Summer in the City: What To Do Today

What amazing weather we’re having this weekend!  What are your plans for today? If you’re looking for somewhere to go in London, here are my suggestions:

Kew Gardens

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The bluebells and blossom at Kew at this time of year are not to be missed.  It’s a great place to visit as there’s so much to see, from historic buildings to beautiful landscapes. It’s just 30 minutes outside central London and tickets are £14 when bought online.

Kenwood House

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What a place! There’s so much to do here on a sunny day – a picnic on the Heath, tea and scones at the outdoor tables, a tour of the house and a glimpse at some beautiful art, a dip in the nearby(ish) lake (if you’re feeling brave), exploring the woods, or just lazing in the sun with an ice cream and a good book. The house is free to visit and is absolutely stunning.  It’s even featured in a number of films including ‘Belle’ and ‘Notting Hill’.

The South Bank

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Always buzzing, with fantastic views of the Thames and great places to eat and people watch, the South Bank is the place to be on sunny days.  There’s often a street performer or two adding to the summery atmosphere and the South Bank Centre  provides a touch of culture with its three performance venues and the Hayward Gallery. There’s also an excellent little second hand book stall tucked under Waterloo Bridge, where you can pick up some riverside reading at a very reasonable price.

Gordon’s Wine Bar

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Gordon’s is London’s oldest wine bar and was established in 1890.  It’s such an atmospheric place.  You enter the bar via a small flight of stone steps and are immediately greeted by the sight of burning candles, wax stained tabletops and – as you might imagine – a vast array of wine. But the best bit? The cheese.  They have over twenty to choose from and these are served up with great hunks of french bread with pickle and gerkins.  There are lots of outdoor tables where you can settle under a huge red umbrella and watch the world go by.  Be warned, though, they go quickly on sunny days.  For those who don’t love the sunshine this is the perfect opportunity to secure a table inside the bar and indulge your need for wine and cheese in a cosy, cave-like atmosphere as you await the sunset.

Car Boot sale

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I love a good car boot sale.  There’s always a bargain to be had and you can easily spend an entire morning browsing the stalls.  I’ve found many treasures over the years including a farmhouse table for a fiver and numerous vintage chairs (it’s a bit of a habit…).  Go early to secure the best bargains.

A Farmer’s Market

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There are so many of these in London and obviously Borough Market is probably the best.  It gets pretty crowded but is great for sampling morsels of food and buying fresh flowers.  Alexandra Palace also has a great farmer’s market (this is on Sundays) and you can take a slow walk into Muswell Hill afterwards to burn off all those calories.  Go via the back roads to take in all the beautiful houses.

Boating in Regent’s Park

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Regent’s Park is stunning at this time of year.  Pedalos and boats are now available to hire and drifting around on the lake in the sunshine is so relaxing.  Lay back and trail your fingers through the water while staring up at the vast expanse of sky above, then unpack your picnic by the water’s edge and watch the world (and wildlife) go by.

So there you go, I hope this has inspired you to do something fun today. Whatever you get up to – enjoy!

 

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