellent cocktails, but it also offers stunning 360 degree views of London. The perfect spot to spend the afternoon!
The place to be on a sunny day! Here you can find hundreds of bars and pubs on every street. Grab a drink, head out to the street, and enjoy watching the world pass by!
Camden Lock: Camden
Any outdoor market is glorious on a sunny day, but Camden has something special about it. If you’re
game, take the canal boat from Little Venice to Camden, where you can take your pick of delicious food and beverages to enjoy right on the canal. Worth a visit!
5. Columbia Flower Market
Open Sundays only between 8am until 3ish, this is the place to go for all your fresh flower requirements. Beautify your living room with a few fresh bunches, but don’t be fooled – you will be tempted to purchase it all!
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